I started in the Broadcast industry in 1994 creating 3D Animated commercials for Coca Cola, BMW, Smarties and Sprite amongst others. My software of choice at this time was Softimage 3D (later known as Softimage XSI). In 1997 I studied advanced editing with AVID at Pinewood Studios in London and I moved into a career in editing, (with some graphics production too).Over the past 20 years I have edited shows for BBC, Channel 4, ITN, Sky, Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic and many others plus a few cinema releases for Glyndebourne Opera and Shakespeare’s Globe.
In the last 10 years as the industry and technology changed I have changed with it to become more of an all rounder; shooting, directing, producing, editing and colour grading. I moved to New Zealand in 2014 and have since worked with Torchlight Films, AWA Films, Haka Boy Films and have made several programmes for Māori Television.
Name: TAKES A VILLAGE
Role: Online Editor and Colourist / Kaiwhakatutuki Waihanga Pikitia
Production Company: AWA Films for Māori Television
TX Date: 21:00 - 26 October 2018
This is an excerpt (first part) of the documentary produced by AWA Films for Māori Television in New Zealand. It was directed by Julian Arahanga. I was editor and colourist. Beyond the Battalion traces the footsteps of forgotten kiwi filmmaker Michael Havas, in particular his unlikely relationship with Ned Nathan who would draw him to the inner circle of the 28th Māori Battalion to document the 1977 Pilgrimage to the battle fields of World War Two.
A teaser for the web series by AWA Films to be released 2018. I am editor and colourist. In 1840's Aotearoa, a carnival barker Handsome Harry arrives in a bustling coastal village full of traders, redcoats, explorers, convicts and mercenaries. Under the authority of the local chief Matarangi, he erects a ring and pits his wrestler against opponents from all comers.
WAIRARAPA DHB MATERNITY UNIT VIDEO TOUR - CORPORATE
A short tour of the Wairarapa Maternity Unit to familiarise clients with the facilities and layout.
NORWEGIAN REFUGEE COUNCIL - ADVOCACY
I was asked by NRC to make a film concerning the plight of Afghan refugees stranded in Greece after new European legislation was passed. There were 3 versions made. This is the Facebook version.
ONE WORLD ONE RHYTHM - ADVOCACY CORPORATE
The ACT Alliance launch video. I shot this four minute video over three months in Brazil, Kenya, Dadaab Refugee Camp (Kenya/Somalia border) and Northern and Southern India. The idea was to show the work of the various NGO's (non-government organizations) around the globe in a non verbal/language oriented way. So we used the language of music. I edited the footage back in the UK.
Sean was a real asset to the team and his knowledge and instinct played an important role in shaping how the show came together. When there were problems in the field Sean was able take footage that was sub-standard and piece it together in a way that kept telling the story.
Sean and I then worked on a Documentary that was a real passion project. We spent many hours in the edit suite together moulding and shaping the story until we were happy to share it with the world. I trust his instinct and decision making as a filmmaker. He has a good sense of music and mood to evoke emotion. He knows when things need to breathe and he certainly knows how to finish a project with style.
I will be working with Sean in the future and would highly recommend him as an editor and filmmaker to anyone."
Julian Arahanga, AWA Films (Wellington, New Zealand)
Director - Behind the Brush, Colonial Combat, Beyond the Battalion, Songs from the Inside.
Sean has always been terrific to work with. His calmness and organisation, together with his ability to listen, means jobs are always completed without rushing or stress – important qualities when dealing with the minutiae of post-production, and credits in particular.
He has a great sense of design, coupled with solid technical understanding, that has always made my working relationship with him a real pleasure – in fact I am always looking for opportunities where we can do so again."
Andrea Bosshard, Torchlight Films (Wellington, New Zealand)
Director - Kobi, The Great Maidens Blush
Sean Hawkey, Photographer, Journalist, Green Party Candidate (Brighton, UK)
Jon Lee, Director at Virtual Post (London, UK)