Ted Lasso is the guy we’d like to coach in the editing department.
Ted LassoMelissa McCoy and AJ Catoline’s two main editors have an incredibly important job to do. Not only do you need to match the pace of the episode with Ted’s wit and excitement of the soccer game, but you also need to know when to wait for emotion. Sure, that sounds like an average day in an editor’s life, but on a show like that Ted Lasso, there are so many nuanced beats in history and the cut has to be perfect for them to hit.
And it was.
So how do you do it?
“It’s really about finding the perfect tone of comedy and emotion,” said McCoy Gold derby in a recent interview.
Catoline added, “It’s a show where comedy and pathos meet and it’s about finding that balance. Ted has so much more to offer, we have to take our time for the moments. ”
For those under a rock last year Ted Lasso is the breakout hit by Apple TV+ this follows an enthusiastic American football coach who travels to England to coach a football team – I mean “football club”. The character is played by the wonderful Jason Sudeikiswho uses the role to demonstrate its incredible breadth.
McCoy said the edit is about Sudeikis and they always are “Pay attention to the nuances the characters do when they respond; how these people influence each other. We are aware of their reaction shots: how Ted affects the team and how the team affects Ted. They come together as a kind of family. We pay great attention to how they interact with each other. And try to build that familiar feeling of team life, sports life, office life, and real life. It touches all of these aspects. ”
This aspect really shines through the course of the first season. The editing here is smart and deliberate. We see a really diverse mix of weft lengths and interesting intercuts. A lot of work is also being done to make sure the sound of the show highlights this journey.
Catoline said: “Like image editing, football is a game of collaboration. The scene in episode two with the stadium singing “wanker” to Ted, there were only 10 people on a set chanting. The magic of post-mixing made this sound like 10,000 people. Our music editors jumped in and helped us with the score. It’s a huge team that ranges from visual effects to music and sound. We are very grateful to be the center of attention and to direct the traffic. The ball fits securely. ”
Ultimately, a show like this can only survive and grow big through collaboration. McCoy won an ACE Eddie Award for Best Edited Non-Commercial Comedy for the episode “Make Rebecca Great Again”. She said the show’s success “comes top down. Jason is super dedicated and always open to ideas wherever they come from. If it serves the story and the characters, it’s all about the Ted Lasso art. “
This type of recording is refreshing to hear. The ethos of this show starts with the writing process and finds its way into the cut before we watch it at home. Ted Lasso is really a unique and special show, and I’m excited to see where the second season takes us.
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