Lou Ford is a Brooklyn-based feature film editor. In her mid-30s she found herself in New York with no job and the desire to become a film editor. In 2008 she cut her first short film for director Robert Eggers.
Since then her signature style of editing films like Eggers’ first feature The Witch, Corey Finlay’s Thoroughbreds and more recently The Lighthouse have been influential in those films’ success, gaining Lou critical acclaim as an editor.
In this interview Lou explains how she pivoted from her publishing career to become a successful feature film editor from scratch, and gives us a candid insight into her life, her creative thinking and striking editing approach.
She also describes the journey of her breakthrough editing role on The Witch – from a small indie movie at Sundance, to international box office hit and her experience editing scenes from one of the industry’s greatest contemporary screen actors, Willem Defoe.
At the time of recording, Lou was in the middle of lockdown New York, having recently wrapped on the HBO High Jackman movie Bad Education.