“The film is made in the editing room. The shooting of the film is about shopping, almost. It’s like going to get all the ingredients together, and you’ve got to make sure before you leave the store that you got all the ingredients. And then you take those ingredients and you can make a good cake – or not.” Philip Seymour Hoffman
I’m passionate about Cinema and the ‘moving image’ in general. Everyone and everything is an inspiration, from the early surrealism and in-camera tricks of Buster Keaton to Shinya Tsukamoto, Arthur Lipsett, and even video artists like Bill Viola and Doug Foster. High concept and low; all have informed my interest in how the moving image works to tell a story and shape what I believe is an artistic sensibility with a commercial instinct.
I’m a London native and received a BA (Hons) from the University of Leeds in English and Theatre Studies and hold a PG Diploma in ‘Experimental Film & Video Production’ and a Masters in ‘Film Production,’ both awarded Distinction. Having started life directing music videos for labels like Sony, Independiente, and Mute, I like to feel I can draw on that experience to bring a calm and easy-going nature to the edit where creative ideas can breathe and be explored efficiently.
“Working with Alex was a pleasure, he helped us get to the heart of the story and craft an edit with efficiency and valuable creative input” Nick Holt – Director & BAFTA Award Winner
Many of the short films I have collaborated on have been awarded at festivals around the world, including Best Editing for the short film “Shakes” at the Monza Short Film Festival. Additional awards include British Short Film Festival Best Experimental Short, BFI Script Development Grant for “Filament” and grants from Arts Council England.
“Editing is a lot about patience and discipline and just banging away at something, turning off the machine and going home at night because you’re frustrated and depressed, and then coming back in the morning to try again.” Thelma Schoonmaker
Training includes AVID support on AVID systems.
“Alex is that rare breed of editor – the kind that sees his technical skills (of which he has in abundance) as a means to tell a story, not the sum total of his contribution. Meaning, he possesses a maturity in creativity that seeks elegance without showing-off. His aim is to help the client communicate – and to do it very well. His understanding of visual grammar is instinctive and his empathy for the story at the heart of any material is intuitive. He’s meticulous, passionate and imaginative – lifting the starchiest of corporate messaging to a place of human originality. His understanding of rhythm and pace works in harmony with his gutsy connection with music – seeing and hearing the poetry of moments as they unfold. At the core of his talent is his ability to forge clarity in any job – meeting the brief is where it’s at for Alex. Quite simply – Alex cares about what he does, because he’s a very fine man indeed, and… he’s a damn good laugh too.” Grant Fulton Writer/Creative Director