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This week we 'Sit Down With' The Perfectly Named Editor Julian Tranquille of Cut+Run

19 February 2018

This week we were delighted to take some time out to chat with the long admired Editor Julian Tranquille or Jules of Cut+Run.

Soho Soho has been around for a quite a while and I've been around even longer, so it's been a pleasure to see Jules' career soar over the years. In that time he's not changed one bit. His calm nature means you'll always be greeted with a smile from this thoroughly cheerful chap.

Here he shares his entry into editing, his following in the footsteps of his mentor Steve Gandolfi and the highlights from his career so far.

So over to you Jules...

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1.How did you become an editor?

The unromantic version is I fell into it, but I like to think it was destiny! After finishing Uni, I caught this programme on TV about getting into the film world which showed that the best way in is to get a job as a runner. I sent out 50 CV's and got 1 reply. I turned up at Production Company, Limelight on a Friday and was there for 3 years. They'd been trialling runners all week, and Ed, the head-runner there said he saw my CV and liked my name so I got the call! After a short time at Limelight, I was made in-house editor. They had an edit system where you could load in footage and cut with it digitally. At first, I was simply putting together and sending out director showreels, but eventually started playing around with my own stuff, which led on to helping out with storyboards, animatics, and before I know it I was cutting promos and short films. I was then put in touch with Steve Gandolfi who had just opened up Cut&Run, and the rest is sweet history.

2. What does your job entail?

I'm sometimes given enormous amounts of footage that has to ultimately end up being assembled in such a way that the viewer is left actually understanding and feeling something. Editing is the invisible art form and I see the rushes as a canvas and want to tell the story with as much emotion as I can, it’s all about instinct.

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3.What skills do you need to be a good editor?

I think you need to be calm, patient, creative, artistic, intuitive, instinctive, objective, lucky. Walter Murch said 'half the job is doing the job the other half is finding ways to get along with people and tuning yourself in to the delicacy of the situation'.

4.What’s your favourite part of your job?

All of it. I love sitting down on the first day on my own going through all the footage and formulating ideas that can take the edit beyond the storyboard. Then crafting it further with the director, and reaching that point when you know inside that editing magic has happened, and finally catching my work on tv or in the cinema still always gives me a buzz'.

5. If there were one thing you could change about your job what would it be? Can I have two?

  1. I'd do something so that I wouldn't feel like fast forwarding through ad breaks anymore-I'd make it illegal for brands to not make big badass ads, and
  2. slow down time.

6. Has your style been influenced by other editor’s work?

Influence can come from being inspired by what you see around you, so I see my fellow editor's work, or may catch something on tv and notice that its done in a really good way, and make a mental note of it. My biggest influence has to be my sensei Steve Gandolfi hehe! I spent many hours, days sitting next to him watching him cut, learning the craft, and he is a master. It really is all about the fine details, and every frame matters.

7. What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t an editor?

I think I would have always gravitated towards designing something. I feel my path was laid out before me, and I didn't really stray.

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8. What projects are you most proud of?

I'm so fortunate and thankful to be able to work in an industry where every now and then something superb comes along. I love what I do and get paid for it! I've travelled the world working with the most fascinatingly-talented people on some amazing projects, hung out with Busta Rhymes, cut Superbowl ads, but, being a Bond fan since forever, one highlight has to be working with the brilliant Danny Kleinman cutting the title credits for Spectre.

9. What are your latest projects?

Recently finished some quirky little spots for Yopa directed by The Perlorian Bros, and at this very moment I’m working out of the New York office on some Marriott spots.

10. Lastly after a long day of editing what do you like to spend your spare time getting up to?

There's nothing better than coming home from a good day at the office and walking through the door to screams and cuddles from my daughters Daisy, Neve and Ellie. Then after bedtimes, some delicious food and wine!! They are my life outside of work.