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Behind the Title: Stitch senior editor Gabriel Britz

NAME: Gabriel Britz

COMPANY: Stitch (@STITCHEDITING)

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
We are a boutique editing company that specializes in commercials, digital content, music videos and films. We have studios in Los Angeles and London.

WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Senior Editor

WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
As an editor I work with directors, creatives and producers on various projects to help stories reach their maximum impact for viewers.

WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
Everyone has an idea of how something should look or feel, and usually there are many ways to get there with editing. Sometimes I have to work pretty hard to convince people that one idea or a group of ideas are better than another. So at time, I’m a mediator of creative ideas or a politician of opinions.

Britz edited this documentary for Expedia.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
I love the collaborative process and seeing how many ideas can coalesce to create something that is unexpected and stronger that any one of its parts.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Rendering, exporting, transcoding, crashing computers. Basically, anything that hinders the creative flow.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
I like the mornings the best because I feel I am most productive at that time of day.

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
Getting bossed around by my daughter a lot more often.

HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
I chose this profession because I love creating things and telling stories. I started making skateboard videos with friends at an early age and always preferred to make movies in school instead of writing papers.

CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
I worked with Intel on a spot about a scientist in Tasmania who placed tiny tracking devices on the backs of honeybees to try and determine why their colony numbers are declining.

Intel

WHAT IS THE PROJECT THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
I worked on a short documentary about a father coming to terms with his daughter’s sexuality for Expedia directed by Elliot Rausch.

NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
My laptop and my phone are probably the most important. I think I could probably get by without anything else.

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
Instagram and Facebook

DO YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC WHILE YOU WORK?
I listen to a lot of music at work — some by choice some by necessity.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS FROM IT ALL?
Play with my kids and spend time with my wife. We like to travel when we can.

Stitch beefs up staff with editor Gabriel Britz

Editor Gabriel Britz has joined LA-based creative editorial shop Stitch. Britz comes to Stitch from Rock Paper Scissors, where he started as an assistant straight out of film school,  which he attended at the University of California San Diego.

Britz, who works in a variety of styles and genres, says, “I love the creative process of editing, of working with people and really digging in to find the best way to tell the story. That’s especially true in documentary work, where you’re essentially writing the film in the editing room.”

“When you look across the breadth of his work it’s easy to see why Gabe is a great complement to our roster here at Stitch,” says partner/editor Dan Swietlik. “Whether working in an action genre like he’s done for Halo or playing with design and motion graphics, like in his title sequences for shows like Masters of Sex or Justified, he’s got a knack for getting at the heart of what the script, show or brand is about.”

The Masters of Sex title work is a good example of Britz’s versatility; the sequence looks like it was built from vintage stock footage and stock images, all of which depict visual metaphors for doing the dirty deed. According to Britz, almost all of the images seen were crafted by the production crew at Elastic, the VFX and production arm of RPS, often shooting on tabletop in their own studio. (You can check it out here.)