I’m James LeSage. I’m an editor working and living in New York City.
Some of my work:
Life Like (Lionsgate)
Mr. Robot (USA)
Godfather of Harlem (Epix)
Graceland (Drafthouse Films)
_Editing is all about a good story… here’s mine.
_I’m a fanboy at heart. I work in film and tv because I love movies. I have no specific taste; I love everything… from classic dramas, to gritty 70’s, to bad 80’s movies, to foreign film, to modern indies, kung-fu, to horror, I love sci-fi, and most of all a good thriller. I studied at Emerson College and continued my education in software like After Effects and Cinema 4D.
_In the early 2000s I was VJ (not like MTV). I mixed video on projectors in clubs in Boston on Lansdowne Street. I mixed live to the beat alongside some of the biggest DJs. I used 4 channel video mixers and software that mapped video clips to buttons on a keyboard.
_When I moved to New York City in 2005 I worked as a Key Set PA on some of the biggest film and tv sets like 30 Rock, Law & Order, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Whatever Works, 27 Dresses, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, and tons more.
_In 2009 I joined The Motion Picture Editor’s Guild Local 700 and worked as an apprentice and assistant editor on Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Super Troopers 2, Ricki and the Flash, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2, Delivery Man… the list goes on. I have worked as a consultant for some the best editors working in film: Oscar winner Claire Simpson (Platoon), Wyatt Smith (Dr. Strange), Oscar winner Paul Hirsch (Star Wars), Jay Rabinowitz (Requiem for a Dream), Lee Percy (Boys Don’t Cry), Stuart Levy (Foxcatcher), Jeff Betancourt (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), and Oscar nominee Susan E. Morse (Manhattan). I studied their techniques and absorbed their wealth of knowledge.
_I cut a fantastic film in 2013, Graceland. It won 2nd Place Audience Award at Tribeca Film Festival and was distributed theatrically by Drafthouse.
_I was made an editor on Mr. Robot and Godfather of Harlem.
_And I cut a fun weird robot movie called Life Like that Lionsgate distributed.
It’s all about serving the greater story. Every gun fight, car chase, bar brawl is there for a reason. There is no difference in how you put together a genre movie and a drama. It’s all storytelling.
_Feel free to contact me now about editing your next film, tv show, short film, etc. I’m looking for exciting scripts and directors with clear visions. I’m looking for a challenge. And I’m great at re-cuts.
_I’ll be at New York Comic Con this year in October as an industry insider. Reach out if you want to meet up and talk about your project. Don’t be shy, I’d love to geek out with you!