Q&A with Kaisa Pitsi (Series 1)

How long have you been an editor for?

Counting university it’s been over 12 years now.

What genres have you worked on?

Long format. I have done a lot of shorts, drama, comedy, many documentaries and my recent passion is nature doc.

What has been an interesting/favourite project so far?

I really enjoyed working on a music doc Stay Awhile with director Jessica Edwards. It was a very rewarding journey telling one family’s story and a story of Canadian music history. The stunning archive both visuals and music provided great narrative for this film.

I also loved working on Wild Canadian Year because of the amount of stuff I got to learn! Being surrounded by so many bright minds, working with scientists and gaining knowledge about animal behaviour is so exciting.

What are you currently working on?

I’m developing a documentary about Estonian community in Canada and gearing up for my next edit job - a comedy.

Why did you decide to become an editor?

Because it’s the perfect place for my talents and characteristics.

I was convinced I wanted to become a photographer. When I was 16 I got a little video camera and started experimenting shooting skateboard videos and films of my cat. I was in love with lighting, perspectives and textures.

I tried editing in high school when we had to recreate a famous telenovela. It was so much fun! There were few things that kept me as focused as the edit process. I knew then I’d prefer the edit suite kingdom over set. Some friendly forces guided me to film school and I never looked back.