Longtime Chicago post house Cutters Studios announced the promotion of Dustin Kaufman to the position of editor, and the immediate launch of a new satellite studio in Kansas City, which Kaufman will lead.
“Dustin is extremely creative and visionary, but he is also one of the most driven, determined, hard-working individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” Cutters partner and editor Matt Walsh shared. “He cannot help but create amazing things, no matter what circumstances surround him. He is also extremely fast, and hungry.”
A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Kaufman earned his first job from Cutters in 2013 as an assistant editor.
Since then, he has demonstrated unlimited talent and creativity, earning the respect of Walsh and his Cutters Studios colleagues as an extremely well rounded and capable editor.
“I feel very lucky that Cutters is as cool as it is,” Kaufman began, flashing his signature smile.
“First, I get to learn from the best and also benefit from support and guidance that has been invaluable over the years. The work itself is really a playground for me.”
Kaufman’s latest reel is filled with amazing storytelling pieces, including his recent work on comedic spots for Dairy Queen via Barkley and Courtyard by Marriott via mcgarrybowen, stylized cinematic spots for Gatorade via VML and McDonald’s via Leo Burnett, and much more.
That same reel also features two of his many self-driven side-projects: His world-famous, extremely graphic video showcasing his wry wits and editing chops to demonstrate how many people actually play Grand Theft Auto V, and his even more graphic fan trailer for Doom that was endorsed and distributed by the game’s publisher, id Software.
According to Walsh, Kaufman will soon take up residence in Kansas City, and his editorial suite within the offices of creative content and experience design studio Hint is set to open on September 1st.
Walsh himself has been involved in a great volume of work emerging from the Kansas City marketplace over the past several years, so it made business sense to open an office.
“Cutters has been thinking very hard about putting down some roots in KC. With Dustin’s promotion and his energetic excitement for the city and our mission, we all are thrilled to see what happens.” Follow Colin Costello on Twitter @colincostello10.