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John Gilroy, ACE, on editing
Roman J. Israel, Esq.

By Amy Leland

John Gilroy, ACE, comes from an impressive storytelling family. His father, Frank D. Gilroy, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, as well as a screenwriter and director for film and television. His older brother Tony is a screenwriter and director, known for films such as Michael Clayton and the Jason Bourne series. His fraternal twin Dan is also a screenwriter and director, whose work includes the film Nightcrawler. John’s editing credits include his brothers’ films Michael Clayton and Nightcrawler, as well as many others, including Warrior, Pacific Rim and Rogue One.

While the Gilroy brothers have often worked together, they have all also made significant films independently. With a family filled with such storytelling talents, it is no surprise that John ended up where he is now, but it turns out his path wasn’t as predestined as one might think. I sat down with him to talk about that legacy, his path toward it, and his most recent editing project, Roman J. Israel, Esq. The film stars Denzel Washington, and yes, it was written and directed by twin brother Dan.

Did you want to be in this industry because it’s the family business?
It may be the opposite of that. My brothers and I grew up around the film industry because our dad’s in the business. He’s a writer/director. We didn’t live in Hollywood. We lived in upstate New York, but we were in orbit of all that throughout our childhood. I decided to go the other way. I actually thought, “I’ll be a lawyer.”

I majored in government at college, but by graduation I really didn’t want to go through another three years of law school. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I worked as a bartender for a couple of years in New York, which was a lot of fun. Then I just started gravitating toward the film business.

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Directing Postmodern Jukebox’s
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This piece is a nod to the band’s tradition of locked-off, one-take videos and moves from static to dynamic in a stylish, choreographed journey.

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Review: A look at Red Giant's Trapcode Suite 14
By Brady Betzel

The 14th update to the Trapcode suite is small but powerful. It brings significant updates to Version 3 of Trapcode as well as Form.

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Behind the Title: Butter Music and Sound’s Chip Herter

As director of creative sync services, Herter's role was designed to be a catch-all for all things music licensing, including music supervision.

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Behind the Title: Prism
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Abbe Daniel joins NYC’s
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