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Editor Zach Passero on First Date

February 01, 2021

Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the editor of your film?

Passero: I came onboard after Darren and Manuel had edited a 2 hour 45 minute cut. They were looking to bring in some fresh eyes to tighten up the structure and dial the pacing into a more digestible running time for an audience. Lucky McKee and Charles Horak recommended I watch their cut to see what I thought.  

I was instantly impressed with the scope of the film, and its spirit. It felt fresh, but comfortingly familiar, if only from my own high school adventures. In that assembly, I could see all of the pieces of a fun, juggernaut experience. What they had pulled off was impressive. I wanted to be a part of helping Darren and Manuel putting that vision out there in the best way possible. 

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