Blake Dixon – Editor
Blake is an editor with over 9 years experience in an 11 year post production career. Essex born and East London bred, he lives in Walthamstow and has just entered the freelance world. Starting as an AVID editor, switching through FCP to Premiere Pro, he also has a good working knowledge of After Effects and Photoshop.
Road to Success – Ups and Downs
Learning very quickly that a degree in English and Film studies wasn’t exactly the door opener I thought it would be, a few failed media sales interviews later I started my post production career as the sole runner at a Soho Post facility. This kickstarted a journey that took me through junior to senior editor roles across two more video production agencies, finally becoming Head of Post Production and mentoring the next generation of edit talent.
The biggest down moment was considering to quit early on at runner stage to get into another vocation – the biggest up was two weeks later, getting the editor job offer that started my journey up until now.
Greatest Achievements so far
My work being involved in winning EVCOM awards, and on an extracurricular level winning MishMash – the EMEA division of Getty Images’ worldwide editing competition – were both highlights, as well as having work featured in the Contemporary Visual Music programme at the International Animation Festival in Stuttgart.
On a more personal level, highlights include the touching emotional reaction from Dennis Wilson’s wife on seeing the video I made commemorating the re-release of ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’, and getting the thumbs up from the Stone Roses for the ‘Making of Fools Gold’ video I cut for them.
Projects you are most proud of and why
BMW Ultimate Driver – Good opportunity to flair with some really well shot car visuals upfront, and the main edit allowed exploring the fun relationship between the contributors, as well as selling the car.
London Met Experience – TVC which led to the University rethinking how it markets itself – a nice piece with a good message and heart.
Newton N. Minnow Experience – EMEA winning entry for Getty Images’ video editing competition, where agency editors from around the world had to make an edit from Getty’s library. Making a cohesive story from stock footage against the clock was a stimulating professional challenge and the prize money paid the rent that month.
Biggest Lessons in life and work
Work hard to find the joy in both.