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Cutting to the chase


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Cutting to the chase


News


News


“This film adheres to Rams’s aesthetics by being brisk, matter of fact, well lighted and composed of clean lines, metaphorically speaking.” - The New York Times

Rams, directed by Gary Hustwit and edited by Kayla Sklar, is a New York Times Critic's Pick! The film is currently screening across the United States and Europe, and will have a digital release in December. Find it playing in a city near you!

Additional press for Rams: Wired, The Boston Globe, Hollywood Reporter, and Architectural Digest.

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Solace, directed by Tchaiko Omawale with additional editing by Kayla Sklar, recently premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It received a Special Jury Mention for Best Ensemble Cast, and Ms. Omawale was nominated as a Filmmaker to Watch.

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REEL


REEL


Note: Some of the following scenes require a PASSWORD to view! If you haven't already received one, feel free to email hello@kaylasklar.com
 

Documentary Samples

A high school football coach attempts to balance his team's journey
to the State Championship with his teenage son's cancer diagnosis.

An important announcement is made about Austin's prognosis during halftime, and a Saturday afternoon practice reveals Coach Dale's concerns. (3:43)

In the film's closing moments, Coach Dale and his family enjoy a post-championship evening at home. (2:30)

Five voters across the country cast their ballots on November 6th, 2016.

Brenda helps pre-trial inmates fill out their absentee ballots. (3:16)

Brenda visits the home of two senior citizens who fought against South Carolina's voter ID laws. (3:58)


NARRATIVE SAMPLES

A young woman with a binge-eating disorder is sent to live with her estranged relatives.

 

After a fight with her best friend, a starving and drug-addled Sole seeks comfort. (6:00)

 

A troubled man returns home to rural Vermont and attempts to build a log cabin,
hoping to prove that he’s capable of leading a more virtuous life.

In the continuation of the opening sequence, a lonely and silent Dink revisits the home of his recently deceased father. (4:16)

Dink runs into his long-ago love interest at their old stomping ground. (2:34)


WEB SAMPLES

Editor of Blah Blah Land for L Train Productions. A parody of La La Land, this comedic short was released on Valentine's Day. (7:08)

Edited pilot episode for 14th and B Productions. Mug Life is a dysfunctional family workplace comedy about a coffee shop in North Brooklyn and the characters who frequent it. (3:16)

 
 
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About


About


Kayla Sklar is the editor of the NYT Critic’s Pick documentary, Rams. She takes on editing projects ranging from documentaries to narrative films, web series to artist interviews, corporate and private event videos, and everything in between. A graduate of The Edit Center in New York, she studied with Oscar-nominated editor Geoffrey Richman (Murderball, Sicko, The Cove) and Betsy Kagen (From Nowhere, All This Panic).  She also assisted Hannah Vanderlan (HBO's Going Clear, Emmy winner for Best Documentary) and Ron Dulin (Women Who Kill) in teaching the "The Art of Editing" course to the next generation of film editors. She served multiple years on the judging committee of the Peabody Awards and has worked at the Tribeca Film Festival.

She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Email:  Hello@KaylaSklar.com
Phone:  678-557-3949

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Documentary

Rams - Editor

Feature-length. Director Gary Hustwit.

Synopsis: Rams is a documentary portrait of Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers alive, and a rumination on consumerism, sustainability, and the future of design.

Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History - Assistant Editor

Eight episode CNN series. Produced by Show of Force Productions and Seven Bucks Productions.

Synopsis: From the March on Washington to the riots at Stonewall – Soundtracks will illuminate how music has played an integral role in celebrating, criticizing, and amplifying these seismic events in our collective history.

One Vote - Additional Editor

Feature-length. Produced by Stick Figure Productions.

Synopsis: One Vote chronicles the journey that six men and women across the United States took to cast their ballots on November 8th, 2016.

Fathers of Football - Additional Editor

Feature-length. Director Bradley Beesley.

Synopsis: A small-town Oklahoman high school football team struggles to maintain their highly unanticipated winning streak, with the help of their coach and father-figure, Dale Condict.

NARRATIVE

Solace - Additional Editor

Feature-length. Director Tchaiko Omawale. Starring Lynn Whitfield, Glynn Turman, Hope Olaide Wilson.

Synopsis: Following the death of her father, a 17-year-old girl is sent to live with her estranged family. She finds comfort in a questionable friendship with a self-destructive neighbor, leading both on a startling path to self discovery.

Major Arcana - Additional Editor

Feature-length. Director Josh Melrod. Starring Tara Summers, Ujon Tokarski, Lane Bradbury.

Synopsis: Dink, a long-troubled itinerant carpenter, returns home to small town Vermont and attempts to build a log cabin by hand, hoping to prove to himself and those closest to him that he’s capable of leading a more virtuous life.

Good Hair - Assistant Editor

Short film. Editor Jonathon Pawlowski. Starring Catherine Dee Holly, Fray Forde, Dedrick Flynn.

Synopsis: A conditioner bottle spawns what appears to be the argument of the day for couple Frankie and Khi. Good Hair explores a millennial long-term relationship and the split ends along the way.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

L Train Down Productions - Editor

Edited comedic short Blah Blah Land, a parody of Oscar nominated La La Land, released this Valentine's Day.

The Edit Center - Teaching Assistant

Currently assisting Ron Dulin and Hannah Vanderlan in TEC's The Art of Editing course.

14th & B Productions - Editor

Editing webseries Mug Life and assisting with various event footage and interviews.

The Flea Theater - Audience Development Associate

In addition to primary marketing and fundraising duties for this non-profit theater in Tribeca, she also edited 15 short interviews with visiting directors, playwrights, and actors for social media channels.

TECHNICAL

Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X

EDUCATION

University of Georgia - BAJ Mass Media Arts, BBA Digital Marketing, 2014

The Edit Center - The Art of Editing, 2016