NEW YORK CITY — Editorial, finishing and VFX house Uppercut (www.uppercutedit.com) recently welcomed David Checel and Gabe Britz to their roster of editors, both of whom will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles office, which launched last year. In addition to LA, Uppercut has locations in New York and Atlanta, where it focuses on telling stories that blur the line between advertising and entertainment.
Photo (L-R): Checel and Britz
A lifelong native of Culver City, CA, David Checel graduated from USC's film school and cut his teeth as an A/V coordinator at an advertising agency. After becoming their in-house editor, he made the transition to FilmCore Editorial, where he assisted Charlie Chubak, who encouraged him to edit projects they were working on. Through those opportunities, he gained his first set of clients and quickly established himself as a skilled editor.
Growing up in Napa, CA, Gabriel Britz wanted to be a filmmaker for as long as he can remember. He started by editing skateboarding videos with his friends, and went on to the University of California San Diego, graduating Magna Cum Laude in Film and Editing. As an editor, he is captivated by the power of storytelling to create and shape the viewer's emotions. One of his favorite recent projects was a collaboration between Hyundai and Annie Leibovitz, where he got an inside look into the legendary photographer's process. Additionally, his work on the title sequence of Masters of Sex was nominated for an Emmy Award.
"Since its inception in 2015, Uppercut has evolved into a vibrant creative studio that welcomes the creative individuality of all collaborators while remaining dedicated to excellence in craft and an eye towards innovation,” explains editor/owner Micah Scarpelli. “David and Gabe have repeatedly proven their mettle over their careers, and we're looking forward to charting new territory with both of them on board."