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I was born and educated in England and completed my secondary education at a Jesuit school where I achieved 7 O-Levels and 4 A-Levels - equivalent to the SAT's - scoring in the 90th percentile. I spent 2 years at Keele University and followed that by graduating from the London Film School while supporting myself by tutoring.
During many years as a Hollywood film editor, I took great pleasure in teaching my skills to many apprentice and assistant editors. In addition, I taught classes in Post-Production Supervision and in basic film-making. Now, I'm enjoying passing along my broader knowledge to kids the age of my grandsons. It's important to me that my students understand the interconnectedness of knowledge - for instance, a new vocabulary word will have a Latin root, which leads to a greater understanding of history and geography and how they fit in your child's world. Drawing connections like this can spark a child's interest in learning that will lead to successful school career, and also helps to inculcate a love of learning and curiosity that is a lifetime investment.
I passed all my WyzAnt tests with scores of at least 90%. I'm extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of English studies as well as in History and Geography and can also tutor basic Algebra. Students will see their grades improve and their confidence and interest soar. I'm very patient and have a good sense of humor, and I do whatever is needed to help the student scale the next hurdle.
I have been a film and video editor in Hollywood for many years, and am expert both AVID and Final Cut Pro. I also have working knowledge of Adobe After Effects.
While it is very important to be technically familiar with the editing tools, what is more important is to understand the concepts and practice of editing itself - when do we cut and why? How long do we stay on a shot? When do we need to see the speaker on camera and when do we need to see a reaction? Every cut demands an answer to these and many more questions - whether you're cutting a commercial, a music video or a feature film.
One of the joys of cutting on a computer instead of on film or tape is that we can try many different approaches to a scene and save them all to choose from later. As I like to say "There's no right way to cut a scene... but there are a million wrong ways."
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