I learned a long time ago that there is no single way to approach the edit. Each project brings its own set of needs. But my editing process is always driven by a few core principles.
First, understand the filmmaker’s vision and what the film needs. I can watch every ounce of footage (sometimes hundreds of hours’ worth) and develop a structure from scratch. Or I can start from a work-in-progress and guide the project through to completion. An effective edit always starts with a deep understanding of the material.
I'm located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of my credentials include:
The Emmy-winning documentary A LION IN THE HOUSE, which premiered at Sundance before airing nationally on PBS.
BURN, audience award winner at the Tribeca Film Festival and New York Times Critic's Pick.
The upcoming film, LIFE AFTER LIFE, scheduled for release later this year.
I've also edited short pieces, such as trailers, cable-television shows, and promos. I'm proficient in FCP 7, Adobe Premiere, and Avid.
Next, find the emotional core. Every successful story will reach the viewer on a visceral level, whether it’s an intimate, character-driven documentary or a corporate project. Something deeper than story lies at the heart of every project and it takes the right process to find it. I don’t shy away from emotionally complex material—ever.
Finally, there’s the storytelling. We all yearn to construct a compelling narrative—but the path to get there is as varied as the films themselves. My job is to ensure that every edit ultimately makes for a richly watchable, compelling experience for the viewer.