Apple TV+ Emmy-nominated ‘Severance’ editors explain cutting between two worlds

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Severance’s Emmy-nominated editors explain how they helped the characters on the Apple TV+ drama transition between their ‘innie’ and ‘outtie’ personas.

Adam Scott in “Severance” which premiered globally on February 18th on Apple TV+.
Adam Scott in “Severance” which premiered globally on February 18th on Apple TV+.

In “Severance,” Mark Scout (Adam Scott) leads a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure, which surgically divides their memories between their work “innie” and personal “outie” lives. This daring experiment in “work-life balance” is called into question as Mark finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work… and of himself.

Carolyn Giardina for The Hollywood Reporter:

“At the beginning of the series there’s much more separation between the transitions from the innie to outtie world, so that the viewer can get oriented with this transition,” explains editor Geoffrey Richman, who is double-nominated for the episodes “In Perpetuity,” shared with editor Erica Freed Marker, and “The We We Are.” Earlier in the season, “we spend a lot of time focusing on all the mechanics of [the innie] going to the elevator, what happens in the elevator, the change that occurs, following the outtie home and seeing how it’s a different world, dwelling on the separation between innie and outtie. As we got further and further into the episodes, we started playing more with melding those two together.”

Adding that “the cast was really great,” [Marker] notes that the actors, working with director Ben Stiller, varied their performances in different takes. “The tricky part was, which direction do we want to take this? And how far do we want to calibrate it toward really evil, and how much do we want to pull back?”

MacDailyNews Take: Severance is Apple TV+’s fourth or fifth seriously great TV series (depending on how you feel about The Morning Show, which we include on our list). Not bad for a streaming service that’s yet to turn three.

(Great: Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, For All Mankind, Trying, Severance. Honorable mentions with tons of promise: Foundation, Invasion, Schmigadoon!, The Mosquito Coast.)

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. The usual motley crew of two Apple ha88yters display faulty severance daily.

    They use Apple products, but hate using them and despise the company.

    You’d call that a mental illness, quite frankly.

    The problem with our terrible two is that the severance doesn’t quite work, these two geniuses feel the haaaa8te every time they use their Macs.

    I guess it’s not unusual, it’s how Windows users feel every day.

    It is sad though. A shame those two got faulty chips. They’d be so much happier if they didn’t know Macs exist in one life, but in the other relied on them for everything because windows and Linux are just sooooo useless.

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