Interview with SEPTEMBER editor - Tabitha McDonald
How did you first break into the industry?
Did I break-in? I don't know. Haha! I'm still trying to figure this out. Who/What inspires you as an editor?
Thelma Schoonmaker! She's a straight-up badass. She's been editing films since the 60's and is still going strong. And, I am inspired constantly by the talent of the casts and crews I work with. They make me want to keep telling stories through editing. What was your best set moment on ’September’?
The best moment in September would be sitting in a hallway recording the muffled sounds of the body in the tarp. It was so hard to take it seriously. It was also a lot of "fun" to cover my face in blood for the photographs the killer is seen holding in the film. I wear glasses, and can't see a damn thing without them. So, I was pretty much blind and had to depend on Mason to guide me around and give direction, haha! What sort of person is going to love this short?
Anyone who loves a little quiet horror film. It's just tension to pull you in. What advice would you give aspiring editors?
Just keep editing! I am constantly learning new ways to do things, and getting more creative with my cuts. Also, be organized so that you don't get lost in all of the takes and miss something really great. Where can we find more of your work?
darkredhorror.com We are in pre-production for our film "The Night Courier" which we will be shooting this spring! Unlike our last film "By Sunrise," this film has more traditional horror elements. We are excited to dive into the world of vampires and monsters in a fresh way.