Are you looking for a film/video editor to collaborate with you on your documentary or feature film, television series or corporate film? Perhaps we could collaborate! I am an editor with experience in short features, documentary films and corporate films. I have edited a number of short features for international TV and I've worked on 3 long-form documentary projects. My documentary film editing project "Paradise Re-invented" (60 mins) won an award for best editing (documentary) at the 2014 Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival. The work you see on various sections of this site are examples of films edited by me.

Key skills I bring on board are:

- Attention to detail
- A keen sense of storytelling
- The ability to sniff out the story from the hours of rushes
- Objectivity in crafting your film - the final interface between you - the director, and your audience
- Timely workflow to bring your project to life on time and on budget
- A personality that's easy to get along with (crucial considering the hours and editor and director spend together on the project!)

How I can help

I love storytelling and have shot and edited most of the work on this site. I started out as a freelance video journalist and research, shot and edited my features. As a result, I have experience in the entire process of production and can collaborate with you right from your script/story-line. I bring to the table not just technical skills as an editor, your can be sure of a creative partner helping bring your vision to life - making story and script flow suggestions where required, keeping your end audience in mind. Should you not have a script, I can work with you to explore the rushes to chisel out the story - looking through the hours and hours of footage and finding the pearls that can be strung together to create the story.

Either way, you can consider me your close ally in creative process of bringing your vision to life.

 

 

Post-production facilities

Desktop Video Editing suiteMy studio is set up in my 1903 Portuguese-styled house in Goa, on the west coast of India. Out here, I've set up my system with 2 monitors and a 60" plasma screen with Dolby 5.1. This enables us to view cuts almost with theatre sound, right at the very beginning of the edit process. I work with the latest Adobe suite. This enables me to cut in Premiere and work on the sound in Audition seamlessly.
 
Why Adobe? First off, I think the NLE is just one tool. The key is the storytelling skills one brings to the table. That said, today I think Adobe has provided an excellent set of professional tools that makes it so much better for filmmakers, and especially independent filmmakers. Round-trips between the various software like Premiere, Audition and After Effects makes things quicker and easier. Besides independent productions, big Hollywood projects are also being cut on Premiere. Films like Gone Girl, Deadpool and the Coen Brothers' Hail Ceasar were cut on Premiere. The famous editor Walter Murch (and my guru!) speak highly of Premiere after the introduction of FCP-X. All of the suggestions given by these big names to Adobe, are not only incorporated, but actually available in the latest release of the software.

Working over distances

With the way communications and the internet have developed, working remotely is now no longer a hinderence. If anything, it has opened up possibilities to collaborate with great minds from across the globe.
 
I've worked with filmmakers from outside my city and know how to work to keep to deadlines and also keep you - the director, continually in the loop. Working with me would be seamless. Post filming (or during if you'd like to begin work early!), simply send me the rushes/dailies on a hard drive. Goa is serviced by FedEx and it usually takes 3-4 days max for worldwide priority shipping. So no project delays.
 
My studio is equipped with broadband internet and during the post-production phase, we will be in contact online, sharing the cuts so you can review the cuts, give feedback and generally keep track of how the film is unfolding. Sequences may also be sent out for further post work be sound mixers and colourists, where required. Adobe makes it easy to collaborate remotely and share sequences files and final cuts.
 

Holiday while in Post!

You could also decide to move your post-production to Goa and there's reason ;) How about a creative break while your film is in post? Goa, a former Portuguese colony with extensive beaches, has a lot to offer tourists year round. The weather here in Goa is mostly sunny with winter temperatures between 18-27 C while summer temperatures soar from 24-35C. June to September is generally when tropical rains renew the countryside. That's a time I love to take a few days to de-clutter and take stock of my life and you could too!
 
A popular year-round tourist destination, the beaches are a great place to relax and come nightfall, the many night clubs and local bars will keep you busy, when you do need a break from your project. And if beaches are not quite your thing, Goa has 3 main wildlife sanctuaries with eco-tourism cottage accommodation. It's also a great place for birding with one bird sanctuary on an island!
 
So yes! Many good reasons to bring your film editing projects over to this former Portuguese colony on the west coast of India.