Tom Hadley – Editor

Who is Tom Hadley?

I’m an editor and sometimes a creative director. Like almost everyone born before the ‘digital revolution’, I’ve had to adapt and enhance my skills as my career has moved from an analogue environment to a digital one.

I’m passionate about the telling of stories and a decent narrative, which is what unites the very diverse range of work that I do. Whether it’s a rock gig projection or a short doc, everything should have some rigour to it. It’s important what defines the content’s order, look and existence.

How did your career path develop?

I used to work in theatre as a set designer, hence my strong connection with live performance and exhibition design. As the theatrical world collided with digital filmmaking I found myself increasingly interested in creating and especially editing moving image content.

What do you consider your greatest achievement/s so far?

Cutting a one hour doc for BBC4. I’d like to do more long-form work as I think it represents the most interesting and challenging facet of filmmaking. Doing justice to a story and keeping it engaging in this age of ever shortening attention spans has to be the ultimate challenge.

Any projects you are most proud of and why?

Most recently creating content for Jean Michel Jarre. I’m not a trained graphic designer, but extending my knowledge and use of After Effects and Cinema 4D on this project was great fun and a fantastic team effort. JMJ is a legend, I remember being puzzled by his records as a kid and he’s still doing it, creating mega concerts with super intense live visual experiences.

Share your biggest lessons in life and work

Hitchcock once said “Always confound your audience’s expectation.” This is as true for a live audience as it is for a promo watched on a phone. There’s nothing worse than dull content, it usually means no one’s taken time or cares to imagine what might be like to watch it.

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