BRENDA TERNING  Editor

I began my career as a filmmaker, writing and directing drama, winning residencies at the National Screen Institute, The Praxis Centre for Screenwriting and The Canadian Film Centre before being drawn to the intimacy of documentary. 

 

My love of editing is in the power of the cut to create meaning beyond words, and when the magic happens reveal unexpected truths that cut us to the heart.

I have had the great good fortune to edit many Gemini, Canadian Screen Award and Emmy nominated documentaries.

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Brenda Terning is a CCE award-winning documentary editor, her body of work includes multiple internationally broadcast documentaries. Recent films have included; Equus; Origins (8x CSA nominated Series) , Vital Bonds (Winner Canadian Cinema Editor Award, Jackson Hole SMASH special jury prize), Wolverine Ghost of the Northern Forest (Nominee Canadian Cinema Editor Award) and three-part series; Equus, and The Great Human Odyssey (Winner, Best Science Nature Series, Canadian Screen Awards, 2017 Emmy Nomination).

 

Her Past body of work includes Gemini Nominated documentaries; Tipping Point, The Age of Oil Sands, The Perfect Runner and Lost Years.  Brenda has edited ten episodes of The Nature of Things.   She is a three-time winner of the AMPIA Award for “Best Editor” as well as garnering 12 nominations as an editor.

 

E D U C A T I O N

 

Director’s Residency              The Canadian Film Centre                    1996

Writing Fellowship                 Praxis Centre for Screenwriting            2002

 

 

 

 

S E L E C T E D   E D I T I N G   C R E D I T S

 

 

HER LAST PROJECT  2019

ID Productions

 

EQUUS, ORIGINS 2018

EQUUS Productions, CBC The Nature of Things, PBS Nature

 

VITAL BONDS  2016

ID Productions & The National Film Board

Winner 2017 Canadian Cinema Editor Award 

CBC The Nature of Things and PBS NOVA

 

WOLVERINE GHOSTS OF THE NORTHERN FOREST  2016

Compass Media, CBC The Nature of Things, Aired NAT GEO

Nominated 2017 Canadian Cinema Editor Award: best editing short documentary

 

CAPTURING BEAUTY 2015

CBC Documentary, Company of Women on the Screen, Nominated Golden Sheaf

 

THE GREAT HUMAN ODYSSEY 2014

Clearwater Documentary, 3 Part Series for The Nature of Things, CBC, PBS NOVA, Broadcast: 10 countries internationally.  Winner Best Documentary Series, The Canadian Screen Awards, Best Science and Technology, Emmy Nominated 2017 best Science and Nature Series.

 

THE MCDADES  2012

 Feature length Music Documentary, Yvonne Dubourdieu and Ray Harper

 AMPIA nomination Best Feature Length Documentary, AMPIA nomination, Best Editor

 

THE PERFECT RUNNER  2012

CLEAR WATER MEDIA, CBC The Nature of Things, Broadcast: CBC/ARTE, FRANCE 

7 AMPIA nominations, 7 Awards including: Best Documentary and Best Editor.

3 Nominations Canadian Screen Awards: Best Science Documentary, Best Cinematography, 

Best Writing

 

LOST YEARS  2012

LOST YEARS PRODUCTIONS broadcast CBC, Feature length documentary 

 

Best Documentary (History & Culture), Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection of the 38th Seattle International Film Festival, Park City Film Music Festival
Nominated for 6 Alberta Motion Picture Industry Awards.  Named one of the top films of the past decade, Guangzhou International Documentary Festival.  Nominated Canadian Screen Awards

 

TIPPING POINT 2011

Clearwater Documentary

Two hour special CBC The Nature of Things, Aired NHK JAPAN, Al JAZEERA

Gemini Nomination, The Donald Brittan Award, Best Social/Political Documentary, 

Nomination Best Environmental Documentary, Banff World Media Awards

6 AMPIA nominations, 3 Awards including Best Editor Non-Fiction over 30 minutes

 

 

SYLVAIN VOYER  2010

Network1 Productions, Feature Length Documentary

3 AMPIA Nominations including Best Editor

 

INUIT ODYSSEY2010

Clearwater Documentary, CBC The Nature of Things    

Winner Best Popular Science Program, Banff International Television Festival      

6 AMPIA nominations, 2 wins including; Best Editor, Non-Fiction over 30 minutes        

   Nominated Most Innovative Documentary, History Makers Film Festival, New York                

 

LEGACY PETE STANDING ALONE 2010

NFB, Nominated Best Documentary under 30 minutes AMPIA

 

CARE OF THE ELDERLY 2010

NFB, Nominated Best Educational AMPIA                                

 

THE BEAR 2010

Company of Women on the Screen, Nominated Best Music Video AMPIA, Edmonton International Film Festival, Audience Favourite

   

GETTING OUT STAYING SAFE   2008

Company of Women on the Screen

AMPIA Award, Best Motivational, AMPIA nomination Best Director & Best Writer Non-Fiction

                    

DOG GONE ADDICTION  2007

Wild Soul Creations, Feature Length Documentary 

 

Winner Best Adventure Sports Film, Taos Mountain Film Festival 

Runner-Up People’s Choice Award, Wanaka Mountain Film Festival
, New Zealand

Best Adventure Film, Explorer’s Club Film Festival, New York

Audience Favorite, Best Impact of Music in a Documentary, Park City Film and Music Festival

        

My Healing Journey  1998

NFB/CBC-Witness

Gemini Award Best Science, Technology, Nature, Gemini Award Best Direction in a documentary, nominated best writing.  Golden Sheaf Award: best documentary.        

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