March is Women’s History Month, and in this blog series, Avid celebrates some of today’s most talented women editors in film and television. This week, experience the thrill of editing TV action/drama with Kelley Dixon, ACE, and Sharidan Williams-Sotelo.
When Emmy Award-winning editor Lynne Willingham told her then-assistant Kelley Dixon, ACE they were going to cut a pilot, Dixon was skeptical. But when she learned that the pilot was for Vince Gilligan of X-Files fame, Dixon couldn’t contain her excitement. “I was like, ‘Yes! Let’s go. I can’t wait…’ And I didn’t know what it was!”, she says.
Five years, three Emmy nominations, and an Emmy Award later, Kelley Dixon, ACE is now known for her outstanding work as editor on Breaking Bad. “I won the assistant lottery,” Dixon jokes. But it was her natural sense of pacing, and talent for creating visually striking cuts that caught Gilligan’s eye. Her work on the pilot boosted Dixon to editor. And her knack for building dramatic tension can be felt through the entire groundbreaking television series.
As the show’s popularity exploded, Sharidan Williams-Sotelo (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Lethal Weapon 4) joined the staff as assistant editor. Breaking Bad imposed an intense editorial schedule. Each week, the team needed to craft powerful 47-minute stories from hours of content. They relied on Avid Media Composer to meet the show’s deadlines. With support for virtually any media format, and industry-proven media-management tools, Media Composer was the perfect choice to create highly efficient workflows for the team.
Breaking Bad is considered by many to be one of the best TV shows of all time. And both women have gone on to influence more of today’s top television programs. Dixon is an editor on Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul, for which she has garnered four Emmy nominations. And she has lent her talents to other hit shows like Shameless and The Walking Dead. Williams-Sotelo graduated to work as an editor on Empire, and the critically-acclaimed, Mr. Robot.
For both Dixon and Williams-Sotelo, their work on Breaking Bad helped define their careers in ways they never imagined. Dixon says, earnestly: “Breaking Bad is a place where dreams come true.”
Learn more about working on Breaking Bad with Kelley Dixon, ACE and Sharidan Williams-Sotelo here.
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