Editor Eddie Hamilton took part in a Q&A session with the Filmmaking Diploma students, sharing his experiences of working on the comic-book adaptation 'Kick-Ass', which has so far made more than $70 million at the box office.
Amongst Eddie's other well-known movies are ‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse’, ‘Mean Machine’ and ‘Minotaur’.
Eddie spoke on topics including: the challenges of his first jobs, the relationship between directors and editors, both before and after shooting, and crafting actors for editing. He told tales of what it has been like working alongside acclaimed filmmakers, including directors Matthew Vaughn and Guy Ritchie, as well as Oscar-winning editor Pietro Scalia ('JFK', 'Blackhawk Down', 'Gladiator'). He also took students through sound mixing on Avid for 'Kick-Ass'.
Eddie also shared the secret of how he landed his first job – he put a Kit Kat in with his application to a post-production house – and concluded with some sage advice for new filmmakers: refuse to quit.
"Eddie was very enthusiastic and inspiring," says student Rachael James. "He talked about 'Kick-Ass', and editing in general, in practical down-to-earth terms, so we could all follow."