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Martin Hickford | Film Editor

Freelance Film Editor & After Effects Generalist.

Based in London


I work primarily in Premiere Pro and After Effects, while dabbling in Davinci Resolve, Photoshop and Illustrator. I'm fluent in Mac, PC and English. I have my own Edit Suite set-up at home, but I'm more than happy to work in-house with you with whatever editing set up you have. (As long as I'm provided with a security pass that allows me to use the toilets. You'd be surprised how often we're not given one of those.)

To give you an idea of where my After Effects skills lie. I can create animated typography, I can comp objects into or out of a scene, and I'm reasonably adept at working with systems such as Trapcode Particular. But I can't make you an all singing all dancing 3D robot.


"Rockstar Editor" "Ninja Editor" and "All-round magnanimous son-of-a-bitch" are just a few of the cringe-inducing buzz phrases I've used to describe myself over the years. But who am I really? Well...

My name is Martin Hickford. I'm originally from Canterbury in Kent, where I studied Film, Radio & TV with Digital Culture, Art & Media at Canterbury Christchurch University.

In my youth, I started out filming and editing videos for Martial Arts Tricking Events in France and The US where I gained an appreciation for editing fast-paced Sports videos, which I would later carry through to my work with the NFL and Castrol. This is where I also learned the benefits of bolstering my editing skills with a decent knowledge of Motion Graphics and Compositing inside of After Effects.

After University, I did a brief, misguided stint working in Print, realised I hated it and returned to my passion for editing, which I've been doing professionally for almost 10 years. And I love it.

I got my first full-time job as a Creative Editor in 2010 at a boutique agency called Devilfish, where I really learned to hone my craft and work with broadcasters and advertisers alike. This was my first time working with major faces in the creative world, and I cut my teeth editing commercials, idents and title sequences for the likes of Disney Channel, BBC, Canal+ and Viasat Film. Since then, I've worked full-time briefly with Gorilla Editors, and later with Hogarth Sea Containers where I was Senior Editor.

The rest of my career has been spent working as a freelancer, and I've loved every minute of it. My client base has expanded to include some of the most significant creative agencies in the world, such as R/GA, McCann, AMV-BBDO, Ogilvy and Publicis to name a few. I've worked on projects ranging from 5-star comedy with 'A Postcard from Boring' for Unilever and 'Behind The Scenes featuring Ewan McGregor' for BT, to eye-popping documentary with 'How AI rewrote Car Advertising' for Lexus.

I've also had a great time working on some short films, music videos and features ranging from full offline edits to small jobs as a VFX artist.

I'm always on the lookout for new directors and producers to collaborate with as well as new agencies and post-production houses to set up camp in. So if you're on the lookout for a "Rockstar" or "Ninja" editor, or perhaps even just a really really good one, then please feel free to get in touch.