Colin Moxon – Editor
Who is Colin Moxon?
At heart I’m an Editor. My career to date has been diverse and has seen me take on the adventures of Development, Shooting, Directing, Executive Producing and being the Creative Director of a production company.
Whilst all have seen me challenged in many amazing ways, it’s taken this eclectic path for me to truly appreciate how Editing is the role I really do love most. Even whilst undertaking those many other roles, I’ve never stopped editing, I genuinely love the process and the opportunity it gives you to be truly creative.
How did your career path develop?
After studying Film Theory, my first break in editing came in advertising, from assistant film editor to editor on 35mm and 16mm film, originally before the ground-breaking transition to non-linear editing redefined post-production.
During my time in the ad world I was fortunate to work across some incredibly high-profile and award winning campaigns, as well as cutting dramas, music promos and branded content before I discovered the world of documentary, where I was hooked.
To date I have worked with all of the terrestrial broadcasters as well as many non-terrestrial, across both factual and factual entertainment. I have also kept my editing career diverse by continuing to entertain audiences with branded entertainment, commercials and online content.
What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?
Large or small, whichever project I’m involved with, working with creative people and clients is so rewarding and to complete a project to the best of my ability and see how audiences consume the content is just the icing on the cake.
In a nutshell, I’d consider my greatest achievement the ability to continue working across such a diverse range of content. I love the opportunity to make something creative and distinctive, stand-out projects that audiences will love.
Any projects you are most proud of and why?
Having the chance to work on projects that literally change lives is close to my heart and I have been fortunate during my career to be involved in a variety of socially conscious documentaries that genuinely have made a difference.
Football Behind Bars looked into addressing the issue of reoffending amongst 16–19 year olds, Battle of Arnhem tried to re-engage disaffected teens with education whilst Mirela and A home for Mirela changed the future for a group of Romanian orphans.
My Weird Hobby for All 4 allowed me to celebrate difference and convey humour, eccentricity and downright wonders to an online audience.
Emotive, compelling, controversial, raw, life changing are the elements that I love about documentary, when they all align in a project, it really doesn’t get any better.
Share your biggest lessons in life and work
I have always lived by the simple rule that “knowing when to cut is easy, knowing when not to is the craft”. Once you learn the rules, tear up the rulebook – this is where you should always begin.
Frank Capra said it best:
‘My advice to all young filmmakers is this: Don’t follow trends, start them’.
‘There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness’.
View Colin’s full portfolio.