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‘Deepwater Horizon’ Editors Bring the Human Element to a Much-Covered Disaster Story

"As a filmmaker, you want the action, but you also want to know what's going on. You want to know where the fire is and where the danger is coming from."

Peter Berg’s Deepwater Horizon tells the true story of the 2010 drilling rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana that cost eleven lives and spewed tens of thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. For the filmmaker and editors Colby Parker Jr. and Gabriel Fleming, it was important to get a sense of the men on the rig as well as portraying the events of the disaster.

 “When the explosion happens, there’s a lot going on,” explains Parker Jr. to No Film School. “As a filmmaker, you want the action, but you also want to know what’s going on. You want to know where the fire is and where the danger is coming from.”

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