Freelance video editor CV

Professional Summary:

An experienced BBC trained Video Editor adept at transforming raw footage into striking and original short-form broadcast standard films and videos, which enhance audience engagement. Key strengths include: utilising a wide range of equipment and solutions to deliver edits which fulfil narrative requirements for various genres across commercial, corporate and not for profit organisations; collaborating with stakeholders to rescue and transform failing projects within pressurised   creative and technical settings; managing processes and systems to drive at-pace delivery of editing projects, often exceeding initial specification; and demonstrating strong technical skills (Avid) and safe working practices to manipulate and manage valuable media and project assets.

Key Expertise:

Offline / Online / HD / 4K / UHD Editing

Narrative Creation & Storytelling

Video Production / Self-Shooting Skills

MAC and PC Literate

Editing short films

Editing a wide range of content durations from 10 sec through to 120 min broadcast programmes

Avid Media Composer / Symphony

Multi-camera workflow

Project and Stakeholder Management

Delivery Focused

Career Highlights:

The Koestler Trust required further funding and increased promotion for their ‘Arts for Offenders’ mentoring project. Engaged as Filmmaker / Video Editor to produce a 20-minute documentary exploring the project, illustrated with a series of powerful case studies. Met project team to establish plan/timetable; liaised with CEO to manage sensitive disclosure /access issues; filmed contributors across UK locations including HMP Lewes; and utilised creative editing skills to capture and communicate an engaging story. Succeeded in delivering powerful film, enabling future funding for Trust.

A leading creative marketing agency was required to deliver a short film for a premium drinks brand. Engaged as Video Editor to manage an evolving brief, following a problematic filming schedule. Edited film from camera footage and no script; searched contributors ‘sync’ to build story; edited 4 days of filming into 3 minutes; sourced production music tracks and painted edit with cutaways and action shots; and delivered the final film for approval by creative and client team. Succeeded in delivering challenging final edit on time and within budget.

The BBC required editing skills for 8 x 25-minute special programmes filmed at international locations. Requested as Video Editor to deliver a dynamic and engaging edit to BBC broadcast technical standards. Liaised with production teams to understand narrative requirements; reviewed script and studied raw footage; selected high music content to appeal to the target audience; and delivered to editorial guidelines. Succeeded in delivering series of high-quality programmes, the subsequent highlight of BBC network viewing schedule.

Current Role:

June 2009 to date: Freelance Video Editor (Filmmaker/Videographer/Self Shooter)

Extensive experience operating as a Freelance Video Editor, delivering assignments for a number of high profile clients including BBC, Digital Solutions, NEF and Koestler Trust.

Assignments focus on a variety of technical & creative broadcast standard video projects, delivering highly crafted programme content with engaging narratives. Below is a list of notable assignments completed during this period (in no particular order and not all are listed).

Notable Assignments:

Engaged by Gravity Thinking, a leading creative agency, to edit a series of promotional marketing videos. Transported equipment (MacPro based Avid Media Composer and NEC MultiSync monitor) to enable on-site editing at client premises; transcoded media to Avid friendly DNx media, and worked with Director of Photography (DoP) to select and edit best takes for each scripted sequence. Completed series of 14 films in 6 days.

Commissioned to produce, film and edit a short film on behalf of the Arts Council-funded Carnival Arts Advocacy Project. Filmed 4 separate carnivals across UK locations; formed sound bed utilising a combination of interviews and music tracks, and edited stories and images from footage to deliver a 5-minute film as well as 1 & 2 minute cut down versions.

Engaged as Video Editor by ESA Films to edit a corporate video for ACE Insurance. Interacted with Producer, Director to understand their needs and to deliver a high-end film on a tight timeline. Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability by changing edit to meet evolving client requirements.

Commissioned by British Film Institute to edit a highlights video showreel showcasing the best films created by young filmmakers. Viewed 100+ short films and animations to produce shortlist, re-edited scenes to create shorter, dynamic versions; and worked with BFI team to ensure final selection reflected a wide range of subject matter and genres.

Commissioned by performance artist, Billie Ray Martin, to produce, film and edit live performance. Coordinated 3 camera people and 5 cameras to film 1.5-hour live concert. Worked closely with the artist to edit content to exacting requirements.

Commissioned by The Koestler Trust for 6 consecutive years to produce, film and edit the annual documentary. Delivered a powerful film detailing award-winning artist, Sarah Lucas, and the story behind her installation at Festival Hall through to exhibition opening day. Edited footage to create a powerful narrative, demonstrating social perceptiveness and selected music from Koestler Trust Awards entrants to add depth to the storyline.

January 1996 to June 2009: BBC Television: Video Editor

Reported to the Programme Editor / Producer with responsibility for editing and sound mixing whole programmes, films and promotional trailers from camera media and programme content to an agreed brief and BBC editorial / technical standards.

Managed a range of broadcast post-production equipment to capture, store, archive and delete media and meta-data assets. Conducted quality assessment reviews and checks.

Provided first line support for 28 edit suites, shared systems and connected technology.

Devised processes to improve efficiency within large file and tape-based workflows.

Delivered complex conforms, clip grouping & audio syncing, consolidates and transcodes.

Earlier Career:

12/1992 to 04/1994: British Aerospace: Installation Engineer

06/1983 to 06/1992: Royal Air Force: Aeronautical Electrical Technician

Qualifications and Training

2014: BBC: Creative Thinking

2013: Ravensbourne College: Video Compression and Codecs

2011: Arri Lighting Academy: Practical Lighting

2010: Ravensbourne College: Shooting in HD

2009: BBC Elstree: Shooting and Directing

2008: BBC: Avid / ISIS / Interplay Media and meta-data management systems

2007: BBC Elstree: Camerawork and Lighting Courses

2001: VET London: Avid FX Courses

2000: BBC: The Craft of Video Editing

1996: BBC: Introduction to Television

1992: RAF: BTEC Aeronautical Engineering

Personal Details:

Location: Central London UK

Email: [email protected]

CRB Checked

Driving Licence (Car and Motorbike): Full UK clean

Please get in touch if you would like to employ my skills as a freelance video editor.

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Julian Langham

Julian started his career in media in 1994; shortly after Julian was invited to join the BBC where he was quickly promoted to Editor. Julian left the BBC to develop his freelance career in 2009. Highly-practised and skilled in constructing engaging narratives, Julian’s key strength is his ability to produce strong visually-led stories. In his work, Julian shares his passion for creating powerful synergies between story content, visual rhythm and music.