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Day in the Life of... Richard Woolway

Next up in a new series from the Creative Circle, Richard Woolway reveals what goes on in his role as First Assistant Editor at Stitch

Day in the Life of... Richard Woolway

Day in the Life of… is a new series from the Creative Circle, celebrating and championing the diversity of talent across Britain’s creative community. Encompassing creatives from all areas of the advertising and creative spectrum, each edition will focus on an individual and their role within our exciting community.   

Next up is Richard Woolway, who discusses his role as First Assistant Editor at London editing house Stitch, how he broke into the industry, and reveals just how much coffee it takes to survive the day…

My role…

I’m a first assistant editor at Stitch. Across a range of work including feature length documentaries, short films, TVCs, and music videos. Providing editorial support to all of the editors at Stitch both in the office and on location when required. I work closely with both production and agency during the course of a job. Designing of job specific workflows to ensure everything runs smoothly through the production. Often taking over jobs after the scheduled time for client amends or cutdowns and cutting my own projects in downtime. I also provide the technical support for the office for staff and clients.

How I got here…

I studied fine art photography at the Arts Institute in Bournemouth which I gave me an understanding of the importance of images, both still and moving. I moved to London and began working for Apple as a technician, whilst assisting on any stills shoots I could get involved with. During this time I leant Final Cut and an in-depth knowledge of how macs work. I guess my first break was being employed as a vault manager at Smuggler… From there I got to know the guys at Stitch and the rest is history.

My typical day…

Coffee. General assisting duties… Loading rushes, prepping jobs for post, checking in on jobs in progress at various stages of the post pipeline. Complaining about the weather [too hot, too cold, too wet etc]. Coffee. Planning workflow for jobs about to shoot. Coffee. Take far too long deciding what to have for lunch. Fixing computers that decided not to show up for work that day. Coffee. Liaising with production and agency about various elements of jobs. Complaining about the tube. Coffee.

Hardest part of my job…

Not having enough time, or enough coffee… I’m sure there is a correlation somewhere.

What I enjoy the most about my work…

I’m all about the unit. Working together as part of an intelligent team to achieve the best possible end result. It might sound like I’m kind of a sadist too, but I kind of like it when things go wrong…. I love getting stuck into a problem and fixing it or finding a way to make it work.

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