We're excited to introduce the newest member of the Metro team, Tom Heckbert! Tom is our senior editor/post-production supervisor. Check out his interview below to learn more.
Tell us a little bit about your background. I am originally from New York. I spent my formative years there, which explains a lot. I went to school at the Rochester Institute of Technology and studied Photographic Illustration. After school, I started my career at the ad agency J. Walter Thompson, where I discovered my love of working in television. I later moved to a facility called Post Perfect in order to learn a broader range of equipment. I then relocated to Florida and was an editor at the Post Group at the Disney/MGM Studios before transferring to Nickelodeon Studios and becoming a senior editor there. After the studio shut down, I briefly freelanced in New York and worked for the PGA Tour before settling in at NBC's Sports/Golf Channel. Now here I am!
What made you join the Metro family? I was immediately impressed with the talent and quality of work at Metro. Without a doubt, talented people are the biggest asset that any company has. That talent and expertise applies to any job, regardless of the type of content. The skill sets of the people at Metro are impressive. From experienced producers to a creative post-production group, I think they all make a great team on each and every project. I look forward to working with and learning from them all.
Who has impacted you the most in your life? My father was a quiet, gentle man. He worked for a bank all his life, but was an artist at heart. He was always painting, writing, taking photos and exploring a hundred creative projects at any one time. He always impressed me with his duality and supported me every time I would change my path in life. I think he influenced me the most.
What is a quote that inspires you? "Simplicity is the last step of art. Be like water, my friend. Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." - Bruce Lee
What are your hobbies? Ha, what day is it? I change them often. I absorb movies and television. I watch anything: the more obscure, the better. I love Japanese and Korean film. I used to collect ancient coins but it’s too expensive to do right now. I am presently sifting through my family genealogy and reconnecting with extended relatives I didn’t know existed. Sounds boring….turns out it's fascinating.