Brian May on Chicago Creativity

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As part of their Chicago highlight series, LBB sat with editor Brian May to chat Chicago’s distinct brand of creativity.  Check it out on LBB and read the full piece below!


How long have you been with Whitehouse and how has your role changed?

My journey began at Whitehouse LA in 2007 as a runner. During that time I shadowed as many assistant editors as I could until I myself became one.  As an assistant at Whitehouse Post I worked alongside some of the best editors in the business, stealing as many tips and tricks as I could along the way.  In 2012 I had opportunity to spend a year editing in Amsterdam, before being promoted to editor and moving to our New York City office. I’ve since relocated to our Chicago office, which, funnily enough, is where I was born and raised, so I’m right back at home.

What inspires you about Chicago?


Do you have any memorable projects that you made in the city that you’d like to mention?

I recently worked with director Matt Miller at Cap Gun Collective on a batch of comedy spots for Waste Management’s Bagster Bags. The spots featured some talented folk from The Second City, one of Chicago’s premiere comedy groups. We ended up having too many edits to choose from because everything had us in stitches. So many great takes and options to play with.

Has there been any recent work that has come out of Whitehouse that inspires you or that you thought was particularly successful?

One piece that sticks out is “Still The Most Shocking Second A Day” for Save The Children, cut by James Forbes-Robertson in our London office. It’s an incredibly relevant and moving film about refugees. It’s also beautifully shot and executed, not to mention (obviously) brilliantly edited.

What do you like to do to relax and unwind when you’re not working?

Chasing my 15 month-old around is my kind of relaxing.

Do you have any unique interests?

Playing the drums. With two big speakers surrounding my set, I throw on something old or new and just go nuts.

What’s it like working at your agency day to day?

The atmosphere at Whitehouse Post is such that even when projects become hectic and everyone’s racing to hit a deadline, there’s a nice demeanor in the halls and with the people that help balance out the random bursts of excitement.

Are you working on any upcoming projects that you’d like to mention?

I am editing a music video for Japanese artist Utada Hikaru.  A beautifully choreographed piece directed by Jamie-James Medina. I love editing commercials, but always jump at the chance to stretch my editing skills.

What do you think are the most necessary qualities of the Modern American Creativity? Essentially what do you think you need to have to make it in Chicago as a creative?

I love people. I don’t know how you can be in this industry without having some passion for human interaction. That, to me, is half the battle in the editing room.