JW Collective Profile: Marshall Street Editor Owen O'Sullivan
Jane White speaks with editor Owen O'Sullivan at London based Marshall Street Editors, about his creative beginnings and the love of the his job.
Jane> Where did you first begin your commercials journey?
Owen> As with a lot of people in the industry, my first taste of commercials was as a runner, namely at Academy Films (being a Glazer fan boy, it was all pretty exciting). At this point I was still unsure of what kind of career I’d like to have, but what a great place to start out, with so much fantastic work to pour through and people to learn from.
I eventually moved to Pulse Films, where I was responsible for their in-house showreels and presentations. This role also gave me the chance to work independently on smaller projects, music promos and branded content and it’s where I realised my passion for editing.
Jane> Working with one of the top UK productions companies was a great start, what came next?
Owen> I decided that if I wanted to be an editor proper, I should go and learn from the guys who do it day in day out. in 2015 I joined editors Marshall Street Editors as an Assistant Editor working alongside the current owners John Mayes and Tim Thornton-Allan. It was an amazing opportunity to work with award winning editors and hone my craft.
Jane> Tell us about your favourite types of projects to work on?
Owen> I’m not sure I have a favourite type, I find it's the people you work with that make the project more enjoyable or rewarding. I often get to work on urban, working class stories with social realist lean, but I’m by no means restricted to one genre.
Jane> What’s coming up Owen, where’s your next challenge?
Owen> I’ve recently finished editing a project directed by Charlotte Regan at Knucklehead for Gumtree ‘A Car Right Up Your Street’.
We’ve also been working together on a new documentary ‘No Ball Games’. It’s about the ingenuity kids display in creating fun and games from their environment, in the face of closing youth clubs across the UK and how games invented and played on council estates across the country link kids everywhere. It’s been fantastic to work with Charlotte, she has a real talent for building rapport with kids and her projects always have such genuine emotion around them.
Jane> Do you have any time for interests outside of work?
Owen> I’ve spent nearly a year renovating my house which sounds pretty tame, but let me tell you, it was all action! I also love sport, it’s basic stuff but it’s true. I box a bit and play 5-a-side (poorly) when I can. Oh, and I like to read. Right now its the latest Hilary Mantel novel, but more often than not it’ll be a Le Carré or Cornwell.
You can reach Owen at email@example.com
During Covid-19 all Marshall Street Editors and Assistants are at home, with full edit suites, working remotely and networked together. They're editing new projects, successfully streaming edit sessions and presenting cuts online.
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Genre: Documentary , People , Storytelling