It's always great to feature someone you admire, especially when they're super talented. However, this week we also get to showcase a friend.
Having worked with Charlie I understand why so many people are attracted to her ability as an Editor. However, it's her gorgeous personality that you equally fall for. Now based in LA, Charlie has built up an international client base and is often seen hopping around the US and Europe working on exciting new projects.
Just when you think you can define her work she surprises you with a new style and take on editing. She's a natural storyteller who brings so much energy to every film. As an editor she immerses herself within projects enabling her to truly understand what the director, agency and client all hope to achieve from their efforts and indeed investment. You might be able to tell I'm a BIG fan..!
For now though let's hear from Charlie Harvey...
1.What inspired you to be an editor?
It looked fun! I’d studied to be a journalist but then randomly took a job in the tv department at M&C Saatchi in London. I had lots of paperwork to do and they had an edit suite. I quickly figured out how to shift my responsibilities around so some other poor bugger got to do all my paperwork.
2. What does your job entail?
Before I’ve even seen a script, creatives have been developing it for months, carefully choosing the right director who can take that script to the next level and bring it to life. It's my job to take all that and craft it into the best film it can be. It's so important to understand the ideas and visions of the people you are working with while still being able to add a new perspective.
3.What skills do you need to be a good editor?
Taste.. which is so subjective.
4.What’s your favourite part of your job?
There’s always a magical couple of hours that comes, especially with big jobs where you really have to find and build the story. It's something that suddenly kicks in and before you know it this sequence of shots and sounds that were a mess five minutes ago turn into a story, with rhythm and emotion. It’s without a doubt the most magical part of my job.
5. If there were one thing you could change about your job what would it be?
I’d make New York two hours closer. I hate that flight, it’s too long.
6. Has your style been influenced by other editor’s work?
I think if you’re lucky enough to work under great editors coming up the ranks then you already have a head start. A style is something you develop for yourself and it's something that is influenced by so many different things. I learnt from some great editors never to be complacent. The best people I know always questioned themselves, not because they were indecisive, but because they were always pushing themselves. They always gave their best no matter how big or small the job was.
7. What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t an editor?
I’d have stuck to journalism and I’d be writing stories instead.
8. What projects are you most proud of?
Some of the projects i’m most proud of are the ones that turn into something special when you don't expect them to. The ones that aren’t meant to be amazing but really become something great. Like Powerade “Nico’ directed by AG Rojas.
9. What are your latest projects?
Kia 'Colette Davis campaign' with D&G Directed by Jake Scott Secret ‘ Money musical with W&K Portland Directed by Raine Allen-Miller Nike ‘Phenomenal' with W&K Tokyo Directed by Canada
10. Lastly after a long day of editing what do you like to spend your spare time getting up to?