Freelance editor, Tara Wyllie became the third recruit on Sgil Cymru’s Stepping Up 2017 programme.
For her bespoke Stepping Up programme Tara attended a number of courses allowing her to step up from a Final Cut Pro Editor to an Avid Editor. Having worked as a Freelance Editor for a few years Tara realised that she would need to be trained in Avid as this is the industry standard for editing software.
I was looking for something that will help me take the next step up from trainee and more junior positions, to higher level roles as a fully certified Avid Editor. I wanted like to develop my skills, and become more qualified which I hoped would help me in gaining more opportunities as an Editor in the drama industry in Wales.
Before gaining a place on Stepping Up Tara had been working with a number of clients as an Offline Editor, as well as expanding on her post-production skills in her own time.
Tara started in the industry as a Marketing Trainee for the BBC in 2009. Throughout her time with the BBC Tara was able to gain experience within the different production departments. Her experiences included working as a Runner on ‘Doctor Who Proms’, shadowing the Script Supervisor on ‘Pobol y Cwm’ and sitting in on online edits. Following her experience in the post-production suite, Tara realised that she wanted to become an Editor. In 2011 Tara set herself up as a Freelance Producer/ Editor.
As well as working as a Freelance Producer/ Editor Tara has worked as an assistant to the production team on a variety of television programmes including ‘The Only Way is Essex’ and ‘Celebs Go Dating’.
Working on these productions gave me a great insight into what goes on before I get the rushes as an Editor. Which I think is really important to know how to help the whole post-production process run a lot smoother.