Rob Franz – Editor
Who is Rob Franz?
I’m an editor, originally from the town of Bonn on the banks of the lovely river Rhine in Germany.
25 years ago, I made a leap of faith and moved to the United Kingdom. My work now takes me between London, Cardiff and various other places, both in Britain and abroad.
How did your career path develop?
I studied Documentary Film Production at Cardiff University, and before specializing in editing factual programmes, I started off by working on a number of different roles for various independent TV production companies.
As a factual editor, for over twenty years now I have worked across a wide variety of genres – observational and traditional documentaries, entertainment, sports and promos.
What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
I’m proud and very happy to have established a great client base throughout my career. Working together with creative people still gives me great joy and every new project is a great opportunity to craft something which audiences will hopefully enjoy watching.
Which projects are you most proud of?
I was very privileged to be part of the team working on the backstage shows for Doctor Who, Torchwood and Merlin for the BBC’s Entertainment Department over a period of five years.
The shows were just great fun to work on and we enjoyed a fantastic degree of creative freedom, which inspired everyone involved to go the proverbial ‘extra mile’.
Another great project was Passion in Port Talbot with Michael Sheen, an observational documentary following how the actor inspired his home town to create a very modern retelling of the story of the crucifixion – the most ambitious piece of theatre that Wales has ever seen.
I love crafting stories out of observationally shot material and this project was a great opportunity to apply this skill. We were all very proud of our director who won a BAFTA for his efforts.
Share your biggest lessons in life & work
Before shedding too much general ‘life lesson wisdom’, I’d rather put down an apt quote which still makes me chuckle, as I’ve found it holds true, particularly in an edit suite:
“If two people on a job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, then both are useless.” – Darryl F. Zanuck