Kent Beyda

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Kent Beyda
Born1953 (age 65–66)
OccupationFilm editor

Kent Beyda (born 1953) is an American film editor.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Beyda worked as an assistant editor on John Cassavetes' Opening Night (1977), Allan Arkush's Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979), and Joe Dante's The Howling (1981). He then moved into editing on the Julie Corman-produced Saturday the 14th (1981). On that film Beyda met his wife Nancy who was at that time working as Corman's assistant. He went on to do a series of music videos for Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello, Dokken, Bette Midler and Mick Jagger, Aldo Nova, Barbra Streisand, and Arkush's follow-up to Rock 'n' Roll High School called Get Crazy (1983). He then edited the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap (1984).

Beyda's first film for a major studio was Fright Night (1985), a horror comedy for Columbia Pictures. Next he edited Out of Bounds (1986), directed by Richard Tuggle for Columbia. Beyda went on to edit Innerspace (1987) produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Joe Dante, X: The Unheard Music (1986), a documentary about the Los Angeles punk group X, Alien Nation (1988), Fear (1990) starring Ally Sheedy, Spielberg and Dante's Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), True Identity (1991), Billy Crystal's directorial debut Mr. Saturday Night (1992), Spielberg and Brian Levant's The Flintstones (1994), Crystal's Forget Paris (1995), Jingle All the Way (1996) with Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Out-of-Towners (1999) with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000), Big Momma's House (2000), Scooby-Doo (2002), Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), S. Darko (2009), Jonah Hex (2010), Yogi Bear (2010), and Parental Guidance (2012).

As a consultant, Beyda has participated in the films George of the Jungle (1997), Dude, Where's My Car? (2000), Robots (2005), Idiocracy (2006), Fantastic Four (2005), Horton Hears a Who! (2008), and Despicable Me (2010). He has worked on location in New York, Paris, San Francisco, Atlanta, Vancouver, Australia, and New Zealand. He is a member of American Cinema Editors and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In September 2009, Beyda took part in "Editing for Animation", the second part of the Academy's Perspectives in Editing series. The event featured a panel of five current leading animation editors, Beyda, John Carnochan, Kevin Nolting, Nancy Frazen, and Lois Freeman-Fox.[2]


Year Title
1981 Saturday the 14th
1983 Get Crazy
1984 This Is Spinal Tap
1985 Fright Night
1986 X: The Unheard Music
Out of Bounds
1987 Innerspace
1988 Alien Nation
1990 Gremlins 2: The New Batch
1991 True Identity
1992 Mr. Saturday Night
1994 The Flintstones
1995 Forget Paris
1996 Jingle All the Way
1999 The Out-of-Towners
2000 The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
Big Momma's House
2002 Scooby-Doo
2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
2009 S. Darko
2010 Jonah Hex
Yogi Bear
2012 Parental Guidance
2014 700 Sundays
2016 The Angry Birds Movie
2018 Dear Dictator


  1. ^ "Kent Beyda". The New York Times.
  2. ^ UTA Production roster

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