After I picked HP DreamColor Solutions architect Greg Staten up from LAX, I realized that he was only in LA for a few hours. He had come to LA specifically for this interview! We rushed back to the office, where Kevin, Jose, and Brad were finishing the set-up, and dove straight into the interview.
The thing I remember most about Greg was his passion and nerdiness. And I mean that in a good way. Like many of us filmmakers who obsess over certain pieces of gear or technology, Greg is equally dedicated to producing a great monitor. He’s fascinated with what his clients are doing with HP’s products. Most of all, he’s always looking for improvements.
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When I asked him what he liked most about his job, he said that it was seeing the excitement and the possibilities clients have over these monitors. After finishing the interview, we had a little time left before Greg’s flight. So the whole crew, Greg, and I sat down for Saturday lunch.
I just want to conclude with a thank you to Greg for taking the time to do an interview with us. Thanks to my crew for coming out on a Saturday and thanks to HV for providing the resources for this little project!
- Julien Lasseur – Director
- Kevin Anderson – Camera Operator, Grip
- Jose De Los Angeles – Camera Operator, Gaffer
- Brad Flick – Sound
- Kathryn Lang – Editor
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Joaquin Elizondo has over 20 years of experience as an editor and currently works in the world of scripted television shows in Hollywood. His most recent editing credits include Narcos: Mexico (Netflix), The Hot Zone: Anthrax (NatGeo), and Dark Winds (AMC). He is currently working on Griselda, a new Netflix limited series starring Sofia Vergara. Before arriving in Los Angeles, Joaquin worked in unscripted television for several years in New York City. There he edited content for HBO Sports, NBC, and Telemundo, and was the lead editor on Bravo’s late-night talk show Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.
Joaquin majored in Film & Video Studies at the University of Michigan and grew up in the San Diego-Tijuana border region, where he began his career cutting a wide range of projects that included news, promos, commercials, and documentaries. As someone who has sought out and benefited from mentoring, Joaquin is now taking on the role of mentor. He helps aspiring editors and assistants in navigating the path to achieving their career goals. He created the Hollywood Editing Mentor Program and Podcast. It provides guidance and support for those trying to break into or advance their careers in post-production.