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“Edge Hill really encourages you to go out on your own and experiment; film things, write, meet people. It’s a good foundation for a creative career.”

Kyle Ogden puts his successful career as a freelance editor down to good training, hard work and perseverance. But, his first experience of working in TV was simply a question of being in the right place at the right time.

“We knew someone on the course whose dad was working with LA Productions in Liverpool,” says Kyle, “and they needed some students to help out on a documentary. I must have done something right because I ended up going back every few weeks for the next year and a half.”

“It was a great experience and taught me so much. Although I was working as a runner, being on set gave me insights into a range of jobs and I became really interested in editing.”

After graduation Kyle got a job with LA Productions as a trainee Assistant Editor on the acclaimed BBC drama series Moving On, created by Jimmy McGovern. He stayed with LA Productions for three years, working on two more series of Moving On as well as BBC legal drama, Justice.

“As a trainee I was picking up rushes from the set and logging them ready for the editor to work on them,” explains Kyle. “You don’t realise at the time how much you’ve absorbed and after three years I felt ready to do it on my own.”

Ironically, his first job as a freelancer was with LA Productions. Colin McKeown, LA’s founder, offered him an assistant editor role on an episode of the CBBC show Stepping Up, before asking him to edit two episodes of the fourth series of Moving On. Jimmy McGovern continues to loom large in Kyle’s career – he is currently working on McGovern’s new BBC film, Common, as well as editing two episodes of Moving On series 5.

“Edge Hill really encourages you to go out on your own and experiment; film things, write, meet people. It’s a good foundation for a creative career.”

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