When Director Simon West approached TG Herrington to edit his feature film THE MECHANIC, in theaters nationwide January 28, Herrington leapt at the opportunity. For Herrington, the project had multiple levels of appeal; reuniting with West to collaborate on a fast-paced but introspective thriller produced in Herringtonâ€™s hometown of New Orleans.
Produced by the original team that ushered in the 1972 Charles Bronson feature film of the same name, THE MECHANIC centers on Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham), the â€˜mechanicâ€˜ â€“ an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. When his mentor and friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed â€“ he wants those responsible dead. His mission grows complicated when Harryâ€™s son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishopâ€™s trade. Bishop has always acted alone but he canâ€™t turn his back on Harryâ€™s son. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born.
THE MECHANIC was shot in and around New Orleans where editor Herrington resides for much of the year (he also works via the NYC and LA Cut + Run offices). Herrington worked on set, forging the first cut of the film, and then continued on the edit at his NOLA based studio, Simon West by his side.
â€œIt was amazing working with Simon in a town I love,â€? says Herrington. â€œSince Katrina, a stellar production community in New Orleans has developed that rivals other major film centers, and it was exciting to have it showcased on this feature.â€?
In addition to editing the film, Herrington also made recommendations for the filmâ€™s soundtrack, tapping popular New Orleansâ€™ artists that are shaping the cityâ€™s diverse music scene.
â€œThe music included is not what people expect of New Orleans but is absolutely part of the heart and soul of the city,â€? says Herrington. â€œIt was another key element to how the place helped shaped the film.â€?
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