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Slovo Spotlight: Interview with Film Editor Haoyang Chen

Posted by Slovo on 2023-10-24

In the lead up to handing over to the next Slovo Editorial Team, we are running a series of interviews with the current team about the ins and outs of their role and their experience working at Slovo. Applications are open now until 23:59 on the 16th November. Apply through this link. We can't wait to read your applications!

Following our interview with Book Editor Giada Malugani, we delved into the connections between academia and creative arts and her top underrated films from the region with Film Editor Haoyang Chen.

Why did you apply to be film editor? Why was film so appealing to you?

HC: I have always had a strong interest in editorial work related to magazines or literature, especially in the context of film. This job allows me to see the different perspectives of authors and myself on the same work. Additionally, by editing and proofreading these film reviews, it further nurtures my critical thinking and literary skills. 

Why is it important to discuss film in an academic journal?

HC: I believe that academic journals provide depth and breadth to discussions about films. Academic journals encourage critical thinking and in-depth analysis while academic research on films requires scholars to dissect and critique films deeply, aiding in discovering hidden themes, cultural backgrounds, and artistic techniques, thereby enabling the audience to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of films.


Furthermore, academic journals allow scholars to explore various aspects of films, contributing to a better understanding of the art and culture of filmmaking, promoting the development of film studies, and facilitating the dissemination and sharing of knowledge. Additionally, the research outcomes in academic journals can provide valuable feedback and guidance to the film industry. Filmmakers, directors, and writers can draw inspiration from scholars' research, contributing positively to the development and enhancement of films. Therefore, discussing films in an academic journal is crucial.

How was the process of working with authors?

HC: It has been excellent! Most of the authors I've worked with have been friendly, polite, and they submit their work on time.

What have you enjoyed the most about working on Slovo?

HC: I enjoy every moment working on Slovo. Each meeting is filled with interesting perspectives to promote Slovo. 

I particularly relish the spring issue launch event. On that day, everyone was busy preparing for this momentous occasion, and as a film editor, I also spoke on behalf of the absent author. I vividly remember being a little nervous at that time, but the sense of accomplishment after the release event is genuine and unparalleled.

What will you take with you from your time as Film Editor?

HC: A lot, such as how to communicate with colleagues and authors effectively, how to proofread articles more efficiently and coming up with more creative suggestions during discussions with your colleagues. 

Are there any really underrated films our readers should check out? Or classics they need to watch?

HC: The value of a film and the choice to watch it depend on personal taste and interests. Whether one should watch underrated films or classics depends on the viewer's preferences. Some viewers may prefer to explore lesser-known, underrated films because they may offer fresh perspectives and unique stories. 

Some lesser-known films, such as “Ida” (2013), a Polish film in black and white, tells the story of a young nun searching for her identity in 1960s Poland, revealing the history of World War II and post-war Poland. Another example is “Ashes and Diamonds” (1958), a masterpiece by Polish director Andrzej Wajda, depicting the political turmoil and moral struggle in post-World War II Poland, as well as the moral struggle of a resistance fighter. 

These films provide profound insights into the Eastern European region, the events of World War II, or related historical events and societal backgrounds, while offering unforgettable storylines and visual effects. They may not be as widely known as some popular Hollywood films, but for those interested in history and cultural backgrounds, these films are must-see gems.

Film Editor responsibilities:

  • Proofreading and editing film reviews and proactively contacting authors.

  • Coordinating with authors to address revision issues and ensuring all submitted content complies with the journal’s guidelines and standards.

  • Maintaining communication with the managing editor throughout the above processes to ensure the quality of article content and the editing work’s deadlines.

  • Attending meetings and assisting in organising events.

  • Liaising with festivals, the SSEES library and others to garner film reviews for publication.


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