New York — Red Car in New York has added editor Michael Sullivan to its team. Most recently at Gramercy Park, he brings a range of editorial experience to Red Car as well as a resume that includes audio mixing and recording and sound design. The signing was announced by Managing Director and EP Scott Spanjich. Sullivan joins an editorial roster at the company that includes Deirdre Bell, Charlie Cusumano, Greg Letson and Keith Olwell.
This native Texan came to NYC in the early 2000s to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, but soon realized that he was being drawn more and more to music and sound. His background composing electronic music and working as a DJ helped him acquire audio production skills, which in turn led him to a job as an engineer at a New York radio station. During this time, Sullivan became close friends with some editors, and something clicked.
“For me, music and sound were the best ways I knew how to tell a story,” he says. “But when I saw what editing was – and how it allowed me to tell a story using visuals and rhythm while still getting to play with sound — I knew I’d found what I’d been looking for.”
Sullivan started freelancing as an assistant, working his way up to a senior editor. He freelanced for a number of New York post houses, including Outside Edit, Berwyn Editorial, Spot Welders, Post Millennium, Cut + Run, WildChild and his new permanent home, Red Car, as well as at the production, visual effects and design studio 1stAveMachine.
During this time as an editor, Sullivan built a reel featuring work for BMW, Cadillac, Nissan, Google, SunTrust Bank, Consumer Energy and Qualcomm. At Gramercy Park Studios, he cut spots for such brands as Land Rover, Kleenex, Etsy.com and HTC.