Couples’ Night



Editor and Graphic Designer
Chris M. Johnston

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“Couples’ Night” a feature film, written by Ytasha Womack and directed by Mark Harris.

A mid-western couple is transferred to Washington DC for work and meet the neighbors, a super-intense couple. As their friendships develop, confusion unfolds in this country mice meet city mice adventure.



How we got here:
Early October 2016, I got a call from Liah Corral who was the post-production supervisor for an upcoming film that needed an editor.  I was referred to her by Brett Dismuke whom I worked for at Moguldom Studios.  We discussed my past work, the project at hand and I felt positive about the opportunity.  

I got the contract and away we went!  The production team informed us that they would be filming with 2K cameras.  On the first day of filming, the production crew showed up with RED Epic cameras and planned to shoot 4K.  This was fantastic.  RED footage is beautiful to work with, however the file sizes are much larger and require a lot more CPU power than 2K files to edit.  Thanks to both Liah and Ivan Ortega, our assistant editor, they quickly got bigger hard drives and the RED footage under control, sync’d and started shipping drives to me.  And yes, the footage from the production team was beautiful.

Every production has it’s challenges to overcome and I am very proud of our post-production and producing teams with our finished film.  We were all in sync with notes and pushing forward to picture lock.  Everyone was so positive and supportive.  A huge thank you to Liah Corral, Brett Dismuke, Chuck West, Mark Harris, Bree West, Trey Haley, and ND Brown.

In addition to the editor credit, I also was listed as the graphic designer for creating the opening and ending credits graphic look. 

Couple’s night had immediate success with two film festival selections in 2017: The Pan African Film Festival and Toronto Black Film Festival.  The film went into distribution and was successful in multiple counties.