DIRECTOR + EDITOR + VIDEOGRAPHER
Unifying sight and sound is something we rarely think about, but rests at the foundation of how most of us understand and are affected by concepts and stories. I’ve always admired anyone able to manipulate my senses and emotions with good film editing, and have a world of appreciation for documentary film editors. While storyboards and directors are a guide for them, there is no exact recipe. The ingredients are different every time. There is always something to when it comes to any craft, but I believe that being a good editor requires an innate skill – a connection with sound and imagery that reaches beyond what the average person is capable of understanding.
Enter: Rosanna Peng.
A little over a year ago, when The Creator Class was still an enigma, I stumbled upon their short film series “Originals” and immediately decided that whoever was editing was brilliant. This brought me to Rosanna. After about a year of doing the old familiar (silently admiring from the depths of the internet) I finally got in touch. With an overflowing mental list of questions, we met up with for a coffee and strolled through a park, and much to my satisfaction, managed to graze the surface of the deep creative ocean that is her mind.
Describe what brought you to what you're doing now.
I fell in love with editing and being able to share through video all the way back in high school. I remember being one of the few girls in video class full of jocks. We would take turns sharing our videos. When I was able to make a room full of private school "brahs" laugh at the jokes made in my video; as a shy girl I felt like I had found my voice. Knowing that video had the ability to make viewers feel something got me hooked. After University, I bought a Canon 7D and started shooting for anyone that needed work and learned more and more with each video I made.
Describe your aesthetic/style and what went into developing that.
Aesthetically, I have an affinity for ethereal shots mixed with grime. Content-wise, I aim/hope for everything I make to have some kind of a positive attribution to the world.
Where do you typically go to find inspiration?
For visual inspiration, I’m all over Pinterest and Tumblr. This can be kind of controversial because of the nature of “borrowing” in the internet age, but I’m not so much copying what’s trendy as I am trying to reference or challenge creative trends (at least that’s what I hope to do). For contextual inspiration, I clear my head on runs or find a place where I can be alone. Being a believer in God, I value the still moments where I can re-focus on my main source of inspiration and motivation to do what I do.
Your use of sound and rhythm is phenomenal. All of your choices seem so thoughtful and precise. Tell me about your creative process and workflow.
Thank you! My workflow/creative process varies depending on the project, but in most cases, content prioritizes over aesthetic and "vibe choices" (vibe choices being music/colour-grading/shot decisions). What this looks like from a pre-production standpoint means that every detail of each scene is meant to emphasize the initial concept of the piece. From an editing standpoint, this means cutting the interview or footage first before applying b-roll, colouring, or music. Sound and rhythm usually comes last in my workflow and is used to further drive the initial idea/concept.