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Jocelyn Tarquini
Associate Teaching Professor



University Crossings, 025D

Jocelyn is a filmmaker, a storyteller, a professor, and a three-time Emmy-nominated film and television editor and Emmy winner (2019). With more than 20 years of experience in the film and television industry (specializing in post-production) and nearly 13 years of full-time teaching expertise.

She marries technical prowess to creative expression and believes emphatically that our work both professionally and academically, in the industry, in the university and in the world, depends on rigorous collaboration, respect for creative independence, and excellence in the skilled use of technology.

She has an MFA in Film Editing from the American Film Institute (2005) and as a student was nominated for an ACE Editing Award as well as a Key Art Award and was the recipient of the Hollywood Foreign Press “Achievement in Editing” scholarship.

She has worked with Oliver Stone, Joel Cox, Gary Oldman (to name a few) and went on to edit award-winning theatrical trailer campaigns for Trailer Park in Los Angeles, including Spider-Man 2, Spirited Away, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, March of the Penguins, The Polar Express, The Aviator, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Akeelah and the Bee, Kinsey, and many more. In 2006 she moved into the world of television where she has found her home. With more than 200 episodes of network television, including the Emmy Award winning show “Weird but True” on Disney+. Other shows include Life 2.0, Basketball or Nothing, Paranormal State, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Flip That House, & Buying Alaska, to name just a few.

She’s a published author, “Editing, The Art of Digital Storytelling” (2014) and has been fortunate enough to take her filmmaking around the globe to Liberia, Uganda, Israel, China, and Thailand where she directed “The Human Element” (2015) which won the “Award of Merit” at the Impact Doc Awards and was the runner-up at the Sundance Film Festivals Social Change Short Film Competition (2016).

A small sample of her commercial work includes Apple, Adidas, OnePlus, ESPN, Pfizer, Bayer, RealMe, The World Bank, Flashback Cinemas and ERINRAE. She was nominated for two Emmy awards, “Best Single Camera Editing” in 2017 and “Best Sound Editing” in 2018 and edited the show that won an Emmy for “Best Educational Series” in 2019 (Weird but True). Beyond storytelling and continuing to edit full-time (currently on the Emmy Nominated show “Life 2.0” she has managed to raise two sons and welcomed Bodhi (her baby girl) in 2018. She also remains an "AVID" snowboarder and loves to ride "Toothless" her (Honda CB 1100) as often as possible.

IMDB Credits

MFA, Film Editing, The American Film Institute, 2005
BS, Film, DeSales University, 2003

Editing, The Art of Digital Storytelling (as Jocelyn Motter), Kendall Hunt, 2013

"Editing: The Art of Digital Storytelling is a detailed, picture filled book about how to use the Avid Media Composer software, step by step. Editing: The Art of Digital Storytelling won't teach students how to edit for editing is storytelling and that takes years of practice, but this book will help young filmmakers tame the beast that is Avid, and in doing so, help them to understand the technical side of editing." (Publisher's description).