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Post Break 16: Making Moves - How to get Promoted in Post

Posted By Ryan Penny, Thursday, September 3, 2020


Post Break - Making Moves: How To Get Promoted in Post


Post Break - Making Moves: How To Get Promoted in Post

This week’s post break will focus on moving up and advancing in the post industry. Hear from our panelists on how they made the jump from one position level to another, what their expectations were, any surprises they had along the way, and how their experiences may have differed.


Thursday, August 13th at 4pm EST via ZOOM

Gloria Tello, Apprentice Editor

Gloria has worked in NY post production for the past five years. She recently transitioned into the world of assistant editing as an Apprentice Editor on Lee Daniels’ The United States vs Billie Holiday. Before that, she worked as a Post PA on four narrative features and one television series. With the goal of editing feature films, she continually edits shorts and web-series on the side.

David Massachi, Assistant Editor & Editor

David Massachi is a film editor who has worked in post-production for over 20 years. He started his professional career in Portland, Ore., where he edited several live-action and animated shorts, as well as many commercials and industrials. He relocated to New York City in Sept 2001, and worked as an assistant editor on films by noteworthy directors including James Ivory, Ron Howard, David Chase, and the Coen brothers. Massachi was the additional editor on FoxcatcherAllegiant, and The Nutcracker And The Four Realms. He was the editor of the feature film Dixieland (dir: Hank Bedford), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as the award-winning shorts Approaching A Breakthrough and Lefty/Righty. Most recently, he was the assembly editor for the HBO mini-series The Undoing (dir: Susanne Bier), and the editor of The Laureate (dir: William Nunez), an independent feature currently in post-production. 

Shelby Siegel, Editor ACE

Shelby Siegel is an Emmy award winning film and television editor that has been working in New York for over twenty years. She began her career with some of the industry’s top directors: Paul Haggis, In the Valley of Elah, Mike Nichols Charlie Wilson’s War and Ang Lee on his Oscar winning films, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. In addition, Shelby worked on the critically acclaimed series The Wire.
After The Wire, she worked as an editor on Andrew Jarecki’s Capturing the Friedmans (DVD) and All Good Things, Jonathan Caouette‘s Tarnation, Gary Hustwit’s Helvetica and Urbanized. Other projects include Jared Leto’s Artifact (Supervising Editor) and Zach Heinserling’s Oscar nominated documentaryCutie & The Boxer (Consulting Editor). She won both an Emmy and ACE award for her work on the acclaimed HBO six-part series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Most recently Shelby edited episodes of Quantico (ABC), High Maintenance (HBO) and The Deuce (HBO).

Jamal Bilal, Post Production Supervisor

Jamal has worked on the likes of The Deuce, Quantico, and Tommy. Over the last ten years, Jamal has gained experience in both production and post-production honing his craft as a storyteller and expressing it through writing, producing, and directing. In 2020 he had his directorial debut at the New Faces, New Voices film festival where The Norm won the audience choice award. He has written and produced two comic books, the latest of which, Half Breeds was released this year and has been well received. He produced the indie feature Long Goodbye, among several shorts. Jamal had many adventures before finding his way into film and television. Jamal Bilal was born on an island in the Caribbean known as TNT. One filled with sorrel and sand, as opposed to the island with subways and skyscrapers he lives in today. He is a storyteller, who has enjoyed many detours working as an airplane cleaner and loader, an academic advisor at a community college, and he's even spent a little time on the line as a steakhouse cook. Jamal is also a burgeoning entrepreneur having founded two fledgling companies both in the pursuit of developing outlets for creators to show their talents. Same But Different is a film development and production company, and Between The Page turns written poems and stories into wearable art. But Jamal isn't all work, he enjoys learning to surf, reading sci-fi and fantasy novels and the odd comic book, riding his bike and lifting things up and putting them down.
See some of Jamal's work at

Claire Shanley, Post Producer

Claire Shanley is a Post Producer whose recent projects include The Plot Against America and The Deuce. Her background also includes post facility & technical management roles, among them Managing Director for Sixteen19, Technical Director for Broadway Video, and others. She Co-Chairs the Board of Directors of the NYC LGBT Center and serves on the Advisory Board of NYWIFT (NY Women in Film & Television).


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