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The Essential List: Quin Williams


The tenthree founder and editor has possibly our most unique pet yet (no spoilers) and aspires to having the time for a good game of Risk

The Essential List: Quin Williams
Quin Williams grew up in South Africa spending his time enjoying nature, surfing, sailing and waterskiing. Then he moved to rainy England at the age of 12 so had to find other interests. He thought he wanted to be an artist at first, studying painting and sculpture at Wimbledon art college. Everything changed when he visited a friend working in a small maverick production company and found a three machine umatic edit suite sat in a dark room. Since then editing has been his fascination.

He’s had lots of jobs around film as well as spending his time in the cutting room though. He’s been camera assistant, assistant director and script supervisor in a features production company and he’s written and directed short films, music videos and the odd ad, always gravitating back to editing. He’s cut long form TV programmes, award-winning music videos, short films, adverts and a feature documentary called Ten Billion with Peter Webber. He had a stint at Marshall Street editors before joining Billy Mead as a founding member of tenthree, where he’s since worked with directors like Ben Wheatley, Neil Gorringe, James Griffiths, Mark Jenkinson,  Tom Barbor-Might, Stuart Douglas on many big name campaigns. 

Get to know him a bit more through his Essential List.


o Place of birth: Johannesburg, South Africa
o Hometown: East Horsely 
o Staycation: The dunes at Gwithian 
o Vacation: Ocean based
o Pet: Badabing the Bengal and two turtles I never wanted

o Place of work: Edit 1 tenthree just off Golden Square
o Place of workout: Patio and pool
o Side project: Painting abstract bollocks on canvas
o Mode of transport: Legs, Yamaha, train
o Bonus Travel Essential: Headphones


o Artist: Peter Doig

o Musician: Many, but Mike Scott of The Waterboys and Charles Thompson IV Pixies
o Commercials / music video director: Frank Budgen / Chris Cunningham
o Film director: Maybe Fincher, maybe Nolan, Scorsese, Coppola - all inspirational 
o Photographer: David Yarrow - recently discovered now hanging in the office.

o Film: Apocalypse Now - big introduction to film 
o Series: Narcos, True Detective, Ozark maybe Killing Eve
o Commercial: I want to say Guinness ‘Surfer’ but I think Stella Artois ‘Ice Skating Priests’ – so much to love

o Music Video: Hmmm – so many but maybe Blur Song 2 - just for its raw energy and the effect it had on me at the time. Karma Police

o Video Game: I try not to play Fortnight
o Board Game: Chess, but I’d love the time to play Risk
o Book: Carlos Castanada - A Separate Reality
o Graphic Novel: Asterix
o Podcast: Joe Rogan, Adam Buxton, WTF
o Newspaper (off or online): The Guardian
o Bonus Culture Essential: Coconut Yoghurt 

Food and Drink

o Breakfast: Poached eggs on toast with wild mushrooms from Rapha - next level
o Restaurant: ROKA
o Cheap bite: Falafel wrap, hummus with harissa sauce 3x per week
o Working lunch: Yeah always
Favourite Dish: Peppercorn calamari from Busaba
o Signature Dish: Thai hot and sour thai prawn curry, Ken Hom style
o Snack: Biltong
o Guilty Pleasure: Marzipan
o Bar: Nowadays raising rather than propping up
o Booze: Pale ale or a proper whisky sour
o Not Booze: Skinny flat white
o Bonus Food: YES!
o Bonus Beverage: Skinny flat white


o Phone: iPhone 7 I think
o Computer: Apple 
o TV: Not much 
o Headphones: Bose noise cancelling - commuter’s friend
o Camera: Canon EOS MII
o Soundsystem: Sonos
o Pen / pencil: Wacom/ STAEDTLER Nr.151

o Where you document an idea: Black book of truth
o Casual Clothing: Mostly editing attire 
o Smart Clothing: Uncomfortable
o Footwear: Trainers 
o Watch: Apple watch
o Collection: Paint brushes and surfboards

o App: Waking Up – Sam Harris
o Work program: Coffee-work-lunch-work-coffee 2x ginger biscuits- work-repeat
o Digital work tool: Avid media composer
o Analogue work tool: Brain
o Morning grooming / makeup essential: Fish wax if the kids haven’t nicked it
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tenthree, Wed, 06 Feb 2019 18:08:19 GMT