The Movie Trailer Editor
"Success to me is waking up everyday to do what you love."
After taking a film editing class in college, Jennifer discovered her passion for movie trailers. She had always loved the music and the story, but learning the logistics sparked an idea. “I loved how creative the trailer editing process was and the freedom of storytelling you got as an editor,” she shared. Now, Jennifer is one of the youngest assistant editors for one of the top five movie trailer companies in the world. She has worked on countless trailers including “Black Panther,” “A Quiet Place,” “Creed 2” and “Venom.” “I love that movie trailers can capture the soul and intention of the film,” she said. “From the sound design and music choices, trailers can capture the true intention of the film.”
What was your major in college?
I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and media arts with minors in advertising and English.
Why do you love what you do?
I love that movie trailers can capture the soul and intention of the film. From the sound design and music choices, trailers can capture the true intention of the film sometimes better than the film itself.
How did you discover your passion for your job?
I have always loved movie trailers because of the music and the story. However, it wasn’t until my sophomore year of college when I took a film editing class, that I realized it was my passion. One of our assignments was to cut a teaser trailer for Southern Methodist University’s biannual film, and once I started the project I couldn’t get enough. I loved how creative the trailer editing process was and the freedom of storytelling that you got as an editor.
How do you define success?
Success to me is waking up every day to do what you love, while also making a positive impact on the world.
What motivates you?
My passion for storytelling in all forms.
What does a regular day at work look like for you? Is there a “regular” day?
On a regular day at work I come into the office at 1 p.m. and leave at 9 p.m., since the assistant editors are on a staggered shift system. In any given day I can work on five to 10 different movies posting up assets for clients, over cutting material, doing music cue sheets and completing finishing preps.
Where did you grow up?
Thousand Oaks, California.
Where do you live now?
Los Angeles, California.
Who is your role model?
What are four things you can't live without?
My family, friends, movies and music.
On average, how long does it take to make a movie trailer?
It depends on the film. On average it can take three to six months to cut a trailer depending on the size of the film, the amount of visual effects and when in the year it’s coming out. In addition to cutting the trailer for the movie we cut TV spots, bumpers, digital campaigns and even interactive billboards.
What’s the most high-profile movie trailer you have worked on?
There’s honestly too many to name one. I’ve worked on “Mission Impossible: Fallout”, “Black Panther,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “A Quiet Place,” “Hereditary,” “Bumblebee,” “Bad Times at the El Royale,” “First Man,” “Creed 2” and “Venom” to name a few.
What has been your favorite movie trailer to work on?
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you or your work?
One of my favorite movies is “The Holiday!”
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