Gregory Plotkin Interview: ‘Get Out’ editor
“As we were working on it, everyone who saw it didn’t know what to make of it initially,” reveals “Get Out” editor Gregory Plotkin during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above). “It was one of those thought-provoking films, and I think it just resonated.” This Universal release centers on an African-American man (Daniel Kaluuya) who takes a weekend trip to meet his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family at a secluded estate in the woods. Before long, the terrifying motives of the family becomes a nightmare. The film marks the directorial debut for Jordan Peele.
The veteran editor describes the genre-defying film as a “social thriller” first and foremost. “The nice thing about the film, and films I love, is that they encompass everything: life is comedy, life is scares, life is drama.” He praises Peele’s “unique point of view to mesh all those together.” When it came to the cutting, “it was extremely difficult to figure out when to peel that onion, if you will, and when to introduce certain elements, and when to pull back. There was actually a lot more comedy that he shot, but I don’t think it would serve the film as well. Conversely, there was other scares and other areas where we could have pushed it, [but] again, wouldn’t have served the overall message very well.”
Plotkin has edited several horror films, including the second, third, and fourth installments of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise and “Happy Death Day.” Can he receive his first Oscar nomination this year? With it’s strong reviews and impressive box office haul, “Get Out” could be a strong contender in several top categories, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Kaluuya), Best Director (Peele), and Best Original Screenplay (Peele).