Editors Charles Little II, ACE and Bryan Colvin discuss crafting FOX's hit procedural 9-1-1 Lone Star

I take in The Rough Cut Podcast hosted by Matt Feury every week.  Its an honor to be a guest and to contribute alongside one of my most respected collaborators.

I was excited enough to share all of the magic and madness that comes along with cutting Tim Minear’s hit procedural franchise for FOX.  But when The Rough Cut host Matt Feury mentioned that out of all of the episodes and conversations that he’s had around cutting film and television; the genre of Procedurals is one that he hadn’t actually covered.  Procedurals are a popular genre and one that has allowed me timely opportunities to experience cutting action, drama and even a bit of funny on a regular basis.  I came on to Ryan Murphy Television’s 9-1-1 spin-off (well, it’s not a “spin-off” per se but…) 9-1-1 Lone Star in the fall of 2019.  The Covid-19 Pandemic soon followed in the spring of the following year and nothing has been the same since.  But one thing that has remained consistent has been 9-1-1 and 9-1-1 Lone Star’s ratings.  No doubt powered by the shock and awe of the series and the characters’ journeys.  That shock and awe and those characters have taught me a lot whilst working on the series over the past three seasons; but not as much as I’ve gathered from collaborating with the writers, directors, editors and assistant editors in the 9-1-1 Universe.  To quote Executive Producer and Showrunner Tim Minear: “Editors are the last line of defense before the material reaches the audience.”  Those words landed during my first season on 9-1-1 Lone Star and have remained a constant reminder of the responsibility an Editor has in baking in all of the contributions from everyone involved in making a story come to life on the screen. Motion picture editing can be an unforgiving craft, sometimes overlooked, misunderstood when the work is well crafted and the editing rendered invisible. But when editors collaborate with filmmakers that prioritize the material first, those continue to be some of the greatest experiences from my perspective in the Editor’s chair. Because that is my mission.  To elevate the material at every opportunity.  Thank you Matt Feury for having us on the podcast.

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