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British Editor Nicholas Wayman-Harris Joins FilmCore

By DMN Staff Writer

Editor Nicholas Wayman-Harris, founder of the editing house NWH in London, has joined the staff of FilmCore. Wayman-Harris, one of the U.K.’s busiest commercial editors with credits on spots for Ford, Nike, Compaq, Miller and Adidas, has immigrated to the United States and will be based out of FilmCore’s office in Santa Monica. In addition to his commercial work, Wayman-Harris is well known for his work in music videos and feature films, the latter including Kristian Levring’s The King is Alive.

 “Nicholas is an artist,” observed FilmCore president Steve McCoy.  “He is an artist of distinction and enormous resources.  We are thrilled he is joining FilmCore and look forward to all the promise that this association will bring.”

Wayman-Harris, who entertained offers from several West Coast editing companies, elected to join FilmCore after meeting with Doug Walker who edits through FilmCore’s office in San Francisco and has been heading its current drive to recruit new talent. “We got on very well and have a similar approach to the work,” Wayman-Harris said. “I loved the space and the people. It was precisely the opportunity I was looking for.”

In explaining his desire to work in the United States, Wayman-Harris cited a need for new creative challenges. “I’m interested in doing a different type of work,” he explained. “The work in Europe adheres to a very high standard as it does here, but the character of the work in the U.S. is different, and I’d like to have a go at it.”

 


Wayman-Harris founded NWH in 1990 and has built it into one of the most respected editorial boutiques in London. He has personally earned a reputation as a smart, imaginative and technically adept editor, particularly for his work on automotive spots. Among his recent credits are spots for the Ford Probe (directed by Howard Greenhalgh for Ogilvy & Mather, London), the Ford Focus (directed by Paul Street for Young & Rubicam, London and Mazda (directed by Paul Arden fir J. Walter Thompson, London).

Wayman-Harris is not entirely new to the U.S. market, having edited several spots for U.S. agencies that were shot by British directors. They include a Kodak spot, directed by Anthony Easton for Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, and Adidas, directed by Greenhalgh for Leagus Delaney, San Francisco. Additionally, he has a long list of credits in music videos including Bjork’s Pagan Poetry (Nick Knight, director), Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony (Walter Stern, director) and Where the Wild Roses Grow by Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue (Rocky Schenck, director).

In 2000, Wayman-Harris made his first foray into feature film editing with The King is Alive, Kristian Levring’s contribution to the Danish series of Dogme films. The film was an Official Selection that year at Cannes and also screened at Sundance, Telluride and dozens of other festivals worldwide, before gaining international theatrical release. Wayman-Harris, who was nominated for Best Editor at the Danish Film Festival for his work on The King is Alive, also edited Levring’s current film The Intended, set for the release in the U.S. in June.

NWH, founded by Wayman-Harris in 1990, will continue to operate with its remaining staff, which includes four editors.


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