A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Dubai bred Ashish Raisinghani is a Visual Effects Editor and has been involved on the Primetime Emmy award-winning television show The Walking Dead, where he played a key role by plating visual effects shots for season nine of the show. The Walking Dead has been critically lauded for its superlative visual effects and has earned several Primetime Emmy nominations specifically for its outstanding visual effects. With a viewership reaching nearly eight million people, the American post-apocalyptic drama series is arguably the most popular television show on AMC. Raisinghani was also a Visual Effects Editor for the latest season of the Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award-winning television sitcom Modern Family. Along with his work on nationally acclaimed productions, he also played key roles as the lead editor for newer production such as the short indie films K-Hole (official film festival submissions include SXSW Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, and Vancouver International Film Festival, among others), and television shows such as the documentary series Your WorstNightmare and the crime series To Catch A Killer airing on the television network, Investigative Discovery.
Tell us about the Indie film you are working on?
Currently, I am working on this film called Willie’s Letter. The story follows a parallel story of sacrifice and resurrection. An alcoholic father with a desire to end it all and attempts to hold on to his silver lining, his son. I am really excited about editing this movie as it is already generating some excitement and is extremely plot driven. Apart from that the movie I just edited, K-HOLE is getting submitted and getting into some major film festivals.
Why did you choose editing?
So, it took me a minute to decide what I wanted to do with my life being a musician and interested in film, I thought maybe sound editing would be the way to go. After about a year of that one of my professors at the Savannah College of Art and Design asked me to help him out with a digital clean up. That made me realize I finally wanted to go into digital and VFX editing. Now I am working at Ingenuity studios, I am working on some of the biggest TV shows, movies and music videos around. As a young editor who has taken a lead editor and VFX editor position for several projects, I couldn’t ask for more.
Have you always been fond of VFX? Any favourite films and why?
Honestly, yes, I have. I love VFX and definitely I am a massive fan of Star Wars and the entire marvel cinematic universe. VFX Editing is highly technical and I realized I always wanted to merge my love for tech and editing and this title was essentially made for me. Some other films I love creating and editing would have to be Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Jurassic Park and the cult superhero movie, The Crow.
You are experimenting with the horror genre. How spookier are you making your film?
I mean since Halloween is around the corner. I can say, I am working on a horror movie. Unfortunately, I can’t even give you the title but it is like the horror version of Ground hog day. It is a lot of fun! When it comes to horror, it is easily my favorite genre to edit and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Do you see yourself work with the Indian film industry in the future?
Depends, honestly if the story is right and makes a difference to the world, I mean why not. I’m not a fan of having songs in a movie because I feel it distracts people from the plot point unless you know it’s a musical. But definitely if it is the right script and the right plot I would love to.
Who would you choose to work with in Bollywood?
Anurag Kashyap’s movies definitely. Most of the time when he makes a movie, it is about telling a story and nothing else. I would love to work with someone who has that much drive in him to make several plot driven stories that tackle very important issues.
Have you grown up on Indian cinema? Which ones have impressed you.
I mean my family was very fond of it, I would see some as well and I also loved a few. I do love Dil Se and Rang de basanti a lot and my favorite movie was Delhi belly. Actually, if I ever get to work on a movie like that I would do it only because I could not stop laughing.