I am a highly experienced editor with many films to my credit in multiple genres.
I started off in the commercials world in Soho, London, and since moving to Bristol in the 90’s I’ve worked on a wide variety of shows from Sports Shows, Factual Ent, Travel, Music docs and of course lots of Natural History.
Many of these films have been award winners and I was honoured to have been one of the BAFTA award winning editing team that cut Frozen Planet for the BBC.
Fast, decisive and fun to be with, I love teamwork and the art of storytelling. I am thoroughly proficient with Avid and the Adobe CC family, happy to use whatever tool is best for the project.
I have my own mac based Avid or Premiere edit suite overlooking Blagdon Lake, perfect for the creative flow. Naturally Im happy to work in house or at facilities when Covid allows!
The cutting room is inevitably shared with my three Hounds, (German Pointer, Hungarian Vizsla and Wirehaired Dachshund) very much part of the team!!
Here's some testimonials from people Ive worked with:-
Andy is an excellent editor and self-shooting producer. His combination of skills and experience enables him to play a creative role in all aspects of filmmaking. He has great editorial judgement and works very quickly and efficiently. He is also great company!
Keith Scholey – Executive Producer/owner, Silverback Productions
I've just worked with Andy, cutting two episodes of Discovery's hit show "Marooned with Ed Stafford". Andy is a fab editor and producer - diligent, creative, fast and on-the-button. He takes rushes and turns them into watchable and gripping telly, drawing out stories that don't always appear on first inspection but making them coherent and interesting. He's a pleasure to work with in the cutting room, creating a fun and enjoyable atmosphere and his wealth of experience working across numerous genres means you always feel in a very safe pair of hands - he can work collaboratively and alone, and whichever route always produces fab results.
Tim Walker - Series Producer, BBC Productions.
I have known and worked with Andrew for many years, both at the BBC NHU and as a freelancer. Andrew is one of the most creative editors I have had the pleasure to work with. He has huge experience of all genres of wildlife films, from Live and Presenter-led to Blue-chip and Diary, and has been responsible for helping to create many formats that are now mainstream. Extremely fast and technically adept on any platform, Andrew is capable of giving you the most precious of commodities in the edit - time, creative input and a focus on story. He is joy to work with and one of the very best!
Simon Nash - Producer, Silverback Productions.
Andrew Chastney is an extremely talented and experienced editor who brings his track record as an accomplished Producer/Director with him. He has a finely honed understanding of narrative and a truly creative sensibility. He cuts quickly, decisively and with style. He has a very good ‘ear’ for writing commentary and gets the tone of the film very quickly. Andy is an editor with a broad musical taste and works hard to find the right music for the project. He is very self-motivated and brilliant as an edit producer working alone but is also highly collaborative. And, very importantly, he is a really easy person to spend time with!
Simon Davies - SP/PD, Tigress Productions.
heres a few examples of programmes Ive worked on, a full credit list is available on request. two series Im heavily involved with currently are subject to NDA.
Our Planet - Netflix.
The Lions Rule - Nat Geo.
Marooned with Ed Stafford - Discovery.
Growing Up Wild - Disney.
Iceland - Land of Fire - BBC.
Life in the Air - BBC.
Hidden Kingdoms - BBC.
Great Bear Stakeout - BBC.
Frozen Planet - BBC.
Planet Earth Live - BBC Live event.
Planet Earth - BBC
Life - BBC.
River Monsters - Animal Planet.
Human Planet - BBC.
Halcyon River Diaries - BBC.
Elephant Diaries - BBC
Big Cat Diary - BBC.
Flog it - BBC.
DIY SOS - BBC
Gardeners World - BBC
Bear Man of Kamchatka - BBC.