“As actors we are extremely fortunate and so proud to be a part of ‘This is Us,'” says Milo Ventimiglia in a special Emmy FYC featurette for the crafts of the hit NBC series.. “Editing is a fine art, and each week we see those incredible flashback scenes are cut together so well. Here’s a look at what they do to make ‘This is Us’ so special and give it that unique look week to week.” Watch picture editors Julia Grove and Bjorn Myrholt discuss their work on the show above.
“The feel of the show is very different than a regular network show,” says Myrholt. “It’s a little bit slower paced, and you let the moments play out. Some of the challenges for an editor is knowing when not to cut. I think that’s one of the key things about this show. For instance, in the ‘Memphis‘ episode the last scene with William [Ron Cephas Jones] and Randall [Sterling K. Brown] sitting by his side, that’s actually just one take and one performance. It’s so much more authentic and true if you just let it play out.”
“They really feel like mini-features,” adds Grove about each individual episode. “They all have their unique motif, and it allows us to embrace taking a different perspective to each episode we work on. One example is on this episode ‘The Big Day,’ which took place the day of the triplets’ birth. But this episode was all about seeing what we had seen before from a different perspective … Being able to trust in the footage to tell the story is so rewarding.”
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