Hi, my name is Vasil. I’m a freelance editor and filmmaker based in Brighton, UK. To my work, I bring diverse cultural knowledge, and a rich production skillset — I have been forging narratives since aged 16 (my teenage job was in broadcast radio). Even before that if you count the occasional lie.
I’m a visual storyteller. My craft is editing for documentary, drama and social campaigns. I also work on solo productions — producing, filming, cutting and grading.
I like to keep my ear to the ground. I care about politics, society, identity, culture and the environment. I have worked on a variety of productions, but personally gravitate towards telling stories which are diverse, beautiful, difficult, critical, and empowering.
As a filmmaker, I strive to question the givens, to explore the niche, to be sensitive to the subtle, and open to the unpleasant. To explore grey areas non-judgmentally, and make complex topics fascinating to watch. To portray with humour and music, and to look for the poetic. To be bold and take risks creatively, but to always put the story and its people first.
My post-production workflow is Adobe-centred, with DaVinci Resolve doing guest appearances for detailed grading. On set, I’m comfortable with smaller systems like Canon C300, Sony FS7, A7S, BlackMagic, and can light, film and sound-record for simpler productions. For more ambitious projects, I partner with trusted agencies and freelancers.
In my free time I like discovering new music and cinema, walking the Sussex countryside, 35mm film photography, allotmenting, drinking good coffee and being in the sun. 🌞
Clients & Agencies
Here are some of the clients I’ve worked for:
And the amazing agencies who make it happen:
A quick guide to my name
Va•SIL — like “windowsill” — The Bulgarian version of the Greek name Βασίλειος meaning "king, ruler".
DZHA•ga•lov — like “jug of love” — From dzhaga (джага) a long, two-person wood saw.