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Erika Iesse



Erika is an offline editor with eleven years experience. Having started her career editing commercial content, TV adverts and music videos, the past four years have seen her increasingly focus on documentaries. Editing documentaries combines Erika’s passion for narrative and storytelling with the craft of finding rhythm and compelling aesthetics. Her recent work has been seen by audiences internationally, including feature showcases at festivals such as Kendal Film Festival, Cape Town Film Festival, Woodpecker International Film Festival, Tampere Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festival. Erika has worked for BBC Scotland and STV, both on standalone documentaries and weekly, nationally aired series.


Voices on the Road

Deep in the remote Peruvian Amazon a road is quietly destroying a protected rainforest, causing conflict and fear. But for some indigenous communities, desperate for change, it also brings hope.

The road is cutting through a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Manu Biosphere Reserve - and opening it up to the outside world.

Many indigenous communities are struggling to live in this 'paradise' and the road brings the promise of a better life. But at what cost?

Visit: voicesontheroadfilm.com to find out more.

Co-Directors and co-producers: Bethan John and Eilidh Munro
Executive Producers: Neville Shulman CBE and Evie Wright
Editor: Erika Iesse
Cinematography: Eilidh Munro and Bethan John
Expedition teammate and lead translator: Jennifer Serrano Rojas
Graphic effects and Motion designer: Andrei Staruiala
Music: Chris Bradley
Colourist: Simon Williamson
Sound design: John Vick, Finiflex
Impact Coordinator: Juriko Rupay
Advisor and film translator: Eduardo Salazar

E4 Adverts

Visit Scotland television commercial campaign. 6 people, who don't know Scotland, discover it on a road trip of a lifetime. Each day a new episode of the days activities screened on E4 with the audience deciding what the group do next via Twitter.

Directors // Lewis Gourlay and Abby Warrilow

Writer // Lewis Gourlay

Producer // Andy Maas

Executive Producer Baldwin Li

DOP // Andrew Begg

2nd Camera // Gavin White

Editor // Erika Iesse

Sound Recordist // Merlin Bonning

Location Manager // Mickey Ferguson

Motion Graphics // Robbie Dickson

Composer // Callum Rankine

Production Company // The Chase Films

Farewell to Adventure

Farewell to Adventure follows Bob Shepton's emotional journey, giving up his adventurous life of sailing not because he is 85 but in order to look after his wife, Kate, as she battles Alzheimer's.

Director // Chris Prescott

Producer // Noe Mendelle / SDI

Editor // Erika Iesse

Vancouver Mountain Film Festival 2022 – Best Adventure Film Award

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2022 – Spirit of Adventure Award

Available on iplayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000yt2z/right-here-series-1-5-farewell-to-adventure

Scary Adult Things

Filmmaker Duncan Cowles hurtles into his 30’s, still living at home with his parents, he looks around at his peers and attempts to answer the question most millennials wrestle with, ‘am I doing this right?

6 x 28' episodes TV series

Series Director // Duncan Cowles

Series Producer // Andy Maas

Series Editor // Erika Iesse

Production Company // Studio Something, Relative Films

Executive Producer // Ian Greenhill and Jordan Laird

Broadcaster // BBC Scotland

7.5/10 on IMDB

Available on iplayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000tc0f

Brand Scotland

Scotland is a country for people ready for something new and we’re sending one hundred thousand welcomes from our nation that’s full of riches just for you.#ScotlandIsNow

A Country of Riches for Brand Scotland

Advertising agency // The Leith Agency

Produced by // Forest of Black

Directors // Ainsley Bowman and Oscar Sansom.

Editor // Erika Iesse

Bronze for best Travel/Tourism at the Drum Roses Awards.

Have A Wonderful Pint

A Christmas commercial by Studio Something for Tennent's Lager parodying the classic Christmas film "It's A Wonderful Life"

Agency // Studio Something

DOP // Gavin White

Editor // Erika Iesse

Director // Ian Greenhill


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