Chicago Editor: El Capo de Capos

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March 1, 2016 | 1-Exposing The Crew, Editors


El Capo de Capos




Katian Sandoval

An “Editor” assembles raw recorded footage and places them into a coherent sequence.

Hi everyone and thanks for joining us here at Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!  

“There are editors and companies who focus their craft solely on cutting trailers. It’s its own form of art.” (Justin Jackola, Director at JJack Productions).

This week’s ETC HIGHLIGHT is the trailer for “El Capo de Capos“.  Days before the biggest DEA operation in US History, a prominent DEA agent calls off his engagement.

We are unable to provide the full short due to the film still showing at festivals, but I had the honor of being invited to the Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Festival ( in December 2015 where it took home the Audience Choice Award.

For trailers, an Editor highlights just enough of the storyline to create interest, but not give away the full feature.  This is why we chose to EXPOSE the talent of Katian Sandoval.

Katian Sandoval ( is the in-house editor for our very own Chicago Bulls.  She has received the CLIO Sports Award in 2015, and was nominated for the 2015 Chicago/Midwest Chapter Emmy in Outstanding Crafts Achievement.

Since films are typically shot out of sequence, the Editor and Director work together to choose the best shots and scenes to edit together.  The Editor then crafts the raw footage by cropping, blending, and syncing those pieces together to create a unified whole.  Once they have achieved the Final Cut, the film is then ready to be seen by an audience.

Thank you for watching this week’s “EXPOSED” short film, and reading our new blog Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

See you next Tuesday!