Anthony (film editor)
|Born||Llwellyn Anthony Gonsalvez
11 September 1973
T. Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Anthony (Tamil: ஆண்டோனி) (born Llwellyn Anthony Gonsalves on 11 September 1973 in Chennai, India) is a Tamil film editor. He has worked in over twenty Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu language films. This makes him one of the few editors to have worked for the three biggest film industries in India.
Anthony studied at Railway Mixed Higher Secondary School, Perambur, Perambur, then BA Lit in Madras Christian College, Tambaram, Chennai. As a courier boy he used to deliver to a famous editing studio: Edit Point in Chennai. There he got curious about editing and started to hang out and began picking the basics of digital editing, which was in a nascent stage. He worked at AVM Productions 1993–1997 as an in-house editor, working on many TV serials and TV ad films on the Avid system. Avid was very popular with TV serial producers and ad filmmakers as they could easily and quickly edit their films. It was while editing at AVM that Rajiv Menon noticed his talents. He was offered a job later at Rajiv Menon Productions (RMP), because RMP had just picked up the latest Avid with a film composer (1997). It was also at AVM while cutting Rajiv's TV commercials that his friendship with Gautham Vasudev Menon grew. Gautham was Rajiv's assistant and this friendship stands the test of time, with Anthony editing almost all of Gautham's films to date. At RMP he honed his skill as an ace editor; he also helped in cutting some songs for Rajiv Menon's film Kandukondain Kandukondain.
Gautham offered Anthony the opportunity to cut some sequences and songs of his second Tamil film Kaakha Kaakha. It was a huge success and thus began Anthony's successful career in the Indian film industry. Early in his film career he had stiff resistance against editors who were using the more traditional methods of cutting film. But with Avid becoming more and more convenient for filmmakers to edit and see the film instead of the more tedious method of cutting and splicing, it was only a matter of time before Anthony was accepted as a master editor in his own right. He probably single-handedly heralded the digital age of editing in the Tamil film world.
Anthony has now started a company called Frameworks along with director A. L. Vijay. Anthony is married and has one daughter. His studio is in R.A. Puram, Chennai.