Hudson Edit in Detroit has added three to its talent roster, including editor Zach DuFresne and the editorial and design team Gentlemen (made up of editor Derek Swanson and designer Dave Graw). Gentlemen is also being added to the roster of Hudson Edit’s sister company, Avalon Films, for directorial representation.
Gentlemen are a creative collective that combines editorial with design and motion graphics. Graw and Swanson have been friends and creative partners since meeting in a basement at a band rehearsal back in 1999. That led to their longest-running collaborative project to date, the ongoing web series Solid Dudes Kitchen.
Graw worked as a freelance graphic artist and designer, first in print, later in motion, for a number of companies in the Detroit area, while Swanson worked as an editor for such companies as Beast and Mad River Post. In September 2013 they formed Gentlemen, which allows them to explore a variety of modes of content creation encompassing both production and post. Recent projects include a music video for the band Bars of Gold and a spot for the Detroit City Football Club.
Editor DuFresne joins Hudson Edit from Territory. In 2007, while at STS Griot, he won first place in the AICE Filmspotting (now known as Camp Kuleshov) editing competition for assistants for his PSA, Get Out. More recently, his work on the Corvette Stingray project Biometric Test Drive for Chevrolet was awarded with a 2014 Bronze Telly.
DuFresne says the offer to join Hudson Edit’s welcoming atmosphere was too enticing to pass up. “I know the caliber of talent they’ve been bringing on and I love how actively they’re fostering a creative environment,” he notes.