Ace editor Dean Gonzales, who honed his craft in LA for 15 years, joined Beast Editorial, saying Beast “seemed like a perfect fit,” with its national network, support staff and larger representation for the variety of work he does.
Gonzales moved into his new suite Monday, from Hootenanny, where he’d edited for the past 18 months since his return from LA.
At the same time, Beast promoted Matt Glover to editor, from lead assistant editor. Prior to joining Beast in 2010, the Columbia College grad was a freelance assistant primarily at Filmworkers Club and its Lift Motion Design division.
In addition to national spots, Glover is currently editing a Mayor Emanuel video via Downtown Partners and comedy videos for Second City performers for their YouTube channel.
Gonzales and Glover raise the Beast staff to 10, which includes five editors and two producers. Like all Beast editors, they are available to work on projects throughout the Beast network.
Gonzales’ wide sweep of varied work
Chicago native Gonzalez headed to LA in 1998 shortly after graduation from Columbia College. He got a job at the now-defunct Avenue Edit and then freelanced for top shops, such as Sunset Edit where, he says, “I grew as a music video editor,” cutting videos for the likes of Aerosmith, Cee Lo and LL Cool J.
His commercial roster includes clients Phillip Morris, Cox Communications, Vidal Sassoon and Stetson and broadcast work for ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” cutting pieces for the host’s opening monologs.
On the long-form side, Gonzales just wrapped a “cerebral” British sci-fi horror film called “Scopia,” for London director Christopher Butler, a former agency executive, whom he met through Facebook.
“The information he’d posted looked like an amazing film to me and I said I’d like to work on it. He didn’t have an editor, so I took it on,” he says, and it’s now heading for festivals.
During the course of finishing “Scopia” at Company 3 and Method, both ensconced within Beast’s Tribune Tower offices, he got to know the people there.
“The quality of their work is what attracted me. It’s more in line with what I do in fashion spots, my music video style and that they have offices in several other cities,” Gonzales says.
With Gonzalez and Glover, says Beast managing editor Angelo Valencia, “we can offer even greater service and collaboration and provide a very strong editorial group to the Chicago advertising community and beyond.”