My name is Selso Xisto and I'm a creative, technically-proficient freelance Producer/Editor
with over 12 years experience in copywriting, editing, art direction, promo producing and directing.
I'm a proficient editor on FCP, Premiere and Avid, as well as a solid operator of After Effects and CS6.
I've worked on promo, commercial and digital campaigns for Disney and Cartoon Network brands.
I produced from concept through to delivery Europe-wide on-air campaigns for Cartoon Network's core
franchises such as Ben 10, Adventure Time and Star Wars: the Clone Wars.
I co-produced an award-winning online campaign for Malaria-no-More as well as various digital projects
including web content for Ben 10 Omniverse that has generated millions of hits for the various CN sites.
I've done a lot of freelance work for the Creative Advertising team at Nickelodeon (as well as UK on-air),
producing and directing sponsorship and commercials for the UK channels and various external clients.
I've also done editing and motion graphics jobs for clients such as Criterion Games (EA Games), Signal TV, LoveLiveTV.
In July 2013, I finished a 12-week intensive course at Escape Studios studying Compositing for Production,
learning advanced compositing techniques in NUKE.
Full UK Driving Licence and Motorcycle Licence - own car and motorcycle.
Own kit - Camera, Edit and Graphics software - happy to work remotely or on site.
What I can do for you
Over 12 years of copywriting experience in on-air promos and commercials.
Worked full-time for Disney (5 years) and Turner Broadcasting, Cartoon Network (7 years)
as well as freelance Producing/writing for Nickelodeon's Creative Advertising team.
Promos, film trailers, radio ads, commercials, sponsorship bumpers, web copy.
Proficient (Online standard) in FCP 7, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer.
Experience of directing green screen and studio shoots with kids and puppets!
Self-shoot on most cameras as well as own kit which can be hired for a modest fee:
I have a Panasonic DMC GH3 + various pro-sumer lenses (Full Broadcast quality HD).
Junior to mid-level skills in After Effects (see SeaLife and Promo reel for examples).
Decent junior-level compositing skills in NUKE:
Roto, rig removal, keying, paint prep, planar and camera tracking, grading,
3D projection and CG render integration. New compositing showreel coming soon!
Feel free to get in touch for availability and day rates.
A classic case of something for nothing - very small budget and only a few days to produce
with only a handful of ungraded source clips. I created the deep sea background and
pseudo-3D text in After Effects without any plugins using only standard CS5 effects.
graded the shots and did a bit of rig-removal to hide light reflections in the tank windows as
well as a fair bit of (quick and dirty!) roto on the first and last sharks.
Copy, edit, grade, motion graphics: Selso Xisto. Audio mix by Claire at Offset Audio,
VO Rob Rackstraw. Produced for the Creative Advertising team at Nickelodeon,
Creative Director - Andy Williams.
2013 Promo Reel
Everything in this reel was written, produced, directed and edited by me.
I've added a caption under each piece specifying clearly what aspects of the project
I worked on exclusively. A lot of the motion graphics here were done by various graphic
artists under my direction, except for Star Wars, Generator Rex and Camp Lazlo.
Comedy/Kids Promo Reel
A more kids/comedy-focussed cut of my Promo reel. Again, everything here was
written, produced, directed and edited by myself.
Argos/Chad Valley Commercial
One of 3 commercial spots I wrote and produced for Nickelodeon Creative Advertising.
Shot on stills. composited in After Effects by various designers.
Creative Director was Andy Williams.
Ben 10 Alien Force Launch
One of many Ben 10 series launches I produced during my time at Cartoon Network
(For about 4 years I produced all Ben 10 series promo launches on Cartoon Network
channels across EMEA). See the gallery link at the bottom of the page for more.
Music was specially composed and in-house animators created the shots of Ben
talking to camera. Written, edited and produced by me. After Effects by Simon Kristall.
Ben 10 Alien Force Promo
Not one of my favourite Ben 10 promos (of which I've done many) but certainly one
of the most successful - over 2.2 million hits on youtube, plus another 500k+ on my
own channel. Written, edited and produced by me during my time at Cartoon Network.
Animated CG hand/Omnitrix inserts by Studio Liddell. Omnitrix wave animation
by Matt Tsang.
Ben 10 iPhone App Commercial
A fun little ad I wrote, directed and produced at Cartoon Network.
Shot on a white background in half a day.
Composited in After Effects by James Sodeau. Audio mix by Bubble TV.