NEW YORK CITY — Editorial, finishing and VFX studio Uppercut (uppercutedit.com) has added two new members to its roster of talent. Editor Sean Fazende joins the team in Los Angeles, while Milena Z. Petrovic will work globally, with home bases in New York City and Europe.
Uppercut has seen considerable expansion in the last year, with the addition of managing director Lisa Houck and a new office in Atlanta, building upon their flagship location in New York. Fazende joins the company’s new and rapidly-growing Los Angeles-based West Coast team, which also includes editor Danielle Sclafani.
Fazende grew up in Texas, and his love of storytelling prompted him to attend Boston University’s film school. After graduation, he moved to LA to begin his career cutting music videos, working with artists such as Lorde, Selena Gomez and Calvin Harris. His fast-paced editing style naturally segued him into commercial work for various brands and agencies.
Petrovic grew up in a family of filmmakers in Serbia, where she began editing and directing at a young age. She graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade and has since won numerous awards for her feature, documentary and commercial work. She won the FIPRESCI Award for Best Film Editing for the feature The Belgrade Phantom. Her short film Bluebird had its premiere in Cannes, and her commercial work has won awards at such festivals as D&AD, Cannes Lions, Clio, Eurobest, Ciclope and Shots. She balances poetic narratives with striking style. She is availble for collaboration across a variety of mediums, including fiction, documentary, music videos and advertising.
“With the immense talent of both Sean and Milena, Uppercut is amplifying its reach, both nationwide and internationally,” says Uppercut managing director Lisa Houck. “We are excited to continue broadening our scope to new markets in a meaningful way. We’re thrilled at our trajectory to date, and we’re energized moving forward into the second half of this year with such a strong team.”