Josh Maranhas’ Bio
In sixteen years Columbine to the Aurora Theater, with plenty of good in between, Josh Maranhas tells the stories of Coloradans. Now the Chief Editor at KDVR/KWGN he leads a staff of fifteen highly talented and diverse award winning editors. An eternal student of the craft, Josh’s greatest mentor Bob Brandon taught him to love people, their stories and telling people stories. Josh started with Bob in 1998 in production and worked his way from tape deck to deck to non-linear tapeless editing. After a strong foundation with Bob at Helical Post, he worked up from part-time editor at KDVR in 2001 to Chief Editor at KDVR/KWGN in 2010. He never forgets the faculty of the NPPA News Video Workshop inspired his success after attending in 2000.
One of his greatest rewards is teaching; the difference between jump cuts and match cuts, why you should stop using dissolves and start cutting sequences. AVID to Apple there’s nothing about editing he doesn’t want to talk about or pass on to others.
Josh is a winner of many NPPA quarterly and annual editing awards. He is twice runner up in Best of Photojournalism Editor of the Year. He’s a former chair of the NPPA Quarterly Editing Contest. He’s nominated for numerous Emmys and Emmy Award winning in both Program and Sports editing.
Josh is a still photographer and a darkroom rat. These days he’s more of a Lightroom rat. His favorite subjects range from family portraits to forty-nine Fords. He says it helps him keep up with the photojournalists who make his edits stand out with their shooting.
In addition to storytelling Josh is passionate about loud music, long drives in his Ford and anything on wheels. He’s born with a need for blue smoke from Flathead Fords through open headers in his lungs, riding Triumph motorcycles and watching nitro burning Funny Cars. Speed is imperative to keep his blood pumping. If it burns fuel inside, makes power when it hits the ground and looks good on the road, it’s metaphoric for the kind of television Josh loves to make; loud, fast and beautiful. Compelling natural sound and music are two tools he couldn’t be without as an editor and a storyteller. Automobiles and music are two things he couldn’t be without as a person. Josh loves his family. His wife Angie and daughter Vivienne are his greatest accomplices. From the Colorado Mile High Nationals to Californian car shows and Kansas’s Lead Sled Spectacular, annual road trips to Pomona and the NHRA Motor Sports Museum, followed with Disneyland and walks on the beach. Route 66 to Historic 101 it’s a good time traveling the Interstates and bi-ways of America making great memories and lasting stories on the way.
Here are the judges comments about Josh
Catherine Steward – I really like how consistent you were for what you chose to enter in your composite. From your pre show entry to your in depth pieces I always found myself hooked into the stories right away. The way you opened your stories really grabbed my attention with good use of nats and quick cuts. Your entry consisted of a little bit of everything in terms of your range of editing skills. You used video effects well in the Texting & Driving piece, showed great audio work in the pre show piece and I’m especially glad I got to see you make some use of moments in “Pump and Dump” with the moms and kids in the beginning and in “Dizzy” which was a solid Deadline story. There were a few problems in the some of the details of your editing, I want to hear less of your audio edits so the stories flow a little smoother and see a little more motivation behind some of the video effects. Why do we see the quick cuts and hear music in the beginning of a piece but not later on? Just some of the things I thought when I watched this composite. Great job showing me the variety of stories you tell and the different editing styles you use to enhance those stories.
Kylee Wall – I thought this entry was worthy of editor of the year because it showcased a large variety of skills. It had strong editorial choices with tight edits and appropriate pacing that were consistent with each piece. Each story or segment had a strong hook with great use of nat sound. The cat in the tree story showed an ability to make decisive edits and turn a piece around quickly, while the Operation Afghanistan promo was a great example of letting things breathe and happen more naturally. Overall, a great ability to hook, immerse and engage the viewer and make them feel something about the people or situations in the story.