This is a section from the middle of “Wilhemina’s War”, festival version. One of the activists we’ve been following goes to chat with a pastor, and then we go to a local barbershop to hear some men talk about how seriously they take HIV/AIDS prevention. We had so much great stuff from the barbershop, I swear there’s another film hiding just in the conversations there. Without spoiling anything, it turns out the men tell us what they think we want to hear when the activists are around, but it’s a different story later on.
As an editor, neither of these scenes felt promising at first, but there was some great stuff hiding in the footage. The scene with the pastor seemed stagey. But the pastor’s reactions are not staged, and really demonstrate the difference between hearing something and understanding it – you see him make that transition.
The barbershop footage seemed like a chaotic mess, and the audio was terrible – there are fans blowing the whole time. But after listening closely, we realized there was something instructive going on amidst the banter and bragging. The audio team at Splash Studios did some amazing work cleaning this up, and the result is a memorable scene that crystalizes the point that no matter what we know, we sometimes still do what we want anyway.
This is the beginning few minutes of the ‘festival’ version of “Wilhemina’s War”. It sort of eases into the story, letting you meet several of our main characters in an evocative way.
We had an even longer version of the church service that was very pretty, but that kept us from really getting the film started for too long. We also had parts of this scene at the end of the film several times before we came up with the ending we settled on.
Episode title: “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”
I edited this episode of DOG for Hybrid Films. Classic “Dog” storytelling, a mix of walkie traffic and OTFs. 3 camera coverage, run and gun…This sequence includes Dog and Beth splitting into separate teams, some cross cutting between locations. The full show is available from iTunes here.
This documentary follows a patriarch and his family as they try to rebuild their homes in the lower 9th ward of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. After several years of filming, it found a home on Frontline. This is the open to the film, which I like as it really sets the mood for what things were like down there for a while, and then we meet our main character organically, the way it really happened. I can still remember practically everything Mr. Gettridge said the first time June and the cameraman John Baynard met him. There was a lot of information in the grain of his voice.
“Leonard’s family” excerpt • This section of the film introduces us to one of Mr. Gettridge’s sons, and we begin to feel the extent of the family and community that was lost. I always liked this section because his sons and their families displayed the same tenacity as Mr. Gettridge, but expressed it much differently.
I edited this video for Time.com. I also snuck in a few shots I picked up myself on the way in to work one morning.Before cutting this video, I had noticed the bike lanes but not realized how much they were part of a systemic effort to change the streets of NY city. It’s kind of amazing, and very welcome.
Part of a documentary I co-edited for Dan Rather Presents, about international adoptions gone wrong, and the unintended consequences when adoptive parents feel they’ve taken on something they can’t handle.