True Blood editor Mark Hartzell
By Randi Altman
This week’s #PostChat featured Mark Hartzell
(@tweetermf), editor on the HBO series
True Blood, which focuses on a town where vampires and mortals live together. He fielded questions about the art of editing and workflow, including how it finally felt when he was able to sink his teeth into an episode of his own.
#PostChat’s Jesse Averna (@Dr0id) moderated the chat.
Hartzell, who started on the Alan Ball created/produced True Blood as an assistant to editor Andy Keir in Season Two, worked his way through the ranks, learning from all along the way. As the show airs its 7th and final season, Hartzell is proud to wear the title of editor.
Looking back at when he started on the show,
Hartzell remembers Keir teaching him about pace and visual effects. And this “higher education” of sorts continued. For Seasons Three, Four and Five he assisted Michael Ruscio, ACE. “Michael is a master of performance and pattern. He can make less talented actors appear more talented and good actors look great, both in the cutting room and on set. When I’m in a bind I always ask myself “WWRD: what would Ruscio do.”