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Editorial Consulting Services

Sometimes a film needs a fresh set of eyes and a second opinion from an experienced editor who isn’t too close to the material. I have consulted on dozens of films, offering detailed editing notes, advice on refining characters or storylines, restructuring the dramatic arc of a film, or cutting a feature length doc to a TV hour or educational version.

Recent projects include Ellen Frankenstein’s Cruise Boom, Gemma Cubero del Barrio’s The Island in Me and Ciara Lacy’s Out of State.

Give me a call, I would love to help you out.

Cruise Boom

Editorial/story consulting for feature documentary by Ellen Frankenstein.

The Island in Me

Editorial/story consulting for feature documentary by Gemma Cubero del Barrio.


Editorial/story consulting for feature documentary by Gemma Cubero del Barrio.

Out of State

Editor for PBS version of film, cutting 79 minute feature to 56:46 minute PBS length. Directed by Ciara Lacy.


Editor of 36 minute educational version of feature length film by Tony Heriza and Deirdre Fishel.

Is Your Story Making You Sick?

Editor of 15 minute educational version of feature length documentary, directed by Frances Causey.

I trust Shirley’s eye and way of seeing the world through film. She is not only a very talented film editor, but a trustworthy film professional and a storyteller of great depth.

Director, Ottomaticake & Homecoming

We brought two jobs to Shirley for our documentary CARE and she knocked them both out of the park. She did both jobs in way less time than we had any reason to expect–and the final products exceeded our expectations. Shirley is a sharp and insightful editor, a great collaborator, and lots of fun. We couldn’t recommend her more highly.

Director & Producer, CARE

Shirley rocks! I’m so appreciative of how she sees what a film is trying to, and can be. I can’t say enough good things about my experiences working with her. 

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