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 and graphics. Over the past 20 years I have edited shows for BBC(UK), Channel 4(UK), ITN(UK), Sky(Worldwide), Discovery(Worldwide), Animal Planet(Worldwide), National Geographic(USA) and many others plus a few cinema releases for Glyndebourne Opera and Shakespeare’s Globe. In addition I have produced numerous title sequences and programme graphics for BBC, History Channel, National Geographic, Discovery and Sky.
Recently I have become somewhat 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 as well as numerous productions under my own banner, Sean Woollgar Video.
“Sean first approached me in 2016 and voiced his experience as a film editor and post production specialist. He was well mannered and knowledgeable about the industry and was experienced with all of the professional editing tools. It wasn’t long before we were in production and I invited Sean to become part of the team on a new television series.
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, Director, AWA Films (Wellington, New Zealand)
“I have known Sean for two years. Over this time he has worked with me in various post-production roles, including trailer editing (The Great Maiden’s Blush) and design of feature film rolling credits (Kobi and The Great Maiden’s Blush).
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, Director, Torchlight Films (Wellington, New Zealand)
“Sean is creative, focused, expert in his work, and a lot of fun to work with. We have now worked together in four continents, and I don’t know anyone else with the breadth and depth of talent that he has.”
Sean Hawkey, Photographer, Journalist, Green Party Candidate (Brighton, UK)
“Sean is both an excellent creative and technically minded editor. We have worked on many shows together across many genres. Sean is personable and a pleasure to work with. Comes highly recommended.”
Jon Lee, Director at Virtual Post (London, UK)