Season 1, Episode 2

Brenda Terning: Editing Powerhouse

Brenda Terning makes magic from the edit suite. She’s been a documentary film editor for over two decades, and her resume is stacked. She’s edited documentaries for CBC’s the Nature of Things for a decade, and currently is editing feature documentaries for the National Film Board of Canada. Her work includes The Tipping Point, a documentary that looks at the impacts of the tar sands in northern Alberta. In the past, she’s been tasked with combing through 600 hours of footage to create the blue chip documentary series The Great Human Odyssey, which won a Canadian Screen award and was then nominated for an Emmy. Brenda was also one of the editors for the documentary series Equus: Story of the Horse, which was nominated for seven Canadian Screen Awards.

In this episode:

We hear about how Brenda got her start as an editor, some of her most challenging projects, and the importance of good editing. Brenda gives her advice on how to make connections in the film industry, the role that story plays in editing, and working with a director’s vision. We finish off with Brenda’s three tips for aspiring filmmakers.



Executive Producers: Elise Graham, Ava Karvonen, Samantha Quantz, Theresa Wynnyk; Senior Producer: Sheena Rossiter; Associate Producer: Shayna Giles; Host: Sheena Rossiter; Audio Technician: Sheena Rossiter; Social Media Coordinator: Shayna Giles; Original Storylines theme composed by Aaron Macri and Laura Raboud. Produced with support from Alberta’s Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women. Special thanks to FAVA for it’s support in this production.

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