Editor Fred Raskin on ‘The Hateful Eight’, ‘Fast Five’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

     December 28, 2015


While we post a lot of interviews with actors, directors, and producers, the staff and I decided it’s time to make a point to talk with people who don’t necessarily get the spotlight. The fact is that a movie is only as good as its “below the line” crew, and all of us at Collider have long felt that they aren’t given enough credit. To try and rectify this, you can look forward to more interviews with costume designers, production designers, composers, editors, cinematographers, and other craftspeople that work to bring these stories to life.

In this spirit, I recently sat down with The Hateful Eight editor Fred Raskin. Unlike most interviews where we tend to focus on one film, I used my time with him to talk about the job as a whole, and what goes on behind the scenes. Of course we also talked about making The Hateful Eight, collaborating with Quentin Tarantino, being a part of Fast Five and Guardians of the Galaxy, how he got his big break, and more. If you’re interested in what it’s really like to be an editor on a big movie, you’re going to love this conversation. As usual I’ve listed what we talked about below the video.

The Hateful Eight is now playing in limited release and will expand nationwide later this week. You can click here for all our previous coverage on the film, including clips, our review, images, trailers, and more.

Fred Raskin:

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    On being a part of Fast Five.

  • On growing up reading comic books and getting to make Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • On the excitement of working on the sequel.
  • What exactly does an editor do?
  • What is the biggest misconception people have about what you do?
  • How soon are you on a movie and when do you leave?
  • What is the collaboration process like with Quentin Tarantino?
  • How would you compare two different directors you’ve worked with who have completely different tendencies?
  • Are there other film departments that you have to collaborate with?
  • What’s the hardest part of your job and the most rewarding?
  • When did you decide that you wanted to be an editor?
  • How did you train to be an editor besides film school?
  • What’s the thing that got you through the door of “Hollywood”?
  • Who are some of the artisans in your field that you admire?
  • What’s the best advice you ever got about being an editor?
  • Are there a lot of deleted scenes from The Hateful Eight left on the cutting room floor?


Image via The Weinstein Company


Image via The Weinstein Company

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