Nigel Bunyan – Editor

Who is Nigel Bunyan?

I’m a film editor who got drawn into this industry as it combined my hobbies of reading, writing and photography.

How did your career path develop?

After finishing film school (cutting mostly on actual film) I did some additional training as a sound editor and then took a job cutting corporates to get up to speed with Avid. I then assisted on TV dramas and feature films before moving up to cutting drama, docs and factual.

What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?

It’s a tough industry to get into so being able to do enjoyable work whilst also providing for my family is an achievement. Developing good working relationships with people that also become friends is quite satisfying.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

Hard to say. Because it’s a collaborative process, when I think of projects I’m proud of I instantly think of the other people that helped make them so good. It’s nice when the people that hired me say I helped realise their vision, so the fact I had long runs on “New Tricks” and “Stage School” is a source of professional pride.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

My bookshelves are loaded down with the work of writers that do a better job of answering the first bit. On the latter I’d say go back and watch your old work every now and again. It can be dispiriting sometimes because you might spot lots of things you want to change or get great ideas when it’s far too late to implement them, yet it can be quite satisfying too. I’d say one useful question to always have at the back of your mind is “would this be better with fewer cuts?”

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