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Behind the Title: Editor Bob Mori

NAME: Bob Mori

WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
I’m a film editor working in commercials, feature films and experiential media projects. My experience is with brands such as Nike, BMW, Time Warner, Ford, Jeep, Coca-Cola, Scion, Altoids, LG, Sega, Dyson, Warner Bros., USPS, Chrysler, L’Oréal, Neutrogena, Budweiser, LucasArts, Dodge, Adidas,Toyota and AT&T.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY:
I am currently working freelance in the Los Angeles and New York markets. I have worked with Jump, Optimus, Cosmo Street and Red Car.

WHAT DO YOU EDIT ON?
I use Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro — visual effects, sound design and music are all-inclusive.

WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT YOUR ROLE AS AN EDITOR?
I nurture projects from award to final mix and delivery. Once on board A project, I’m there every step of the way.

Bob Mori

Bob Mori in his edit suite.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
I have a few: working with a creative team that understands everyone’s participation is important to success; elevation of the concept even at the smallest level; dedication, conceptual thought and grace through years of my own personal experience; and watching an audience’s reaction to all that hard work!

WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
Being nimble and wearing many hats throughout the process. Having aesthetic and technical knowledge that includes different approaches. Starting again never scares me.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?

Running out of time and knowing that we could have made it better. Everyone has experienced this, and it’s a reality we’ve all come to accept.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
Watching dailies. Although, now we call them “media assets”… right? Usually it’s at double speed due to time constraints.

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
I never had a “Plan B” mapped out. This is bliss for me. I love what I do and can’t dream of doing anything else.

HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
That dye was set early on for me. I shot and edited films on 8mm film in high school. I was a film major at Columbia College in Chicago.

CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU’VE WORKED ON?
In late 2015, my commercial projects included Equifax, Home Advisor and South of Wilshire.

I also did work for On the Record With Mick Rock. Rock is a British photographer, best known for his iconic shots of rock and roll legends such as Queen, David Bowie, Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and The Sex Pistols.

WHAT RECENT PROJECT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
Who’s Driving Doug just had its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. It opened in theaters and VOD on February 26. The film stars RJ Mitte of Breaking Bad, Paloma Kwiatkowski of Bates Motel, Ray William Johnson of Equals Three, and Daphne Zuniga.

NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer, Photoshop and, of course, my iPhone.

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
Every. Single. One. Facebook, Instagram, you name it. I’m easy to find and communicate with everywhere in the world.

DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE YOU WORK?
Music is essential to picture cutting. Not just popular music, but every genre. Some of my best friends are music composers. And usually (with rare exception) music is half of what you are emotionally feeling while watching.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS FROM IT ALL?
Yoga. Hiking. The beach. Walking my dog Bruno (who is in our main photo). And escaping into film. As Frank Capra famously said, “As with heroin, the antidote to film is more film.”

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