Interview With Michael Tronick: Editing Major Feature Films

Michael Tronick is a feature film editor who edited Suicide Squad, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Straight Outta Compton plus many other movies you probably watched and loved. His career spans close to 40 years, not just as a picture editor but also as a music editor. In this episode, I get to speak with Michael and learn how he got to where he is at today, what he loves the most about the business, how he goes about editing a feature film, dealing with the politics in a Studio environment, what it was like to work with Brad and Angelina in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, plus much more!

Show Notes

  • An overview of Michael’s extensive editing career.
  • Music editors and composers in the post production process.
  • The difference between a music editor and a picture editor.
  • The intricacies of editing a feature film.
  • Who Michael looks up to the most.
  • Where Michael gets his inspiration from.
  • An overview of Michael’s editing workflow.
  • Working with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
  • Tips on adding music to a scene.
  • The balance between being artistic, technical and politics.
  • How the success of the previous movie affects getting his next gig.
  • How Michael get’s his editing gigs.
  • Leveraging the Internet and working with people across the globe.
  • Challenges and tips for dealing with a large crew.
  • What Michael misses from the old days of filmmaking.
  • Michael’s future plans and pursuits.

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