In our 'Sit Down With' features Soho Soho loves to chat and share the work of a wide range of industry movers and shakers. There is so much great talent moving through the ranks and here we chat with one such person.
Assistant Editor at Stitch, Jennifer Tividad shares her thoughts on the art of editing, her favourite moments and what she might be doing if she wasn't editing all day.
What inspired you to be an editor?
It was actually a happy accident, I had to quickly learn how to edit for an online hula hoop competition I’d entered with a friend several years ago, I found myself spending hours creating these silly hoop films and absolutely loving it - I quickly realised I wanted to pursue it so I could end up doing what I enjoyed for a living.
What does your job entail?
When a treatment comes in I try to understand what it is the director is trying to achieve, then I work closely with them to try and deliver a film that does that!
What skills do you need to be a good editor?
Stamina! A good listener and communicator, exercise honesty with an open, creative mind, willing to trying as many viable options as possible in order to get the work where it needs to be to feel right and great!
What’s your favourite part of your job?
Being able to meet directors, creating interesting pieces of work together, discovering new things, techniques - a lot of these also often again happen as happy accidents! Also being able to say I genuinely enjoy my job and I’m able to constantly learn things and be challenged by it.
Has your style been influenced by other editor’s work?
I’m not sure I really have a style yet - I don’t think I’ve been cutting enough yet! And each project I’ve done so far has its own requirements and sort of demand it’s own thing but no doubt I’ve been inspired by existing work in some way!
What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t an editor?
I’d like to think I’d be somewhere on a nice hot sunny beach, teaching people how to surf maybe!? I don’t actually know how to surf yet but that sounds pretty good.
What projects are you most proud of?
The Mess is definitely my most emotional and meaningful project so far, it was really great to get feedback from lots of people saying it resonated with them in some way, hopefully this film will help create awareness and understanding of bi polar and mental health in general.
What are your latest projects?
Recently I finished a promo for the band Fickle Friends, directed by Daniel Alexander Harris at My Accomplice, it was a tricky two story, split screen edit that really messed with our heads when it got to the early hours of the morning, we were each other’s counsel through that one!
Lastly after a long day of editing what do you like to spend your spare time getting up to?
Nothing crazy, catching up with friends, maybe painting something to liven up my rented flat, cooking, watching a good film, or tv series.
To view more of Jennifer's work then click here: http://homespun.tv/editor/jennifer-tividad