Amera Rizk was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in an Egyptian/Slovak household. She attended Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Art, obtaining her BFA in Electronic Time Based Media. She took supplemental classes a the Pittsburgh Filmmakers, where Amera began practicing her passion of Film Editing. A summer job after sophomore year (and every college summer after) took her to Maine to teach Stop Motion Editing. After graduation, Amera worked a year in Pittsburgh teaching, waitressing and developing a N.S.F. grant funded planetarium show for the Carnegie Science Center. In July of 1999, Amera moved to San Francisco to seek out a career in Film and Animation. After completing various documentaries & animations, teaching at Mills College and Curating the SF Arab Film Festival - Amera landed a job in Pixar Editorial. She started as an Editorial Production Assistant on Cars. She then worked as a 2nd Assistant Film Editor on Up, Cars 2 and the Good Dinosaur. She then worked as a 1st Assistant Editor on Cars 3. After beginning as the 1st Assistant Editor on Soul, Amera was promoted to Second Film Editor. She received the Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Editing in an Animated Feature on Soul with Kevin Nolting, Robert Grahamjones and Greg Amundson. In 2020, Amera edited the Spark Short, Twenty Something. She also worked as an Additional Editor on Lightyear and the upcoming film, Elemental.
A Conversation with Pixar's Women in Editorial
Saturday 10/15 12:00PM - 1:00PM Room 102
Pixar, Ayesha Johannes, Amera Rizk, Marie Bartz
Have you ever wondered what a career editing animated films looks like? Join us for a conversation with Assistant Editor Ayesha Johannes and Editor Amera Rizk as they give insight on the art and collaboration that goes into editing animated films and their paths to Pixar. Moderated by Production Resource Associate Marie Bartz.