For over 15-years, Susan Scott has cut documentary films for National Geographic, Animal Planet, PBS, Discovery Channel, NBC, NHK, Canal +, ZDF, ORF, France 5 and UK's FIVE.   

Graduating from Baylor University (Texas) with a BA degree in Telecommunication (TV & Film studies), Susan did her apprenticeship with Tony Black, A.C.E., in Washington, DC.  She went on to spend the next six-years cutting documentaries with Tony, as well as beta-testing software for Avid Technology.  

Susan now lives in South Africa where she has focused on the natural history/wildlife genre.  She cuts for several filmmakers, most notably - Dereck & Beverly Joubert (National Geographic Explorers in Residence).

Susan is a full member of the South African Guild of Editors (SAGE) and received her acronym from the guild in 2010.

Having just finished 'The Unlikely Leopard" for the Jouberts, Susan is currently working on another project for them.  

To contact Susan: suescottatgmaildotcom

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“The Unlikely Leopard” is a coming of age story of a young male leopard and his clumsy teenage antics, and his inability to do the things that most leopards should be able to do:



  1. 1. Baylor University Film Dept. Article on “The Last Lions”

  2. 2.SAGE Article on the SAFTA win for “Mother Warthog”

  3. 3.Gauteng Film Commission on cutting “Dolphin Army”

  4. 4.Interview with SAGE on receiving the Acronym in 2010


  1. 1.2013 Missoula IWFF Award for Best Editing on “The Last Lions”

  2. 2.2013 SAFTA for Best Editing on “The Last Lions”

  3. 3.2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival for Best Editing on “The Last Lions”

  4. 4.2011 SAFTA for Best Editing on “Mother Warthog”

  5. 5.2010 SAFTA for Best Editing on “Dolphin Army”

My Fav Edit Theory Books:

  1. 1.When the Shooting Stops

  2. 2.Film Art

  3. 3.In the Blink of an Eye

  4. 4.On Film Editing

  5. 5.The Eye is Quicker

Editing Links:

and yes, in order of usage/preference

Susan’s Bio:

(Clip courtesy YouTube, Wildlife Films and National Geographic)