This week we delve into the mind of MSE's latest Editor, Jake Armstrong.
1.What inspired you to be an editor?
I've always had a real love for music videos and when I was in a band I really wanted to star in one! After I left music, I still wanted to stay in that creative world, so I bought a camera and shot and edited promos for my mates. Once i'd finished a few of these, I quickly realised that the editing side of filmmaking was what I felt most passionate for. Luckily my aunt was a top film trailer editor over in LA, so I hopped on a plane and got some experience cutting with her for a few months. After that, I knew it was for me.
2.What skills do you need to be a good editor?
You have to be creative and willing to try different ideas. It's easy to just put a couple of shots in a row. If you lack the enthusiasm to be adventurous with an edit, there's no point in being an editor.
3.What’s your favourite part of your job? I love the whole process from start to finish but when it comes to tracklaying an edit with sound effects, it brings the whole spot to life. Every shot of a wooden door opening needs a creaking effect! End of.
4. If there were one thing you could change about your job what would it be?
An edit always benefits from having more time to grow and develop. Sometimes you do have to sleep on it and pick it back up the next day. When you've been given an extra day or two to work on a cut, you really can see a difference.
5. Has your style been influenced by other editors’ work?
Absolutely. As an assistant, working next to editors on a daily basis is invaluable experience. I have been lucky enough at Marshall street to work with all of the editors multiple times. Everyone has their own unique way of doing things. You take in all the most interesting and influencing attributes from each of them and you build your own style.
6. What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t an editor?
That's a tough question. The first time I cut something, I felt such a buzz at the prospect of becoming an editor that I've never thought about anything else since. But if had to be doing something outside of our industry, I would have loved to be a music producer.
7. What projects are you most proud of?
Some of my earliest music videos I'd say. Back then, I didn't have a clue what I was doing. Both as a director and as an editor. I had a copy of final cut 7 and a book on the basic tips cutting tips. I spent a long time putting them together and looking back, the edits are pretty shocking, but I’m still really proud of them.
8. What are your latest projects?
This year’s been particularly good for me as I've been working with some really great people. At the start of the year I worked with Sonny’s Nick Ritter on some Tanqueray spots. I was pretty much given full creative control with the edit and ideas, so that was a lot of fun. Another couple of recent standout projects would be promos for Nothing But Thieves with Black Dog’s Thomas James, and Bossman Birdie with Fat Lemon’s Luke Davies. I had so much fun putting those together.
- Lastly after a long day of editing what do you like to spend your spare time getting up to? Whenever I can get a game of football in - whether it's a kick about or watching with mates - I'm a happy chap!
Jake has recently been promoted to editor at Marshall Street Editors. You can check out his reel here: http://sohosoho.tv/showreels/Jake-Armstrong--Marshall-Street-Editors-2b1823