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Sit Down With Cut & Run's Nick Armstrong

26 April 2017

We sat down with Cut and Run's editor, Nick Armstrong to delve deeper into his industry inspirations and how he got to where he is today!

1. What inspired you to become an editor?
A culmination of lot's of moments and different things: Star Wars, Spike Jonze, MTV, my first computer - an Amstrad CPC, Ridley Scott, Jonathan Glazer, a photography night-class I did at my local library, Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker… all the other editors at Cut+Run. I'm still inspired by new things and people everyday. 

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2. What path did you take to get there?   I made good tea as a runner. I made good QuickTimes as an Assistant Editor. I made good friends with some great Directors.

3. Lead us through your average working day…
Work wise there is no average day; every job is different and come with it's own unique set of challenges and timescales. At the start of a job I like to be on my own selecting the footage and by the end it's a wholly different challenge managing several creative opinions into the best possible film. There will be a lot of coffee and a lot of conversation about film.

4. What’s your favourite part of the job?
The alchemy. No amount of planning or editing theory can account for when moments of magic happen when picture meets sound or two shots fit together to create something so much more, that people emotionally respond to.  It's about spotting these moments, harnessing them and remembering the feeling the first time you saw it after the next several hundred viewings.

5. You’ve cut both at home and abroad, how does the work process differ?
It doesn't. It might appear aesthetically different on the surface. Whoever is leading the process, and on whatever desk, the fundamentals of story telling and meaning-making are still the same.

6. When it comes to the edit, have you any favourite moments in film history?
The beginning of Once Upon A Time In The West and the end of Goodfellas. The opening of City Of God is a fast samba like rhythmical edit full of jump cuts and chicken POVs that finishes in a bullet time match cut. It's bonkers and brilliant.

7. Are there any particular projects you’re most proud of?
I've done some great work with 4Creative I'm proud of. A series of films for The Times & The Sunday Times called the Unquiet Series that was with an amazing team of people from top to bottom that turned out to be well recognised. Most recently I finished a film for the new Unkle song 'Cowboys Or Indians'; I'm a huge fan of them and the directors, Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones, so that was really awesome to work on.

8. What do you like to do when you’re not editing?
I like going to the cinema it's still the best environment to enjoy pictures and sound at its most crafted without the second screen distraction.