Fifty Fifty Post Production, Soho, London 2005-2015
At Fifty Fifty, I have progressed to become a highly creative and professional Online editor and Colourist using Avid Symphony. It has become a passion of mine. Starting out working on reversioning work, I have steadily built up the experience, knowledge and talent to grade and online for big named programmes. I am currently training on Baselight to further strengthen and enhance my skillset. Here I have also offline edited an incredible variety of short and long form broadcast and web based programmes, as well as working on marketing and pitch campaign films for some high profile brands. These would primarily be cut on Avid Media Composer and Symphony, but on occasion used Adobe Premiere and FCP. I have also gained a wealth of technical experience, which means I can comfortably encode, transcode and troubleshoot.
Asset TV, Harpenden, Hertfordshire 2003-2005
Asset TV offered me a chance to be in one place and edit every day. It also let me learn so much from my boss Dave Mann, who headed Channel 4's 124 Facilities for 18 years. He clearly knew his stuff and was very technical. I was first introduced with tapeless footage by him with a prototype he decided to test out. We edited corporate interviews/conferences. We created stings, promos & menus.
Our clients included HSBC, Allianz, Old Mutual, UBS and other bank and corporate organisations. The edits were fast turnaround as the latest news of funds and results and Bank of England budget announcements would be uploaded for viewing the next day. My experience of editing here started with Sony Vegas but we eventually got 2 Avid Media Composers.
FREELANCE EDIT ASSISTANT/EDITOR 1999-2003
This was a time I had a mix of edit assistant and edit work. Having just finished an MA course in production, Granada commissioned 2 of the proposals written by 2 of my course mates. I was asked to edit them and was excited for the opportunity to. I edited the 2 half-hour programmes -Counting Sheep and Chinatown. And we were happy to hear that Counting Sheep won an RTS award. Clearly just starting out, I was more than happy to assist experienced editors at the same time learning more about the skill and technical know how of being an editor. Visual Voodoo, a company owned by ITN would regularly hire me to digitise and also re-cut some existing edits.
MA TV PRODUCTION 1998-1999
This course was very generous with the use of the department's equipment and an Avid which students in our course was able to use 24/7. With the course work and the accessibility of the edit suite, I was able to gain more experience and confidence in this part of the production. We were all given work placements, and my placement was at the BBC helping out the team for Great Railway Journeys.
FILM CERTIFICATE 1998-1999
The film course that I did at NYU was a 3-month intensive course in film making. My intention was to learn as much as I can about every detail in production. But at the end, I ended up falling in love with the editing process. Even with the chaos of strips of 16mm film being spliced, it was exciting to experiment with the cuts and putting it all together to create the scenes. We used Steenbecks and very old Moviolas to edit with.
TV/RADIO PRODUCER 1995
Leo Burnett, Manila
My first taste of editing was working at Leo Burnett. I worked in the tv/radio department so I learnt all aspects of production. After 3-months of shadowing the head of our department, I was thrown into the deep end and was handed many projects to produce -commercials for a range of products from shampoo to food. I was very lucky to have experienced this so quickly. This also made me realise how much I wanted to be proficient with every detail of production. And so it wasn't a surprise why signed up for a Film course in NYU and TV Production in Manchester.