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Sarah Bosler fell in love with video editing after taking a broadcast journalism class in high school and decided to study Film and TV Production at Asbury University. She is currently a freelance filmmaker, aspiring video editor and documentarian based in Louisville, KY. She discussed her journey with us and where she’d like to transition within the film industry here in Kentucky.

Louisville Film Society: How did you get into filmmaking as a career?

Sarah Bosler: I majored in Film and TV Production and spent a few years working full time in other media related fields. In 2022 I started going to Women in Film KY networking meetings and making connections. I realized I could make a living working in film/TV in Louisville, so I took the leap in January of 2023.

What is the particular craft you’re involved with on-set?

On set I usually work as a Production Assistant or an Assistant Camera.

Do you have ambitions to move into another role?

Yes! My goal is to work as a film editor and support myself fully on that type of work.

What type of project would you be most excited to work on?

I would say a feature length documentary or narrative film. I’d love to eventually edit on these types of projects, but just being involved is exciting for me.

What’s the best and worst part of your job?

The best part about my job is the amount of flexibility I have both to work on different projects and to focus on my own projects as well. The worst part is not always knowing what’s next, whether it’s the financial strain that creates or just being in a creative rut when the work dries up for a month or so. It’s definitely a good idea to have a nest egg saved up!

Can you describe your experience working on After the Flood?

Working on After the Flood was honestly so rewarding. As the editor I learned so much about the process of fitting all the puzzle pieces together while also working with the vision the director had for the film. I got to meet the participants for the documentary, which doesn’t usually happen for an editor, so I felt personally connected to the film and its message. That made me want to do right by the people who had graciously told us their stories. 

How did you get involved in the project?

I got involved in After the Flood because my friend, Ali Gautier, was the director and she had received a grant to tell a climate story. We have worked together in the past on creative projects and had a Youtube channel during the pandemic, so she knew I could edit and asked me to help her make the documentary. It was an immediate yes for me because everything Ali touches turns to gold and we work well together creatively.

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Elizabeth West

Elizabeth West is a film fanatic who loves deleted scenes and elaborate tracking shots. She is an alumna of the WKU Film program.