Luyen Vu Q&A: ‘American Crime’ editor
During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), “American Crime” editor Luyen Vu reveals that creator John Ridley, “always wants us to sort of reinvent our editorial style every year.” The third season of this ABC anthology series turned an eye on the mistreatment of illegal immigrants and teenage sex workers. The ensemble cast includes Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Lili Taylor, Richard Cabral, Connor Jessup, Benito Martinez, Ana Mulvoy Ten, Mickaelle X. Bizet, and Regina King, who has won back-to-back Emmys as Best Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress for the show.
One thing that has remained consistent throughout the show’s three seasons is something Vu refers to as, “experiential filmmaking, which I think some people actually mishear as experimental, which we are a little bit as well.” He explains that Ridley, “wants us to give the audience the same experience that our characters are having.” This approach also extends to sound design, in which Vu tried to convey, “the cacophony sometimes of sound, and what that confusion is.”
During his television career, Vu has worked on several high profile shows, including “Arrested Development,” “Fringe,” and “Heroes.” He received an Emmy nomination for his work as Best Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Movie or Miniseries on the first season of “American Crime” in 2015. Will he compete again for the final year?