Hollywood Editing Mentor

Joaquin Elizondo - Film & TV Editor and Mentor

Personal conversations with friends and colleagues who are crushing it in the post production industry in Hollywood. They'll share stories and experiences from the cutting room that you can use to help guide you on your path to achieving your career goals. We'll also go behind-the-scenes of hit scripted TV shows and feature films to give you some insight into the editorial process on big Hollywood productions. For more information, visit HollywoodEditingMentor.com.

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Ep. 35 - Health & Wellness Tips for Filmmakers with Lydia Hurlbut
Sep 6 2022
Ep. 35 - Health & Wellness Tips for Filmmakers with Lydia Hurlbut
Doing something a little different on episode 35 of the Hollywood Editing Mentor Podcast. Gonna be talking all about health & wellness, something that I’m truly interested in and get excited about.  It’s a topic that I hadn’t touched upon in a while and something that I wanted to do again on this show, but was just waiting to meet the right person to do it with. And that person happens to be my guest on episode 35 - Lydia Hurlbut is CEO of the Filmmakers Academy, which was founded in 2009 as a business that delivers outstanding professional education and mentorship to filmmakers worldwide.  Hurlbut earned her master’s degree in forensic nursing at the University of Virginia. From there, her career path journeyed through pediatric nursing and forensic science to life coaching and strategic marketing. She is passionate about wellness and techniques for improving health.Lydia and I met in 2021 for the first time and we really connected on this topic about health and wellness, and agreed on how taking care of our mind and body can lead us to finding success in the film and television industry.  As someone that struggled with his health for many years, it wasn’t until I started practicing healthier habits such as exercising regularly, eating nutritious meals, getting proper sleep, meditating, creating a daily routine, and developing a more positive mindset (which I feel I also achieved by going to therapy) - it was all this that played a huge role in achieving my dream of working in film & scripted television.It’s important to identify what works for your journey. We’re just here to present what’s out there and also share our personal stories regarding health and wellness, so that you hopefully find the inspiration and motivation to help you reach your goals and also maybe discover something new about yourself along the way.Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" and "Do You Want" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 35 - Health & Wellness Tips for Filmmakers with Lydia Hurlbut
Sep 6 2022
Ep. 35 - Health & Wellness Tips for Filmmakers with Lydia Hurlbut
Doing something a little different on episode 35 of the Hollywood Editing Mentor Podcast. Gonna be talking all about health & wellness, something that I’m truly interested in and get excited about.  It’s a topic that I hadn’t touched upon in a while and something that I wanted to do again on this show, but was just waiting to meet the right person to do it with. And that person happens to be my guest on episode 35 - Lydia Hurlbut is CEO of the Filmmakers Academy, which was founded in 2009 as a business that delivers outstanding professional education and mentorship to filmmakers worldwide.  Hurlbut earned her master’s degree in forensic nursing at the University of Virginia. From there, her career path journeyed through pediatric nursing and forensic science to life coaching and strategic marketing. She is passionate about wellness and techniques for improving health.Lydia and I met in 2021 for the first time and we really connected on this topic about health and wellness, and agreed on how taking care of our mind and body can lead us to finding success in the film and television industry.  As someone that struggled with his health for many years, it wasn’t until I started practicing healthier habits such as exercising regularly, eating nutritious meals, getting proper sleep, meditating, creating a daily routine, and developing a more positive mindset (which I feel I also achieved by going to therapy) - it was all this that played a huge role in achieving my dream of working in film & scripted television.It’s important to identify what works for your journey. We’re just here to present what’s out there and also share our personal stories regarding health and wellness, so that you hopefully find the inspiration and motivation to help you reach your goals and also maybe discover something new about yourself along the way.Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" and "Do You Want" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 31 - Mastering Your Craft and the Editing of TOP GUN: MAVERICK with Eddie Hamilton, ACE
Jun 7 2022
Ep. 31 - Mastering Your Craft and the Editing of TOP GUN: MAVERICK with Eddie Hamilton, ACE
Eddie Hamilton, ACE became interested in filmmaking at age 8 and started working in post-production at age 17. He is one of the most dedicated, hard-working, and talented editors working in Hollywood today and joins me on this episode to talk about his experience cutting Top Gun: Maverick. After 23 years in the industry, Eddie has cut over 20 feature films including the next chapters of the Mission Impossible movies series, Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men:  First Class, and Kick Ass.Eddie takes us into the cutting room of Top Gun: Maverick and share his process for editing the thrilling flying sequences, how he collaborated with Tom Cruise, details about the intricate sound mix done for the film, how he balanced humor, drama, and action in the edit, and why it was the most challenging project he has ever worked on.We also discuss his journey to cutting some of the biggest Hollywood feature films, the struggles and sacrifices of being a top film editor, his riskiest career move, what he looks for when hiring assistant editors, how it's not necessary to assist before becoming an editor, the importance of having defined goals, and much more!CLICK HERE to join the Hollywood Editing Mentor community!SUBSCRIBE and leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts!Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" and "Do You Want" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 29 - Developing a Leadership Mindset and Learning To Be a Well-Rounded Filmmaker with Shane Hurlbut, ASC
May 10 2022
Ep. 29 - Developing a Leadership Mindset and Learning To Be a Well-Rounded Filmmaker with Shane Hurlbut, ASC
Learning to be a leader and a well-rounded filmmaker are certainly two things that will help you stand out as an editor.A big part of being an editor is having good leadership skills in order to motivate and enable others to contribute towards the success of a production. Also being more knowledgeable of other subjects like cinematography, screenwriting, directing, music composition, or sound design can help you communicate more effectively with other creatives and lead to a long-lasting, successful career. As Roger Nygard, ACE said in a previous episode of the podcast - "Don't be an editor who cuts films, be a filmmaker who edits."My guest on episode 29 is director of photography Shane Hurlbut, ASC (THE RIM OF THE WORLD, TERMINATOR: SALVATION, WE ARE MARSHALL, NEED FOR SPEED) and he  shares advice on how you can become a better leader and also talks about his role as an educator through various online platforms including the Filmmakers Academy which he started last year.I’m also excited to share that I have joined the Filmmakers Academy as their editing mentor, and it’s been great working with their team and the other mentors, and creating courses about the craft of editing so make sure to check it out today!Some of the topics Shane and I will be discussing on the show today include the importance of developing resilience to thrive in this industry, the future of cinematography, overcoming challenges when trying to break into feature films, how to shine a spotlight on yourself and stand out from others, choosing the right projects to work on, the importance of having a significant other that supports your career goals, and we’ll hear all about the Filmmakers Academy!CLICK HERE to join the Hollywood Editing Mentor community!SUBSCRIBE and leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts!Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" and "Do You Want" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 28 - The Editor/Assistant Relationship and the Editing of WECRASHED with Justin Krohn, ACE and Chris Guiral
Apr 19 2022
Ep. 28 - The Editor/Assistant Relationship and the Editing of WECRASHED with Justin Krohn, ACE and Chris Guiral
In episode 28, I talk to Emmy-nominated editor Justin Krohn, ACE and assistant editor Chris Guiral about their recent experience working on the Apple TV+ series WECRASHED, which stars Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway. We also dive deep into the working relationship between an editor and an assistant editor on Hollywood scripted television shows.Justin and Chris not only share their process of how they like to work together, but also give advice on what questions assistants can ask their editors if, for example, they want to start cutting scenes or possibly get a co-edit or maybe even get that support to getting bumped up to being a full-time editor.There's some great insight here from a successful editing team that has worked on very big shows including MR. ROBOT, HOMECOMING, BLOODLINE, TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN, and AMERICAN HORROR STORY.Some of the topics discussed in this episode include what questions an assistant editor can ask their editor when they're working together for the first time, why an assistant editor is a creative partner, why you don't need to have scripted TV credits to work on a scripted TV show, how editors can help their assistants move their career forward, how Justin and Chris collaborated on a cool montage sequence in episode 7 of WECRASHED, and a deeper behind-the-scenes look at their experience cutting the Apple TV+ series.---------BREAK INTO SCRIPTED, a new course from Hollywood Editing Mentor, is the ultimate guide to starting a career in the post-production department of films and scripted television shows. The Spring 2022 course sold out in a day, so make sure to get on the waitlist for the next round of enrollment: hollywoodeditingmentor.com/waitlist----------Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" and "Do You Want" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 26 - Deconstructing Mentorship and Promoting Diversity with editor Troy Takaki, ACE
Jan 26 2022
Ep. 26 - Deconstructing Mentorship and Promoting Diversity with editor Troy Takaki, ACE
Troy Takaki, ACE is a top film editor (and bass player for the punk band The Boneless Ones), who has cut such box office hits as SWEET HOME ALABAMA starring Reese Witherspoon and HITCH starring Will Smith.  He is one of the few picture editors that splits his time between features and television.  He recently edited shows such as YOU  for Netflix and MR. MERCEDES  for Direct TV, and is currently editing CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN  for Disney Plus. Aside from working on great projects, Troy has been very active in Hollywood mentoring those in the post production industry. He started the American Cinema Editors' Diversity Mentorship Program after editor Lilian Benson did an informal count several years ago and found that there were fewer than 25 people of color in the organization. In episode 26 of the Hollywood Editing Mentor Podcast, Troy will dive deep into mentoring - what it means to be mentored, how you can mentor other people, and why it's so important in the post production industry. He'll also break down his mentoring process and give advice on how you can find your own mentors. Troy will also tell us about his book "Don't Miss Out On Any Avocado Milkshakes: The Art and Joy of Being a Film Editor" and explain what American Cinema Editors and the ACE Diversity Mentorship Program are all about, as well as how you can become a member of both of these groups.Other topics Troy and I discuss are the importance of cutting projects on the side, how you can break in to Hollywood, why it's best to be in LA in you want to work in film or scripted television, and how you can get bumped up from assistant to editor. Tons of great advice in this one!CLICK HERE to join the Hollywood Editing Mentor community!SUBSCRIBE and leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts!Featured Music: "Crossing Over" and "Back To The Grind" by The Boneless OnesOriginal Music: "Apollo's Haze" and "Do You Want" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 25 - The Editing of NARCOS: MEXICO with Hugo Diaz and Chris Cavanagh
Nov 23 2021
Ep. 25 - The Editing of NARCOS: MEXICO with Hugo Diaz and Chris Cavanagh
Episode 25 of the Hollywood Editing Mentor podcast is a replay of a live webinar and Q&A about The Editing of Narcos: Mexico with Hugo Diaz and Chris Cavanagh that was recorded live on November 12, 2021. This episode has been edited for clarity. If you'd like to see the entire presentation, including the sample clips from season 3 of Narcos: Mexico that Hugo and Chris dissect, check out the video version of this episode on the Hollywood Editing Mentor YouTube Channel. Here are some of the topics that are discussed in episode 25:How Hugo and Chris landed the gig on Narcos: MexicoBreaking into scripted television editorial in HollywoodGetting editing opportunities as an assistantThe importance of being ready for and taking advantage of big opportunitiesHow Hugo got the chance to edit the main title of Narcos: Mexico (season 1) as an assistantShowing your editing work to producers as an assistantHow to build relationships with producersThe importance of communicating your goals to producers and other members of your editorial teamTransitioning from unscripted to scripted television editorialMaking a career transition when you have a familyBeing a non-Spanish speaker and working on Narcos: MexicoDissecting specific scenes from season 3 of Narcos: Mexico Shooting and editing season 3 of Narcos: Mexico during the pandemicWorking with a new character in the show, Victor TapiaThe historical accuracy of Narcos: Mexico Living in Tijuana, Mexico in the ‘90sAdvice for breaking in to scripted television editorial and getting promoted up to editorInsight into the career of a scripted television editorCommunicating with your editor as an assistantCLICK HERE to join the Hollywood Editing Mentor community!SUBSCRIBE and leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts!Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" and "Do You Want" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 24 - Improving Your Visual Storytelling Skills With The Help of EditMentor with Misha Tenenbaum
Sep 28 2021
Ep. 24 - Improving Your Visual Storytelling Skills With The Help of EditMentor with Misha Tenenbaum
Misha Tenenbaum from EditStock and EditMentor is my guest on episode 24 of the Hollywood Editing Mentor Podcast and he's on the show to tell you how you can become a better visual storyteller, and also give some advice to those that have that entrepreneurial spirit and are interested in starting their own business.EditMentor is more than just a tool to teach video editing. It's a reimagining of how all digital creative arts should be taught...through hands-on, project-based practice that places the understanding of creative technique, not software, at the center of a learner's educational experience. Misha is the CEO and Founder of EditMentor and he started this project because he believes that after reading and writing, video editing is the world's next literacy. So he's on show today to tell us how EditMentor works and how it can help you to take your visual storytelling game to the next level.We will also be discussing his journey from being an editor and assistant in Hollywood to becoming a business owner, how he overcame his fear of starting EditStock, how it’s important to pursue the path to what really is going to make you happy, the future of working from home in the post production industry, how the craft of editing is evolving, the EditMentor advance course taught by Stephen Mark, ACE (Deadwood, The X-Files, Sneaky Pete), and Misha will share advice for anyone trying to make a career transition or that is looking to start their entrepreneurial journey.Other topics discussed in this episode include:What motivated Misha to create EditStockHow Misha is shaping the post production industry     What Misha misses the most about working in post production in HollywoodHow Misha got the idea to create EditMentorThe path to creating EditMentorOvercoming challenges when trying to launch a businessThe future of online learningThinking of editing not only as a highly specialized artistic field for professionals only, but also as a universal language Learning to be video literateCLICK HERE to join the Hollywood Editing Mentor community!SUBSCRIBE and leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts!Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" and "Do You Want" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 23 - The Psychology of Editing, Coping With Job Rejection, and the World of Documentaries with editor Will Znidaric, ACE
Sep 14 2021
Ep. 23 - The Psychology of Editing, Coping With Job Rejection, and the World of Documentaries with editor Will Znidaric, ACE
Do you know of an editor that has won two ACE Eddie Awards in the same night?I do!That's Will Znidaric, ACE who's my guest on the show today and we’re gonna have a deep and honest conversation about the phycology of editing and also get some insight into the world of documentaries because Will has worked on some amazing, high profile projects such as the Oscar-winning documentary Winter on Fire, Five Came Back, Jane, Quincy, The Black Godfather, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, and Biggie: I've Got a Story to Tell. If you’ve watched a documentary in the last couple of years, you've very likely seen Will’s work. He’s gonna be talking not only about his editing process, but also share his thoughts on how psychology is 50% of the work, and it can be  attributed to finding success in post production and  becoming a better editor. But aside from being an awesome person and talented editor, Will is also very knowledgeable about the post production industry and has a lot of experience. About 5 years ago, he gave me some piece of advice that helped me make a mindset shift with regards to job rejection. For many years, I'd take it personally if I was not given a job opportunity and it created a lot of self doubt for me, which led to me losing motivation and belief in myself and my abilities. I have a story to share about how Will changed my perspective on rejection that will help you next time you  miss out on a job you wanted.Will and I will also be discussing his path from cutting commercials to award-winning documentaries, how it’s okay to take the long road to success in the post production industry, ways you can gain confidence and keep growing as an editor,  finding personal growth through pain, the importance of being an optimist as an editor, why it’s important to take care of your health, tips on how you can improve your storytelling skills, and we’ll get some practical advice from Will on how to become a documentary editor. Will and I also discuss the following topics:The connection between cinematography and editingDiscovering that a job or career is not right for youThe slow, steady approach from being assistant to becoming an editorStarting to build relationships as an assistant editorHaving a bright, open, helpful attitude will allow you to become a better editor How there are no shortcuts to good editingThe realities of working in editorialHow Will got first documentary gig on the Oscar-winning documentary Winter on FireThe essential skills of being a good editorHow Will finds the essence of the story in documentariesDebunking the myth that unscripted assistants or editors can’t work on scripted projects The importance of overcoming shyness, putting yourself out there, and communicating your goalsWhy it’s important to seek new challenges to keep growing as an editorThe health & wellness aspect of an editing careerHow taking work breaks helps with mental clarity and finding solutions in the editCLICK HERE to join the Hollywood Editing Mentor community!SUBSCRIBE and leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts!Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" and "Do You Want" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 22 - Building Trust, Cutting Comedy, and the Editing of "Ted Lasso" with editors Melissa McCoy, ACE and A.J. Catoline, ACE
Aug 31 2021
Ep. 22 - Building Trust, Cutting Comedy, and the Editing of "Ted Lasso" with editors Melissa McCoy, ACE and A.J. Catoline, ACE
This is episode 22 of the Hollywood Editing Mentor podcast and it’s for all those Ted Lasso fans out there. Emmy-nominated editors Melissa McCoy, ACE and A.J. Catoline, ACE are here to talk about the hit Apple TV+ show and we're gonna get a behind-the-scenes look at the editing of this awesome series.We’re also gonna talk about their approach to cutting comedy and discuss ways how to properly network and build trust with people in the post production industry.Melissa McCoy, ACE first fell in love with filmmaking, and editing specifically, while a student at Western Michigan University. She then made her way to California and earned a Master’s in Editing from Chapman University Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. In 2007 she earned a coveted internship with ACE, which jump-started her career. Melissa has edited Life Sentence for the CW and the action-comedy series, Whiskey Cavalier on ABC. Her work on Ted Lasso earned her an ACE Eddie Award and an Emmy nomination this year. A.J. Catoline, ACE  is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and USC’s Master of Professional Writing Program. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Motion Picture Editors Guild and is a regular contributor to CineMontage Magazine. In addition to Ted Lasso, his picture editing credits include Speechless (ABC), Brockmire (IFC) and Black Jesus (Adult Swim).Melissa, A.J., and I will be discussing the importance of building trust with people in order to find opportunities in the post production industry, the one skill that helped them stand out as assistant editors, how Ted Lasso is a show about mentorship, working on the edit with Jason Sudeikis, how they balanced the comedic and dramatic moments in the show, working with improv in comedy, and more great insight into the editing of season 2 of Ted Lasso!Other topics discussed in episode 22:Not knowing when a show will be a hit and giving it your best Learning something new on every jobHow Melissa and A.J. made their way to the editing chairPractical networking advice from Melissa and A.J.Adapting to working from home and using new technologyThe importance of taking breaks from workHow the Ted Lasso post production team communicates while working remotelyHow Jason Sudeikis embraced the use of iPhones in Ted LassoThe approach Melissa and A.J. took to editing season 2 of Ted LassoDetermining what’s funny and if a joke is going to work or notUsing ScriptSync in comedyHow Melissa put together the "She’s a Rainbow" sequence in episode 205CLICK HERE to join the Hollywood Editing Mentor community!SUBSCRIBE  and leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts!Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" and "Do You Want" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 21 - Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone and Being Prepared for Big Opportunities with editor/assistant editor Chris Cavanagh
Aug 10 2021
Ep. 21 - Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone and Being Prepared for Big Opportunities with editor/assistant editor Chris Cavanagh
One of the things about working in the post production industry is that a huge opportunity can suddenly come knocking without any notice. It certainly has happened to me. On episode 21 of the Hollywood Editing Mentor podcast, editor/assistant editor Chris Cavanagh joins me to talk about the importance of putting in the work to prepare ourselves for big opportunities, which he recently got when he was asked if he was ready to co-edit an episode of the hit Netflix show, Narcos: Mexico. We’ll hear all about his experience and some cool stories from the past 5 years because that’s how long I’ve known Chris. It was five years ago that Chris and I landed in Los Angeles and started our journey to transition from unscripted to scripted television. We met at a networking event not long after we both arrived in LA from New York City and instantly connected and became friends. We supported each other during this transitional period, eventually broke into scripted television editorial in Hollywood, and now we actually got a chance to work together on Narcos: Mexico. Chris was my assistant editor on season 3 and we ended up co-editing an episode. So now that he's getting his first scripted co-editing credit, Chris is also going to share his strategy for making his way to the editing chair full time.Chris and I will also be discussing ideas that can help you get out of your comfort zone in order to achieve your goals, how you can take ownership of your career and develop a vision for your future, ways to build trust with colleagues, the importance of putting yourself out there and communicating your interests, how we can find emotional support by being part of a community, why it’s important to give a job 100% effort even if you know it’s not suited for you, saying ‘no’ to work that is not going to lead us down the right career path, and much more practical advice and stories from two people that made a career change to pursue their dreams.Other topics discussed in this episode include:How Chris learned Spanish to prepare for working on season 3 of Narcos: MexicoCreating a financial plan to make a career change when you have a family and move to a new cityHow Chris got his first big break in scripted television as an assistant editor on the hit Netflix series, Cobra KaiCharacter-building moments at a Spartan RaceGetting hired on a scripted television series even though you don’t have the right experienceNot being an expert at a job, but being able to find solutions to problemsMaking mistakes at work doesn’t define who you areDoing everything possible to not make the same mistake twiceLearning new skills by simply talking to people and asking questionsHow episode 2 with Auggie Rexach influenced ChrisFinding support through mentorshipChris’ experience working on season 3 of Narcos: MexicoIncorporating yourself into a new post production teamNegotiating a co-editing credit as an assistant editorCLICK HERE to join the Hollywood Editing Mentor community!SUBSCRIBE  and leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts!Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 20 - The Power of Persistence and Social Skills, and the Editing of "Mare of Easttown" with editor Amy Duddleston, ACE
Jul 27 2021
Ep. 20 - The Power of Persistence and Social Skills, and the Editing of "Mare of Easttown" with editor Amy Duddleston, ACE
Amy Duddleston, ACE has over 30 years of experience in feature and television picture editing and most recently received two Emmy nominations for her work on HBO’s Mare of Easttown. Starting out as an apprentice editor, she made her way up to assistant editor working on films like My Own Private Idaho, Corrina, Corrina, and To Die For. As an editor, she has cut 20 features, including High Art, Laurel Canyon, Elegy, and Gus Van Sant’s remake of Psycho, as well as nearly 80 hours of television on series such as Dexter, The Killing, Vida, Hunters, and most recently, Mare of Easttown.In episode 20, Amy and I talk about the role persistence plays in launching and maintaining an editing career. It’s no mystery that it can be challenging to break in to this industry, but if we believe it’s possible, immersive ourselves in our goals, tune out any external distractions and stick with it, we will achieve our dreams. Amy also points out how 80% of success in this industry is having good communication and a positive attitude. While she has always been good at her job, it’s these social skills that have opened up opportunities for her.Amy and I also discuss how she got jobs when she first landed in LA by cold calling, the importance of finding a mentor, the difference between working in film and scripted television editorial, how saving money and managing our finances can help us with our editing career, tips for cutting dark or disturbing scenes, and of course we’ll talk about Amy’s experience editing Mare of Easttown and she’ll also share her biggest piece of advice for those trying to break in to film and scripted television editing in Hollywood. A lot of the advice Amy shares are things I applied on my own journey to Hollywood and I can tell you from experience…it works! Amy’s been doing this for over 30 years so she knows a thing or two about this industry. Definitely pay attention and take plenty of notes, there’s tons of great information in this one!We also dive into the following topics in episode 20:How reading an article in college about legendary editor Dede Allen inspired Amy to become an editorAmy’s first film intership in the editorial department of Revenge of the NerdsWorking harder to prove yourself as a female editor in HollywoodWorking from home and collaborating with directors and producersBeing mentored by editor Curtiss Clayton (My Own Private Idaho)The importance of putting yourself out there and telling people what your goals areWhat Amy really liked about editing scripted television showsHow the 2008 financial crisis had an effect on Amy’s editing careerAmy taking over the editing of all the episodes of Mare of Easttown when the other editor got firedExploring Mare’s (played by Kate Winslet) personal journey of self-growth in the editAmy explains the mystery behind the “Dog of Easttown”The benefit of taking a step back in your careerCLICK HERE to learn more about Hollywood Editing Mentor private one-on-one mentoring sessionsSUBSCRIBE to the Hollywood Editing Mentor podcast and leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts!Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 19 - Being a Versatile Editor, Following Your Dreams, and the Editing of "What Drives Us" with editor Dean Gonzalez
May 19 2021
Ep. 19 - Being a Versatile Editor, Following Your Dreams, and the Editing of "What Drives Us" with editor Dean Gonzalez
Editor Dean Gonzalez has worked with some of my favorite bands (Pearl Jam, The Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and other creative artists that I admire (Danny Clinch, Mark Pellington), and has been able to make the journey from commercials to music videos to documentaries to feature films. In episode 19, Dean shares advice on how to become a versatile editor and maneuver a diverse editing career.He also share his experience editing the documentary What Drives Us, directed by Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures), which features some of the biggest artists in music like U2’s The Edge, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, St. Vincent, Flea, Ringo Starr, and many more recalling the early days of their career when they went on the road in a van. These legendary artists did what they needed to do to follow their dreams, so we’ll connect that idea with our own careers as editors.Dean and I talk about this awesome documentary, how editors can have success working on a variety of projects, how to avoid being pigeonholed, why it’s okay to suck to succeed, how to learn to trust ourselves, what you can learn from working on projects you’re not crazy about, Dean’s strategy for cutting music videos and documentaries, how he used DaVinci Resolve to edit What Drives Us, and much more.Lots of cool stories, great career advice, and technical tips in this one!CLICK HERE to join the Hollywood Editing Mentor community!SUBSCRIBE to the Hollywood Editing Mentor podcast and leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts!Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 18 - Getting a Job After College and The Benefits of Having a Mentor with post production assistant Haylie Bantle
Apr 6 2021
Ep. 18 - Getting a Job After College and The Benefits of Having a Mentor with post production assistant Haylie Bantle
It's almost the end of the school year and some college grads will be looking to start a career in editing or post production. My guest on episode 18 of the Hollywood Editing Mentor podcast is post production assistant Haylie Bantle, who was my first mentee of the Hollywood Editing Mentor program. Haylie graduated from college about a year ago right when the pandemic hit and was looking to pursue a career in post production in Hollywood. She signed up to work with me for eight sessions and before we got to finish all of our one-on-one virtual classes, she was able to find a job in Los Angeles in the middle of the pandemic while living in another city.In this episode, Haylie and I talk about our experience working together and what she got out of this program, what steps she took to secure her first job in LA, developing effective networking strategies, the benefits of having a mentor, the things they don’t teach you in film school, tips for creating a great resume, the importance of looking out for your own interests, and what her life has been like now that she’s been living and working in Hollywood. Haylie also shares her biggest piece of advice for graduating students that are looking to begin their editing career.Another great episode with a lot of practical information and real-life experiences that you can use to learn and develop strategies to start your own journey to achieving your career goals. SHARE THIS EPISODE with any students or recent college grads who are thinking about or looking to pursue a career in post production!CLICK HERE to join the Hollywood Editing Mentor community and be notified of the next enrollment period for one-on-one mentoring sessions. SUBSCRIBE to the Hollywood Editing Mentor podcast and leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts!Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 17 - Becoming an Assistant Editor, Getting Promoted to Editor, and Landing the Second Editing Gig in Scripted TV with editor Garret Donnelly
Mar 16 2021
Ep. 17 - Becoming an Assistant Editor, Getting Promoted to Editor, and Landing the Second Editing Gig in Scripted TV with editor Garret Donnelly
Garret Donnelly is one of those editors that everyone wants to collaborate with not only because of his editing skills, but also because he's a pleasure to be around. He's always made it a point to do the best work possible while maintaining a positive attitude. It's safe to say that taking this approach has allowed him to move up the editing ranks quickly and work on such hit shows as Narcos: Mexico, NOS4A2, Knightfall, 24: Legacy, and Homeland.I was fortunate to be Garret's assistant editor on two shows and was able to co-edit an episode with him. He was also very instrumental in me being promoted to full-time editor and also getting my second editing credit. We became good friends and I consider him one of my mentors. I've learned a lot from him, everything from how to be a better storyteller to navigating office politics. In episode 17 of the Hollywood Editing Mentor podcast, Garret and I talk about the three early stages of an editorial career in scripted television - becoming an assistant editor, getting promoted to editor, and landing the second editing gig. Being that he guided me through this process, Garret and I share practical advice through real life experiences that we've lived through either by ourselves or while working together. It's this type of information that you won't find anywhere else and that schools certainly don't teach. SUBSCRIBE to the Hollywood Editing Mentor podcast and leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts!JOIN the Hollywood Editing Mentor community. It's free!Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk
Ep. 16 - The Strength of Humility, Embracing Mistakes, Communicating Effectively, and Scoring "The Queen's Gambit" with composer Carlos Rafael Rivera
Feb 23 2021
Ep. 16 - The Strength of Humility, Embracing Mistakes, Communicating Effectively, and Scoring "The Queen's Gambit" with composer Carlos Rafael Rivera
We're still talking about Netflix's The Queen's Gambit on the Hollywood Editing Mentor podcast. Emmy-winning composer Carlos Rafael Rivera is my guest on episode 16 and he's here to talk about his experience scoring The Queen's Gambit and how he collaborated with Michelle Tesoro, ACE, who was on the previous episode of the podcast, and how Carlos met writer/director Scott Frank, it's a really cool story of how they paired up. We're also gonna get into the psychological concepts and principles that deal with career advancement, such as being humble and knowing your place in the work environment, as well as embracing mistakes and failures, and using these experiences to learn and overcome our fears. It's these principles that he learned from his upbringing that he has applied to his life and career and therefore has allowed him to find great success in Hollywood.Carlos and I talk all things The Queen's Gambit and music, but we also discuss the importance of effective communication and learning the language of film, dealing with imposter syndrome and taming the fears that can come with working in film and scripted TV, the biggest lesson he learned from being replaced on a project, and the idea that what we are shouldn't define what we make. A protegé of Randy Newman, Emmy-winning composer Carlos Rafel Rivera's work for film and television includes scoring one of Netflix's most viewed and acclaimed shows in history, The Queen's Gambit. Additionally, he has scored Netflix's Godless, directed by Scott Frank and produced by Steven Soderbergh, starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Dockery, as well as Universal Pictures' A Walk Among the Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson.SUBSCRIBE to the Hollywood Editing Mentor podcast and leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts!Other topics Carlos and I talk about:Being born in Washington DC and growing up in Central AmericaAcclimating to the culture in Central AmericaMoving to LA to get his Masters in music composition and getting his rock band signed to Universal RecordsInterpreting  and executing the director’s ideas as a composer Picking your battles as a composerCarlos’ approach to composing music Scoring over 20 chess matches in The Queen’s GambitMaking chess interesting through musicWhat Carlos has learned from the many years making musicHow to deal with uncertainty and second-guessing your workHow Carlos takes care of his health Why Carlos is inspired by the lives of comediansWhen Scott Frank first told Carlos aboutThe Queen’s Gambit through Scott Frank and his initial thoughts for music after reading the novel written by Walter TevisHIs approach to writing the main title theme for The Queen’s GambitScott Frank’s initial idea for the score and how it evolved throughout the seriesThe challenges and journey of composing the right scoreWriting the music to The Queen’s Gambit with no temp score from editor Michelle Tesoro, ACEHaving a true collaborative process where there is actual support in lieu of fear and doubtDeveloping internal motivators Join the Hollywood Editing Mentor community. It's free!Original Music: "Apollo's Haze" by JesusdapnkFacebook: www.fb.com/jesusdapnkSoundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/jesusdapnkInstagram: @jesusdapnk