Some of the world’s most famous film directors were film editors first: Akira Kurosawa, George Lucas, Hal Ashby, David Lean and Martin Scorsese, to name but a few. They learned pacing, scene length possibilities, timing, efficient storytelling and much, much more by splicing together pieces of film that ultimately told a coherent story and became a movie. Many directors still prefer to edit their own films in order to maintain control over the way the film is finally shown to audiences. Raghu Gudiveti understands that concept very well as he has edited and directed many short films. He has grasped it so thoroughly in fact that the first film he edited and directed won the Best Short medal at the 2018 Los Angeles Cinema Awards.
Raghu has always been fascinated with movies and storytelling but he became intimately involved with them when he was earning his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications in India, where he is from. In between classes he made promo videos for the university and that is when he realized that perhaps he had chosen the wrong subject to major in at school. He enjoyed the editing and shooting techniques of his videos so much that as soon as he graduated he jumped on a plane and flew to Los Angeles where he signed up for the Master’s Program at the famed New York Film Academy.
He soon discovered that he was in the right place doing the right thing. After being handed his Master’s Degree he immediately set out to pursue his professional film career. He was quickly hired to edit films, commercials, music videos and reality TV shows and the work has seemingly never slowed down. That’s probably because he is extremely dependable and is willing to do whatever needs to be done to complete his job on time and within budget.
Some of the films Raghu has directed and edited are: Alive, which is about a young man who must overcome his fears when he goes on a hike with some friends. Blind Robbery, is a story of a person struggling to cross the street when out of the blue a stranger approaches him and offers to help him get to the other side. Attitude was written and directed by Raghu and its tagline is: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a huge difference.”