Shiona Penrake

Shiona Penrake

Writer/Director/Editor at Break Into Three
Director, Editor and Screenwriter

London, England

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July 2014
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About Shiona

I'm a 23 year old writer/director/editor. I was born movie-mad and I guess I still am. I read The Shining script age 4, according to my dad, and started editing when I was about seven. After a couple of lessons with editor Stuart Gazzard, a friend of my dad's, I never looked back. From Final Cut I went on to learn Avid, Premier Pro and After Effects.

I have written two short film scripts and co-written three with my father, Nic Penrake. In 2012 I directed my first short, The Paintbrush, which won Best Young Filmmaker Award at the Reed Short Film competition in May.

Through July and August 2012 I was deeply involved in the making of short films The Prowler and Bunking Off. As well as helping in the art department with Photoshop, I worked as a runner on both films and then editor.

In April 2013 I joined 53 16-19-year-old filmmakers on the NFTS Campus course run by the BFI Film Academy. I was given the role of script supervisor on-set and co-editor in post. My team made the film, Teach Me, about a city banker turned social worker who has to face his own anger, frustration and feelings of violence when provoked by an aggressive and manipulative teenager.

In 2014 I won a place on the BFI Screenwriting course at Tyneside where I worked on a comedy short film script called 'Fat Boy Floyd'.

Summer of 2016, I completed a year at Believe Digital as their main content editor. After that, I freelanced as an editor and 2nd AD until I took on a job as production editor at BIKE Channel. Back in February 2018, I worked as a freelance editor/filmmaker at cain&abel, an agency under the production company adam&eveddb. I worked on a number of projects for big clients from H&M to John Lewis. Recently I edited and colour graded a short film called The Business Proposition using Davinci Resolve.

Currently, I work at Barcroft Studios since October 2018 as a junior video editor. I edit short documentaries featuring a huge variety of extraordinary individuals telling their stories, which are published on YouTube, Facebook and YouTube. One of my original videos 'A Man Swallowed By A Whale' gained 10 million views in a week and was featured on This Morning News a day after the video was published on YouTube.

After two years, I finally completed my latest short film 'Look Inside', which has been submitted to multiple BAFTA-quality festivals, and is currently in the finals of the 5th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Contest. Check out the trailer in the Break Into Three website.

Unique traits: quiet but ambitious, diligent, quirky, enjoys dark/gothic fantasy, obsession with true crime case and history lesson videos, lover of cats, pretty good on the piano


  • Look Inside

    Look Inside (2018 - 2020)
    Film (short) by Break Into Three Writer, Director, Editor A lonely teenage girl discovers her eccentric modelling creations have something magical about them, just as she is about to give up all hope of ever being liked for who she is.

  • The Stray

    The Stray (2015 - 2016)
    Film (short) by Break Into Three (Drama and Short) Director, Editor An injured dancer now working part-time as a sex worker befriends her lonely 13-year-old neighbour, Jack, and finally finds someone who sees her for more than her body is worth.

  • The Order

    The Order (2016)
    Film (short) by Break Into Three Editor As an IRA man is driven into the woods where his executioners await, he reveals some secrets that spur a crisis of conscience in his captor.

  • Road To Recovery

    Road To Recovery (2015)
    Documentary by Nic Penrake & Associates Runner, Editor Movies and documentaries have shown us the brutality of human trafficking, creating awareness (ad nauseam). And yet, very few of these films have focused on the aftermath: the road to recovery victims must take after they have escaped their tormentors and random abusers. So we thought we’d look at that issue – the aftermath – and find out what’s being done to help victims.

  • Bunking Off

    Bunking Off (2012)
    Film (short) by Nic Penrake & Associates (Drama and Short) Runner & Editor A teenage girl hooking in order to make money for her mum’s much needed medical treatment takes in a customer who used to date her mum.

  • The Paintbrush

    The Paintbrush (2012)
    Film (short) by Nic Penrake & Associates (Drama, Family and Short) Screenwriter, Director, Editor and music theme composer Finding an old paintbrush in his back garden, a lonely young boy comes up with an imaginative way to restore contact with his absent dad.

  • The Prowler

    The Prowler (2012)
    Film (short) by Nic Penrake & Associates (Drama and Short) Runner & Editor An old woman feels threatened by a stranger trying to get into the house she's in - but nothing is quite what it seems.


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