Damien Smith studied TV-Film production at Cal State University Fullerton where he graduated top of his class and won “Best Avant-Garde Film” titled Breathe and “Best Picture” titled How Beautiful at the CSUF TV-FILM Society Awards. In 2002, after graduating, he went on to work for Soundelux with Oscar winner Lon Bender as a foley artist on several Blockbuster films, including Blood Diamond and Rumor Has It. Damien continued his work in episodic sound editing working on shows such as Newsroom, Little Fires Everywhere and Daisy Jones and the Six, and in 2018 and 2019 was nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys for “Outstanding Sound Editing” on HBO’s Ballers.
Having a passion for both sound and picture editing, he went on to pursue his craft as a film editor, landing spots working on shows such as Daredevil (2016) and Designated Survivor (2017-2020). His most recent editing collaborations include David Ayer on Fox’s Deputy pilot (2020), Bart Nickerson and Ashley Lyle on Showtime’s Yellowjackets (2021), and Doug Lyman and showrunner Alexi Hawley on Netflixs pilot for The Recruit (2022).