Sam Seal Editor CV

Sam Seal

Editor

Contact Details

07973 317238 or e-mail samseal57@hotmail.com

Profile 2019

12 years at the BBC, 9 years at BBC Television Centre Video Tape Department, 36 years as a Broadcast Editor, 6 years as a staff editor in Central London facilities houses, freelance since 1993. Comprehensive experience of Pop Promos, Sport, Trailers, Children’s TV, Music TV, Comedy and Light Entertainment.

Selected Credits

Record Breakers
(2 series)
Children’s BBC Editor, offline & online
Eureka
(2 series)
Children’s BBC Editor, offline & online
Sketch show about the history of inventions for BBC Children’s TV
Jools Holland’s Happening (Series) Music, stand-up comedy and variety show

 

The Edit Works
for BSB
Editor, offline & online
The precursor to “Later” and the funnest show ever.
Ghost Train
(2 series)
Children’s TSI Video
for ITV
Editor, online
Premier League Football
(2 seasons)
Sport TSI Video
for international distribution
Editor, online.
Every Saturday for two seasons edited a 52′ highlights programme of Premiership action for Chrysalis for foreign distribution with two feature games and a round-up of all the goals from all the other games from the week.
This show was the Premier League’s flagship offering to foreign broadcasters, and was the first step in the journey that eventually led to the entire industry of foreign engagement with the fantastic product that is The Premier League.
European Tour Weekly Sport European Tour Productions for international distribution Editor, online & grade
Over 900 weekly iterations of the European Tour’s flagship magazine show.  I love making sport television in general and golf is my fave with snooker a close second. Sport makes compelling drama and reflects and generates all the great story types.
You often hear sports commentators say “You couldn’t write this!”, but they’re wrong. You could write it – but no-one would believe it.  You don’t have to worry about creating that suspension of disbelief crucial to fiction to tell sports stories.  It’s great.
Gibberish
(40 shows)
Comedy panel show. The Edit Works
for BBC
Editor, offline & online
Get Fresh
(series)
Children’s TSI Video
for ITV
Editor, online – “live and inserts” Children’s Saturday Morning Show
The Cork Jazz Festival
(16 shows)
Music The Edit Works
for ITV
Editor, offline & online
The Last Laugh
(Series)
Stand-up Comedy The Edit Works
for BSB
Editor, online
I think stand-up is one of the purest and most interesting art-forms we have, and  cutting speech and laughter so it all makes sense to be the best fun an editor can have.
Red Dwarf Sit-com in space. The Edit Works
for BBC
Editor, offline & online
Tina Turner Music documentary The Edit Works
for BBC
Editor, online

 

Paul McCartney documentary Music Documentary BBC Editor, offline & online
Victoria Wood – Sold Out Comedy The Edit Works
for BBC
Editor, online
Rock Classics
(Series)
Music The Edit Works
for international distibution
Editor, online
La Triviata Light Entertainment The Edit Works
for BSB
Editor, online
A network preview show presented by Nick Hancock.
The Bird
(Series)
Children’s for Channel 4 Editor, offline & online
A puppet chat show, the host puppet being a computer generated motion capture, but the sets and the guest puppets were real. Much fun matching the host to the set in every shot. Also finished the sound mix purely in the on-line edit.
Play for Today Drama BBC Editor, offline & online
Equinox Science & Nature TSI Video
for Channel 4
Editor, online
Xmas Golf Year Review

 

Sport BBC Editor, offline & online
Ski Sunday
(2 Seasons)
Sport BBC Editor, online
PGA Tour Golf
(series)
Sport TSI Video
for ITV
Editor, online
Big in Japan Music documentary BBC Editor, offline & online
50 Years of BBC Natural History Science & Nature BBC Editor, Online, from a cut-on-film offline!
Bruce Springsteen documentary Documentary BBC Editor, offline and online
Horizon Science & Nature BBC Editor, online
QED Science documentary BBC Editor, offline & online – Four separate editions of this excellent science doco strand.
The Video Juke Box Music BBC Editor, online
Hard News News TSI Video
for Channel 4
Editor, online
Right to Reply Magazine TSI Video
for Channel 4
Editor, online

I edit exclusively on Avid.
It would be nice to learn Premiere but… I’m busy.  With Avid projects.
All the above credits are there because they’re shows I felt I made some kind of difference to, but in my time I’ve done worker bee work on a load of other famous stuff like Top of The Pops, Blackadder, The Young Ones, Doctor Who, Match of the Day, Sportsnight, Grandstand,  and, one of my faves,  The Hot Shoe Show with Wayne Sleep and Bonnie Langford, which I was the assistant editor for, and which won a  BAFTA award for editing. I’ve also done a lot of pop promo work, mostly in the 90’s when they were all the rage and had serious budgets, but there’s really no accreditation process for pop promos.

Additional Information

Roster of companies worked for includes;
TSI
CBS
SKY
BBC
IMG
LWT
ESPN
CHRYSALIS
CHANNEL 4
ARSENAL TV
CHELSEA TV
EVOLUTIONS
TOTTENHAM TV
THE EDIT WORKS
BRECHIN PRODUCTIONS
CAPRICORN PRODUCTIONS
EUROPEAN TOUR PRODUCTIONS
SMALL BACK ROOM PRODUCTIONS
NATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION SCHOOL (Teaching)

Working with Corporate Clients

As well as work for many broadcast clients,  I’ve completed hundreds of projects that needed to satisfy corporate sensibilities for a multitude of blue chip companies, from Rolex via Mercedes and BMW to Disney.   It’s futile to list them all because their concerns, values and ambitions are almost always the same, (even though they all claim they’re specific to their brand!) as is the craft needed to address them.   They’re just people who have a story they want told well.  I find it interesting that the higher up the food chain you are in the corporate world, the more it looks and feels like broadcast work, with a “let’s do the best we can and not insult anyone’s intelligence” vibe to it.