GOLDEN TOUCH: ALUMNUS JOSH EARL EARNS FIFTH EMMY AWARD
At the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 12
in Los Angeles, EU alumnus Josh Earl scored his fifth consecutive Emmy Award for work on the Discovery Channel’s high-rated adventure series “Deadliest Catch.” His prize again came for his expert work in the Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming category. A 2005 graduate of Edinboro’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied Media Arts – Film & Video program, Earl is the supervising editor on “Deadliest Catch.” He recently completed work on the show’s 11th season. “It’s been an insane ride; I can’t even describe the feeling,” Earl said of the recognition his work has received. “Oddly enough, while I’m working on these projects all I can think is how lucky I am to even be a part of this industry. “I just enjoy every second of storytelling. The chance to grab a viewer emotionally by assembling a series of clips – I live for that. The acclaim has been one hell of a perk, though.” Like so many artists, Earl developed a passion for film and television early. A native of Batavia, New York, he received his first camera as a child as a gift from his grandfather. “It was a little busted and recorded on VHS,” he said. “But it ignited what eventually became my love for filmmaking.” Soon after graduating from Edinboro, Earl got his start at a company called Original Productions, where he logged footage, essentially watching tape and marking down what happens. He worked his way quickly through the ranks, honing his “cutting style” during long, sleepless nights of work on both unscripted and scripted television, including documentaries, film trailers and the telenovela “American Heiress.” “I find that every style and genre works a different edit muscle, and working on as many as I can really keeps them dialed in,” Earl explained. “When you work in an ever-
Josh Earl, left, on the set of the Deadliest Catch.
Josh Earl, center, with editors Art O'Leary, left, and Rob Butler, right, in the press room at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
evolving industry like this, you’re constantly learning.” So while Earl’s talents as an editor led him to an early professional breakthrough on “Deadliest Catch” – he started assisting on the series during its second season in 2006 – he continues to challenge himself with work on a variety of projects, including writer-director Kevin Smith’s (“Chasing Amy,” “Mallrats”) 2013 animated film “Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.” He looks back fondly on his time at Edinboro and is thankful for the broad-based arts education he received. “I was able to dive into such a great mix of video production, drawing, painting and graphic design. I covered a large range of different art mediums, and I think that really helped hone in the creative part of my brain,” he said. Indeed, it was during his time as a student, while living in the College Park off-campus apartment complex, that he first purchased a student version of Avid Media Composer and forced himself to learn the industry-standard video editing software program. When you are near the top of your field and repeatedly taking home your industry’s top prize just 10 years into your career, it’s hard to imagine how much further you can climb, so perhaps unsurprisingly, Earl is quite content for now to focus his efforts on projects he believes in. Asked where he sees himself in five years, he responded, “If everything goes well, I’m hopefully still going to be cutting on some killer projects. Honestly, as long as I’m in the edit bay I’m happy.”
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