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Fantastic Fest Q&A with Josh Ethier: Indie horror’s go-to editor on his directorial debut

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There aren’t many famous film editors, but in American genre cinema, the name JOSH ETHIER is so ubiquitous as to be immediately recognizable.

A constant force in the edit bay with mainstays of the scene like Adam Green (DIGGING UP THE MARROW), Ted Geoghegan (WE ARE STILL HERE), and Joe Begos (THE MIND’S EYE), as well an actor (in Begos’ Almost Human and more) Ethier is pulling double duty at Fantastic Fest this year: As editor for militia thriller THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK, and with his debut as a director, the grimy and brutal short “GUTTER,” which screens right before the feature.

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ASCmag Short Takes: Nicole Whitaker

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“Waechter and [cinematographer NICOLE WHITAKER] had played extensively with color on their feature, and they were excited to venture further down that road for Escape. ‘It’s a short,’ says Whitaker, ‘so it was easier to create a concrete palette that started in a certain place, with calm neutral tones, and as Meadow becomes more tormented and goes down the rabbit hole of self destruction, the color palette gets stronger. For the fight scene in the bathroom, we made the bathroom pink and the room outside green to show how someone in her situation feels trapped, and how we remember past situations more vibrantly than they actually were in real life. We really pushed a lot of the color, and it worked well to give a sense of different times in Meadow’s life, as well as the intensity of her feelings.'”

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