Editor Robert Komatsu just received an Emmy nomination for editing the pilot episode of Mrs. America titled "Phyllis." Aside from this nomination, Mrs. America received nine other Emmy nominations for Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Cate Blanchett), Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Limited Series or movie (Tracey Ullman, Margo Martindale, Uzo Uduba), among others.
In the past there have been many good reasons why someone might choose to hire or work with a remote editor, however during the time of Covid-19 it’s become more of a necessity. If you’re planning on working with an off-site editor, there are some things you can do that will:
Color is one part of the creative process that has distinct advantages to being completed in person. Typically, you’re working with the original footage, which can be quite large and hard to transfer over the internet. If you’re the client, it’s best to see exactly what the colorist is seeing. If you’re the colorist, you definitely want your client approving the color on your color calibrated monitor.
The year 2020 presented itself with a different face. One that most of us never anticipated. The pandemic has forced us into a new reality.
A lot of team leaders are beginning to realize that the answer to surviving in this new world is ‘flexibility’ – a break from the traditional way of doing things. You would want to know how to boost productivity while working remotely, even when you’re in the film/TV production industry.
If I had to pick one constant among independent film festival submissions it would be unintelligible dialogue. The cause of desperation of every director; the bane of every mixing engineer’s existence; the source of suffering of your friends and family, forced to go through a whole movie they don’t understand because the actors’ words simply can’t be heard. This and many other nuances of your film’s sound are the victims of a few often overlooked details, which in turn result in the delivery of a subpar soundtrack, driving your audio post team insane and wasting production money. Good news is these mistakes can very easily be prevented. You can start by tackling a few key issues often associated with your role.
by Michael Valinsky
After initially meeting at Manhattan Edit Workshop's Inside the Cutting Room event, we followed up to talk further with Emmy-Award winning editor Arielle Amsalem at Third Rail Coffee in Greenwich Village, NYC. One of the most promising up-and-coming documentary editors today, we had the opportunity to ask her a whole range of questions. Here's our fully-caffeinated interview.