NFMLA Interview Series: Greg Sirota on Editing
Greg Sirota is a Film and TV Editor with over 20 years of experience, editing award-winning scripted and unscripted TV, features, and short films.
Most recently, Greg has been with Ryan Murphy Television as an editor on the TV shows 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star on Fox, and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Pose on FX. Other recent credits include The Crossing on ABC and SyFy’s Z Nation. Previously, he worked with George Lucas at Lucasfilm as a writer, producer and editor on documentary features for Paramount and PBS.
Greg is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received his MFA in Directing and Editing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Our Moderator is NFMLA Board Member Varda Bar-Kar, award-winning director of the feature music documentary Big Voice (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu) and the upcoming documentary Fandango at the Wall. Varda also directed for Ryan Murphy’s hit Fox Show 9-1-1 after she participated in his Half Foundation Program diversity initiative.
We’ll find out how Greg came to be a successful editor of TV and film, and what he believes are the key elements in shooting a TV show or film in order to have a successful cut. He’ll talk about how he collaborates with directors and what it’s like having different director on each episode. He’ll detail what techniques he uses to create a sense of flow and continuity. He’ll talk about the differences between working with a seasoned director and a first-time director, and what he’s learned from these experiences. Finally, he will touch upon the hierarchy in the world of TV post-production.
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