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Cutters Studios Lands and Promotes Rising Industry Stars in Chicago
- Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017
The principals of international creative company Cutters Studios (http://www.cuttersstudios.com) are very proud to announce the promotion of Natalie Stone to the position of associate producer, the addition of assistant editor Magdalena Hernandez, and the promotion of Liz Slattery to sales associate. The announcement was made by Cutters Studios partner and managing director Craig Duncan.
Stone was already an accomplished independent filmmaker by the time she earned her B.A. in Post Production from Columbia College Chicago in 2013. By then, the documentary short she produced, directed and edited entitled "Ripped" was beginning what would become an award-winning run in national film festivals. After graduation, internships with Kartemquin Films and mcgarrybowen led her to Cutters, where she joined the client services staff in 2015. As the company's front-desk receptionist, Stone was highly esteemed as the first point of contact for all Cutters Studios operations in Chicago. So far in her career, she considers earning the position of associate producer as her greatest achievement.
"What I value most about Cutters is that it's an environment I look forward to being a part of every day," she explained. "It's a kind place to work, and about as close to a family as a business can be. I'm most looking forward to working more closely with and learning from the co-workers I've grown so fond of these past two years."
Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Hernandez moved to U.S. in 2015, and graduated with a Masters of Science in Cinema Post-Production from DePaul University this past June. Cutters is very proud to be her first full-time employer.
To gain experience and develop her reel, Hernandez has volunteered with the La Redada Cultural Centre and Lucky Plush Productions, while also serving for nearly two years as a lead mentor with the Digital Youth Network. As her credits in the commercial and entertainment industry grow through her work at Cutters, her filmography already includes several noteworthy cinema projects. Among those, she directed "Rue," which was named Best Experimental Film at DePaul's 2017 Premiere Festival, and she edited the dramatic short "Kayla's Light" (official selection at 2017 Black harvest Film Festival) and the dramatic short "Dressed" (official selection at the 2017 Chain NYC Film Festival).
"The most valuable aspect of my experience with Cutters so far has been meeting and working with some of the most creative and innovative people in the industry," she said. "It's a great privilege to be able to learn from the best, strengthen my skills and enhance my portfolio with the support of a company that makes me feel right at home."
A 2016 University of Florida graduate with a B.S. in Telecommunication who helped the Florida Gators women's soccer team win three SEC tournaments and once starred in an ESPN SportsCenter #1 Top Play, Slattery landed her first industry internship with Cutters earlier this summer. Among her many academic and extracurricular achievements at UF, Liz wound up running the social media networks for all Gator soccer programs, making a huge impact on reach and fan turnout. With Cutters Studios' involvement in the Cannes Film Festival and many other events and screenings, Duncan enlisted her in the company's sales and marketing efforts, where her performance earned the "amazing" distinction, and her appointment to the position of Sales Associate.
"I knew the industry I chose to pursue requires us to start at the bottom and work our way up, so I set out to find a company that fosters growth and experience," she began. "The Cutters Studios people and environment exude a professionalism and creativity that is invaluable. I am beyond excited to continue to learn and grow alongside these amazing people."
About Cutters and Cutters Studios
Established in Chicago in 1980, Cutters has cemented its reputation as a premier provider of extraordinary editing and post-production artistry, and today the company is among the world's largest independent editorial companies. Based on its solid reputation for world-class editorial talents, family values and truly great leadership, over time, Cutters has opened successful studios in Detroit, Los Angeles, Tokyo and New York City. With its partner companies Another Country, Dictionary Films, Flavor and Picnic Media, Cutters Studios represents unlimited full-service creative capabilities. For more information please visit http://www.cuttersstudios.com.