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James Cooper



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About Me

Looking for interesting documentary projects in 2023. I’m a highly experienced editor and, for more than 20 years, have cut programmes for all the major broadcasters. I’ve worked on many new series, setting style and tone, as well as some big returning formats and single documentaries.

Professional Training

Course / QualificationTraining Provider / InstitutionYear
FCP for AVID editors / Soho Editors / 2006
FCP for AVID editorsSoho Editors2006
Avid 101 / Avid / 1998
Avid 101Avid1998

James is an outstanding editor I've worked with across 6 or 7 documentary singles and factual series over the last 5 years. He's exceptional with music and pacing but his best talent is storytelling. Time and again, he's made editing look easy, quickly condensing often complex and meandering rushes, into a fine tuned engaging story. He's cut many sequences solo whilst I'm out on shoot for days or weeks at a time. We've cut self-shot, rig, crew & even some user-generated footage together and he's never fazed by the job in hand. He's also a good laugh, essential when you're stuck in a small room together for months on end. I try and book him every time.

Tom Williams, SP/SD

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  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television


    Corporate Communications

    Online Content

    Short Film

  • Locations I can work in:


    South East

  • Technical Skills:


    Avid Media Composer

    Final Cut Pro

    Final Cut Pro 7

    Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Premiere

    Avid Adrenaline

    Fixed Rig Experience

    Adobe Illustrator

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