Strong stories, well told.

Documentary film needs stories, just like fiction films do, but in my work as a film editor and story consultant, I notice that directors often find these real-life stories tricky to shape, especially when it comes to the edit. I decided to spend time in countries whose film I admired, in particular the US and Denmark, to learn for myself what makes great film story.

I now use approaches I learnt from these highly successful film cultures to help directors identify the story they really want to tell. I can give practical tools to shape the edit of their film to their best advantage. Every film wants and deserves to find its audience and big audiences are attracted to well-told stories.

I have worked for high quality broadcasters and independent filmmakers internationally. Films I edited or story consulted have sold to Netflix, Sky Arts, the BBC and Al Jazeera, amongst others.

Download my CV below, peruse my work in the Editing tab, or take a look at Story Consulting. You can read testimonials from my clients in every section.

If you would like to talk to me about your documentary film or short fiction, please don’t hesitate to get in touch through my contacts page.

© Susan Brand 2017


Bafta: Best Science Series Brian Cox – Wonders Of The Universe
Indie Awards: Best Science Series What We Still Don’t Know
Televisual: Best Single Documentary The Man Who Ate His Lover
Broadcast Magazine: Best Documentary Series Britain From Above
Grierson Awards-Jury Member 2016, Dok Incubator-Selector 2017, WFTV-Board Member 2013-2017: