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:
DAVE CHAPPELLE LIVE IN REAL LIFE, which had its world premiere as the closing night film of the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival.
The Emmy-winning documentary A LION IN THE HOUSE, which premiered at Sundance before airing nationally on PBS.
VOICES RISING: THE MUSIC OF WAKANDA FOREVER which is currently streaming on Disney+.
I've also edited short films, trailers, and web-content. I'm available for editorial and story consultation.
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.