Interview with Jeremy Presner

Jeremy Presner: Film and Video Editor

At nine months old, Jeremy Presner found himself being pimped on a Crisco TV commercial set. He had no choice: his family needed the money!

Many years later, he was hijacked into cutting MTV’s Pimp My House: otherwise known as CRIBS. Between then and now, he’s cut feature films, MOWs, TV series, promos, trailers and commercials.

Jeremy started off his editorial career in Montreal, Canada, over a decade ago, assistant-editing for Paul Thomas Anderson and David Mamet’s editor Barbara Tulliver. A three-week gig in Vancouver began an eleven-year run in “Hollywood North” where he was nominated for a Leo Award as editor. There, he cut three seasons of Stargate Atlantis for Sci-Fy/MGM as well as NBC’s remake of the Stephen King classic Carrie, while indie-feature The Burial Society screened at many film fests, pleased critics and picked up a several awards along the way.

In the cutting room, Jeremy has rubbed virtual shoulders with creative and diverse talent such as Barack Obama, Michael Jackson, Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley, Bruce Willis, Martin Sheen, Ray Liotta, Martin Short, Patricia Clarkson, Jay-Z and Wesley Snipes. Network and film-studio clients include MGM, NBC, HBO, FOX, SCI-FI, MTV, VH-1, E!, Oxygen, UPN,  Lifetime, Showtime, USA Network, Sony, Gold Circle Films, Millennium and Regent Entertainment.

Jessica Gilbert: Jeremy, thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to do an interview for TSM. It’s great to have you here. 🙂

Jeremy Presner: Thank you for inviting me.

Jessica Gilbert: What inspired you to get into editing?

Jeremy Presner: I never wanted to be a director; The idea of controlling massive amounts of people did not appeal to me; Figuring out the best way to craft a story through manipulation of sound and images seemed more my speed. Thelma Schoonmaker, Walter Murch and Sally Menke’s work were inspirations. Also the idea of getting into a career that had the Mac as it’s central focus was more than appealing. Listen any time you can get paid to be in a small dark room, do it!

Jessica Gilbert: And was this field of work something you always wanted to do?

Jeremy Presner: No. When I was eight years old I wanted to be a mechanic because of a guy named The Fonz. True story. Also after graduating Concordia University I was interested in all types of media; sound production/recording and photography.

Jessica Gilbert: You’ve cut a whole variety of things – feature films, MOW’s, TV series, promos, trailers and commercials. What is one of your favorite projects that you’ve cut?

Jeremy Presner: I had the opportunity to do a Stephen King remake Carrie.  Although I had seen the original in years prior, I tried not to watch it so I would force myself to come up with creative ways to engage the audience rather than rehash DePalma’s techniques.

Jessica Gilbert: What would you say is the most challenging part of the editing process?

Jeremy Presner: It’s always challenging coming up with new ways to tell a story. Time crunch is also a factor, getting things to be perfect within the time allotted. We sometimes work on very short schedules.

Jessica Gilbert: Tell us about the current projects you’re working on now?

Jeremy Presner: I just finished Brighton Beach for Lifetime, premiering July 27, and now I am happy to be on a hit show Mob Wives for VH1, produced by the Weinsteins. People say it’s like The Osbournes mixes with Good Fellas. I’d say that rings true.

Jessica Gilbert: Who are some film/video editors you admire?

Jeremy Presner: See question one. Also Dede Allen, Pietro Scallia, Barbara Tulliver, Dylan Tichneor and Kelly Dixon.

Jessica Gilbert: What is one of your favorite quotes (or lines) that inspires you?

Jeremy Presner: “There is no off-position on the genius switch” — Letterman

Jessica Gilbert: Anything else you’d like to share? And where can our readers find out more about you and your work?

Jeremy Presner: www.presner.com and www.vidiots.tv. You can follow me on twitter @tripill

Jessica Gilbert: Thank you again for doing this interview and wish you the best with all you do in the future.

Jeremy Presner: Thanks Jessica, it’s been a slice!

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