One of the many recent achievements of multi-award nominated editor Daria Ellerman was to see her work on Mina Shum’s feature Mediation Park open the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival. Daria brings her talent to features, television series and documentaries. Editing comedy – she really loves to laugh at work – is one of her passions and she is skilled at editing music. Editing isn’t just a day job to Daria – she is a founding member of the Canadian Cinema Editors and has been a mentor editor at the acclaimed Banff Centre. When not working, Daria loves jazz music, French food, and travelling.
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Jamie Alain is a happy man. He loves his job, and has three young kids who, he says, “seem to like him”. Jamie thinks a good editor is someone who listens and absorbs what the footage is saying, what the directors and producers are asking for, and translates all that into something that “sings.” The long list of directors that he’d love to work for include Sean Baker, Denis Villeneuve, Edgar Wright, Bong Joon-Ho, and the ghost of Robert Altman.
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An acute asthma attack ended Lisa Robison’s 10-year career in the camera department, but it also meant that she discovered her true passion, editing. Lisa believes that her on-set experience is invaluable in the post world that she now works in. The film that made the most impact on Lisa is Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight. She says its originality stopped her in her tracks and helped her realize that she could edit using her instincts. That realization was spot on, and Lisa now has 4 Daytime Emmy nominations, 7 Leo Award wins, and a number of international award nominations to her credit. Her other passions are cycling, her two rescue dogs, and exploring Hawaii and Italy.
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When Trevor isn’t finding the magic in the film footage from other film projects, he’s filming his own. Of the five award winning short horror films he’s made, The Freeze was screened at festivals across North America in 2017 and 2018. Whatever the project, Trevor relishes his role in shaping the final product. Among his many career highlights, Trevor has worked with editor Dede Allen (The Breakfast Club, Dog Day Afternoon, Bonnie and Clyde). A huge Star Wars fan, Trevor also loves to write film scripts, play hockey, ski, enjoys food and swimming with his two daughters.
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Nicole Ratcliffe first saw the power an edit can have while attending film school. From that moment, her future was determined - she wanted to be an editor. During her almost twenty-year career, she has easily moved from genre to genre. “To me, the single most important part of my work is the story. Whether telling the story through dialogue, reactions, or both, the story has to come first,” says Nicole. While working with directors and producers to assemble exactly what they are looking for, Nicole brings a laid-back, calm and optimistic vibe to her editing suite. When she isn’t editing, Nicole fly fishes with her partner, Tony, and their dog Keegan. She can also be found making resin jewelry for family and friends, and as a lover of horror, creating dark, abstract paintings.
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Falling asleep to the sounds of his father’s band practising in their basement, James always thought he was destined for a career in music. A spark of cinematic love grew quickly as a teenager watching his favourite TV host Elwy Yost, dissecting classic films each weekend on Saturday Night at the Movies. Years later, James' college cinematography instructor told him, "If you really want to know how to make films, you should learn to edit." Heeding this advice, James called fifteen editors before one took a chance on him and set him on a 25-year career as an editor in Canada and the USA working on comedy, drama and music-oriented genres. In between rainstorms on the Sunshine Coast, James married his wife Andrea and has traveled extensively through North and South America, Australia and Europe. In his down time, James plays guitar, bass, keyboards, ukulele, mandolin and banjo.
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Luis puts how he feel about his job quite simply: “Being part of the movie industry has been a dream come true.” Luis is acutely aware that editing can make or break a movie and that a great editor always elevates their material. A huge film and TV buff, Luis’ favourite viewing includes The Twilight Zone (for its strange mix of horror, science fiction, drama, comedy and superstition), The Tree of Life (because he felt like he was in someone’s dream), and Six Feet Under (for its drama, comedy, horror and beauty). Luis loves to cook and feed people. At the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, he hands out bagels, lox, and cream cheese to other revellers, just for the sake of it.
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Richard loves getting high...soaring on thermals. As a licensed sailplane pilot, he’s flown over 250 miles in one flight and has soared to over 20,000 feet. This intrepidness matches his approach to editing. "It’s my job to bring a fresh set of eyes to every project, and it’s crucial for editors to have a keen understanding of story along with a strong point of view, considering the amount of footage and choices we’re faced with each day.” Richard prides himself on not being pigeon-holed, starting his career in US network comedies, and then moving to dramatic series, and lately, action films. "I’m comfortable moving between genres. I believe great editors have an innate sense of storytelling and can properly craft any story well.” Richard also loves exploring the outdoors, traveling, photography, live jazz, and spending time with his family.
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Sabrina’s love of motion pictures started at a young age with the gift of a digital camera, and a youth spent guerilla filmmaking. Now an award-winning editor who, she says, works from her gut, Sabrina counts Whiplash as a movie she admires greatly: “This is one of the few films where the editing affected me both physically and emotionally – it was beautifully crafted.” Outside of editing, Sabrina loves to soak up exhibits at museums and galleries and hike in the BC wilderness. Oh, and she has a long and impressive list of credits as a voice actor for cartoons!
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Nancy started taking photos at age 7 and quickly graduated to films on her dad’s 8mm Bell and Howell. If she had an editing hero it would be Jill Bilcock, the editor of Baz Luhrmann’s Red Curtain series as well as Muriel’s Wedding, A Cry In The Dark and Elizabeth. Understanding story, character arcs, and pacing are keys to good editing, according to Nancy. When she’s not working, Nancy loves road biking, pickleball, travel, and food. Despite all of her career success, Nancy says that caring for of her mom in the last three months of her life has given her the most satisfaction, made her a more evolved person, and has enriched her editing and all that she does.
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What drew Jackie to editing? It’s simple – editing, she says, is the perfect vantage point for all things film: composition, direction, character, and the design of a good story. A fascination with human psychology and a desire to inject beauty into every job she does, are also hallmarks of Jackie’s work. That formula works for this Gemini award winning editor. Outside of the job Jackie lists among her pastimes, “paranormal hobbyist!”
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The link between the filmmakers that Lisa most admired when growing up was that they were all, at one time, film editors. Known for her compassion and understanding of human nature, Lisa tries to find the hidden truth behind a scene. Thinking outside the box and pinpointing the essence of the story enable Lisa to excel at her craft and her passion for editing has garnered her a Gemini and numerous other. Lisa loves the great outdoors - skiing, hiking, and gardening – where her two German Shepherds are her constant companions.
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When first introduced to editing at university, its power immediately fascinated Dan. That fascination grew into a career that he says brought him his greatest satisfaction in life. While cutting, Dan approaches each scene asking “Who’s point of view is this?” and “What is their goal and motivation?” He scours footage for reactions to enhance performances and notes alternatives to suggest while working with directors and producers. He’d loved to have worked on the original Star Wars movies or any fantasy film, like Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. When not cutting, he pursues his other artistic passions - painting and writing.
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As a teenager, Gordon was ‘that guy' who worked at the video store, devouring all the stock. As a musician, he knows all about tempo and rhythm. For Gordon, editing captures the essential elements of both those loves. While, he says, he’s the Susan Lucci of editing nominations, he’s managed to raise a firecracker of a daughter, maintained a fabulous marriage, and played in a number of pretty cool bands. Gordon clearly lives life to the full so it’s not surprising that if he had a personal motto it would be “I’ll sleep when I’m dead!”
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You could say that editing is in David’s blood – his father was an Academy nominated editor. With four award wins (Golden Horse x2, Hong Kong Film Award, Asian Film Award) and 20 nominations for feature film and sound design to his name, David has done his father proud. Based in both Vancouver and Thailand, David has worked extensively on North American as well as Asian productions. Not surprisingly, he loves travelling throughout Asia. Creativity, technical knowledge and diplomacy are, says David, the key factors to editing success.
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Jason is a happy man. He has a job he loves, a wonderful partner, two awesome kids, and he loves living in Vancouver. Jason is such an admirer of Scorsese – he’d love to see the original footage of Goodfellas so he can see how the masterpiece was crafted – that “Goodfella” is part of his email address! An avid sports fan, Jason actually won tickets to Superbowl 32 via a radio trivia contest – a great payoff for what he describes as all the trivia floating around in his brain.
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Super 8mm Claymation and home movie production introduced Eric to the power of editing. Perseverance, humility, and a willingness to try new things are what makes an accomplished editor says Eric. Eric says that raising a son while working full time in our wacky business is one of his biggest achievements. He has a Shitzu/Poodle/Pomeranian called JD who, apparently, can destroy your self esteem with a glance.
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Charles – nominated for two Emmy Awards - took mastering the art of editing so seriously he took acting lessons to learn performance from the other side of the screen. Charles recently edited two series of a TV sit-com and said the experience was so fantastic he’d “do comedy again and again.” Regardless of genre, for Charles, storytelling is a “vast world of insane riches” and he relishes every chance to work with talented crew and directors. Charles lives in the country, keeps chickens and bees, has planted a fair sized and thriving orchard, and gets enormous satisfaction from keeping his wood shed fully stocked and all his tools sharp.
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Finding the best possible story in any project is Mark’s passion. The technical skills he’s honed and his sociable nature help bridge creative differences to produce the best possible story for a given project. Mark has worked on features, television and short form projects and he’s equally comfortable working in all genres – he just loves exercising his craft. When he’s not in the editing suite, Mark skis, mountain bikes, sails, windsurfs, travels and watches movies. His greatest satisfaction in life? Raising his kids.
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A farm boy at heart, Michael has strayed a long way from the home range when it comes to his work and life. An accomplished editor and musician, Michael has worked for major film studios in the US and the UK for over 25 years. He's particularly proud of the work he did to help Marcel Ophuls complete his documentary, The Memory of Justice, about the Nuremburg Trials, the Vietnam War and the nature of war atrocity. Michael manages to combine his perfectionism with a huge sense of fun and a wide range of interests. He makes his own films, restores cars, is an accomplished finish carpenter, sings baritone in a charity show choir and has an amazing collection of Cooke, Leica and Switar lenses.
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Garry is an explorer; he spent a year walking the west to the east coast of Africa including traversing the Sahara Desert. This adventurousness can be seen in his editing. A lover of literature and storytelling of all kinds with a gift for sound and music design, Garry has an amazing ability to see aspects of footage that others don’t notice. This gift helps him weave dynamic and seamless storylines. His most recent favourite feature is Dunkirk for its poetic style, scant dialogue, and great sound design.
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With a resume including merchant marine seaman, paragliding instructor, and Cessna pilot, you’d be correct to expect Stein to be a high achiever in everything he undertakes. This award-winning editor combines an inspired technical knowledge – he’s on his seventh editing system – with confidence and humility; the confidence to know he is on the right path and the humility to explore all the options available. Stein says that this formula, coupled with a working speed that allows extra time for creativity, produces diamonds from rough dailies. Stein also plays guitar, is fluent in Norwegian, and can get by in Spanish.
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Ever since he was a child, Kelly loved movies and knew he wanted to be involved in making them. Not many people realize their childhood dream, but Kelly, with features ranging from a number of Disney products to adult crime and drama on his resume, certainly has. Outside of work, Kelly is a huge sports fan, is addicted to social media, has two small children, and a cat called Lily.
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After graduating from the renowned QCA film program in Australia, Mark followed his dreams and moved to Hollywood North. His first job was as an editorial PA on a science fiction series, where he learned the Avid, prepared dailies and chased after FedEx trucks to meet deadlines. His technical skill and passion for editing saw him quickly get promoted; and he spent 8 years as a sought-after Assistant Editor before becoming an Editor. Mark has experience in cutting drama, comedy, action and horror, but above all, he loves “crafting amazing stories with highly creative people, no matter the genre. It’s all about working with a great team
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Jon, is a well-rounded guy. A self-confessed tech nerd, he finds film editing the perfect blend of the creative and the technical. His desire to see the "why" of a scene creates impactful and emotionally fulfilling cuts, and he puts a premium on clear communication with directors and producers. This ensures the footage goes in the right direction and keeps the story strong. Jon considers Mad Max: Fury Road to be a masterclass in action direction and editing and would love to have worked on it. When he's not plying his skills in the cutting room, Jon takes part in powerlifting and strongman competitions, bakes sourdough, plays classical guitar and loves retro video games.
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Mauri brings a remarkably creative life to the editing suite. She’s performed as an actor, puppeteer, and a noted improv comedian. She enjoyed seven seasons under Salem. Salem the cat on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and puppeteered dozens of characters in Team America, World Police. With all this experience, it’s not surprising that Mauri knows how to edit for impactful storytelling. She jokes that she can detect any pea lurking under the mattresses – whether it’s that one line of dialogue that keeps the scene from working, or that singular glance that’s too brief, she'll smooth out the lumps.
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In his final year of music school, Jason took a summer job in a cutting room. He found the experience intoxicating – the sounds of splicers cutting film, splicing tape being applied, and the constant buzz of rewinds. It changed the course of his career from music teacher to film editor. Two decades later, the magic of the craft has only increased for him and he's racked up an impressive list of credits. Like many editors, Jason's musical background contributes to the pace and dynamism of his cuts. That sense of rhythm, an acute attention to detail, and a strong work ethic are all traits of a skilled editor says Jason. Outside work, he loves jazz, travel, scotch and Sci-Fi movies.
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Crazy about films, Alison Grace determined to be a film editor in her teens. It's not surprising that she succeeded, her personal motto is "failure is not an option". Proud that she was able to turn her passion into a highly successful career, Alison has been recognized with Genie, Gemini and Leo Awards. When she started out, she worked as a dialog and ADR editor and says those skills have proved invaluable in her work. A film Alison particularly admires is The English Patient.
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Kirk Hay was such a fan of the BBC car show Top Gear, he quit his job in Vancouver, moved to London, coach surfed, and hustled to work on the production. Three months later, he landed a job doing whatever he could. For a self-confessed “attention to details” sort of guy, that was quite some act of spontaneity. Years later, Kirk brings that level of enthusiasm to his work as an editor: He likes to refine the story down, find its pace and get into a character’s frame of mind. Editing isn’t Kirk’s only enthusiasm. He restores vintage cars, is an avid woodworker, gardener, fisherman and hiker. Oh, and also digs for gold in the small mine that he owns.
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James lives his life immersed in the visual. As well as being a seasoned editor, his other passion, photography, has led to a number of successful exhibitions. Clearly multi-talented, he's also done voiceover work for several of the productions that he's worked on. In the editing suite, James thrives on collaboration and he's not afraid to take risks by trying crazy ideas. "Duds are easy to discard and successes are rather rewarding," is his philosophy. James is also a huge fan of jazz, classical music, his wife and two wonderful daughters!
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Justin is a thoughtful, generous spirited man. It shows in his work. Anything that connects one human being to another interests him. He believes that all great art captures the "why of what we are." His love of editing also stems from taking the responsibility of assembling and elevating the work of hundreds of other artists into a singular vision. He admires and would love to work with Jordan Peele, Denis Villeneuve, Edgar Wright and Guillermo Del Toro – all masters of genre who subvert expectations.
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According to Jesse, a great editor should excel in emotional understanding, have the desire to explore alternate realities, and be an ace at time management. A tall order for most people but, like many editors, Jesse has the winning combination of left brain, right brain balance. Asked which filmmaker he'd most like to work with, Jesse gives a surprizing response. He'd spend time with Dr. Karen Pearlman, acclaimed academic and author on the psychological effects of editing on audiences. Although Jess like to dig deep with everything he does, when it comes to work, his formula for success is simple: great work gets you recognition; a great attitude gets you hired.
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Rick's love of filmmaking was sparked by making Super 8 movies as a kid. Since then, he's notched up credits for scores of productions in a range of genres. His other interests are as eclectic as his resume. They include collecting the iconic Nash Metropolitan car, riding Honda Mini Trail bikes (hard tails only), reading up on the early history of Hollywood, neon signs, and music (Bowie, Costello etc.). In the editing suite, his formula for success is to work effectively at speed, and to keep things light.
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Lara Mazur believes that one of the biggest myths about film editors is that all that they want to be directors. Although Lara has worked with many of Canada's most eminent directors -- she's a recipient of a CCE Lifetime Achievement Award -- she has no desire to stray from the field she has so clearly mastered. Asked what the secret sauce to editing success is, Lara says "A good editor searches for the truth in the performances and the story." Achieving that goal, again and again, has been the biggest satisfaction in Lara’s life.
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If Gregory wasn't an editor, he might be an inventor. He has that combination of zany creativity, resourcefulness, and determination that you'd likely need. Five years ago, Gregory and some friends attempted to build a hyperspace telephone booth. After a struggle, (they weren't phone booth scientists) it actually worked. Gregory brings that same combination of qualities, along with a great sense of humour, to the editing booth. He believes that being a great editor requires technical wizardry, master storytelling, impeccable timing, and an easy-going nature. His lifelong pursuit is to perfect his craft.
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It’s amazing how life can change in an instant. When, a few decades ago, Jason Schneider walked into a university bar to meet a bandmate, his long-term plan was to be a school teacher. During the evening, someone mentioned that you can make a living as film editor. When he left the bar, his career plan had done a 360. He was going to be an editor. Since then, he has forged an impressive resume, the highlight of which was working with Denys Arcand. He loves to take a story someplace beyond original expectations and says his musicality – he has a background in song writing and recording -- helps with pacing and structure.
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Well told stories are all about evoking emotion in the audience. That's something Christopher Smith understands, and always strives for. An emotional person himself, he confesses to misting up every time he watches Field of Dreams and, because he always "feels" his films, he'd love to work with director Danny Boyle. As well as being an editor, Christopher plays rock music, loves Maui, is a devoted dad, and claims that one of his notable achievements is tricking his wife into marrying him. But that’s another story.
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Christine McLeod loves the challenge of editing dialogue -- selecting the best tracks and fixing mic bumps, mic crackle, dropouts and distortions -- it's all grist to the mill to this seasoned editor.
With Wu Assassins, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Snow Walker, and The Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting on her list of extensive credits, Christine puts a premium on building rapport and getting to know what each client expects, instead of repeating the same style for every job.
Christine particularly admires Better Call Saul because of all the small details which draw in the audience and allow for a fuller viewing experience. She also likes the fact that the music doesn't interfere with the dialogue, or force emotion from the audience.
When she's not applying her passion to her work, Christine loves to garden, play piano, cook, and travel.
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Kevin Barron has an appreciation of soundscapes way beyond his work in the editing suite. He loves the sound of wind through trees, the sounds of happy dogs at play in local parks, and the sounds of laughter and conversation in his neighbourhood at night. When he is working, Kevin relishes scrutinizing sound dailies in search of the perfect consonant to replace part of an inaudible word, or looking at a scene or an object to figure out the best way to make it sound how it looks, without sacrificing the integrity and intelligibility of the important dialogue. Aside from his sound editing skills, Kevin is a writer, avid skier and snowshoer, experienced veterinary technician and, having grown up on a ranch, he can still milk a goat.
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Joseph Rossi feels blessed. Blessed with a fulfilling career, with a happy family life, and with having lifelong friends. He loves the creative investment that editing involves and how a great edit makes him feel. As a veteran sound editor, he has close to 1,000 hours of aired content to his name. When not in the editing suite, Joseph loves to cook, travel, watch soccer, follow Formula One, play tennis and golf, and hang out with his kids on gorgeous beaches. If having a rich life contributes to becoming a great editor, Joseph makes the grade.
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When you combine a natural talent with decades of skill development, you pretty much hit the right note – every time. Award-winning Music Editor Paul Shatto has created stories with audio for Motive, The Terror, Unspeakable, My Little Pony, and The Shack. Not only that, this well-rounded audiophile is also an acclaimed music producer for country-pop artists. When he’s not immersed in sound waves, Paul loves to sail in his yacht throughout the fabulous Pacific North West.
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