Who is Clémentine March?
I’m a film and video editor, a musician and a translator. When I started working in 2000, I immediately fell in love with the editing craft because it combined my desire of telling stories with the importance of visual culture and image language and – most importantly for me – the internal musical rhythm each edit requires.
I either enjoy very dynamic clipping or the more contemplative approach to image and sound pacing. I like to consider every project as unique, even when it’s part of a corporate production.
How did your career path develop?
I started my career in Paris, cutting 35mm reels and working as an assistant for movie directors (Olivier Assayas, Dai Sijie), and that first experience gave me a very physical approach to the length and pace of a feature movie. As I started to master my tools (Avid, Final Cut Pro, later Adobe Premiere) I also began working for TV, news broadcast, and I learned how to operate in a fast international environment.
Since 2010 I have been very present in the French and UK indie scene as a bass player and songwriter. Upon moving to the UK, I decided to combine my two careers: shoot my own films and music videos, and work more for installations, museums and theatre plays (when video is integrated).
What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?
When I moved to London in 2016, the Tate Modern was about to open its new building and I embarked straight away (with House of Greenland productions) upon the making of a website, blending in cutting edge graphic effects, video editing and the crazy soundtrack by the band Sigur Rós. It was the best introduction to my new London life.
Any projects you are most proud of and why?
In 2015 I collaborated with Mind The Gap, a learning-disabled theatre company based in Bradford (Yorkshire), together with the French multi-awarded photograph artist Denis Darzacq. It was moving to collaborate with these young skilled actors in the Louvre museum, and the output was a beautiful meditation within the empty rooms of one of the world’s most famous museums. The 14 minutes film, titled “The Visit” was shown and praised in many international festivals (São Paulo, Marseille, Toronto).
Share your biggest lessons in life and work.
As an editor, you are most appreciated for your “reassuring” qualities, so be enthusiastic and calm.
My collaborators always enjoy a good sense of perpective on any project. It’s invaluable to be able to understand what is working – or not – and express it with a smile, leaving space for decision-making.
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