‘Hateful Eight’ Editor Fred Raskin Interview

December 26, 2015, 15:57 PM


Stepping in as Quentin Tarantino’s editor after the sudden, tragic death of Tarantino’s longtime collaborator, Sally Menke, in 2010, editor Fred Raskin knew that he had big shoes to fill. Menke’s contribution to Tarantino’s oeuvre and tremendous success cannot be underestimated, but Raskin has thus far made a powerful impression, editing Django Unchained, which was nominated for five Academy Awards, and following that up with the phenomenally ambitious, three-hour-eight-minute 70MM extravaganza, The Hateful Eight. The film was a tricky edit for the way in which it’s split decisively down the middle—in this case, segmented by an intermission. Here, Raskin discusses his ascension to main editor, working for the legendary writer-director, and his experience editing two Kurt Russell-starring westerns this past year.

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