March 13, 2013
The Editors of Our America: Virginie Danglades

There are many people involved in the process of making a documentary film. Among them are the editors who carefully comb through hours of footage to create the film we see on the air. Our company has turned to some very talented editors to make Our America such a powerful and compelling series.

We sat down with one of our editors, Virginie Danglades to discuss how she got involved with the Our America Series. Virginie edited the Swingers Next Door, Generation XXL, and Families of Killers. Virginie has also cut projects for History, PBS, A&E, NBC, MTV, TLC, and Bravo.

part2 pictures: When did you get started working in the television industry as an editor?

Virginie Danglades: I was hired as an assistant on a multi-cam cooking show for PBS, hosted by Jacques Torres the then pastry chef at Le Cirque and soon to be chocolate guru. The series was 26 half-hours with only one swamped editor/DP at the editing helm. After a month working from the producer’s home, I de facto became the show’s full-fledge editor and completed the series’ first and second season.

p2: How did you get involved with the Our America Series?

VD: I was lucky to have worked with Amy Bucher on several documentaries for TV. I didn’t work on OALL season one but watched it when it aired and was totally taken by it! Topics were so raw, Lisa Ling’s way of meeting and interviewing people so perceptive, earnest and compassionate, and the show looked absolutely gorgeous! I wanted in!

p2: What have been some of the most challenging aspects of working on Our America? What has been the most rewarding?

VD: Well, for “Swingers” some of the editing challenges were to avoid an X rating… Joke aside, each episode’s theme has been so multifaceted and challenging, and by the same token so exciting to explore and work on. For “Generation XXL”, it was how we would show the silver linings from truly heartbreaking stories such as Jaylen’s who at 4 years old weighed 101 lbs or Briana’s who in her early teens weighed over 200 lbs. For “Families of killers”, it was hearing out people who’ve lived through the darkest side of family bonds and process how their love and loyalty for one family member had been put to the test. There’s nothing black and white about these stories, and as the pieces come together in the editing room, it’s wonderful to be part of a very collaborative team. What may be the most gratifying at the end is to know that this series gives a unique opportunity to tell compelling stories that are not told in such perceptive ways elsewhere.

To find our more about Virginie and her projects, please visit her website.