HELLO. SO, WHO ARE YOU AND HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED WITH 'AFTER OIL'?
I fell in love with After Oil's script after the first read. Jess and Shai knew me from our freshman year at the School of Visual Arts. My love for strong narratives and interesting characters made After Oil a perfect fit!
WHAT STANDS OUT TO YOU ABOUT ‘AFTER OIL’?
After Oil stood out to me because the idea is fresh, the characters are interesting, and the fact that the leads are gay does not dictate the narrative. I'm happy to back the introduction of all kinds of characters as long as their motives and the narrative are naturally integrated within reason.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM ON OR OFF SET?
My favorite memory from After Oil is a tie between the late night fast food stop on our way upstate on the first night where i first got to know everyone- and filming of the swamp scene (Mostly because I had nothing to do but observe!) . My job begins once production has wrapped- so being on set watching the takes unfold and cutting the scenes in my head is a very rare luxury that many editors don't get to have. Most editors actually prefer not to be on set so they don't infuse the hustle and bustle of set into the final product, but I found that it helped me figure out what I wanted out of the scenes much sooner.
WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST PROFESSIONAL INSPIRATION?
My biggest professional inspiration is Editor Kelley Dixon A.C.E - well known for her work on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Through her storytelling abilities, Kelley has been able to make my eyes light up with wonder. She has headed the Breaking Bad Insider's Podcast where she would gather production members from Breaking Bad and take a conversational walk through the episodes- the occurrences on and off set as well as the thoughts that went through her head as she was cutting a scene. Hearing personal insight and wisdom from artists like Kelley Dixon that have been in the industry for so long has fueled the fire in my stomach to use editing to make people feel just as inspired as I did when I watched Breaking Bad.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE FILMS AND WHAT MAKES THEM UNIQUE?
I'm much more of a Television person. I have a strong affection for any shows that through their visuals and their editing- know exactly what they are. Breaking Bad, The Office, Wilfred, Arrested Development, Shameless.
LASTLY, WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS?
In five years- ideally I'd be getting my first true editing gig on a thrilling television series. Kelley Dixon worked as an assistant editor for 10+ years, but what are you doing if you're not aiming high? Much more likely, i'm expecting to be an assistant editor on either a hilarious or narratively compelling television show.