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“Queen & Slim” Editor Pete Beaudreau on How He Managed the Film’s Workflow

"You don’t have a second opportunity to show the film to the director for the first time," he says. "It can be crushing."

(From left) Slim (Daniel Kaluuya, back to camera) and Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) in Queen & Slim, directed by Melina Matsoukas. Photo by Andre D. Wagner/Universal Pictures.


Queen & Slim editor Pete Beaudreau talks to Pro Video Coalition‘s Steve Hullfish about his work on the film, which came about after he cut a pilot with director Melina Matsoukas.

Because the bulk of the film was shot on 35mm film, which meant shipping actual film cans to Beaudreau in Los Angeles from the film set in Cleveland—as opposed to just uploading digital footage—Beaudreau got behind on cutting together the dailies, which he recalls as a stressful situation. “You don’t have a second opportunity to show the film to the director for the first time,” he says. “It can be crushing. It can be crushing for the editor AND the director to screen an assembly that’s half-baked. It can be hard to recover from in terms of the trust that you need to actually finish the film. My preference is always going to be: ‘get me the dailies as soon as possible.'”

“I always think that there’s some amount of your own personality that you put into an assembly that the director isn’t looking for or isn’t expecting, and that’s part of the creative process,” he continues. “You have to bring something to it. Otherwise, you could just be cutting together a storyboard. I want to have that time while I’m going through the footage to make sure I’m sort of picking up on all those clues.”

Read the full interview here.

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