Spotlight, edited by Tom McArdle in his fifth collaboration with director Tom McCarthy, was completed at PostFactoryNY’s facility over the course of 10 months—eight months to complete picture editing and two for sound, music and visual effects. The primary workstation used by McArdle and his team was a 12-core Apple Mac Pro running Avid Media Composer v6.5.4. The production stored 5 TB of media on PostFactoryNY’s central Avid ISIS server.
McCarthy describes an editing process that was focused and deliberate: “It was all about pace and clarity in hopes of maintaining the tension and tone of the picture. Tom and I sat down and watched his first assembly, then went out for a steak and a few martinis to wash it off. We got to work the next morning and kept editing until we thought it was ready.”