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Meet master editor for film and television, Sunghwan Moon
Making a name for yourself in the frantic film and television industry is no easy feat, but that hasn't stopped Sunghwan Moon from establishing himself as one of the key players of today's entertainment scene.

Having demonstrated his brilliance as an assistant editor for years, it was only natural that Moon would be put into the driver's seat for season 2 episode 5 of "The Bold Type," a hip show on the Freeform network that dives into the cut-throat world of magazine publishing. His impressive work as editor on that episode quickly wowed critics and fans alike, reaffirming the long-held belief of those closest to him that he's an intrepid and tireless worker with the skills needed to enrapture a global audience.

Despite the fact that he has a wide breadth of experience on many disparate projects, Moon has always found there's one consistent key to success in his work; as an editor, it's his responsibility to connect audiences to their favorite characters while meaningfully conveying the overall tone of the show, something he's developed quite the reputation for. This talent, cultivated over a lifetime of work, was on its most vibrant display during his work on "Scrap," an independent film soon to be submitted to the Sundance Film Festival where it will be eagerly poured over by film critics and fans from around the world.

A heartbreaking story, "Scrap" follows the tale of a single mother left destitute after losing her job. Moon was challenged by his director Leena Pendharker to convey the vivid emotions entailed in such an agonizing story without hitting the audience over the head with excessive messaging. By relying on gradually paced storytelling and by bringing in his talents to clean up the film's cinematography, Moon was ultimately able to meld his creative vision with that of the film's director, producing an exciting piece that's sure to rivet fans at Sundance if accepted. What's more, he managed to do this on a low-budget film that dealt with the notoriously difficult aspect of using a child actor, all while bringing to life the creative imaginings of his director.

"Scrap" stands out on Moon's record precisely because it illustrates his collaborative nature and cheery work ethic that merges well with the creative energies of others. He recalls the clear cinematic vision of the director as an insightful guiding light in his careful editing process, wherein he felt in-tune with his creative partner to the point where there was virtually no need for second guessing between them. This doubtlessly contributed to Moon's stellar reputation, helping him secure additional gigs like "Plead Me Guilty," an exhilarating film he's currently working on that follows the harrowing story of a musician who's escaped from a rehab facility.

When handling the editing process for "Plead Me Guilty", Moon quickly found himself paired with an award-winning director looking for anything but the traditional, ready-for-the-masses Hollywood production.

Director Kymberly Harris instead envisioned a touching, French-style art film that was centered on the human experience of recovering from a painful addiction, meaning it was of little surprise that she enlisted the help of an editor as skilled as Moon to make her cinematic dream a reality. Exploring the complicated emotion of guilt, "Plead Me Guilty" is no small project in need of minor revisions. Moon's monumental tasks as an editor include grappling with complicated flashback scenes, which hinged upon his timing and skills, and he's already contributed to the film's emotionally-laced fight scene between its main character and a life-long friend turned foe.

Perhaps the greatest reason that Moon can deal with the challenges of a senior position with ease is because he's diligently worked himself up the rungs of the professional ladder for countless years, proving his savvy to others in the industry while making himself one of the most sought-after editors in television.

Whether we're reviewing his time as an assistant editor for "Jane The Virgin," where he contended with tight schedules, or his work on "The Originals," where he honed his special effects editing skills, it's clear to see that his record is packed to the brim creative coups that brought in box office dollars while sending audiences home teary-eyed and satisfied. His upcoming projects, like working as an assistant editor on CW's forthcoming "Roswell, New Mexico," are already generating a swirling, anticipatory buzz amongst his fans.

Despite these immense successes, though, Moon still considers himself a pretty down to earth kind of editor, and enjoys working with other creative talents more than anything else. Those who work with Moon will soon pick up on his careful questioning, done so that he can gain close insights into the minds and creative visions of those he's working with, and will quickly find themselves catching his contagious passion for careful editing. Bringing out the vivid details lurking beneath the surface of popular films and television shows isn't easy, but Sunghwan Moon continues to demonstrate that his tireless efforts to get into the minds of his creative partners and ardent zeal for filmmaking and television work is a proven recipe for success in an industry rife with failure.

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