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Behind the Title: Spot Welders’ Benjamin Entrup

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?
Offline Editor

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.

Benjamin Entrup edited “The Passenger” for Deutsche Bahn and starring Iggy Pop.

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.

EP Anna Rotholz joins NYC’s Spot Welders

Spot Welders, an editorial shop with offices in NYC and LA, has hired Anna Rotholz as executive producer/head of development in their NYC office. Having previously worked as a rep with Spot Welders early in her career, Rotholz brings over a decade of sales experience upon her return to the edit house. She has worked with directors, editors and designers at shops such as Believe Media, Uber Content, Imaginary Forces, Whitehouse Post, Union Editorial, Barking Owl Music, Independent Media, O Positive and Biscuit Filmworks, among numerous others.

“Anna started with Spot Welders 12 years ago in sales, when we first opened our office in New York,” notes Spot Welders managing partner David Glean. “I’m super excited to reconnect with her now as our EP/head of business development.”

The addition of Rotholz will further expand client relations and business development that enhances the editorial shop’s current pipeline of high-level projects, including notable VR and experiential pieces for the likes of The New York Times, Facebook, U2, Samsung and Bacardi.

She studied advertising and production at Hunter College, and after working for an independent rep as a full-time sales assistant, she went on to land a junior rep position at Ziegler Management, working for clients across production, post production and design. In 2009 she shifted in-house at Outside Edit + Design as head of sales, growing the slate of award-winning work out of the Soho boutique. Rotholz then landed at The Family as a senior rep, where she spent over five years. Most recently, she served as an in-house sales rep at Union Editorial before rejoining Spot Welders.

Editor Erin Nordstrom joins Spot Welders

Editor Erin Nordstrom, whose resume includes spots, documentaries and music videos, has joined creative editorial shop Spot Welders. While based at the studio in LA, she will also be available for the New York office and East Coast-based agency clients. Her editing tools of choice are Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer. See her work here.

Nordstrom joins Spot Welders from the Santa Monica office of Optimus, where she worked for the past six years. Prior to that she spent seven years freelancing for a range of agencies and post companies in Southern California. A graduate of Indiana University, she started her career with a small editorial company in LA that worked frequently for the boutique creative agency Ground Zero. She eventually joined the agency as its staff editor.

Her advertising work includes spots that range from emotional to comedic for such brands as Activision, Columbia Sportswear, Samsung, Taco Bell, Motorola, Honda and many others.

Nordstrom describes her freelance years as a time when her work “ran the gamut of what you could do as an editor. It was a great learning experience, and forced me to exercise lots of creative muscles.” She made countless connections with filmmakers, creatives and producers, many of which have opened doors for her creatively.

One example is during her stint at Optimus, her EP connected her with a producer who was working on a passion project about a headstrong artist who frequently clashed with the patrons who hired him to carve intricate caves out of desert sandstone formations.  The resulting film, Cave Digger, directed by Jeffrey Karoff, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2014.

“Erin’s background is a great complement to her skills as an editor,” says Joanne Ferraro, EP at Spot Welders’ New York office. “She has an insider’s knowledge of how to collaborate with and support agency creatives, and her freelance years have let her sample the best approaches to problem-solving at post houses all over LA. Combine that with her long-form work with documentary and music video directors and you have a formidable talent with a deep perspective on her craft.

Editor Jason Kileen joins Spot Welders NYC

Spot Welders in New York has brought on editor Jason Kileen. He comes to the creative editors shop from Nomad, here he’s been cutting spots for clients such as Hershey’s, Budweiser, American Express and Kit Kat. Prior to that he was at P.S. 260, where he cut with directors such as Spike Lee and Errol Morris for Heineken, M&M’s and Morgan Stanley.

He recently edited a funny teaser for Timmy Brothers Water, directed by Paul Riccio. It profiles the Timmy brothers, decked out in their hipster beards and summer beanies, talking about what their handcrafted water means to them. It highlights Kileen’s skills with dialogue and visual storytelling. See his reel and the spot here.

Phoenix native Kileen graduated with an english and creative writing degree from Arizona State. While spending a summer in New York he studied at the New York Film Academy and found himself immediately drawn to editing.

Kileen’s musical talents — he plays guitar, bass and drums — influence his approach to editing. “What I love most is that you’re in control of the mood,” he notes. “It has a lot to do with rhythm, timing and feel, not only in music driven stuff, but dialogue and comedy as well. Depending on your choices, any footage you’re given can be funny, dramatic or even a horror film. It’s not all that uncommon to find editors who are also musicians, as the creative processes go hand in hand.”

Editor Kevin Zimmerman joins LA’s Spot Welders

Kevin Zimmerman, a comedy and dialogue specialist, has joined the editorial roster at Spot Welders in Los Angeles. Over the years he has cut pieces for such brands as Bud Light, Taco Bell, Jell-O, Xbox, Hotels.com and Capital One. Among his agency clients are shops like Crispin Porter + Bogusky, DDB, Deutsch and 72andSunny.

Zimmerman joins the company from NO6 in Santa Monica. Prior to that he was with The Whitehouse, also in LA. He got his start at Mad River Post, where he worked his way up from assistant before to full-time editor. He was also on the roster at FilmCore and spent several years as a freelance editor working at a range of editorial houses in LA, New York and Toronto.

Zimmerman studied film at SUNY in Binghamton, New York, before enrolling at Boston University for graduate-level studies in cinematography.  He relocated to the West Coast and found himself at Mad River, starting as the vault manager.  It was, he recalls, “a right place, right time” kind of move, as he quickly moved into editing, drawn to its ability to have more influence on the storytelling process.

Valet

Kia’s Valet

Since arriving at Spot Welders he edited Kia’s Valet spot for David & Goliath that introduced NBA great LeBron James as the brand’s newest ambassador. He’s also worked for longtime client Best Buy. Check out his reel here.

“I’m very much a comedy/dialogue editor, and I’m quite comfortable in that genre,” he explains.  “And with editors like Haines Hall and Dick Gordon on board, it allows us to team up to handle big projects and packages.”

Former ‘South Park’ lead editor Tom Vogt joins Spot Welders NY

Spot Welders’ New York studio has added editor Tom Vogt to its staff.  A specialist in comedy work, Vogt worked closely with Trey Parker and Matt Stone as lead editor on their South Park series. His work also includes commercials, feature films, television series and documentaries.

He has a deep background in editing long and short form comedy for broadcast and cinema. In addition to his South Park work he also provided editing for Team America: World Police and South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut.

Vogt also spent two years working closely with the director Morgan Spurlock, for whom he edited POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Spurlock’s take on sponsorship and branding. Formerly on staff at Bluerock and MacKenzie Cutler, he has since freelanced for a range of agencies and post houses.

Vogt says the ability to move back and forth between spots and entertainment is a big part of what attracted him to Spot Welders.  “I see this as growing into a symbiotic relationship,” he explains, noting that other Spot Welders editors work outside of the advertising arena. “I see us as birds of a feather, kind of like kindred spirits.”

His commercial work includes spots for FedEx, Axe, Oberto Beef Jerky, eBay, ESPNU and AT&T (starring Will Arnett), to name a few. His deft timing on Bud Light’s famous Dude spot helped launch the campaign that became an early internet sensation.