David Stark


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I am a freelance Television Editor working predominantly in Drama. I have enjoyed working across a number of different genres over the past few years but my passion and love of storytelling lies in drama.

Like most people in television I started my working life as a runner. This was at a sound post production facility in Manchester which gave me an understanding of the importance of sound that I try and incorporate into my work now as an editor, often recording my own spot & Foley FX to enhance my work at the offline stage. Whilst in that post I had started shooting some scenes for a documentary in my own time with the organiser of the Glastonbury Festival Michael Eavis. It soon became clear that if I wanted to make the most of the footage I had shot I needed to devote my efforts to the Film full time. (For further information on this project please see my Films page)

After completing the film I started working on Paul Abbott's BAFTA winning series "Shameless" (Company Pictures) firstly as an assistant editor then as an Editor. I enjoyed working on the show for five years cutting episodes across several series and also cutting the title sequence for the final series. When Shameless came to the end of it's run I became fully freelance and have spent the last few years working across a variety of dramas.

Although predominantly drama based I try to keep a good amout of comedy in the mix and work on a few factual projects from time to time. In 2015 I cut the final block of the Disney Channel's first ever fully UK produced drama, "The Chronicles of Evermoor" (Disney Channel/Lime Pictures).

More recently I have been trying to get a good balance between Children's and Adult's drama and have also cut a Film commissioned by the Brontë Society which was shot on location in the Brontë Parsonage. The Film screened at the Parsonage and at HOME in Manchester among other venues.

Other projects in the last couple of years have included some comedy in the form of "Henry IX" (UKTV), which won a prestigious Rose d'Or award. Another comedy project was the multi award winning "Man Like Mobeen" (Tiger Aspect for BBC3) which is now streaming on Netflix, described by NME's Gary Ryan as "Only Fools & Horses meets Breaking Bad".

On the drama side of things the last few years have seen a range of projects from Channel 4's "Ackley Bridge" (The Forge Entertainment), the final series of "Wolfblood" (CBBC), Children's anthology "Creeped Out" (CBBC co-production) that is also now streaming on Netflix as well as a feature length film for CBBC called "Katy" which won an International Emmy in 2019.

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