Chiraag Parmar: Editor – Self Shooting P/D
Who is Chiraag Parmar?
I am a born and bred Londoner with a passion for filmmaking since I was 17, when I made my first short documentary on learning difficulties. From that point on I knew I wanted to pursue a career in TV and I went to study Film and TV Production at Cambridge School of Art. Now I am a shooting director and editor with over 7 years experience working on TV commercials, short form documentary and branded content films.
How did your career path develop?
Like most, I started out as a runner in a commercials post production company. I worked diligently to get my first promotion as an Avid and FCP assistant in long form broadcast, working on the ‘Great British Bake Off’. I moved to an advertising agency, initially working as an editor, then as a cameraman and editor, and I have naturally progressed to become a shooting director and editor. I’ve always tried to push myself and propel my development by obtaining freelance jobs on the side, and constantly trying to learn and evolve.
What are your greatest achievements so far?
Wow that’s a tough question! I think my greatest achievements so far have been: working hard to get where I am at now and developing confidence in my abilities, leaving the comforts of full time employment to set up my own limited company and be my own boss. I am also extremely humbled to have won three Accolade awards for my film ‘Inside M’.
Any projects you are most proud of and why?
I’ve worked on a number of TV commercials, but I am most proud of some of the short form documentary and branded content work I have produced. Notably ‘Inside M’, my short documentary on the highly regarded M Restaurants, which was very well received by the client, the ex Managing Director of Gaucho Restaurants. Ultimately I won 3 Accolade awards, including best videography, which was a fantastic feeling.
Additionally I was commissioned to produce a short documentary for the charity Healthy Living Projects on Homelessness, called ‘Hope’. The client was delighted with the film and it was shown at the Barbican and on TV, where it received a positive reception.
Share your biggest lessons in life and work.
No matter how many times you fail, persevere and push yourself to achieve your goals.
Here is a quote by Napoleon Hill which has always stuck with me: ‘Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.’