I'm Mark Dugas, an award-winning editor working in Boston and southern NH. I edit documentaries, primarily for PBS. I also work on independent projects whenever I can.
From 2008 to 2013 I was on staff at PBS's FRONTLINE, where I worked on a large number of shows, with many top producers. It's hard to think of a better place to grow as an editor. One project I was an editor on, The Bombing of al-Bara, received an Emmy: New Approaches to Documentary nomination. In 2011, I was a collaborating editor on Behind Taliban Lines, which was honored with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.
In 2013 I decided to go freelance, and since then I've been editing documentaries primarily for PBS's American Experience and for independent producers. I recently edited two hours of an American Experience profile of Walt Disney, which was a finalist for a 2016 Peabody Award.
I love structuring a film, collaborating with a director on what I think are the building blocks of a strong story - compelling characters and well edited scenes - woven together with rhythm. I'm also a big believer in using audio to affect an audience, usually with subtle sound design, but sometimes with a bang.
I've worked at the WGBH Outpost post-production facility, in independent production companies, and remotely in my home office. Wherever the location, the process remains the same: understand what is driving your characters, set the stage, and then get out of the way. In the end, if the audience is captivated by the story, and has no idea that you've been working your tail off for the past six months, then maybe you've done something right.
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