During our recent webcam chat (watch above), “Nocturnal Animals” editor Joan Sobel admits that upon first reading director Tom Ford‘s screenplay for the film, “I cried. It was that powerful.” This Focus Features release stars Amy Adams as an art gallery owner haunted by her ex-husband’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) violent novel about a man’s (Gyllenhaal) desperate search for his wife and daughter’s killer. While reading the book, she reflects on events from her past that led to the breakup of her marriage. “It’s great material,” she adds. “It’s beautifully realized and conceptualized, and really fun to take even further and further and further, as we did.”
With its three interweaving narratives and fractured timeline, the film is, “an editor’s dream.” As she received the footage, she would, “watch every single piece of that material, because you never know what little gesture or little nuance is going to trigger something.” In her first cut, she explains, “I always rely on the script, because that’s the foundation, and it give the director something profound to work from.”
Sobel edited Ford’s debut film, “A Single Man” (2009), and has high praise for the filmmaker. “We just have some kind of symbiotic relationship,” she divulges, “and it’s just wonderful. It’s so creative and so thrilling.”
Check out our full interview above for more about Sobel’s work on “Nocturnal Animals.”
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