November, 2021
Alumni Stories
Short Film
Today you’re going to hear what’s it like when an editor becomes a director. In this video we’re joined by assistant editor, editor, and now writer/director of the widely acclaimed short film “Raspberry,” Julian Doan.
Julian was one of the first students to enroll in Master The Workflow’s flagship course, Feature Film Assistant Editor Immersion, and has gone on to work on high-profile projects like “Ballers” and “In Treatment” for HBO and “Wild, Wild Country” for Netflix.

Most recently Julian yearned to flex his creative muscles, and in 2021 he wrote, directed and edited his own short film “Raspberry,” a powerful, and touching story about the death of his father. The film was chosen to premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize. “Raspberry” has gone on to screen at over 20 other festivals around the world and was awarded Best Narrative Short Film at this year’s El Paso Film Festival.

If that wasn’t enough, “Raspberry” was just picked up by a major US streaming company, and will be included in a compilation of outstanding short films to be released this winter or early 2022.

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Julian Doan's Raspberry at Sundance Film Festival

Table of Contents

00:00 – Intro
01:14 – When did you get interested in film editing as a career?
01:57 – Where you interested in filmmaking as a kid?
03:14 – How did you get your start in the industry? What was your first gig?
05:04 – So you were a writer director before editing happened?
05:53 – So how did you pick up those first gigs?
07:13 – Has working on shorts helped you in editorial?
08:24 – Is it difficult for you to go back and forth between assistant and editor?
09:34 – What the difference between a working on a big network series and indie documentary?
12:46 – Did you always want to direct?
14:05 – Tell us about your experience on Raspberry. How did you make that happen?
15:47 – What was the most important thing you learned during the process?
18:13 – Has the experience of directing changed your outlook about the future of your career path?
19:57 – Do you recommend that other assistants or editors go out and make their own film?
23:25 – What are some of the tools and resources you’ve harnessed to get your film made?
27:38 – What recommendations do you have for someone who wants to become an assistant editor?

Learn more about Raspberry here. 
Find out more about Julian’s work here.
Thumbnail photo of Julian Doan by Yoshino.

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