Department of Communication Studies

Hollywood Editor Josh Bodnar to Discuss Emmy-Winning Work on DEXTER

Emmy Award winning Hollywood video editor and motion graphics artist JOSH BODNAR will walk through the creative process of one of the most talked about main title sequences in recent history, DEXTER, on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m in the ITTC 2nd floor Lounge/Auditorium.
Bodnar, a former UNI Communication Studies student, will connect the common threads of his creative process through different mediums: art, advertising and entertainment.  Step by step he will explain how storyboards, visual effects, type design, picture editing, sound design and client relations all play a part in how an idea is visualized. Besides discussing Dexter from concept to completion and show never-before-seen edits rejected by the client. Bodnar will also speak about his experience working with John Malkovich on his short film Butterflies.dexter
Bodnar’s work is interconnected and layered with a signature look and feel that heightens story lines and engages audiences. His passion for the editing craft has brought successful projects to life for an elite client list including top entertainment networks such as Showtime, HBO and AMC to high end commercial brands like Verizon, Electronic Arts, Google, Nike, and Anheuser-Busch to name just a few.
In 2004, Bodnar was nominated for his first Prime Time Emmy for main title design on Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital, a piece in collaboration with still photographer Jerry Uelsmann. Incorporating Uelsmann's photography gave way for new interpretations of Uelsmann’s work in motion.  In 2007, Bodnar won an Emmy for his editing on Dexter.  The sequence is edited with the slightest of hand; imagery of Dexter’s main character Dexter Morgan (played by Michael C. Hall)  is deceptively twisted to subtly reveal the serial killer’s base instincts.
In 2011, Butterflies (featuring John Malkovich) premiered at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France. The short film was highlighted in the Saatchi&Saatchi Directors showcase and is regarded as a unique piece of storytelling combining motion graphics, visual effects, stills and live action footage.   
Bodnar, currently a staff editor at the editorial boutique, Whitehouse, is based in Los Angeles, California.  This event is co-sponsored by the AAF-Cedar Valley and the University of Northern Iowa Senate Faculty Speaker’s Fund.   Students are FREE with a student ID.  AAF Cedar Valley Members, $5; Nonmembers, $10