Christopher Rouse (editor)

Christopher Russell Rouse (born November 28, 1958) is an American film and television editor and screenwriter who has about a dozen feature-film credits and numerous television credits. Rouse won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing, the BAFTA Award for Best Editing, and the ACE Eddie Award for the film The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).

Christopher Rouse
Christopher Russell Rouse

(1958-11-28) November 28, 1958
Los Angeles, California
Occupationfilm and television editor, screenwriter

Life and career

Rouse was born in Los Angeles, California. His father, Russell Rouse, was a writer, director and producer. His mother was actress Beverly Michaels. In the 1980s, Rouse worked as an assistant editor on numerous films, commencing with All Summer in a Day (1982). His first editing credit was for Desperate Hours (1990), which was directed by Michael Cimino. Much of Rouse's work in the 1990s was for television. He edited the mini-series Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2002) for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Rouse has worked on six films with director Paul Greengrass. The Bourne Supremacy (2004) was their first collaboration. Rouse had previously been an "additional editor" on the initial film in the Bourne series, The Bourne Identity (2002), that had been directed by Doug Liman. Frank Marshall, who co-produced the Bourne series, recommended Rouse to Greengrass.[1] The editing of their second feature together, United 93 (2006), received the BAFTA Award as well as nominations for the Academy Award and the ACE Eddie Award. Rouse won the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, and the ACE Eddie for his third collaboration The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). He edited Greengrass' 2010 film Green Zone.

Several interviews of Rouse have been published where he discusses the editing of Greengrass' films.[1][2][3] Greengrass is noted for a "cinéma vérité" style of filmmaking that uses several handheld cameras, and that creates opportunities for innovative editing. Ellen Feldman has written a detailed analysis of the editing of United 93.[4][5] David Bordwell has discussed this aspect of the films as a further extension of "intensified continuity", which is a perspective on filmmaking that Bordwell has been developing for some years.[6]

Rouse has been elected as a member of the American Cinema Editors.[7]


As editor

  1. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (David Leitch – 2019).
  2. Jason Bourne (Greengrass – 2016).
  3. Captain Phillips (Greengrass – 2013).
  4. Green Zone (Greengrass – 2010).
  5. The Bourne Ultimatum (Greengrass – 2007).
  6. United 93 (Greengrass – 2006). With Clare Douglas and Rick Pearson.
  7. Eight Below (Frank Marshall – 2006).
  8. The Bourne Supremacy (Greengrass – 2004). With Rick Pearson.
  9. Paycheck (John Woo – 2003).
  10. The Italian Job (F. Gary Gray – 2003). With Richard Francis-Bruce.
  11. The Pennsylvania Miners' Story (2002) (TV).
  12. Boomtown (2002) (TV series, 1 episode).
  13. Anne Frank: The Whole Story (Robert Dornhelm – 2001) (TV miniseries).
  14. A Girl Thing (2001) (TV miniseries).
  15. Sole Survivor (2000) (TV).
  16. Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (1999) (TV).
  17. Olympic Glory (1999).
  18. From the Earth to the Moon (1998) (miniseries; parts 5, 6, 8 and 10).
  19. Dead Men Can't Dance (1997).
  20. Tails You Live, Heads You're Dead (1995) (TV).
  21. Nothing Personal (1995).
  22. The Wharf Rat (1995) (TV).
  23. Breach of Conduct (1994) (TV).
  24. Dangerous Touch (1994).
  25. Teresa's Tattoo (1994).
  26. Past Midnight (Jan Eliasberg – 1991).
  27. Desperate Hours (Michael Cimino – 1990).

As writer

As Co-Producer

  1. Jason Bourne (Greengrass – 2016).
  2. Captain Phillips (Greengrass – 2013).
  3. Green Zone (Greengrass – 2010).

Awards and nominations

See also


  1. Frazer, Bryant (2007). "Film Editor Christopher Rouse on The Bourne Ultimatum", Film and Video Magazine, September 11, 2007. Online version retrieved May 31, 2008.
  2. Wood, Jennifer M. (2007). "One Day in September" Archived 2008-02-06 at the Wayback Machine, interview with Christopher Rouse in Moviemaker, February 3, 2007; online version retrieved April 18, 2008.
  3. Almo, Laura (2008). "'The Bourne Supremacy': Non-Stop Action Film Sweeps Oscar's Post Awards Archived 2008-06-02 at the Wayback Machine", Editors Guild Magazine May 2008 issue; online version retrieved May 31, 2008.
  4. Feldman, Ellen (2007). Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine, Avid Technology webpage archived at WebCite from this original URL on 2008-04-19.
  5. Feldman, Ellen (2007). Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine, Avid Technology webpage archived at WebCite from this original URL on 2008-04-19.
  6. Bordwell, David (2007). "Unsteadicam Chronicles", webpage from Bordwell's blog archived at WebCite from this original URL Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. Archived 2008-05-21 at the Wayback Machine, webpage archived by WebCite from this original URL on 2008-03-04.
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