By Variety Staff, Variety
We would like to congratulate Innovative Editor Maryann Brandon, ACE for her feature in Variety's Artisans Elite and Innovative DP Robert E. Arnold for his feature in the "Up Next" category. See below for their features!
Early in her career, Brandon “let fate decide” between her becoming a standup comedian and an editor. “I realized two things about the editing room that convinced me to stay: I felt right at home and you can tell stories in many different ways [even jokes].” Brandon’s skills in the past year graced the global smash “Venom” and she has returned to a galaxy far, far away to cut “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” for J.J. Abrams. “I’ll always be grateful for J.J.’s sense of humor as the effort to make something work on screen can be grueling.”
UP NEXT: Robert Arnold
Director of Photography
The Chicago native graduated in 2011 from AFI and was immediately hired to operate on “The Walking Dead,” paving the way for camera and Steadicam work on “Empire” and “Furious 7.” As DP, he’s shot interstitials for “The New Negroes With Baron Vaughn & Open Mike Eagle” for Comedy Central, and more than 30 sketches for Netflix series “Astronomy Club.” “The biggest challenge was maintaining the integrity of my lighting as I was shooting a new sketch every three to six hours, so it was very intense,” he says.