Jamie Selkirk

Jamie Selkirk is a film editor and producer who has worked primarily in New Zealand. He is particularly noted for his work on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, which he co-produced with Peter Jackson. He received the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for the last film of the trilogy, The Return of the King (2003).[1]

Jamie Selkirk
Born (1947-09-14) September 14, 1947
OccupationFilm editor
AwardsBest Editing 2004 The Return of the King

He began his work in the entertainment industry with the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation. He moved to editorial as a trainee editor and began cutting newsreels, current affairs, documentaries, and dramas.[2]

Selkirk has a longstanding collaboration with director Peter Jackson. He worked as the editor, sound editor, and postproduction supervisor for Jackson's films Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, and Heavenly Creatures. Selkirk was both associate producer and editor for Jackson's Braindead in 1992, and became a full producer (and editor) on The Frighteners. Like Jackson, Selkirk has continued to live and work in New Zealand despite the international success of his work.

In addition to his work as a producer on the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Selkirk worked as the supervising editor for the first two films The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. John Gilbert and Michael Horton were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing for those films. Selkirk had once thought he would edit all three films himself; in the end, he edited only the third film. In an interview Daniel Restuccio, he commented wryly, "I always liked that script best."[3]

Selkirk has been elected as a member of the American Cinema Editors.[4]


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  1. Annie Collins was an "additional editor" on the film, and is sometimes paired with Selkirk in listings; she was nonetheless ineligible for an Academy Award herself.
  2. "The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy Production Notes", webpage of the Houghton-Mifflin company archived at Webcite from this original URL 2008-05-12.
  3. Restuccio, Daniel (2004). "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King", interview with Jamie Selkirk from Post Magazine, January 2004 issue. Webpage archived at WebCite 2008-05-12.
  4. "American Cinema Editors > Members", webpage archived by WebCite from this original URL on 2008-03-04.
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