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Finally an Editor credit on TV!

April 6, 2018

It's been a little while since I've wrote anything here. After the usual lull in work through December and January I was thrust into the thick of editing five episodes of Channel 4's long running 'Hollyoaks'. The episodes aired the first week of April and have had a great reception. Due to the scheduling of shows, despite having moved up to Editor last autumn, this was the first time I got to see my name next to the title 'Editor' on TV. A long awaited moment that I'm truly grateful for. A lot of people helped me get here and hopefully they all know how grateful I am. 

 

 

I had the pleasure of cutting for director Jamie Annett, who I edited four episodes of CBBC's The Dumping Ground in 2017. Jamie is a great director, who really gets good performances out of his actors and has a great skill for giving you shots that just make your edit so much easier. It might sound like a simple thing, but it's not. Hopefully the rest of the year will bring more opportunities to work together. 

 

I had worked for Lime Pictures before, but never as editor. So getting the chance to work in one of their edit suites was really nice. The facilities are top notch. I've never had a hydraulic desk before and the chance to do some standing whilst working was a bit of a revelation for me. I'm never going to want to stand the entire time, but whilst watching rushes, or editing shorter scenes it was a refreshing change and helped keep me more alert! 

 

 

 

After finishing on Hollyoaks, I headed to Dumbarton, Scotland, to edit two episodes of BBC Scotland's River City. The show has a great set and studios, based not far from Glasgow. It's an incredibly fast paced turnaround but a pleasure to work on. The crew work hard and I was lucky enough to work with longtime River City director, Stuart Davids. Who has been directing the show for many years. 

 

Next up, I'm not too sure, but there's plenty of this year left, and plenty of shows that could do with an editor!

 

 

 

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