Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos Interview: ‘Baby Driver’ editors

“It was always going to be about the music and about how the action, and indeed the dialogue and just about every aspect of the film is integrated to the music,” reveals “Baby Driver” editor Paul Machliss during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above). Directed by Edgar Wright, this comedic thriller centers on Baby (Ansel Elgort), a young getaway driver with a love for tunes who is pulled into a failed heist. “Rather than putting an action sequence together,” explains Machliss, “you would put an action sequence together relevant to where the music was, or where the music had to be. So you always had something in the background that was the heartbeat of a sequence.”

Complicated as it was, Machliss and partner Jonathan Amos relished the opportunity. “I’d say it’s a dream, personally,” divulges Amos. “We’ve worked with Edgar a couple of times,” he adds, “and every single time you come to work in the morning, there’s almost an anticipation of seeing the rushes, because you know that there’s going to be something extraordinary. He’s just a visual genius, Edgar, and he thinks about film in a way which no other director that I can really think of thinks about it.”

Amos and Machliss shared editing duties on Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (2010), which brought them an ACE Eddie nomination in the Comedy/Musical category. Machliss also cut “The World’s End” (2013), while Amos served as an additional editor on “Hot Fuzz” (2007). The two recently received a Critics’ Choice Awards nomination for their work on “Baby Driver.”

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