Q & A with Film Editor Chris Murphy
This week we are featuring Editor Chris Murphy in our weekly inspiration series. Watch any of Chris’s work and you will be taken to a place and feel something brimming with beauty. His fresh approach has garnered international recognition and countless awards including Cannes Lions, AICEs, D&ADs, MMVAs, One Show and a mention in TIME magazine’s Top 10 Online Videos. We recently had the opportunity catch up with Chris to chat about his work and what goes on behind the scenes.
Screen grab from Jeep’s “Two Words” Commercial
How did growing up in Toronto influence you as a filmmaker?
I went to a high school that started out as an experiment. Marshall McLuhan was supposed to be a place where all the kids learned on laptops and tech-based education was all the rage. The laptop scenario didn’t really pan out but having a state of the art Mac-based computer lab allowed us to learn on the original iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop and other design staples still used today. If it wasn’t for this access I am not sure I would have discovered my love of editing or editing as a craft all together.
At Marshall McLuhan we created a multi-media festival called “M3F” or “The McLuhan Multimedia Festival”. It was an art gallery/competition that students all across the country could compete in. This is where my friend Jamie Cussen and I started to make short films. Jamie and I both work in the film industry in advertising today.
Can you pinpoint your first break in the industry?
My first break was being given the opportunity to edit a video called “Pink Ponies” for a Toronto-based agency called John St.