I am a professional video editor with over 15 years experience delivering high profile, quality television across all of the major UK networks. After working for 10 years as a staff editor for the BBC, I am now self employed and am loving the freedom and challenges of running my own company. I have an almost unhealthy obsession and pride in my work and feel the creativity and enthusiasm I can offer, adds a polish and quality to every project I undertake.
I am fully conversant in Avid, Premier Pro, Final Cut Pro and Photoshop
I have experience working across a wide range of programmes, from single camera actuality, archive documentaries, live events and multi-camera studio programmes, and I bring the same level of knowledge and commitment to every project I work on. I have a strong sense of narrative and work both offline and online, short and long form on projects, and in fast turn-around highly pressured environments, often on location, cutting to air. I have worked on some of British television's highest profile output and a particular highlights of my career are being chosen to edit the Closing Montage of the BBC's coverage of the Football World Cup in both 2014 and 2010, and also working as one of three editors to cut the Review of the London 2012 Olympic Games that went out as part of the Closing Ceremony to some 27 Million viewers.
My particular passions are storytelling, working with archive material in an innovative and original way and creative and complex sound editing (I'm a bit of a tortured Dubbing Mixer). I have also received intensive BBC technical training and have excellent troubleshooting skills.
I firmly believe that regardless of what brand of buttons you press, the most important skills an editor can bring to a project are a fresh creative viewpoint, a keen eye for detail, an enthusiastic, hard working attitude, a decent conversation and the ability to make a cup of tea in a crisis.
I have twice won an RTS Craft Editing Award, in 2013 as part of the small editing team for Sports Personality of the Year and most recently in 2014 I was twice nominated, eventually winning for the BBC World Cup Closing Montage, which garnered critical acclaim, including this from columnist AA Gill:
"You’ve probably forgotten by now, but the very best bit of the BBC televising of the World Cup was the final five-minute montage of the music and images of Brazilian football. It was just beautifully done, elegiac, but without pretension. Whoever the editor was who got all that together in a tearing hurry, take a bow.
You’ve probably failed to remember that it was the same with the Olympics ― the compilation edits at the end were sublime little bits of television.
Montage is the cutting together of images to make a visual mosaic: it elicits rather than imparts emotion, information or plot. It’s a particular television skill. It was invented by cinema, but it doesn’t really suit the monolithic self-importance of the wide screen.
Where it really works is on the internet, and your telephone; and lots of people do it really badly on YouTube. When you see it made with this much skill and thought, it’s like the broadcast version of keepy-uppies.
Montage is having a moment ― or perhaps that should be three or four moments, all spliced together…"
I'm a tall, chatty, Marmite eating, rugby loving, Welshman with an huge passion for Sport, TV dramas, documentary films, trashy horror and sci-fi films (well just about all types of films, apart from anything by Michael Bay). I love a huge variety of music, but have a particular soft spot for collecting punk and soul Vinyls. I've been a vicar at a wedding (not legal), run the London marathon in a shower, traveled in some amazing countries, and would like to think I'm a generally pleasant person to sit with for 12 hours in a dark, cold room.