Q&A with Nick Hector, CCE (Series 2)

How long have you been an editor?  I started as a teen in the 70s on Super 8 film with splicers and scotch tape.  I really don’t miss film at all. Digital editing is the purest means to express yourself in our art.


What has been the most challenging aspect of editing for you?  Keeping my passion in check. I’ve been told I care too much. I’m okay with that.


What project have you felt the most inspired and excited about?  My favourite project is probably Dying at Grace. It was very creatively fulfilling and I cemented my long working relationship with the legendary Allan King.  It’s not often you get to work - and become friends - with one of your heroes.  Winning some hardware and getting a film in the Criterion Collection was pretty cool too.


If you weren't an editor, what profession do you think you may have taken up and why?  A teacher. I want to pay back all those people who shared their expertise with me over the years. In fact, I’m now a professor at the University of Windsor as well as an editor.


If you could sum up editing in 5 words, what would they be?  Art, Passion, Feel, Magic, Graft.