I recently got an email from filmmaker and journalist Gavin Rees pointing to a video on the BBC website called Secrets of a top TV editor. It’s about BBC World News America’s Bill McKenna who was named ‘Editor of the Year” by the White House News Photographers Association. He was congratulated by President Obama and, according to the BBC website, was asked to edit a video to be shown at a an awards dinner about “what inspires a top TV picture editor.” It’s kind of a rare thing to see an editor have to edit his own piece about his own work. It’s nearly 3 minutes long is definitely worth a viewing, especially if you have ever done any news editing.
My favorite line is: “When it comes down to it, you also wonder how editors don’t end up shackled in padded cells more often.” Amen to that. Thanks to Gavin for sending the link over.