Meet the crew Q&A
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
I’m a freelance film/video editor. I mostly work in factual broadcast and film.
However I try and keep involved in smaller more ‘local’ stuff like short films and music videos, because when you work with such a small crew/group of people it can be a nice break from the more hefty (but equally rewarding) experience of editing for broadcast.
What film or films influence you the most?
Many. From a broad spectrum.
Which director’s film would you most like to edit?
I’d love to get stuck into the heavy duty long days gig of editing a Michael Mann film. Like his films I imagine it would be quite intense…
What editors do you admire and respect?
Dov Hoenig doesn’t seem to get much mention but his work is great. For me he kind of gave birth to the kind of jump cut that seems very pervasive in Hollywood action/thriller films of the last couple of decades.
Also Thelma Schoonmaker has a great sense of rythm and mood, that allows her to keep emotion and narrative on continual ‘flow’… If you were to look at her films in detail, you will see quite a lot of disregard to 2d space and 3d space continuity, and eye line continuity. Her ability to create a synergy between the rythm of the cuts and the emotions in the narrative, to me, seem to have clearly influenced a lot of modern editors… especially say Lee Smith and his work with Christopher Nolan
I also really like the editing in Tarkovsky films. His dismissive view about ‘Montage’ seems pretty on the money. To me, Tarkovsky was a master of creating rich ideas/moods/feelings out of time… and he was right to say this is what the art of editing is serving. Viewing it crudely as a process of ‘1+1=2’, is too run the risk of losing ‘resonance’ between ‘telling a story with film’ and ‘viewing the story of a film’. Anyway that all sounds quite pretentious, but read ‘Sculpting in Time’.. ti’s good.
If you could only watch one film for the rest of your life?
That is a silly question that has no answer
And finally, your favourite snack that gets you through an all night edit?
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