Meet Logan, an editor at A Productions, who had always wanted to work in the TV industry before landing his big break.
Today, five years into his role at A Productions, Logan has worked on a range of exciting shows from Love Monster to JoJo and Gran Gran to Sesame Street.
“I’ve always been interested in how people learn, so it is fulfilling to be in an industry that achieves that goal”, says Logan, 33.
“Sesame Street is watched and appreciated by so many kids all over the world. It feels like you’re really making an impact, helping kids to learn.
Logan has worked on animated specials for Sesame Workshop, including Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets a Puppy, and Sesame Street The Nutcracker Starring Elmo and Tango, plus segment animations for this iconic series.
Logan previously worked as a runner co-ordinator at Films@59, a Bristol-based pre and post production house, before he became aware of an opportunity at A Productions, through the studio’s strong links with Films@59.
As production co-ordinator, Logan initially worked on a BBC Learning project focused on inspiring children to engage with poetry. He then progressed to become an edit assistant on Love Monster for CBeebies, then lead editor on JoJo and Gran Gran, which is produced by BBC Studios Kids & Family Productions in association with A Productions.
“JoJo and Gran Gran has been so well-received and has worked towards broadening representation in children’s TV, so I feel very lucky to have been a part of that”, says Logan.
Once the voice record and storyboards are ready, the role of the editor is to start putting together the episodes. “We cut the voice records into a radio play then cut in the storyboards to make an animatic, which is the episode timed out with the storyboard. Once the animatic is assembled, I’ll work alongside the director to get the episode into the best shape it can be before it goes to animation.
“Then at every stage of animation (layout, animation, compositing), the materials will go back through us to be checked and have any further edits carried out if necessary”, explains Logan.
“It’s really good to see the process from start to finish and have the opportunity to shape the narrative.”
Reflecting on life at A Productions, Logan added: “I like the people I work with; it’s a really good team and we get on well. Despite being a big company, we are like minded creatively.
“Mark and Katherine (joint managing directors at A Productions) have been so supportive, giving me the opportunity to try different things and develop my skills across the whole animation pipeline.”