Cut to Black: Terel Gibson, Picture Editor

For each day in the month of February, the Committee will be highlighting African-American members, both past and present, and their accomplishments. We look forward to showing the contributions and influences African-Americans have had on the industry.


Name: Terel Gibson, ACE

What’s your job? Picture Editor

List the credits you’re most proud of. “Sorry to Bother You,” “The Kings of Summer,” “Ready or Not,” “Safety”

What are you working on right now? A streaming series for Marvel Studios.

Who and what are your influences and/or mentors? Lisa Churgin and Pam Martin are my two biggest mentors and influences.

What books are you reading, shows are you watching and/or movies you’re excited about? Currently reading Paul Hirsch’s “A Long Time Ago, In a Cutting Room Far, Far Away.” It’s an amazing read. I can’t wait to see any movie in a theater. I miss that experience a ton.

What are your Black History Month memories and any cultural or historical impacts on your life? Growing up I remember watching “Eyes on the Prize” on PBS with my parents during Black History Month. It’s such a seminal work. It’s relevance couldn’t be more potent in the context of the world we live in today.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? “It’s not just how you start, it’s how you finish.” I carry that bit of advice from Lisa Churgin to every project. Both large and small.

What’s a little known fact about you? What are your hidden (or not so hidden) talents? I had a tiny role in the first film I ever worked on. Jonathan Demme’s “Beloved.” I definitely discovered I belong behind the camera rather than in front of it!

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What’s your favorite (Black) television/movie moment? Too many… But the hospital scene in Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” comes to mind. “That’s too much power for one man to have…” Absolutely perfect filmmaking.

Was there a television show/movie that inspired you to pursue your career? “Rear Window” was the first film I saw at an early age that sparked my curiosity in film. It’s when I realized that there were people behind the scenes that make films and tell these amazing stories.

What’s your personal/professional mantra? Trust your gut. Great story telling should feel like an emotionally captivating experience rather than an intellectual exercise.

What’s the last show/movie that left you speechless? “Whiplash.” Tom Cross’s work on that film is phenomenal.

What would be your dream project to work on? A Ryan Coogler film.

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