Meet Peter Wiggins
COW Leaders : Peter WigginsCreative COW Forum Host, Web Writer, Contributing Editor
Peter splits his time between online editing in the UK & round the world for all the major terrestrial broadcasters, and since the beginning of 2003, running his own uncompressed Final Cut Pro & Shake 10 bit uncompressed editing/compositing system.
Always trying to ‘expand the envelope’ the investment into the cutting edge of editing has already proved fruitful. The BBC /TWI asked Peter to edit the new titles for the BBC Snooker season. Using a combination of software packages including Shake, Boujou, & Sapphire, the result was a sequence that would have cost many times more on a ‘traditional’ high end compositing system.
Peter started early making things, and hasn’t really stopped since. The proud owner of a Teac 4 track recorder led to him engineering a single record for a band at 13, and an album at 14. The progression into video/TV led to him directing & making his first TV commercial aged 18. Peter was also the youngest person ever to achieve an Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society.
A journey through the various tape formats ensued. Along with Colin Dean, Peter was the first freelance editor ever to be employed by ITN. Starting at Wells Street on VPR2’s and HiBand, later progressing to Beta Sp in Grays Inn Road. To supplement regular broadcast work, Peter also regularly made corporate productions for blue chip clients including The Body Shop, British Rail, Government Bodies,
For over five years, Peter was contracted to The Financial Times and CNN to edit and TD their business news. A highlight of broadcast work was editing with Michael Jackson on “The Earth Song” performance for the World Music Awards. Michael also personally asked Peter to remix the live track for transmission.
Editing sport proved to be the area that he finally now spends most of his time. He regularly drives multi machine digital edit suites in facility houses and outside broadcast vehicles worldwide. Peter was the first person in the UK to use Profile hard disk recorders as edit servers and ranks himself as a ‘pioneer’ of the use of the Sony DME 7000 into sports editing.
A long list of credits include:-
BBC Paralympics, Sydney 2000
BBC Winter Paralympics, Salt Lake City 2002
BBC Snooker (6 years)
CBS Winter Olympics, Nagano 1998 (Downhill)
Tour de France (8 years including Channel 4 & ITV - 2003 Broadcast Award for sports)
Tour de Langkawi (6 years), Tour of the Philippines (2 years)
Wimbledon, Australian & French Open (For ESPN/Turner/MNET)
Various others including
Le Mans 24 Hour, Moto GP, World Rally Championship, BBC Darts, Six Nations Rugby, Test & domestic Cricket, FA Cup, Champions League, Commonwealth Games – KL 1998, Manchester 2002.
He is also very proud to demonstrate & train on DNP products for Thomson Grass Valley. Over the past few years, Peter has not only travelled Europe, Asia & Australia for TGV, but has also been a regular sight on the Grass Valley stand at IBC, and for the first time at NAB 2003.
Peter can be contacted at Flick Pictures Ltd
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