Spotlight | Editor Spencer Wehde chats about her craft, her inspirations, and her favourite projects

Thought December 22, 2021

How did you become an editor? What inspired you to get into the editorial field?

Back in my middle school days, you could probably find me deep in an iMovie project cutting together photos of my friends and I to music. Fast forward a few years, I realized I could turn that hobby into a college major and ultimately a career. It was game over.

I’ve always been someone who enjoys solving puzzles, and I see being an editor as exactly that; solving puzzles. Putting the pieces together to bring a story to life just never gets old.

I also have to give credit to my older brother, Drew, who is a director of photography. Seeing him succeed in this industry has definitely inspired me and shown me what’s possible for myself.

How would you describe your style and what are some of your favourite projects to have worked on?

I really don’t know if there is just one thing that can describe my style. Is that a copout? I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects and I approach each one differently.

One of my favorite projects I’ve cut is a short-doc called As Fast as Her about Olympic hockey player Kendall Coyne. This is pretty different from the rest of my portfolio of work, but it is a story that was so special to put together. Sports, women’s sports in particular, are a passion of mine, so getting to bring Kendall’s story to life on screen and collaborate with a handful of incredible female athletes along the way was incredibly rewarding. The piece garnered some great reception within the industry, but what was really special was the response we got from young girls who look up to Kendall. I was fortunate to have a significant amount of creative freedom throughout the entire process and it’s an experience I won’t soon forget.

How would you describe your process?

Step one for me is getting a feel for the project, there’s something about sitting down with it for the first time that really gets me. Seeing the content with fresh eyes, absorbing it, picturing what it will turn into, it’s where I feel most creative. Timing usually comes next- finding the right pacing is where that love of solving a puzzle comes into play. Once I have my initial cut together, I love the feedback process. I think it’s easy to get deep in a project and see it one way, but once fresh eyes get on it and provide a new perspective, it can make the work that much better.

What are you most looking forward to about working here at The Mill?

This one’s easy- the people. I’ve always looked to The Mill, and more specifically the talent here, as a group of people who are constantly pushing creative boundaries and setting the bar for the rest of the industry. To be here now, working with this exceptional group of people on a regular basis is incredibly rewarding and I can’t wait for what’s to come.

It is the holidays after all so we need to know: what marks the start of the holidays for you?

It always begins to feel like the holidays when lights start going up. My walk home from the train is always made better by seeing lights and decorations strewn throughout the neighbourhood. It’s quite literally the only perk of the sun going down so early this time of year.

What is currently inspiring you?

All of my new coworkers! I’ve only been here a short time, but I can already see how much talent exists here. The way everyone approaches their work, pushes creative boundaries, and collaborates together is inspiring.

Spencer Wehde, Editor

You can check out more of Spencer’s work via her Creative Talent Page / website and follow her on Instagram @spencerwehde. You can also contact us regarding your upcoming projects here.