Making the Cut: Axel Geddes Talks the Intuitive Nature of the Avid Platform

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Avid sponsored the annual ACE EditFest in London this summer and had the chance to sit down with a must-see panel of talented editors. Our new Making The Cut blog series features award–winning editors discussing their craft, their workflows, creative processes and upcoming projects in an exclusive and intimate setting.


Film editor Axel Geddes has been a mainstay of the animation world since he began working at Pixar – the legendary US studio that celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this year – as an Assistant Editor on Monsters Inc. in 2001. Since then he has worked on many of Pixar’s milestone productions, including recent global hit Finding Dory – the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo.

Having had experiences with a variety of editing systems, Axel Geddes now has a stated preference for Avid. “I love the intuitive nature of the Avid platform,” he says, “and it is also my experience that is the most robust system out there.”

In particular, Avid shared storage proved to be invaluable during work on Finding Dory as multiple editors sought the greatest possibility flexibility. “It meant that we were able to jump between workstations and bring in additional ones without any difficulty,” says Geddes. “We were also able to pull relevant information from different drives.”

Above all, it is evident that Geddes prizes the platform’s flexibility. The ability to access the system on a laptop “and make changes right away, cut it on the go, upload it online, and the studio can download it right away” is a real asset, he adds.

“I love the intuitive nature of the Avid platform”

—Axel Geddes, editor of Finding Dory

A big thank you to the team at American Cinema Editors who helped organize the interview at this year’s EditFest London.

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