All posts by cristinabalduin

THE REAL TOM THUMB, BBC

ROLE: Reversioning editor

FORMAT: Reversioning from 1 x 90′ to 2 x 40′, HD

COMMISSIONER: BBC

REVERSIONING PRODUCER: TVF International

SYNOPSIS: The extraordinary story of General Tom Thumb –  the world’s first global show business celebrity. Discovered at the age of four, and just 64cm tall, Stratton was a true child prodigy. His patron, P.T. Barnum, dressed the young Stratton in costume and trained him to sing and dance, transforming him from an unknown personality of the freak-show into an international superstar. His stardom truly reflected the age of his time, but was his career built on exploitation?

Originally produced for BBC as a one-off episode, the documentary has been turned into 2 episodes for sale purposes by TVF International. 

HIGHLIGHTS:  Tailoring the narrative to make a 90 minute documentary work as a 2 parts episodic film.

EVERY DAY MAKES A DIFFERENCE, DHSC

ROLE: Offline editor

FORMAT: Branded documentary, 1 x 4′, HD

COMMISSIONER: Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Jungle Creations

The film was featured on The Drum Magazine. Please read the full article here.

SYNOPSIS: ‘What I love about my job is how every day is so new, and that’s what makes me happy. Sammie, just 18, supports Josie, a disabled woman with mobility impairment. And while she walks us through the challenges and satisfactions of her job, we learn how caring for others means not only responsibilities, but also, a learning experience and a friendship.

HIGHLIGHTS: Being moved by Josie’s and Sammie’s story of kindness and understanding. 

THE BILLION DOLLAR FLOWER MARKET, CHANNEL 4

ROLE: Reversioning editor

FORMAT: Reversioning for the American market, 1 x 46′, HD

COMMISSIONER: CHANNEL 4

REVERSIONING PRODUCER: TVF International

SYNOPSIS: The flower industry is a $100 billion global business where the Dutch control the market. But there’s a chink in their armour! And the UK- the world’s fourth largest buyer of cut flowers- is fighting back. Meet the new generation of florists who are revolutionising the trade, from quirky home-grown buds to luscious displays at London’s National Gallery.

Originally produced for C4 as the ‘The Billion Pound Flower Market’, the documentary has been later on reversioned for the American Market by TVF International. 

HIGHLIGHTS: Discovering that cultural differences apply to flowers as well for this adaptation for the American market.

THE GAMITANA DREAM, INTER-AMERICAN FOUNDATION

ROLE: Offline editor, Director

FORMAT: Short documentary, 1 x 9′, HD

COMMISSIONER: Inter-American Foundation 

SYNOPSIS: The Gamitana Dream is the first of two short documentaries I created for the N.G.O. Tacif in the Peruvian Amazon. In 5 chapters, it tells the inspiring success story of 17 low-income families that started their first small business and became entrepreneurs.

HIGHLIGHTS: Persuade the locals to be interviewed, then find a technique to facilitate openness in interviewees not used to speak in public.

WILD GIBRALTAR, PALEARTIC FILMS

ROLE: Reversioning editor

FORMAT: Reversioning for the International Market, 1 x 52′, HD and 4K

COMMISSIONER: Paleartic Films 

REVERSIONING PRODUCER: TVF International

SYNOPSIS: Wild Gibraltar is a spectacular wildlife documentary featuring the varied and colourful animals which inhabit the border between Africa and Europe. On land and at sea, watch predators big and small wage age-old battles with nature and man.

Originally produced by Paleartic Films in Spain, the documentary has been later on reversioned for the International Market by TVF International. 

HIGHLIGHTS: Apparently, censorship applies to animals as well, some of them don’t fit in the International market…but the chameleon will keep hissing at its preys!

MAMBA TATTOO, DEVOTION DIGITAL MAGAZINE

ROLE: Offline editor & GFXs

FORMAT: Short documentary, 1 x 2′, HD

COMMISSIONER: Devotion Digital Magazine

SYNOPSIS: This short documentary, created for the indie magazine Devotion, showcases the tattoo designs and artwork of the Catalan artist Mamba Marta. 

With a fifties, American drive-in feel, just about tattoos that rock!

HIGHLIGHTS: Fast Intercutting the tattooing process with arty drawings and that cool, bluesy rhythm.

THE DRY CLEANER, AMAZON PRIME

ROLE: Offline editor

FORMAT: Short Film,1 x 17′, DCI 4K Cinemascope

DIRECTOR: Chris Carr

CHANNEL: Amazon Prime

SYNOPSIS:  The Dry Cleaner is a contemporary short spy film about the moral dilemma of agent recruitment. British Intelligence officer George Collins makes contact with Middle Eastern student Lydia, who at her university knows members of a revolutionary group called the FKA. George tries to persuade Lydia to work with him and provide information. Will Lydia spy on her friends in Britain or will she leave George out in the cold?

The film is currently being presented at festivals around Europe and the USA; it is also in development with the same characters as a feature film. Shot in London on Red Epic. If interested, please get in touch for a private screener link.

HIGHLIGHTS: Experimenting with suspense while getting into the mindset of an hesitant aspiring young spy.

MY BABY SHOT ME DOWN, DD PRODUCTIONS

ROLE: Offline editor

FORMAT: Short Film,1 x 10′, 35 mm

DIRECTOR: Daniella Daemy

AWARDS: Winner of Best Short Film at the Open World Toronto Film Festival and Southampton International Film Festival. Nominated for Best Editing at Southampton International Film Festival.

SYNOPSIS: My baby shot me down is an experimental film about domestic violence with a twist. A story about five women and their insatiable desire for revenge. A stylised, tarantinian fight back where violence is a contradictory, yet symbolic, response to the abuse. A film without dialogues, where the images and the music speak for themselves by being daring and empowering.

Read the full review of the film here

HIGHLIGHTS: Editing the flashbacks of the abuses and trying to picture realistically yet sensibly the horrors that too many women face daily.

REQUIEM FOR A FIGHTER, EMPIRE PRODUCTIONS

ROLE: Offline editor & Colourist

FORMAT: Film Trailer, 1 x 2′, 4K

DIRECTOR: Danny Patrick 

SYNOPSIS: Requiem for a Fighter is an innovative tale of family and unlicensed boxing in a close-knit Irish town. Kim Kold from Fast and Furious plays Lucas, a former Danish Army Officer who travels to Ireland to clear up the details of his estranged son’s death. This journey will lead him to discover unknown sides of his son’s life, build new bonds and fight for his son owns convictions.

HIGHLIGHTS: Outline a plot rich of storylines in just 2 minutes, showcasing a variety of dramatic moods, keeping at the same time the rhythm engaging and the story real.