Up & Coming Editors: Christina Bolanos


This post originally appeared in Screen Magazine.

Today we profile the eighth person in our series of Up & Coming Editors, Hootenanny’s Christina Bolanos.

Originally from Palm Springs, California, Bolanos attended the University of California – Santa Barbara, where she graduated with a B.A. in Film and Media Studies. While earning her degree, she also began working as a Production Assistant on the set of “Rites of Passage,” an indie thriller directed by Peter Iliff starring Wes Bentley and Christian Slater. Shortly after graduating, she landed her first gig as Assistant Editor at Beachbody in Santa Monica. The 2012 presidential election brought her to Chicago, where she worked as a Finishing Editor at Adelstein Liston. Several freelancing jobs followed before she began working full-time as an Assistant Editor at Chicago post house Hootenanny in October 2014.

Bolanos has since collaborated with many Chicago agencies, working on projects for major brands like Can-Am Spyder, McDonalds, BI-LO Grocery Stores, Firehouse Subs, Midori, and First Tennessee Bank, to name a few. And just last year, she received an Honorable Mention at Chicago’s annual Camp Kuleshov editorial contest for her submission, “Peter.”

Eliciting human emotion is her main goal as an Editor.

“Visual storytelling is all about feeling,” she says. “As an Editor, I strive to bring creative ideas to life and engage viewers emotionally. When you’ve done that, it’s a major payoff for viewers and clients alike.”

Outside of the office, Christina enjoys traveling and hiking (as much as she can around these parts).

Check out her reel here.