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I have worked in film and television for a number of years, mainly as an archivist and researcher and as an occasional filmmaker. I got the editing bug back in 2007 while making my first short at Darlow Smithson Productions. That urge to make films never left me and after 9 years at the BFI I could resist no longer and moved on from film exhibition and back into making them. I'm now concentrating all my energies on retraining as an editor and video maker, having switched to Premiere Pro from Final Cut Pro in 2015. I am currently offering my services for free to build up my credits and harvest material to develop my showreel. I am particularly interested in arts, culture, music, live event documentation, current affairs and history with a particular flair for shaping narratives from archive material, but I am versatile and highly enthusiastic, so please do get in touch - I'd love to hear about your project! I am proactive, dedicated, adaptable, dependable and organised with excellent communication skills and meticulous attention to detail.
I am currently developing my career as an editor (Adobe Creative Cloud: Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Audition) in parallel to developing and making (including editing) my own archive-based arts documentary project. Please PM me for access to my showreel.
Since leaving the BFI I have been co-directing (with Chris de Selincourt, London College of Communication), shooting & editing a personal arts/history documentary project interviewing artists including Gustav Metzger & the Boyle Family. Currently in development/funding stages and a teaser is in production.
The Jonas Mekas Diary Film Project Filmed and edited video production for BFI Education project in partnership with Serpentine Gallery, University of the Arts London and no.w.here filmmakers lab. Shot in 16mm film & HD video, the production documented a workshop in diary filmmaking. Screenings include Serpentine Gallery (looped installation), BFI and Chelsea College of Arts. In support of the programme I also created and built diaryfilmworkshop.com
I programmed various international film events in my spare time whilst at BFI. These include: April 2015 - Contemporary Arts Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania Curator: cinema in cibernetik space, (funded by the ministry of Culture, Lithuania) November 2014 - BFI Southbank Co-curator (with William Fowler): Jet Propelled Cinema (part of BFI's blockbuster Sci-Fi season) September 2012 - Hackney Film Festival Co-programmer and coordinator, co-director of festival trailer September 2011 - Bethnal Green Working Men's Club Curator/event co-organiser (with Mat Harvey): Solar Flares Burn for You
Research and clearance of BFI National Archive moving image content for cultural access via onsite digital viewing terminals & VoD streaming. Flagship projects included Mediatheque, BFI Player, Unlocking Film Heritage (known as Britain on Film in its public-facing iteration). Managed high volumes of content with database and spreadsheet systems. Over this period I developed a very large portfolio of contacts across the film and television industry, including directors/filmmakers, producers, agents, distributors, archives and libraries. Facilitated access to broadcast master elements for transfers and encoding/transcoding and wrote copy for Mediatheque and Screenonline video pages.
Sourced archive clips, audio & still pictures from diverse sources and formats. Programme delivery (EDLs, master tapes and paperwork) on time and on budget US broadcast TV documentary productions. Including: Iconic Images: 10 x 5 mins for Current TV; Situation Critical: 13 x 1 hour for The National Geographic Channel
Archive footage research drawing on international sources (including US government and Department of Defense sources, military manufacturers and regional film archives) programme delivery (paperwork and master tapes) for television documentary productions, primarily for US broadcast. Also managed the company VT library to supply in-house edits and external online/conform, archiving of broadcast masters, standards conversions and stock footage sales.
Through intensive exercises in editing both drama and documentary, the course developed the concepts of editing from the perspectives of grammar and storytelling, revealing editing as a key to the entire process of filmmaking.
I undertook this intensive short course to switch my editing skills from Final Cut Pro to Premiere Pro.
The course covered all film and video formats, gauges and frame ratios throughout history, as well as sound formats and technologies; the various techniques and processes of preservation, conservation and restoration using photochemical and digital processes; the value of moving images for historical representation and the study of history as well as the in-context use of archival images in contemporary film production. Course work included programming an archival presentation, a report on a work placement (at the British Empire and Commonwealth Bristol), an exercise in learning about film processes through shooting a roll of 16mm negative using a Bolex and directing and editing an archive-based film. I made my film with legendary 1960s documentary maker and early pioneer of pop music promos Peter Whitehead. Shot on DV Cam and edited in Premiere.