Blue Zoo - Editor

I edited a brand new animation series called Q Pootle 5 for Blue Zoo, in association with Snapper Productions. We made 52 x 11min episodes, which were broadcast on CBeebies in the UK, as well as ABC in Australia, KiKA in Germany, VGTRK in Russia, YLE 2 in Finland, TG4 in Ireland, HOP!TV in Israel, and MTVA in Hungary.

The preschool series focussed on the adventures of an alien called Q Pootle 5 and his friends Oopsy, Stella, Eddi, Groobie, Ray, and Bud-D.

Aardman Features - VFX Editor

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists / Band of Misfits (international title)

I was originally hired by the VFX department to update the Avid during the previs stage to run exports and conform our sequences to the latest edit. As time went on, my role evolved as I took on more duties and responsibilities and started to oversee the delivery of VFX shots, until I ultimately gained a credit as VFX Editor for the film.

In this role I also trained my own assistant, who because responsible for prepping screenings and updating documents on the asset management network.

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is a stereoscopic stop-motion animation feature film, which was released worldwide in March 2012.

Previs responsibilities -

  • updating shots in timelines
  • conforming sequences to editorial changes
  • listing changes to be made to conform to the latest edit
  • briefing artists and supplying them with appropriate reference materials
  • running departmental reviews with directors and various heads of department

VFX responsibilities -

  • sending latest versions to editorial
  • tracking shot approvals
  • providing version delivery lists for intermediary conforms, trailers, promotional materials, and the final film
  • communicating and tracking requests from directors/ editorial for changes to shots which will have an impact on VFX work.
  • relaying information about new and cut shots to the VFX department
  • responding to queries about approved take versions, edit changes, greenscreen plate sync
  • creating temporary effects in Avid for VFX artists to see how the plates could interact and to remove distractions such as rigging for screenings.

See also "A Day In The Life at Aardman VFX" for an example of my day to day work schedule.

Passion Pictures - Editor

Passion Pictures is one of Europe's leading independent film production companies founded in 1987 by Andrew Ruhemann.  From its early days in animation production the company has now expanded to include film, television and documentary and has studios in London, Paris, New York and Melbourne.  The company's work has won many major awards, including two Academy Awards (2000 and 2011).

Credits:

  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch: "Shark", "Gone"
  • East Midlands Rail: "Landmark", "Parkway"
  • Compare the Market: "Jacuzzi"

Breakthru Films - Assistant Editor

Breakthru are primarily a film production company based in London & Warsaw, but in no way does our prerogative end there. Since our founding in 2002, we have been involved in an extremely eclectic, vibrant and critically-acclaimed collection of shorts, animated features and feature films that cater to every age, taste and sensibility. From live and stop-frame animation to stageshows and documentaries, we have been instrumental in creating consistently powerful and culturally-relevant productions.

Credits:

  • Scratch (2009)
    • Aubange Festival – Best Short Film
    • London Short Film Festival
    • Stavanger Kortfilmfestival
    • Bergen International Film Festival
    • Grimstad Film Festival
    • Chungmuro Film Festival
    • Best of Short Films Festival, La Ciotat

National Film and Television School (NFTS)

The National Film and Television School is the UK's national centre of excellence for postgraduate education. Our students are a talented, diverse, creative and enthusiastic bunch, making around a hundred productions a year under the guidance of tutors who are leaders in their own specialist fields.

The emphasis of the Editing curriculum is firmly on storytelling and the relationship between editor and director. Students learn to apply their craft to the demands of fiction, documentary and animation, creating visual narratives while working with sound, music and, where appropriate, special effects. Workshops with other departments develop concepts of visual storytelling, mise-en-scène, storyboarding, sound design, music and scriptwriting.

Fiction Credits:

  • Park Close (20 min, dir. Maj-Britt la Cour)
    • Los Angeles Short Film Festival, USA
  • Between You And Me (16 min, dir. Maj-Britt la Cour)
  • Brixton 85 (18 min, dir. Tom Green)
  • Keys (8 min, dir. Andrew Saunders)

Animation Credits:

Documentary Credits:

  • The Love Bureau (25 min, dir. Caterina Monzani)
  • Davey's Last Order (25 min, dir. Lucy Kaye)
  • The Husband (9 min, dir. Vanessa Stockley)

Television Credits:

  • TV or Not TV? (30 min comedy pilot, dir. Guy Press)
    • Royal Television Society Student Awards - Nominated, Best Entertainment, postgraduate category
  • Love Thy Neighbour (8 minute pilot, dir. Steph Coleman)

The Farm Group - digitiser / assistant

The Farm Group is London's leading television and film post production company. Our companies include The Farm, Uncle, Home, The Shed and Family. We are based in sites in Soho, Central London and Bristol. The facilities offered include high definition and standard definition post production for television, feature films, commercials, music promos and DVD, and range through to DVD authoring and graphic design plus a freelance editor agency.

Credits include:

  • The X Factor (series 3, 4, 5)
  • Britain's Got Talent (series 1)
  • 8 out of 10 Cats
  • Bear Behaving Badly
  • Jamie's America
  • Nothing But The Truth
  • Don't Forget The Lyrics