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Behind the Title: Cut+Run managing director Michelle Eskin

NAME: Michelle Eskin

COMPANY: Cut+Run

WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Co-Owner and Managing Director

WHAT DOES YOUR JOB ENTAIL?
Managing the Cut+Run Los Angeles, San Francisco and Austin offices, managing our brand, growing our business model, nurturing our talent, being at the pulse of what our client base needs.

WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER YOUR TITLE?
Being the camp counselor, therapist and snack manager all in one.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?  
The people — funny, smart, original and unusual people. Our industry has that in spades.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Having to turn down a great project because a schedule doesn’t work.
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WHAT ARE SOME RECENT PROJECTS?
Some recent ones include Disney and Dr. Pepper (pictured), as well as Skittles, Adidas, Mazda and Lego — all of which helped earned us the Shots nomination for “Company of the Year.”

This is a distinct honor, especially since we are the only US company listed and have two editors in that category. But what was also amazing was to see other talented editors who came up through the Cut+Run ranks. Mentoring new talent is something that we enjoy and we think it’s exciting and vital for the evolution of our industry.

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
I can’t even imagine, and that speaks to how much this job – my life — really, means to me. I’ve grown up in advertising.

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HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
The path just led me. I never knew where it was taking me. Luckily, it matched my skill set.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
Watching work from up-and-coming artists, such as the New Directors’ Showcase, films and the creativity from my teenage children.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS FROM IT ALL?
I exercise and spend time with my family. Spending time at the beach in Santa Barbara is my quick get away. Close, but miles away in terms of my daily life.

10 fun editing how-to’s from Sean Stender

Cut+Run’s Sean Stender has been a working editor for nine years, but that wasn’t the professional path he initially set out on.  After graduating college, his goal was to be a director of photography.

“I always had a fascination with photography, but never took it seriously or really studied the craft until I was in college,” he explains. “I worked for Clarimont Camera as a sales assistant while a student, and I was able to leverage those contacts to get my foot in the door at various commercial production companies.”

After working as freelance camera assistant for a couple years, Stender (@smstender) soon realized that being on set wasn’t right for him. Shortly after, he took a job at production company Reactor Films as a vault manager. This is where he started cutting his teeth as an editor — he started cutting director’s cuts for Steve Chase, Chris Applebaum, Warren Kushner and Thom Higgins. A few years later he decided to make the jump to post, and the managing director of Cut+Run, Michelle Eskin, brought him on board in 2008, where he has been editing ever since.

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Levi’s and XO Mints

Over the years Stenger, who is based at Cut+Run’s LA studio and uses an Avid Media Composer, has cut projects for Neato Robotics, ARCO, Starbucks, Levi’s, Fiat and XO Mints, among other humorous commercial campaigns. During this time he picked up some valuable experience, and is sharing it here as lighthearted tips. Enjoy…

How to break a creative block…
Pull your assistant into the bathroom for a mid-stream brainstorming session.

How to get a break after 12 hours behind the screen…
Pound on the keyboard and walk out of the room while yelling for your assistant to come in to re-start the Avid because it “crashed.”

How to work through lunch…
Order a smoothie with a long straw (hands free).

How to successfully pull off the all-nighter…
Berocca, hand sanitizer and lots of PG Tips (wonderful British tea).

How to keep smiling in difficult situations….
Make sure your desk is facing a wall.

How to nudge your client down the right creative path…
Break out the Blueberry Kush.

How to help your family forget the holiday(s) you missed…
Adopt a puppy.

How to keep cutting great creative work…
Surround yourself with amazing talent.

How to end a project on a high note….
Nobu.

How to succeed in life….
Work hard and be nice to everyone.

A little more about Sean Stender: His favorite show is PBS’ California’s Gold and his podcast queue includes WTF With Marc Maron and Freakonomics. In his spare time he can be found at Dodger Stadium, behind a still camera or hanging out with his French bulldog named Sammy Davis Jr. 

Cut+Run ups Amburr Farls to head of production

Cut+Run has promoted senior producer Amburr Farls to head of production for its Los Angeles, San Francisco and Austin offices.

Since joining Cut+Run in 2013, Farls has produced projects for BK Subservient Chicken Returns, Pepsi (World Cup), Turbo Tax (Super Bowl) and Miller Lite. She was previously senior producer at Arcade Edit and at Beast. She also enjoyed successful producer tenures at both FilmCore and Trailer Park.

US managing director Michelle Eskin had this to say about Faris: “She has a wide breadth of production experience gathered during her tenure in the industry. Our Cut+Run culture is an important part of our overall brand philosophy and success. Amburr enhances this with a wealth of ideas and dynamic energy each day. Additionally, Amburr will oversee our production practices and team in an effort to hone continuity and efficiency.”

“Her work on complex projects, budgeting and adept skill with clients, along with her creative cultural ideas, have helped raise our C+R bar even higher,” agreed EP Carr Schilling.

In addition to editing services, Cut+Run offers resources for visual effects, design and finishing services for advertising, entertainment and art content.