Cutters Studios has added editor Livio Sanchez to its New York staff. Well known as the editor of Budweiser’s iconic original “Wassup” spot, Sanchez has cut high-profile commercials for leading brands, agencies and directors over the years out of such shops as Mad River Post, The Whitehouse, Final Cut, Beast and Spot Welders, earing industry honors along the way, including a Cannes Gold Lion. Sanchez is also established in the music video arena with clips for the likes of Arcade Fire, Gnarls Barkley, Green Day, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus and U2. And in recent years, Sanchez has made major inroads as a storyteller in VR and interactive media.
Sanchez was the lead editor for The New York Times VR film The Displaced, which won the Cannes Lions Entertainment Grand Prix in 2016. His recent projects have become star attractions at Comic-Con, SXSW, the Tribeca Film Festival and beyond. They include the Look But With Love Within original immersive series produced by Here Be Dragons and SOC Films; the Mr. Robot Virtual Reality Experience written and directed by the series’ creator and showrunner Sam Esmail, developed for USA Network by Here Be Dragons and Within; and The National: Something Out of Nothing”VR Experience for The New York Times, directed by Academy Award nominee Marshall Curry.
Since 2015, Sanchez has also worked closely with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth through the production company Cause & Affect Media. Their collaborations include the four-part Netflix documentary Daughters of Destiny written and directed by Roth, and another documentary short she directed, The Girl and The Picture.
With a deep passion for visual and emotional resonance, inspired by his work with the aforementioned directors as well as Kathryn Bigelow, Sebastian Cordero, Christopher Guest, Scott Hicks, The Hughes Brothers, Janusz Kaminski, Tony Kaye, Chris Milk, Charles Stone III, and Marc Webb, Sanchez feels he is joining Cutters Studios at the perfect time.
“I’ve had the good fortune to have previously worked alongside many of the outstanding people at Cutters, including (NY exec producer) Elizabeth Krajewski and editors Grant Gustafson, Kevin O’Brien and Matt Walsh,” Sanchez explained. “With the diversity of projects I tend to collaborate on, the timing could not be better for us to join forces. Tapping into their international reach and vast experience in a variety of genres spanning creative development, production and postproduction, we all feel that great things are in store.”
Krajewski related, “As one of world’s leading VR editor pioneers, Livio continues to find new ways to bring a story to life. I have always admired his ability to think outside of the traditional, while still being a master of the traditional. He is able to immerse viewers in ways that create entirely new experiences, while always staying true to the story. He is a 360-degree thinker who is never scared to move outside his comfort zone.”