Ruth Horner – Editor
Who is Ruth Horner?
I’m a creative soul with an array of experience working on projects for clients including ITV, BBC and Channel 4 in the form of documentary and documentary-drama. I’m extremely passionate about my work and I always aim to produce a polished and engrossing film for my clients. I love the challenge of handling sensitive and hard-hitting material, engaging the audience through a nurturing and stylistic approach.
How did your career path develop?
It’s been a rollercoaster ride and I’m not ready to get off yet. I started in News, which was a daily adrenaline rush given how exciting it is to work on the big stories as they happen. Then I moved to Panorama and Current Affairs where my ethos was to make these serious programmes an enjoyable watch. It’s about reaching people’s emotions as much as their minds. I have moved on to a broader stage now and I enjoy a wealth of choices and opportunities, from travel programmes to the royals and celebrities, from history to drama-docs. The only question is where to go next? There have been no downsides, only lessons learnt. For me it’s about the audience, bringing them something that makes them laugh or cry but more importantly touches their heart.
What do you consider your greatest achievements so far?
I’m proud to have worked my way through Goldsmiths Art College (without a grant) and I even had a piece of work shown in the Midlands Art Centre. I count my films as some of my biggest achievements. I’m still a bit stunned by what I have reached. I come from a working class background and as a child I could have never imagined achieving all this.
Any projects you are most proud of and why?
“When Ant and Dec Meet The Prince: 40 years of The Prince’s Trust” – The great thing about this film is that we were making a new and exciting type of royal film. Ant and Dec are irreverent and charming, allowing us to get closer to the man underneath the title. Prince Charles revealed himself to be funny, shy and compassionate. It was a projects full of very different elements: the kids the charity helps, royal interviews and comedy with Ant and Dec. The challenge was to make it a unified and enjoyable watch – we pulled it off.
“Battle of Britain: The Day The War Was Won” – The delightful thing about this film was working with possibly the last interviews from the heroes of The Battle of Britain. We were humbled by them and their experiences. We decide to do something very different, to turn the interviews and archive into a dramatic telling of the worst day, 15th Sept 1940, from the morning they woke up until the realisation of victory. It is a bittersweet tale of survival against the odds and the loss of dear friends. We kept the facts to a minimum. This was a story of the emotional impact of facing the enemy at the tender age of 19.
“Italy Unpacked – A Home Away From Rome” – I had a great three summers making this delightful series. It was designed to turn the art and cooking film on its head. We created a travelogue of two close friends who turn out to be a renowned art historian and a chef. Many films since have been made in the same vein but this was the definitive article.
“What Do Artists Do All Day – Polly Morgan” – This is a delightful film in which Polly Morgan takes us into her strange and wonderful world of modern day taxidermy in her own words. I made the film gentle, quirky and at times dark, reflecting the artist and her work.
“Snow Patrol at Ward Park” – These are clips from the one hour BBC film. The vision mixer didn’t turn up on the day so an inexperienced one had to sit in. The result was that my job changed from a tidy of the film to a full-on two day re-edit from the main cam and OS lines. The aim was to make the film as live, seamless and exciting, as though you are there. Every time I watch it, I feel I am.
Biggest lessons in life and work
We are very lucky to have a creative job and should appreciate it rather than grumble. Life is very short, so make the best of it and enjoy it. A smile is free and politeness costs nothing.
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