You help the director bring all the hard work of those who made the film to fruition. You give their work rhythm and pace…to make it start to flow up there on the screen. – Thelma Schoonmaker.
Editing is my passion and possibly even my hobby. As an editor, you not only have to tell the story the director envisages, but tell the story that’s in the footage. You also get to work with a lot of different people and I love the collaboration process involved. It has enabled me to work with and learn from some great Editors, Producers and Directors over the years.
I didn’t always want to be an editor, but growing up I always knew I wanted to work in ‘The Movies’. It wasn’t until my 2nd year in College studying Film and Television at GMIT that I found my niche. While working on an editing exercise, I found myself staying late into the night in that small, dark room cutting and splicing. I was hooked.
In my final year at GMIT I had the honour of being chosen to edit our graduation film and got the great opportunity to edit this short film on a Steenbeck. This taught me so much about the building blocks of editing and I feel genuinely lucky to have experienced this.
Having graduated in 2000, I worked on many short films; both as Editor (mainly on films shot on video) and Assistant Editor (on films shot on 16mm). I also cut short-form documentaries, charity videos and corporate videos.
Joining Telegael, Galway as a full time editor in 2001, I gained invaluable experience editing Television Programmes, Corporate Videos and many Animation Series. It was here that I worked on the Emmy Award Winning and Emmy Nominated Animations series ‘Tutenstein’, ‘Toddworld’ and ‘Pet Alien’. Where, across over 150 episodes I was the online editor, mastering, conforming and completing QC checks both for national and international broadcast. This was a very rewarding experience and taught me the discipline required for onlining and broadcast finishing.
In 2005 I moved back to my hometown of Cork, where as a freelancer, I work for many well established as well as up-and-coming companies in Cork, including RTE, Forefront, M3 Productions and Bold as Brass films.
I don’t believe that the machine makes the editor but for the record Avid is my system of choice. Last year I invested in my own suite and continue to keep myself and my equipment updated with the latest developments in this increasingly fast changing industry. Check out my gear here.
Fully embracing the advantages of modern technology, and the internet, I also work on projects both nationally and internationally, without ever having to leave the office! Doing everything from picture cut to graphics to audio mixing and encoding, with most approvals and delivery now being completed over the web.
While things are changing so rapidly now, I find it exciting. It has pushed me as an editor and really motivated me to develop and learn more.
Film editing is now something almost everyone can do at a simple level and enjoy it, but to take it to a higher level requires the same dedication and persistence that any art form does. – Walter Murch.