Aaron is currently booked with full-time feature editing work through 2018. With advanced planning he is available for short term consultations starting in 2019. His résumé is available upon request and a more complete list of his credits can be found here on IMDB.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Pro-tip: if you watch Almost There before reaching out you will get Aaron's prioritized attention.
- When will Aaron next be available? Most likely in the Spring of 2019. While that is a long ways off, he is already starting to consider projects. If you're on that type of timetable drop him a line. It's most helpful if you include a link to a trailer/demo, and a pitch deck of some sort that includes the synopsis of the film.
- Where is he based and does he travel for gigs? His home base is in Chicago but for the last few years he has worked on features from London (BURDEN), San Francisco (THE BANDIT), Los Angeles' West-Side (BEST of ENEMIES, WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR, and THEY'LL LOVE ME WHEN I'M DEAD), and Los Angeles' East-Side (GENERATION WEALTH). While he is very open to working outside of Chicago his intention is to collaborate on films that are flexible enough to allow for to some or all of the editing to take place in Chicago so he can be home with his wife and dog more often. If you are an out-of-town director considering Aaron for a project, please take note that FINDING VIVIAN MAIER was edited from Chicago for an LA based Co-Director... and that turned out pretty well!
- When is the best time to bring an editor like Aaron onto my project? Usually it works out best when a project is about 70-95% in the can with production and a significant amount of work has already been done with an assistant editor to organize the raw materials. Ideally that would include having all existing footage imported into your edit system of choice, and having transcriptions/logs and translations completed.
- What edit system does Aaron use? His preference (at the moment) is AVID but he has recently cut features on all the major platforms. THE BANDIT was cut in Premiere, BURDEN was FCP7, and both GENERATION WEALTH and WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR were cut with AVID MC8.
- How long is a typical edit for a feature? It depends on the complexity and goals of the project. On the low-end 6 months can be reasonable for a very organized project but it usually ends up being longer than that. Sometimes the project can take as long as a year. Aaron's also very open to working in Co-Editing situations when a project is on a tighter timeline for completion.
- Does he have time to watch my rough cut and give notes? Typically, no. When he's deep into editing a new project it can be hard to make the time to do much else. There are two amazing formal programs that allow for feedback on rough cuts: KARTEMQUIN LABS, and Rough Cuts.
- I'm just getting started as an editor. Can you suggest some books or other resources for me to checkout? Absolutely. First off, read this excellent essay with career advice from George Monbiot. Then, here are a few specific books you can read that have been influential: Catching the Big Fish, In the Blink of an Eye, Wired for Story, Stein on Writing, & Long Story Short. Here are a few recent articles worth checking out: 1 & 2. For more inspiration on form check out the podcast Song Exploder and then exult in the narrative brilliance of Invisablia and Heavyweight. Lastly, stay tuned for a forthcoming book by Jacob Bricca called: Documentary Editing: Concrete Strategies for Building Structure in Non-Fiction Films. Aaron was interviewed for this book and as we wait for it's release, some of Aaron's thoughts about editing can be found in this recent interview for the POV's Documentary Blog.