Based in Bath and London, I have been using Avid and Final Cut Pro since they came out.
I have cut programmes in most styles and genres, both as an offline editor and as an online editor and colourist. My aim is to get the best out of the material, and if that means having to fix things in post then its no problem. I keep abreast of the latest technologies and techniques to keep a project running smoothly and on schedule. This includes many new workflows from tapeless media to dvd and online delivery.
I would say that I am fast and decisive yet flexible in my approach to the subject matter. I am equally happy cutting alone or with a producer/director by my side.
This is what exec producer Jim Sayer of Maverick Television has to say about working with me:
I have worked with James Marshall for over two years, and have found his editing to be of the very highest order. His understanding of editorial narrative and how to illustrate it is among the best I have come across. His extensive technical knowledge and mastery of Avid means that working alongside James is fast, efficient, and ultimately cost effective. His knowledge of post production outside of offline editing, such as graphics, rostrum and online editing, means that these areas are always considered and put to proper use when we are making programmes. Adept at working on his own, I am always happy for James to cut in my absence if shooting is needed during the edit.
In addition to his outstanding editing, James is a pleasure to work with – and seems to soak up pressure without any concern. With so many variables in programme making he is one constant that I would not hesitate to recommend when putting together a production team.
Producer Holly Dunkley has this to say on the subject:
The greatest danger in employing James is that he will do all the work and finish early. Left alone in the edit for the day he will finish cutting the scenes due for viewing that week and knock together a title sequence while waiting for you to arrive and watch what he’s cut.
James is a great editor, fantastically supportive in viewings and a born problem solver. Watch out for him shaking his head and telling you that what you’re asking for is impossible: the next time you’re in the suite he will deliver exactly what you wanted.
I’ve worked on three long series with James plus various one offs and all I can really recommend is that you employ him!