Fast Cuts Nearly Doubles Staff
September 14, 2012 by Andrew Schneider
Fast Cuts Edits has added 10 people to its roster in the last few weeks, a move that nearly doubles its total creative staff.
The Dallas-based postproduction company has added the staff to respond to rapid growth following the austerity of the last few years. Joining the company are Executive Producer Lisa Hill, who share the responsibilities with longtime Fast Cuts EP Julie Koellner, as well as editors, sound designers and producers.
“We have kept our staff pretty lean during this recessionary period,” says Richard Gillespie, president and founder of Fast Cuts. “When I saw an opportunity to expand my staff and saw a client need for the expansion, I started to interview these incredible people and they all opted to join our Fast Cuts family. It has been great.”
The new staff members were all veterans of the editorial company N2O, founded by Hill.
“The people we hired all came from the core group of what was N2O,” Gillespie says. “It was a great company with a very loyal client following.”
Gillespie says the N2O staff was attracted to Fast Cuts.
“I saw an opportunity to bolster our staff needs, keep the awesome N2O team together and provide a truly amazing service to the clients in Dallas and beyond, all under one roof at Fast Cuts,” he says.
On the editorial side, Fast Cuts adds Jason Agnew, who has completed campaigns for Salvation Army, Pier One and many others, and Jason Payne whose recent work includes HEB spots for the Richards Group and a campaign for Branson Tourism. They will join editors Richard Gillespie, Kristina Cruse, Marc Hoffmeister, Brad Thurman, Tom Aberg, Michael Oleksinski and Brody Howard, giving Fast Cuts a very formidable Creative Editorial team.
Flame Premium Artist Dan Hill, joins Artists Nick Mueth and Mike Jensen. Recent work for Hill includes compositing, color correction and finish for the HEB Alaskan Salmon spots and webisodes.
Graphics Designer and Artist, Jeff Vick joins Artist Shelby Miller. Vick’s animation work can be seen nationally for projects such as Metro PCS and Maker’s Mark.
Fast Cuts Mix adds Sound Designer and Mixer Eric Jenkins. He joins Ben Templeton and recently promoted Audio Engineer, Hayes Smith. In addition to mixing several spots for MetroPCS, Jenkins is also the producer for the band “The Brights’” which is currently in rotation on MTV. Smith’s recent work includes a campaign for McDonald’s via Moroch.
Senior Producers, Barbara Sanders and Tony Rucker bring years of experience and dedicated service to their clients. They join Senior Producers Mimi Hendrix and PK Jones. Assistant Editor, Dale Scheihagen and Engineer, Brent Foster, round out the staff additions.
Lisa Hill, founder and Executive producer of N2O, comes full circle with her move.
“Interestingly, Lisa was my first producer when I founded Fast Cuts over twenty years ago,” Gillespie says. “It is great to have her back.”
And Hill agrees.
“Richard gave me an opportunity to start in this business,” she says. “I have often said, I would not have been here without having worked with Richard and I could not have developed the company I did without having left him. Sometimes life just brings you full circle. We are all looking forward to great opportunities.”