SPOTLIGHT: Gabriel Edvy – Editor
Who is Gabriel Edvy?
I’m a multi-disciplined filmmaker living in London. Hailing from the US, I got my start in two very different disciplines: music video (through Chicago-based H-Gun Labs) and documentary (Kartemquin Pictures). Fast-forward 18 years and I’m an editor of many different TV formats and a director of music videos and artistic visuals.
How did your career path develop?
I went to film school in the mid 1990s. I was desperate to make music videos and work on films so I went to work for H-Gun Labs, a prominent cutting edge production company in Chicago. Along the way, I did some documentary work and I really enjoyed it, so I collaborated with the documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Pictures, and did some features with different directors. From there, it grew very naturally and organically into commercials.
In 2004 I moved to the UK and began working with filmmakers Luke Holland and Nick Broomfield. After that, I found a path into TV and have taken on varied and continuous work in that medium. I still make music videos and more artistic projects through my own company, Blackswitch Labs.
What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?
I think that just being able to maintain a career doing what I love is generally the greatest achievement.
Any projects you are most proud of and why?
In terms of my television and film work, I think the documentaries are what I’m most proud of. Stevie, Battle for Haditha, Webcam Boys, The Batman Shootings, my work with Current TV, the Al Maysels’ doc The Poetic Eye – all these films really meant a lot to me. There are many things about real documentary that are quite fulfilling.
Share your biggest lessons in life and work.
Work hard. Mind your own business. Tend your own garden. Don’t take anything for granted, and always be kind.
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