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 we take a look at the wonder-filled world of editing animated films with Sarah Reimers.
Animated films are truly wondrous. Hundreds of artists and animators collaborate to create worlds that transport us far beyond our imagination. And editors play a critical role in shaping how animated stories are told. Few know this as well as animation editor Sarah Reimers.
Reimers knew that editing was her passion early on. At film school, “when they said, ‘who wants to be an editor?’…my hand was the only one that went up,” she says. Today, Reimers’ credits include Pixar’s Brave and last year’s hugely successful Finding Dory. She also took the lead editor role on Piper, the Academy Award-winning animated short that accompanied the Disney smash hit.
For Reimers, creating animated films that stick with viewers is about excellent storytelling. She relies on Avid Media Composer to help craft that story behind the scenes. Powerful built-in tools like the Animatte enable Reimers to shape scenes before they go to animation. She can quickly pre-vis a new background, move characters, and even adjust their expressions. Media Composer is also the software she’s seen in nearly every editing environment throughout her career.
“I edit on Media Composer, because besides being a wonderful tool… I personally appreciate the continuity that Avid has had over my entire career. I’ve stepped in on other systems, but Avid has been the benchmark, and the one I could count on to be there.”
For audiences around the world, it’s clear that Reimers has a natural gift for storytelling. Finding Dory was a critical and commercial success, and Piper recently won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. She credits her talent to years of experience and generous mentors. But her peers in the industry know that crafting a story isn’t just about great career experience. It’s about raw talent and excellent tools.
“When it comes to storytelling I tend to go on instinct, and go with my gut. And what feels right, and what pacing and rhythm. And what arc feels good—where, emotionally, I want things to land.”
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