Making The Cut: Gary Dollner Talks Editing Comedies

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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.


If you’re a fan of the more cerebral realms of the comedy world, then the chances are that you will have witnessed the editing prowess of Gary Dollner. From an association with legendary satirist Armando Iannucci that involved work on shows including I’m Alan Partridge, The Thick of It and Veep, to Ricky Gervais’ big-screen return to the David Brent character, Life on the Road, Dollner has worked on some of the most acclaimed comedies of the age.

“If you are looking to go into editing comedies then you need a good sense of performance, as well as a good idea of what makes you laugh,” he says. “When you’re on a project and cutting a scene and a performer says a line a certain way or nails a joke – they’re the bits you try and focus in on. There’s certain situations that you need to highlight as well as putting picture together and making it all make sense – you’re not just telling a story.”

Dollner is a long-term user of Avid’s Media Composer, remarking that he has “never found an editing system that works better”. In particular, he welcomes the ‘immediacy’ of a system that enables rapid turnaround on rushes and the contribution this can make to maintaining a positive atmosphere on set.

“I’ve never found an editing system that works better than Media Composer”

—Gary Dollner, editor of “I’m Alan Partridge”

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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