Bec Blomberg from Australia, is fast becoming a successful film and TV editor, across the globe. Here's what Bec had to say when we asked her about her career so far:
Please introduce yourself to the readers:
My name is Bec Blomberg and I am a film and Television editor from Australia.
How and when did you first get into production?
I first got into production on a local TV show that was shot on location on the Gold Coast, in Queensland. It was this police detective drama series akin to ‘CSI Miami’ that was about solving crime on the Surfers Paradise strip. I was still at university at the time and came to work on the show for free. I didn’t care; it was enough for me just being a part of the creative process of something bigger than a student film, even if it did get canceled before the entire season went to air. Luckily, that enthusiasm took me from working that job for free into my first paid position on a really popular Australian drama TV series that was filmed shortly after. Since then I’ve been really fortunate to find a lot of work on other great productions
Who are some of your biggest inspirations?
I really look up to female filmmakers. There is an utter lack of recognition for them in this industry as well as a total disproportion to male filmmakers. I believe it’s important to understand that women succeed as well in film and make inspiring and innovative directors. For me, I have always been a fan of Nancy Meyers and Nora Ephron films. They’re masters of romantic comedies and I get lost in their storytelling. I’m also inspired by the successes of female editors like Thelma Schoonmaker, Alisa Lepselter, Dede Allen, Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon. There’s a great deal of talent in these women, and I really aspire to make it in their league as well.
What kind of training have you done?
I’ve had professional academic training and graduated from film school with a Bachelor of Film and Television.. I had done some study at a community college a year prior to get a certificate in screen studies, but there were very few opportunities for me at that point if I didn’t want to attend a proper accredited university; unfortunately the high school I went to didn’t have a Film and Television department until 2 years after I graduated. So, I tried to be inventive with any project I had in school that was remotely art oriented and would direct it towards film. There were also countless home movies that I made with my sisters and friends; however those of which will remain locked in a dark wooden case to this day. Forever.
What has been your favorite production to work on?
My favorite production to work on was a feature-length Australian thriller called Crawl. It was shot in 2010, and at the time I was out of work and looking for my next job. One day I received a call from a friend working on set asking if I wanted to take over the role of assistant editor, and to be honest I hesitated at first, but after I accepted it, it was the best decision I’d made. Some of the most incredible filmmakers were on board, and it was such a small group of people that we built some really solid friendships together. I believe it makes a huge difference to enjoy working with the people around you. It becomes a joy to come to work each day and you actually love doing what you are doing. During filming, in a somewhat bittersweet turn of fate, the main editor ended up leaving production for another job, enabling me to step into his role and finish the film alongside the director, which was a wonderful experience to say the least.
What projects do you have coming up?
As I’m currently working freelance it’s hard to know what and when the next job will be, but I’ve definitely planned a few small projects coming up in the next couple of months. At the end of the year I know I’ll be returning to work on a UK reality TV show I’ve already done a few months on before, but after that, it is a mystery to me! Adventure awaits!
What would be your ideal production to work on and why?
There are many talented filmmakers out there, many of which I would love the privilege to work with, and as TV becomes more of an equal competitor for film I see my opportunity creeping ever closer! My favorite TV show has to be Gilmore Girls, and I would love nothing more than to be a part of something like that. A project that is inspiring and heart-warming with altogether a brilliant script and dedicated crew members – that is my ideal.
What are your plans for the future?
My work has mainly been in Australia and also a little bit in the UK, but my dream has always been to work and live in LA. There’s something alive in LA that doesn’t quite exist anywhere else, in my opinion. There’s something exciting about knowing that almost all of the people you meet are in the same industry, working towards the same goal as you. It’s somewhat like an isolated, creative world of its own but has massive global impact at the same time. To me, there is that feeling, that this is the place where anything is possible and anything can happen.
What is your advice to aspiring filmmakers?
If you can figure out what you want, go for it. You’ll get there in the end.