NAME: Benjamin Entrup
COMPANY: Spot Welders
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
Spot Welders is a bicoastal editorial house founded by executive producer David Glean and editor Robert Duffy.
WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
Assembling footage for the first time and constructing story and structure out of sounds and images. There is always a script, often a storyboard and sometimes previz. But once you get the footage, it might be very different from what was planned. Finding the right structure, assembling everything and seeing it for the first time coming together is something I love.
The other part of the job requires a lot of diplomatic sensibilities, working closely with your director and helping them to fulfill their vision, communicating with the other post departments and, later on, managing the expectations of agencies, clients and everybody else.
WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
You often end up being the link between the many post departments, and this can make the job the opposite from the dark and lonely room that people might think you work in.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
Editing a piece can be a very emotional process. Combining sounds, pictures and music for the first time and realizing that something works, and that you’ve found the right tonality and rhythm for a piece, amazes me every time.
WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
I do love every part of the job, but watching something for the first time with an audience can be an uncomfortable but necessary experience.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRODUCTIVE TIME OF THE DAY?
The quiet time of early mornings or late evenings.
IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
I always had a passion for architecture and building structure — constructing something out of nothing, creating emotion with form. That’s something you can do as an editor or an architect.
HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
My parents worked in radio, so working in this realm was always something I considered. Then I fell in love with Steven Spielberg movies.
CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
I recently edited my first feature film since film school and really enjoyed the contrast to the short form projects I mostly work on.
YOU HAVE WORKED ON A VARIETY OF PROJECTS. DO YOU PUT ON A DIFFERENT HAT WHEN CUTTING FOR A SPECIFIC GENRE?
I love the different challenges of editing commercials, documentaries and feature films. But independent from genre, every new project presents new challenges and every director works differently. So you have to adjust your approach every time to the shooting style and the to way each story should be told.
WHAT IS THE PROJECT THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
Hard to say, but probably We Miss You, a film I worked on back in film school. This project opened many doors and was the starting point of a great friendship and working alliance with its director, Hanna Maria Heidrich. Film school was the start of many great collaborations and it’s amazing being able to work with people you can also call your friends.
WHAT DO YOU USE TO EDIT?
I started editing on Final Cut Pro, but now work mostly on Avid, although I sometimes use Premiere as well. It’s great having different tools at your disposal, and sometimes editing in Premiere can be great and right for a project, but I love Avid’s responsiveness, stability and how customizable it is.
NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
Gaming mice — I love the precision of a good mouse.
Coffee machines — life without caffeine would be very hard for me.
My phone — sadly, I spend too much time staring at screens, but I love my apps.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS FROM IT ALL?
When in LA, I love taking road trips or to go hiking. Leaving the city and all this technology behind feels very necessary sometimes.