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Sit down with...Stitch's Phil Currie

27 September 2016

Image TitleStitch's Phil Currie

1.What inspired you to be an editor?

I’ve had a fascination with photography and moving image for as long as I remember. It probably came from watching Star Wars ’A New Hope’ about 300 times a day when I was a kid. I was writing scripts as a 10 year old, re conceptualising films that I’d watched and I always recall wanting to see behind the scenes, I also wanted to know ‘how did it all work?’ It wasn’t until college that I guess I really fell for editing as a specialised subject of interest. The first time I entered a dark room the one thing I feel for straight away was the smell and feelings it evoked. It was fantastic to learn the physical processing of film. My first day editing a film lasted around 15 hours, by the end of the day it felt like an hour had passed. I knew if I could do this for a living I’d be laughing.

2. What does your job entail?

It starts by reading scripts thoroughly. I will then make my selects from the rushes and begin assembling, then make tighter selects and re-assemble. I will then work with a director until we have a piece of film we’re both happy to present to the agency. After the agency present to client and we’re approved I like to stay in touch with the online and sound.

3.What skills do you need to be a good editor?

I would say mostly patience; a creative outlook that allows you to see things in your head before they’re cut together and an eye for detail is essential, like a perfectionist!

4.What’s your favourite part of your job?

It has to be, evoking emotions. Whether it’s a laugh or sadness, as long as the viewer feels a strong emotion, I feel like I’ve accomplished something in my work.

5. If there were one thing you could change about your job what would it be?

I would have to say, openness and honesty. I hate the politics that exist in this industry. Let’s not rush the edit unnecessarily; it can be frustrating when time is limited for this part of the process.

6. Has your style been influenced by other editor’s work?

I wouldn’t say any one editor in particular. I have been, and I am currently, lucky enough to work alongside some amazing editors and they’re the ones who’ve influenced me the most.

7. What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t an editor?

I have a dream to open up a dog sanctuary for strays and unwanted dogs.

8. What projects are you most proud of?

I find it really satisfying to work on jobs that are inspirational in some form, which is why I like real life documentary based work. I recently worked on a piece for Philips which centred around an Elvis tribute artist trying to get fit and healthy in 5 weeks using a fitness watch so eventually he could perform on Stage. It was an emotional journey he went on and it was a pleasure to work on it everyday and feel like I shared that journey.

9. What are your latest projects?

As well as the on Philips ‘Elvis’ job I worked on with Peter King @ Outsider. I’ve also just finished up a series of Unibet sports commercials with Steve Cope @ 2am

10. Lastly after a long day of editing what do you like to spend your spare time getting up to?

I do find it hard to take myself away from editing. It exists in some form in my everyday life. There’s one place however I do switch off and that’s when I’m out walking my pooches down the beach.

Contact Name
Alice Clarke