My Big Break: Chris Quick, film editor and producer

CHRIS Quick is a Glaswegian independent film editor and film producer.

During his time in the industry, he has worked on a variety of different films, including the feature film, In search of La Che; puppet film, The Greyness of Autumn; and the short sci-fi film, Electric Faces, which earned the writer (Johnny Herbin) a nomination for Best Writer at the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards in 2016.

This year, Quick is set to release a sequel to The Greyness of Autumn, entitled Autumn Never Dies.

When did working in the media become an ambition?

Originally, when I left school, I was set to do Economics, but I had always been fond of Drama and had started to get into camera work and editing in my final year.

That summer, whilst backpacking round Europe, I decided to go in a different direction and applied to study television production when I returned.

What was your first ‘media job’?

My first media job was working for my own company, ‘Quick Off The Mark Productions’, which I co-owned with Mark D. Ferguson, who had studied Television with me at college.

When we graduated, the financial crash was starting, so finding a job was tough. In the end, we both thought: “Let’s start our own company”.

Any particular big breaks along the way?

I wouldn’t say there has been any single, big break moment, yet. Projects I have worked on seem to have been recognised in different ways and have always led onto bigger projects.

Who would you like to thank more than most?

I suppose one person I would really have to thank is my Drama teacher. It was her who convinced my parents that I should do Drama at school, as they thought I wasn’t being serious about studying it.

Thanks, Mrs D!

What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you started?

I wish I had known more about the people who were kicking about in Glasgow during the early days of our company.

After we did our first feature film, I set up an online directory (Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance), as we found it tricky finding out who was available in the city and what their profession was.

This ended up introducing us to a host of folk whom have become great friends and collaborators.

It would have been brilliant to have met these folk during our early days in the industry.