Suga Suppiah – Editor

Who is Suga Suppiah?

I’m a Sri Lankan/Australian editor raised in Japan, and since I moved around a lot whilst growing up, it helped me collect stories from around the world. That is what originally drew me to filmmaking as my storytelling medium.

How did your career path develop?

After finishing a BA in Television Production in Australia, I began assisting at a post house called Cutting Edge in Sydney where I got to see how both the short form and features department worked and I was immediately hooked into post. I love that, as an editor, you get the privilege of being the first to see the story come together.

I then moved to Method Studios where I cut on a range of short form jobs, assisted on a couple of features and earned a couple of statuettes along the way.

I moved to London a year ago, which seems just like yesterday. Moving to a new city has its challenges but you also get an opportunity to meet a whole new creative network that in my case has been very welcoming. The best projects I’ve worked on have been not only creative work but also the result of collaborating with fun, interesting people. So far London has been way more up than down so hopefully it stays that way!

Greatest achievements so far

A great achievement is now living and working in London. The opportunities here as well as the proximity to Europe for holidays is a novelty that I hope never wears off.

Projects I’m most proud of

I guess the highlight for me was working as a previs editor on Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates. I’d never been on a film of that size and I’m a Harry Potter fan, so every day was a delight. I’ve done a lot of work with spots that included VFX but I’ve never been a previs editor so to see the film come together before they had shot a frame was really interesting.

The other highlight was working on a short film about the migrant crisis called The Dead Sea, directed by Stuart Gatt. It was a piece that touched on a part of the narrative that is rarely told. I’m usually very objective when I’m watching rushes but such strong, moving performances were a welcoming challenge to watch.

Biggest lessons in life and work

I guess the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to know your craft and that story is always king – and to always carry an umbrella in London.

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