Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

Finding the heart of Welcome to Wrexham: How the show's editor turns 30 hours of footage into each episode

27/09/2023

TVBEurope sits down with editor Michael Brown to find out how he goes about constructing each 30-minute episode of the hit documentary series, and the technology that helps him do it

By Jenny Priestley

Published: September 27, 2023 Updated: September 28, 2023

TVBEurope sits down with editor Michael Brown to find out how he goes about constructing each 30-minute episode of the hit documentary series, and the technology that helps him do it

target=_blank title=Share on LinkedIn class=share-linkedin>

Welcome to Wrexham, the Disney Plus series following the fortunes of Wrexham AFC, recently returned for its second season.

The series follows co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney as well as the manager, team, and various fans.

Season one is currently nominated for six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Programme.

TVBEurope caught up with editor Michael Brown to find out how he goes about constructing each 30-minute episode, and the technology that helps him do it.

Michael Brown Can you tell us about your background and how you got into editing? I started with VHS tape editing, tape to tape at home with my parents' VCRs and camcorder. I would ask teachers if I could make a short video on a subject instead of writing papers in high school. I thought directing was going to be my future, but the technology changed as I was learning more and I feel like I was witnessing the industry change to digital as I grew along with it and learned software. I found a joy in editing that I didn't get from filming, the ability to match music with pictures and create emotion from those who watched.

When I was touring universities, the professors talked about an approach to teaching where all students had to learn all skills for several years before specifying a field. The technology at the universities seemed antiquated as the whole industry was moving to digital in a hurry, so I decided instead to move to Los Angeles at 18 years old in 2003. I attended and completed the Avid Certified Program, where I jumped into assisting professionally shortly after and then into editing short character segments for Texas hold em poker television tournaments on FOX TV as my first real editing job in 2005.

How did you get involved with Welcome to Wrexham? A colleague friend of mine recommended me to John Henion, the showrunner in season one. The series had been in edit for a bit of time, and it needed a fresh look. As with a lot of documentaries you have to find' the heart within the material, and luckily they chose me to come on at that time.

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney Are you a football fan? If so, who do you support? Wrexham of Course! I'm up most Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6am cheering way too loudly. I love football, I am a big Bar a fan as well. Having lived there for a short while in 2009 during the Messi reign, it was impossible not to fall in love with that club.

Why did you choose to cut Welcome to Wrexham on Media Composer? The project was already set up on Media Composer when I arrived. But I would always choose Media Composer for projects. It's just got a feel that presents the footage as the most important part of the programme. Being able to work collaboratively as well, they have had it figured out for so many years.

Why do you prefer it to other editing software? I prefer it because I know that when I'm working on an Avid project, the team is always top notch. There's a certain division of labour that often doesn't come with software that claims to do it all. Assistants can be working in the background seamlessly, transferring to online and mix; it's just sort of this sweet symphony that allows me to be as creative as possible. It always feels that way on Avid jobs.

How much footage are you given for each episode? I couldn't even begin to imagine! Each episode has at least one match, usually 7 or 8 cameras for the match alone. Pregame there are two running around, halftime there's one in the changing room; and post match. So just the matches alone maybe 14 hours? And then scene work- probably an hour each, add interviews. Maybe 30 hours total, best guess!

How do you decide which stories to follow how involved is the show's producer/director in the cut? Our field producers Milo Bala and Patrick McGarvey get major credit for that one. They formed great relationships with the Wrexham town characters and the team. They would uncover these amazing stories, and follow them as they experienced the season's ups and downs. It probably is a bit more organic than anything, which I think is why this series has touched so many people. It's really real and feels that way.

What's been the difference in terms of editing between season one and two? On season one we had to be aware that primarily, for our American audience, we had to always remember and assume they knew nothing about Wales, football, or the EFL. It was a balance of not spending so much time over-explaining that you were removed from the story. I think we worked really hard to establish a balance of tracking the football and character development.

In season two we aren't tracking characters over the arc of the whole season. We are introducing people more to the drama of the points chase that happened with Wrexham and Notts County, which set up a thrilling head-to-head late in the season.

We do introduce new characters but you learn about them in a more self-contained way.

What's been your favourite episode to edit? My favourite episode is Episode 205 Ballers. It highlights a whole separate part of the club and introduces a whole cast of new characters that will blow people away and steal their hearts.

What's been the biggest challenge of working on the show (other than learning about
LINK: https://www.tvbeurope.com/production-post/finding-the-heart-of-welcome...
See more stories from tvb

More from TVB Europe

28/11/2023

TVBEurope Media and Entertainment: Best in Market 2023 awards still time to enter

The Media & Entertainment: Best in Market awards recognise the very best product...

27/11/2023

Meet the senior director of international field engineering

By TVBEurope Staff Published: November 27, 2023 Updated: November 28, 2023 Chris Fellows, senior director of international field engineering at Zixi, tel...

27/11/2023

Techex appoints new CEO

Scott Kewleys appointment will see Richard Bailey move to the role of chief product and technology officer By Jenny Priestley Published: November 27, 2023 ...

24/11/2023

The need for collaboration in the global media industry

Writing exclusively for TVBEurope, media analyst Paolo Pescatore takes a look at the partnership between BT and Telstra Broadcast Services, and explains why com...

24/11/2023

Plimsoll Productions cooks up sustainable power for latest Ainsley Harriott series

Shooting for approximately 7-hours a day, including set-up, three NXTGENbps Goat...

23/11/2023

The changing face of the video industry

If there's one thing that's certain in the video industry, it's that nothing stays the same for long, so providers must also embrace a change in ste...

23/11/2023

Report: Doctor Who regenerates investment in Wales' creative sector

Across the UK, Doctor Who production activities generated 256 million since the show was relaunched, finds the report By Jenny Priestley Published: November...

23/11/2023

UK TV and film industry reacts to Autumn Statement

Organisations including the UK Screen Alliance, British Film Commission, BFI and Bectu have reacted to Jeremy Hunts plan to provide more additional tax relief f...

23/11/2023

Rise announces second UK mentoring cohort of 2023

The organisation said it has been able to deliver the programme twice in 2023 due to demand as well as additional sponsorship By Jenny Priestley Published: N...

22/11/2023

Warner Bros Discovery launches UK's first production led on-site training centre

CrewHQ aims to help develop talent, retain crew and create a diverse, skilled wo...

21/11/2023

Broadcast graphics: a great career MOOV

By TVBEurope Staff Published: November 21, 2023 Perry Litman, graphics operator at MOOV, has worked in post production environments for some of the industr...

21/11/2023

Oriol Icart rejoins TVU Networks as director of technical operations for EMEA

He rejoins the company after spending the last two years at betev By Jenny Priestley Published: November 21, 2023 He rejoins the company after spending t...

20/11/2023

UK screen sector collaborates on new Skills Task Force

The new initiative, backed by Bectu, is being developed to address skills development across the creative industries By TVBEurope Staff Published: November 2...

20/11/2023

DTG releases new FAST handbook

The FAST Forward handbook has been created to provide guidance on the free ad-supported TV (FAST) environment By TVBEurope Staff Published: November 20, 202...

16/11/2023

Industry partnerships accelerate AI-augmented video streaming

Partnerships between video streaming ecosystem experts are key to fostering innovation, writes Alain Pellen, senior manager, OTT and IPTV solutions, at Harmonic...

16/11/2023

Vizrt appoints global channel general manager

The company has hired Marco Kraak as its general manager, global channel to unlock the full portfolio potential for Vizrt's partners around the world By TV...

16/11/2023

Haivision partners with Grabyo on live multi-camera cloud production

Haivision's video contribution solutions will stream synchronised ultra-low latency video to the Grabyo cloud production platform By TVBEurope Staff Pub...

16/11/2023

Meet the solution area expert

Jonathan Smith, solution area expert, cloud at Net Insight, talks us through spending his career trying to make products fly By TVBEurope Staff Published: No...

15/11/2023

Shinfield Studios nears completion

Thirteen soundstages are now in operation, with the 1 million sq ft studio complex due to complete during the first quarter of 2024 By TVBEurope Staff Publis...

15/11/2023

GatesAir adds to CALA sales team

The company appoints Carlos Lira Valdez to its CALA (Central America, Caribbean and Latin America) sales team By TVBEurope Staff Published: November 15, 2023...

15/11/2023

ISE 2024 to highlight technologies shaping the future of broadcast

ISE 2024 takes place at the Fira Barcelona Gran Via from 30 Jan - 2 Feb 2024. This special 20th anniversary edition is set to be the biggest yet, as ISE celebra...

14/11/2023

NBA team broadcasts AR graphics from handheld camera

Portland Trail Blazers become first NBA team to broadcast augmented reality graphics from a handheld camera By TVBEurope Staff Published: November 14, 2023 ...

14/11/2023

BBC Studios appoints digital and on-demand director

Kasia Jablonska has been moved up to director of digital and on-demand for EMEA at BBC Studios By TVBEurope Staff Published: November 14, 2023 Kasia Jablo...

13/11/2023

FilmLight Colour Awards winners announced

The 2023 FilmLight Colour Award winners were announced by jury president Lawrence Sher, ASC, at a ceremony during EnergaCAMERIMAGE in Poland yesterday By TVBE...

13/11/2023

AIB reveals 2023 awards winners at London gala

Sir Michael Palin, Clive Myrie, and the BBCs coverage of the war in Ukraine among winners of the 2023 awards By TVBEurope Staff Published: November 13, 2023 ...

10/11/2023

Avid CEO Jeff Rosica announces plans to retire

Announcement comes days after STG completed its $1.4B acquisition of the company By Tom Butts Published: November 10, 2023 Announcement comes days after S...

10/11/2023

Stage Fifty forms strategic partnership with Universal Production Services, looks to expand into Spain

The company is exploring new opportunities and structuring crew incentives to at...

10/11/2023

Amagi to acquire Tellyo's business

In bringing together Tellyo's product development centre in Poland and its own technology centres in India and Croatia, Amagi said it expects to drive cloud...

09/11/2023

Establishing the visual language of Apple's The Buccaneers

Cinematographer Oliver Curtis tells Jenny Priestley how he went about shooting and lighting Apple TVs adaptation of Edith Whartons novel, and how he drew inspir...

09/11/2023

The importance of mentoring at every career level and stage

With statistics suggesting half of women will leave tech-based businesses by age 35, UpliftHER aims to help women elevate their careers by learning together, co...

09/11/2023

And, action! Production to resume following end of Hollywood strikes

SAG-AFTRA, the actors union, has reached a tentative agreement on a three year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture Television Producers (AMPTP) after weeks...

08/11/2023

Bectu calls for UK government to put its money where its mouth is' in supporting creative industries

Head of Bectu calls on UK government to announce measures to help the UKs creati...

08/11/2023

STG completes Avid acquisition

The deal was approved by Avid stockholders on 2nd November By Jenny Priestley Published: November 7, 2023 Updated: November 8, 2023 The deal was approve...

08/11/2023

2023 Rise Awards winners revealed

Annual awards celebrate inspirational women and companies who are stand-out performers, innovators and leaders in the global broadcast media technology industry...

07/11/2023

Move AI introduces single-camera motion capture app

The app enables animators and creators to capture high-quality, realistic data using an iPhone, said the company By Jenny Priestley Published: November 7, 20...

06/11/2023

Meet the production specialist

By TVBEurope Staff Published: November 6, 2023 Updated: November 7, 2023 Martin Vorley, UK product specialist at farmerswife, discusses his entry into th...

03/11/2023

Meet the sales manager

By TVBEurope Staff Published: November 3, 2023 CVP Belgium and Netherlands sales manager Niels Lubbers talks us through his working week, and suggests anyo...

03/11/2023

Sony acquires iSIZE

The acquisition provides Sony with significant expertise in applying machine learning to video processing, said the company By Jenny Priestley Published: Nov...

02/11/2023

Rycote's new manufacturing facility is built for growth

Rycotes new UK-based custom-built manufacturing facility aims to create better content and quietly address customer needs Sponsored Content Published: Novemb...

02/11/2023

VFX breakdown: How Moonraker created Prototaxities for the BBC's Earth

Writing exclusively for TVBEurope, Moonraker VFX's creative director, Graham Stott, provides commentary on a scene from the BBC's five part Earth series...

02/11/2023

Taking viewers on an immersive journey through a pivotal moment in history

Ahead of its premiere on National Geographic this weekend, TVBEurope talks to JFK: One Day in America director Ella Wright about how the series mixes archive fo...

02/11/2023

Amplifying inclusivity for all

Ahead of next weeks Rise Awards, Danielle Harper looks at how creating a fair and welcoming space for women within every business unit will ensure the broadcast...

02/11/2023

Tommy Edlund joins Intinor as CEO

He succeeds Lina Zackrisson, who is leaving to run her family's business By Jenny Priestley Published: November 2, 2023 He succeeds Lina Zackrisson, w...

01/11/2023

As Amazon packs up its ad server, is this an opportunity for vendors with omnichannel offerings?

Simon Thorne, managing director, Flashtalking by Mediaocean, looks at the impact...

01/11/2023

Is Harmonic preparing to sell its video business?

Harmonic is assessing a range of alternatives for its video business and has received indication of interest from a number of parties By Jenny Priestley Publ...

01/11/2023

Nokia sues Amazon in row over video compression patents

The telco giant alleges Amazon Prime Video and Twitch as well as HPs computers are in violation of its streaming video compression and delivery patents By Jenn...

01/11/2023

ISE Daily 2024 reporting team announced

By TVBEurope Staff Published: November 1, 2023 The ISE Daily editorial and reporting team for the 2024 show, which takes place at the Fira Barcelona, Gran ...

31/10/2023

iGene Media opens London-based colour grading suite

The suite, which was built by systems integrator Big Pic Media, includes an Advanced DaVinci Resolve suite and offers full support for high-end 2K and 4K HDR an...

31/10/2023

Best of Show Awards at IBC 2023 Guide now available

The guide celebrates the innovation and craft of the industry's R&D teams by recognising some of the standout products and solutions on display in Amsterdam...

31/10/2023

Prasad Corp expands into Europe with OMNIMAGO acquisition

The acquisition sees Prasad expand its global footprint and strengthens its position in the European market, said the company By Jenny Priestley Published: O...