MUSIC Xavier recently contributed sleeve notes for the re-release special box set
deluxe edition of Metallica's classic first album - 'Kill 'Em All'
available now thru Amazon. I warn you it's not cheap, but the packaging
alone is amazing. A great introduction to the early work of Metallica.
Staying on the music front Xavier also penned the CD booklet notes
for the Tankard re-issues - 'Zombie Attack', 'Chemical Invasion', 'The Morning After', 'The Meaning of Life', 'Stone Cold Sober', 'Two Faced' and 'The Tankard' The CD's are out now, and available thru Noise/BMG Recordings. Tankard first brewed in Frankfurt, Germany in 1982 and still going strong today!
Xavier also penned the re-issue sleeve notes for Swiss Avant - Garde Extreme Metal band - Celtic Frost. Penning notes for classic albums'
'Morbid Tales', 'To Mega Therion', 'Into The Pandemonium' & 'Vanity / Nemesis'.
The pic at the top of the page is - 'Satan: 1' , by renowned Swiss artist H. R. Giger, and was used as the cover artwork for Celtic Frost's - 'To Mega Therion' album. The
4 albums are available now on both vinyl and CD format thru Noise/BMG.
Xavier has just completed the CD Booklet notes for the American hard rock trio Fortnox , who hail from Carrollton, Georgia. The re-issue CD, complete with 'bonus tracks' will be released thru Rock Candy Records later this year. Keeping on
the Rock Candy Records front, Xavier has recently been commissioned to do
the booklet notes for Brownsville Station's - 'Air Special' re-issue.
Xavier has been commissioned to write the CD booklet notes for the upcoming
8 disc CD Box Set for the renowned American southern rock band the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Xavier has also been commissioned to write the CD Booklet notes for another southern band - Molly Hatchet, albums to be included in this 4 CD box set, are - 'Take No Prisoners', No Guts, No Glory', 'The Deed Is Done' and 'Double Trouble Live'.
Xavier has just been signed up to edit Episode: 3 of 'Strike Back', Series:7
Filming recently commenced in Malaysia, April 2018. Xavier will once again be working with director Paul Wilmshurst.
Xavier completed editing ep's 6 & 7 of Dr Who. Xavier worked with director Daniel Nettheim. Xavier's ep's: 'Extremis' and 'The Pyramid At The End Of The World' are currently available to view on BBC iplayer.
Captive the new eight part drama/documentary series is now available thru
Netflix. The episodes look at how hostage takers operate and deal with negotiations. Former hostages recall their harrowing ordeals - thru interview, archive footage and drama reconstruction. Xavier edited episode: 8 - The Peacemakers, Iraq.
Xavier completed editing Episode's 6 & 7 of Season: 7 of 'Cold Feet' with
director Terry McDonough. Cold Feet was recently transmitted on ITV 1.
Xavier completed editing episodes: 3 & 5 of BBC America's new
eight part thriller series - 'Killing Eve' , with director Jon East. Killing Eve is written by Fleabags' Phoebe Waller Bridge and stars Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy) , Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster) , Kim Bodnia (The Bridge) and Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter)
Killing Eve is currently showing on BBC America, and will be shown on the
BBC in the UK this coming Autumn 2018.
"Working with Xavier is always a delightfully rewarding and productive experience.
On the creative front he is talented, inventive, and imaginative. On the professional
front he is industrious, conscientious and highly personable. These virtues justly
go into making him a highly sought after film editor. In short, he is highly recommended." - Jon East, Director - Killing Eve.
"Xavier Russell is one of the finest editors I have worked with in my 40-odd years
as a director- flexible but decisive, instinctive but extremely skilful. He cut two
episodes of Series: 2 of Grantchester for me and - there is no higher praise a
director can give - he made me look good. He's a thoughtful listener and he
never imposes his point of view; let's try it, is his watchword -and he does, quickly and positively. He's bracingly objective, good company - and tactful
with execs. What more does one need? I have no hesitation in recommending
him to anyone." Edward Bennett, Director - Grantchester.
"I have recently had the pleasure of working with Xavier on a double episode of Dr Who. Xavier's instincts during the assembly were spot on meaning we had a very
effective and streamlined fine cut period. Xavier worked hard and diligently to meet all our screening deadlines, and each of these screenings was met with enthusiasm and approval by the producers and execs. Overall a very smooth and positive experience. As well as being a talented and experienced editor Xavier was a pleasure to spend time with in the edit room and I would happily work with him again in the future." - Daniel Nettheim, Director - Dr Who.
"I have worked with Xavier on several occasions. I would have worked with him more but he's always busy! His approach to editing involves knowing when not to cut as much as when to cut. In short he has taste. He is a great collaborator, very experienced, always interested in the nuance of performance and able to discover/create a 'style' in the way the cut evolves. If there is humour to be had he'll find it. He is also lightning fast on the Avid." - Kenny Glenaan, Director - Paranoid.
"I had the pleasure of working with Xavier as an editor on 'Dickensian' for BBC1. It was 4x30' episodes involving vital emotional character arcs and action set pieces. Xavier proved more than the correct choice for the job. It was very clear to me that Xavier understood exactly what we were trying to achieve with the series and the complex stories to tell. He embraced the technical challenges, the vfx and music spotting with great enthusiasm and commitment. He's fast on the Avid and has a great sense of humour. I would thoroughly recommend working with him." - Philippa Langdale, Director- Dickensian.
"Xavier has cut four dramas which I have directed over the last twelve years.
'Secret Smile' for ITV in 2005. 'Zen' for Left Bank/BBC in 2011. 'The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher' for Hat Trick/ITV in 2012 and 'Killing Jesus' for Ridley Scott Associates/National Geographic in 2015. Xavier is a very experienced and accomplished editor and great fun to work with." Director - Chris Menaul.
Watch this space.....