Maryann Brandon Q&A: ‘Passengers’ editor
“It’s an absolutely gorgeous film,” said film editor Maryann Brandon about her sci-fi film “Passengers” (watch below). “The production designer and DP did an incredible job in these limited spaces. I saw the 3D version and it’s absolutely beautiful to look at. Not to mention that both Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence — they’re not too hard on the eyes, either.” Brandon was part of a “Meet the Experts” panel presented by Gold Derby at the Landmark Theater in L.A. on Nov. 22 to spotlight great achievements in crafts.
“Passengers” is a big-budget thriller in which Pratt and Lawrence play the title characters, who are in stasis for a 120-year journey to a distant planet but wake up from their sleep capsules 90 years too soon. It’s helmed by Morten Tyldum, whose previous film, “The Imitation Game” (2014) earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director.
The production values on “Passengers” appear to be top-notch across the board, but despite all the beauty visible on-screen Brandon considers it her job as an editor to be an “invisible artist” because “if your work is noticed, you’re not doing your job. It’s supposed to be smooth, and people aren’t supposed to notice the editing.”
Brandon likes for her work to stay invisible, but she has been noticed anyway by the motion picture academy. She earned an Oscar nomination in 2015 for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” She was recognized by the TV academy too, earning an Emmy nom in 2003 for editing “Alias.” And her peers in the American Cinema Editors guild have nominated her for “The Force Awakens” as well as “Star Trek” (2009) and “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010). Her impressive credits also include “Mission: Impossible III” (2006), “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011) and “Super 8” (2011).