Kelley Dixon

Editor


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In her two-and-a-half-hour interview, Kelley Dixon talks about her early life and about becoming a PA on thirtysomething. She describes becoming as assistant editor on Huff, and meeting her mentor, Lynne Willingham, while assistant editing Revelations and Without a Trace. She discusses assistant editing the pilot of Breaking Bad, and details her five seasons with the show. She recounts editing specific episodes of Breaking Bad, including “Madrigal," “…And the Bag’s in the River,” and “Gliding Over All,” for which she won an Emmy Award. She speaks of hosting a Breaking Bad podcast, and of the audience reaction to the show. She concludes with advice to aspiring editors and on her proudest career achievement. Jenni Matz conducted the interview on June 3, 2015 in Culver City, CA.

"For an editor, sometimes things are hard, sometimes shows are hard, sometimes politics are hard, and you're not working with the people that you want to work with and stuff like that. But you know what? It's the best job ever."

Highlights
Kelley Dixon on television she watched growing up
02:07
Kelley Dixon on moving up to editor on Breaking Bad
06:41
Kelley Dixon on various editing techniques used early on for Breaking Bad, and how Vince Gilligan dealt with the editing process
02:44
Kelley Dixon on assistant editing the pilot for Breaking Bad
04:03
Kelley Dixon on editing the Breaking Bad episode "Gliding Over All", and on the music of the show
13:28
Kelley Dixon on her proudest career achievements
03:40
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early life and influences; on being a PA for thirtysomething; on getting into editing at thirtysomething
11:37
On the duties of the assistant editor; on working in both film and video as an editor; on the equipment she worked on in her early years as an editor, and on her fifteen years as an assistant editor
08:13
On assistant editing for Huff; on what makes a good editor and on tailoring her style to a specific show; on assistant editing for Revelations and Without a Trace for Lynne Willingham
15:56
On the various types of cuts an editor puts together; on how she came to work on Breaking Bad, and on working on the pilot of Breaking Bad; on various editing techniques used early on for Breaking Bad, and how Vince Gilligan dealt with the editing process; on moving up to editor on Breaking Bad
20:25

Chapter 2

On editing the Breaking Bad episode "...And the Bag's in the River"; on communicating with her collaborators on Breaking Bad, and on the logistics of editing the show
12:39
On determining which editor would work on which episode on Breaking Bad, and on working with assistant editors on the show; on the post-production process for Breaking Bad, and on the physical toll editing can take on an editor; on the pacing of Breaking Bad, and on collaborating with show creator Vince Gilligan on editing
15:48
On editing the Breaking Bad episode "Madrigal", and on editing the montages; on editing the Breaking Bad episode "Gliding Over All," and on the music of the show
18:11
On being nominated for, and winning Emmys for her work on Breaking Bad; on the experience of winning and accepting an Emmy award
17:27

Chapter 3

On the end of Breaking Bad, and on her Breaking Bad podcast; on audience interaction with the creative forces of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul
16:09
On the legacy of Breaking Bad; on how Breaking Bad impacted her career, and on then-current shows she admires
11:00
On advice to aspiring editors; on her proudest career achievements
07:07
On her then-future; on what she loves about editing
04:38
Shows

Better Call Saul

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Kelley Dixon on audience interaction with the creative forces of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul
05:00

Breaking Bad

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Kelley Dixon on how she came to work on Breaking Bad
05:05
Kelley Dixon on assistant editing the pilot for Breaking Bad
04:33
Kelley Dixon on various editing techniques used early on for Breaking Bad, and how Vince Gilligan dealt with the editing process
02:44
Kelley Dixon on moving up to editor on Breaking Bad
06:41
Kelley Dixon on editing the Breaking Bad episode "...And the Bag's in the River"
06:48
Kelley Dixon on communicating with her collaborators on Breaking Bad, and on the logistics of editing the show
05:51
Kelley Dixon on determining which editor would work on which episode on Breaking Bad, and on working with assistant editors on the show
06:55
Kelley Dixon on the post-production process for Breaking Bad, and on the physical toll editing can take on an editor
04:28
Kelley Dixon on the pacing of Breaking Bad, and on collaborating with show creator Vince Gilligan on editing
04:25
Kelley Dixon on editing the Breaking Bad episode "Madrigal," and on editing the montages in the episode
04:44
Kelley Dixon on editing the Breaking Bad episode "Gliding Over All," and on the music of the show
13:28
Kelley Dixon on being nominated for, and winning Emmys for her work on Breaking Bad
17:25
Kelley Dixon on the end of Breaking Bad, and on her Breaking Bad podcast
11:09
Kelley Dixon on audience interaction with the creative forces of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul
05:00
Kelley Dixon on the legacy of Breaking Bad
06:32
Kelley Dixon on how Breaking Bad impacted her career, and on then-current shows she admires
04:28

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Kelley Dixon on being nominated for, and winning Emmys for her work on Breaking Bad
17:25

Huff

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Kelley Dixon on assistant editing for Huff
02:27

Revelations

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Kelley Dixon on assistant editing for Revelations and Without a Trace for Lynne Willingham
08:22

Thirtysomething

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Kelley Dixon on being a PA for thirtysomething
04:27
Kelley Dixon on getting into editing at thirtysomething
02:05
Topics

Advice

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Kelley Dixon on advice to aspiring editors
03:27

Emmy Awards

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Kelley Dixon on being nominated for, and winning Emmys for her work on Breaking Bad
17:25

Television Industry

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Kelley Dixon on advice to aspiring editors
03:27
Professions

Editor

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Kelley Dixon on the duties of the assistant editor
03:11
Kelley Dixon on working in both film and video as an editor
02:28
Kelley Dixon on the equipment she worked on in her early years as an editor, and on her fifteen years as an assistant editor
02:34
Kelley Dixon on what makes a good editor
02:33
Kelley Dixon on tailoring her style to a specific show
02:30
Kelley Dixon on the various types of cuts an editor puts together
01:20
Kelley Dixon on the post-production process for Breaking Bad, and on the physical toll editing can take on an editor
04:28
Kelley Dixon on the pacing of Breaking Bad, and on collaborating with show creator Vince Gilligan on editing
04:25
Kelley Dixon on editing the Breaking Bad episode "Gliding Over All," and on the music of the show
13:28
Kelley Dixon on advice to aspiring editors
03:27
Kelley Dixon on what she loves about editing
01:41

Post-Production Professionals

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Kelley Dixon on the duties of the assistant editor
03:11
Kelley Dixon on working in both film and video as an editor
02:28
Kelley Dixon on the equipment she worked on in her early years as an editor, and on her fifteen years as an assistant editor
02:34
Kelley Dixon on what makes a good editor
02:33
Kelley Dixon on tailoring her style to a specific show
02:30
Kelley Dixon on the various types of cuts an editor puts together
01:20
Kelley Dixon on the post-production process for Breaking Bad, and on the physical toll editing can take on an editor
04:28
Kelley Dixon on the pacing of Breaking Bad, and on collaborating with show creator Vince Gilligan on editing
04:25
Kelley Dixon on editing the Breaking Bad episode "Gliding Over All," and on the music of the show
13:28
Kelley Dixon on advice to aspiring editors
03:27
Kelley Dixon on what she loves about editing
01:41
Genres

Drama Series

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Kelley Dixon on editing Breaking Bad
01:04:04
Kelley Dixon on editing Breaking Bad
27:09
People

Vince Gilligan

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Kelley Dixon on the pacing of Breaking Bad, and on collaborating with show creator Vince Gilligan on editing
04:25

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