Meet the Team | Diana Cunha
Welcome to the latest instalment of our Meet the Team series. This time we’re getting to know Post Producer, Diana Cunha, who joined The Finish Line as a Trainee Edit Assistant in 2021.
Fascinated by the processes behind film and TV from an early age, Diana moved from her native Portugal to the UK to chase her dreams of working in the industry. She headed to the University of Sunderland to complete a Master’s in Media Production before weathering the pandemic back in Portugal. Now she’s back in the UK, where she brings projects for clients including the BBC, National Geographic, and Discovery to life.
What made you passionate about being a producer?
During University I started to wonder if I could make a name for myself in the film and TV industry. I’ve always been passionate about it, but in Portugal, this was seen as dreaming too big, people would think, “Oh look another one dreaming the impossible”. I wanted to prove them wrong and show that with willingness and hard work, you can do anything. And I was right!
How did you get into post-production?
Once I finished University I wasn’t sure which way to go, so I enrolled in a Master’s in Media Production (Film & TV) in the UK. Then Covid hit and I was back in Portugal. I tried to start working in the industry as a runner there but didn’t have the right connections. Instead, I worked in a restaurant to save the money to move back to the UK.
I got a flight to London with thinking, “it’ll be what it’s destined to be.” I stayed with a friend and spent my days applying for jobs when The Finish Line gave me an opportunity. I’ve always been interested in editing so being a Trainee Edit Assistant was amazing. It was a challenge that allowed me to grow and become a better Post Producer.
What drew you to The Finish Line?
I never thought I would get to start my career at such an amazing company. The Finish Line really is so down-to-earth, caring and happy to give you opportunities to grow professionally and personally.
The Finish Line gives me the flexibility to work from Portugal for a few weeks and be closer to my family. The team is the first to bring me up when I’m feeling down or doubting myself. I have the freedom to ask questions without being afraid of how silly they might be and they encourage me to ask more. If you don’t ask then you don’t learn. I can’t imagine myself working elsewhere!
What are your favourite parts of the job?
My favourite part is problem-solving. It’s stressful but the feeling of figuring out a solution that works for the team and project is super rewarding. I also love creating long-lasting relationships with clients, always making sure they are happy and creating specific workflows that work for both of us. We’re always flexible around the project if things get delayed or changes are needed so that we can exceed the client’s expectations.
Could you describe a typical day on the job?
Most days involve organising the projects, seeing if anything is missing, assigning tasks and planning the weeks ahead. I also get updates from clients and make sure everything is on track and everyone is happy.
What advice would you give someone who aspires to do your job one day?
No industry is easy, especially film and TV. If this is what you really want, it won’t even feel like work. Don’t be afraid to take risks and follow your gut, don’t let people put you down, just put in the work and prove them wrong.
Where do you see yourself in a year’s time?
I see myself at The Finish Line, growing and becoming an even better Post Producer. In about five years I still see myself at The Finish Line, being nominated for Best Post Producer of the Year 2028.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself or your role?
My job is complicated so I stay pretty simple. I like a nice home-cooked meal, staying in and watching a film or going for a walk and grabbing a chai latte, even by myself. I keep life simple, nothing too crazy or complicated.