Team Talk – John Jeanes John Ford - Head of Film by John Ford, Head of Film

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Welcome to Team Talk – this week our awesome editor, John Jeanes

Remind us what you do at Contra?

Lots of editing, lots of tea drinking, too much quizzing.

What have you been up to recently?

My last couple of months have been dominated by our Maasai Mara documentaries. Sadly I missed out on all the fun out there, but the guys did an incredible job and came back with not only breathtaking footage of Kenya and its wildlife, but also important stories told by some really inspirational people. At 12 mins an episode we had the time to let stories breathe and resulting films are as honest and positive as they are beautiful.

What have you worked on that you’re most proud of?

Aside from the Maasai Mara docs just mentioned, I recently did a film for BBC Storyworks and JW Marriott that was at the other end of the spectrum in terms of the scale of shoot. It was a portrait of Michelin star chef, Richard Corrigan, that had to be filmed in his kitchen with only a 3 hour shooting window before the kitchen opened for business. Thanks to director, Nono Ayuso, and DOP, John Ford, who somehow managed to capture so much beautiful footage in such a short amount of time, I was surprised to have so much to work with. We pushed the pace in the edit and ramped up the sound design to portray the drama and artistry of a top kitchen.

What have you got coming up that you’re excited about?

I’m currently finishing up the first two episodes of a branded content series for Red Bull that were shot in Wales and Indianapolis. The third and final episode will be shot in Tokyo in a few weeks and I’m really excited to see what John and Josie come back with. The series so far is very cool and with the final film serving Tokyo realness it could be the best yet.

Who’s inspiring you at the moment?

I’ve just finished a documentary about a group of bikers who go out every night transporting blood to hospitals in need completely free of charge. What they do is extraordinary and their story is so inspiring!

What have you seen recently that has blown your mind?

I recently re-watched ‘Gang’, a short film by Clayton Vomero that beautifully depicts the crazy, emotional ride of adolescence. It’s amazing in so many ways, but the edit in particular is stunning. It manages to slide seamlessly from very natural ob-doc style into fully staged set pieces (even going into full music video dance routines) and back again without anything ever feeling out of place.

Watch it here:

Finally… Give us some words of wisdom!

‘I sync, therefore I am.’

John Ford - Head of Film by John Ford, Head of Film
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