About Me

My name is Selso Xisto and I'm a creative, technically-proficient freelance Editor 
with over 12 years experience in editing, copywriting, art direction, promo producing and directing. 
I cut on Premiere, FCP and Avid to a high standard and I'm a solid operator of After Effects and CS.

I've cut commercials, marketing materials, reels, trailers and mood films for clients such as:
Keko Media, Bentley, EA games, Disney, Vamonos TV, Luti media, LoveLive TV, Firefilms, and Disney Channel.

I've done freelance Promo (producing and editing) work for Channel 5 as well as commercial 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 such as Argos, Smyths and Butlins.

During my fulltime career (pre 2013), I worked on promo, commercial and digital campaigns for Disney and Cartoon Network brands. I cut and 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.

In July 2013, I finished a 12-week intensive course at Escape Studios studying Compositing for Production, 
learning advanced compositing techniques in NUKE.

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 Premiere Pro, FCP 7, 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).

Motion Graphics
Solid skills in After Effects to complement my editing work.

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.

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.

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    Recent Projects

    Bentley Performance Film for Geneva Motor Show 2015

    TMNT Commercial for C&A

    I wrote, produced, directed, graded and edited this piece for Nickelodeon CSU in London. 
    A fun piece produced in four other languages for C&A in Europe, we put the whole thing together 
    in under 3 weeks on a paper-thin budget. I wrote the script and drew storyboards and then had 
    a great laugh directing the two boys on the day. I graded the footage in After Effects 
    (wish I'd used Nuke though!) and the fantastic design work was done by Marlon Thomas. 
    DP was the marvellous Ed Tucker.

    NCIS Death Wish Special - Promo for Channel 5

    Written, produced and edited by myself for Channel 5 in London. US flag effect comped in Flame in-house.

    Promo Showreel

    Everything in this reel was written, produced, directed and edited by me.

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Launching season 3 across 13 different CN territories, I wanted to create something epic and cinematic. 
    I cut this on Premiere and did the opening lightsabre effect-CN logo and endpage in After Effects.

    NCIS Death Wish Special - Promo for 2-part special on Channel 5. Cut on FCP7.

    Malaria No More Viral Campaign (1 of 4) - A Promax Charity Challenge winning campaign I co-produced for Cartoon Network. 
    This spot was my baby, with wonderful animation by Giulia Barbera... I did the foley and voice for all of them too, great fun!

    TMNT Commercial - Produced, written, edited and directed by myself for Nickelodeon CSU.

    Ben 10 Ultimate Alien Finale - Part 1 of a 2-part 'Legacy' campaign I conceived during my time in the Shared Creative Services team at Turner. Wrapping up the Ultimate Alien series and teasing the new series, 
    I wanted to convey the sense of Ben's legacy by an imagined Ben 10 fan in a musuem of Ben 10 in the future 
    - the grandfather's voice is meant to be today's 7-year old fan!
    I storyboarded, produced and art directed the project. It was distributed across 13 territories.

    Xmas interstitial - A series of fun interstitials I directed for the Shared Creative Services team. Shot in a day with a DP and 
    a work colleague as santa!

    Gruffalo Commercial - I wrote, cut and art directed this spot for the Creative Advertising Team at Nickelodeon; 
    great animation by Dave Goodall.

    Argos Commercial - I wrote, produced and art directed this spot for the Creative Advertising Team at Nickelodeon.

    Generator Rex New Eps Promo - Cut on FCP; all chroma distortion effects done within FCP without plugins. End page 
    from CN branded package.

    Edit Showreel

    A small selection of some of my favourite edits. Cut by myself on Avid, FCP and Premiere Pro. 
    Some have graphic elements created by freelance or in-house designers, all credited in captions where appropriate.

    Need for Speed Rivals: Sales reel - I cut this in a day on Premier pro and did some simple motion graphics for
    the various captions, awards and accolades (including the intro). A mixture of pre-rendered and in-game footage.

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Trailer cut on Premier with a smattering of After Effects on the lightsabre effect on the 
    CN logo and endpage.

    SeaLife Commercial for Nickelodeon Creative AdvertisingA 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.

    Generator Rex New Eps Promo - Cut on FCP; all chroma distortion effects done within FCP without plugins. 
    End page from CN branded package.

    Cartoon Network Branding Trailer - cut on FCP with pre-existing CN logo graphic inserts. Created as introduction 
    for a live event in London, launching a new Ben 10 Series, thus the cliffhanger ending meant to be followed
    by a presenter on stage!

    Ben 10 Alien Force Launch - Cut on FCP with bespoke animation for Ben talking to camera by in house animators. 

    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.