Hiatus celebrates 3rd year & welcomes editor Joe Kell

(Joe Kell)

Creative editorial & postproduction boutique Hiatus celebrates its Third Anniversary this month in April and welcomes new Editor Joe Kell. Kell joins the posthouse from Friendshop! in New York. “We are so thrilled to celebrate our third year here at Hiatus,” says Founder/Editor Shane Patrick Ford.

Ford adds, “Because we had been working for a long time on our remote technology abilities, we were positioned very well for the shift to remote work last year. When we met Joe Kell, we instantly hit it off. We had similar likes and interests, as well as the same ideas about where we are all going with film, advertising and storytelling. Also, his background in sound editing was very important to us at Hiatus. I’m a musician. Our Executive Producer Joshua Magee is also. We have a staff Composer. Music and sound are already fused into our process; it’s a huge part of what we do. We look forward to watching him grow his talent at Hiatus.”

Kell gravitated to editing from an early age, and never left its orbit. It’s an art form that speaks to his sensibilities as a storyteller and problem-solver, because creative solutions in the edit cannot only be discovered, they can also be invented.

He followed this passion for postproduction from Ohio to New York City, where he worked for a decade across a wide spectrum of genres and formats. A collaborator at heart, he loves working with other creative minds to find the absolute vision for every project.

Kell is thrilled to be back in the Midwest after finding his new home at Hiatus, where he aspires to create meaningful experiences for audiences through his work for a long time to come. “Coming from another boutique editorial shop, I’m used to working in a small, collaborative environment, almost like its own creative agency,” he explains.

“I also love that Hiatus is an Editor-owned shop with a high bar for their creative output. Their work has a strong point of view and a unique voice, making it a natural home for my editing style. From my very first conversation with Shane and his team, I knew I’d found something really special.”

Recent collaborations for Kell include a commercial campaign with Director Tom Gould on an Australian-based liquor brand Mercury Cider via BBDO/Melbourne. With Gould in his native New Zealand, the agency in Australia, and dailies coming from New York, Kell was able to conduct the offline edit internationally from Detroit with a remote workflow utilizing the Evercast streaming platform.

“Of all the experiences I had during the pandemic year, that was a highlight,” sums up Kell. “I realized that I could host live sessions with Creative Directors halfway across the world. It was pretty cool.”

Kell also worked on a Director’s Cut of “Women Who Power America” for Ford with Director Amara Untermeyer. “The client launched our cut on their official channel in honor of International Women’s Day,” adds Kell, who brought in two of his frequent collaborators in New York for finishing on the project — Julienne Guffain at Sonic Union and Kath Raisch at Company 3.

“My two cornerstone pieces from the last year are a global campaign, and a campaign right here in my own, new backyard,” points out Kell.

Hiatus will also celebrate the premiere of feature film We Need To Do Something at the Tribeca Film Festival in June. The horror pic from Director Sean King O’Grady is from the producers of Saw and Bird Box.

The team at Hiatus also just saw the world premiere of short film Still Home during the Cleveland International Film Festival earlier this month.

Reel 360 wishes Joe the best of luck at Hiatus.