Hi Lauren, thank you for joing us today! To kick things off, tell us what you do here at Blue Sky?

Hi guys, Lauren Stevens here! I have the pleasure of working at Blue Sky Studios as a 2nd Assistant Editor.

Did you always know you wanted to be an editor for a feature film studio? What was your journey like to the role you’re in now?

Oddly enough, when I started out I didn’t really know exactly what I wanted to be, I just knew I wanted to work within the media production industry. What I did come to find along the way, was that I could sit in the cutting room for hours on end editing together school projects and side videos for other people and the positive feedback that I was met with after showing a finished cut, served as positive reinforcement. So I kept at it and even after a long day in the cutting room well into the night, I could walk away and go right back to it the next morning with fresh ideas. And while most of these projects were side gigs since I didn’t fully connect the dots on how I could pursue editing full time, I took on various different media production jobs ranging from being a Technical Director at News 12 Connecticut and various other administrative roles including a production management role here at Blue Sky. It was here at Blue Sky where that passion and dream of being an editor became a reality. 🙂

Who are some of your female role models? Why do you feel it’s important for young girls to see more female representation behind the “camera?”

Film Editor Anne Coates, Film Director Gina Prince-Bythewood and my mentor/ Animation Production Supervisor, Dana Bennett, are three amazing women that immediately come to mind when I think of female role models. I think it’s highly important to see female representation behind the camera for two main reasons. The first being the feeling of having someone there who you can identify with, even if you come from completely different walks of life, that mutual understanding and at times even perspective can help foster a warm sense of community.

 Secondly, it’s helpful to show young girls that their dream of working in film is possible. Just seeing a female’s name in the end credits can make all the difference in a young girl’s mind. She can utter the same words I once did, ‘I hope to see my name up there too!”