Although he may not be a Jedi (yet), Lipari is quickly making a name for himself in the film industry. "Nick is one of the youngest assistant editors in LA working at this level" says CCM E-Media Professor Kevin Burke. "The assistant editor works directly with the editor on the film", Burke explains. Prior to his work on Rogue One, Nick served as the assistant editor on the recent live action adaptation of Disney's The Jungle Book.
The success comes as no surprise to Burke, as Lipari took top prizes in several national competitions during his time at CCM. Lipari received a Student Production Award in the category of "PSA/Commercial" at The Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards in 2012 which recognized his work as writer, director, editor and visual effects designer for an independent production called SFRI Shoe Commercial. After graduating, he was also recognized by The National Broadcasting Society for his work on the opening sequence on a student-produced film, Last Night in Town.