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North East & The Border Centre, RTS AWARDS 2005

Category 9: PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE – POST-PRODUCTION

Winner:
MARK LEDIARD

Editor/Motion Graphics Artist — Dene Films/Transmission Post-Production


(l to r) Iain Elliott (Founding Director, Canford Audio), Mark Lediard

This category was well-supported, with a strong field of entries, all worthy of consideration. The panel agreed it was refreshing to see crafts other than traditional picture editing in the frame.

For example, ANDY LUDBROOK, a Dubbing Mixer working at imagine, entered a portfolio which included a remarkable demonstration of his skills. Faced with a last-minute withdrawal of legal permission to use an original recording of the Beatles, Andy and his colleagues recreated from scratch the 'authentic' sound of the Beatles performing in the Cavern Club, complete with tapping feet and screaming girls,

CLAIRE STOREY, a freelance editor, also showed her creativity in her self-directed picture-editing work for GRUMPY OLD WOMEN, and in the winner of another category THE 100 GREATEST WAR FILMS, which owed much of its winning qualities to her skills.

MARK LEDIARD of Dene Films entered a varied portfolio, ranging from very the clever G-STIX promo, to the evocative PASSIONATE PEOPLE, PASSIONATE PLACES campaign for OneNorthEast, and the profile of Magpies' Captain Hughie Gallagher with extensive use of archive photos and newspaper reports.

Last year's Craft Award Winner, JOHN SCOTT PATERSON, put in an entry to his usual high standard. He edited A PICTURE OF TYNESIDE, which has featured strongly in this year's winners.

CLAIRE STOREY's opening sequence for THE 100 GREATEST WAR FILMS turned it into a 'spot-the-classic-movie' competition which the jury felt was almost as enjoyable as the programme itself!

JASPER PATERSON's pacy and humorous editing of A PICTURE OF TYNESIDE complemented the quality of Steve Paton's award-winning camerawork.

And as so often happens with sound, the very perfection of ANDY LUDBROOK's Cavern Club 'soundalike' masked how good it was.

However, when comparing the entries, the judges particularly remarked on the breadth of Mark Lediard's portfolio, and especially how he rose to the challenge of compiling a visual tribute to Newcastle United's most prolific goal scorer, where there's no known footage of him scoring a goal!

The winner of the award for PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE – POST PRODUCTION (who also receives the CANFORD AUDIO Trophy) is Dene Films/Transmission Post-Production's MARK LEDIARD.