Zilke’s editing experience spans over 18 years across documentary and factual entertainment. Her strength is the ability to find a strong narrative no matter how complex the footage is. This comes from years of working as a wildlife editor where the ‘actors’ don’t always cooperate and storylines may change dramatically.
In the last few years she has worked on various science, history and magazine style shows, from big budget History 3D projects to fast turnaround news related stories. Very easy to get along with; she feels that the edit suite should be a friendly creative space, which she manages to achieve quite successfully.
Zilke works well under pressure and to tight deadlines, having done many shows that have a fast turnaround. She loves the collaborative process of working with the producer or director to find the best story. Yet she’s extremely comfortable working on her own and has done some edit producing where she was both scriptwriter and editor, hence her in-depth understanding of the process.
She has worked for major broadcasters including BBC 2, SKY, Channel 4, Discovery, PBS, NOVA, National Geographic, Smithsonian, History Channel and Channel 5.