Attend NAB Show for Free with BCPC – No, For Real

If you’ve followed me a while on the internets, you know that NAB Show (my first, in 2012, for which I wrote quite a recap) was a turning point in my career. I was able to get out of my bubble (Indiana), meet the people I knew only online or by reputation from books, and start to build a name for myself on a much larger stage. I learned a tremendous amount I put to use right away. But maybe most of all, my small-town mentality began to fade away and I could see myself in The Industry. Without attending, my career wouldn’t be where it is today.

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2018 in Review

Just like years past, I get to the end of a year – an arbitrary but useful line – and simultaneously feel like I haven’t done enough and I just got done running a marathon. Then I look back at the photos I captured during the year of moments I felt were important, and I realize how much really happened during that last 365 day chunk.

  • I attended Sundance for the first time, and did so as press.
  • I left the first job I landed in LA.
  • Because I began a new job at Netflix.
  • I focused on building up my female peers and friends, creating new traditions that would bring us closer and help us get stronger.
  • I helped to launch BCPC London.
  • And I helped to bring various workshops to BCPC LA, indoors and out.
  • I took over administering BCPC’s PDAP program which impacted six lower income professionals and brought them to key events.
  • And I helped to build a new annual fundraiser that raised nearly $20,000 so I could expand our budget for 2019.
  • I worked closer with SMPTE Hollywood, bringing BCPC to an inclusion event, representing at the first Career Day, and attending regular board manager meetings.
  • I got the opportunity to visit Skywalker Ranch.
  • I spoke on or moderated four panels at NAB Show and recorded an interview with SMPTE.
  • I was honored as a StudioDaily Top Technologist and Creative.
  • I built an internal group at work to support emerging talent in the entertainment industry and led a workshop on selling your skills.
  • I created new connections with local colleges and high schools to help build a bridge for emerging talent.
  • I was selected as an Exceptional Woman in Production and Post.
  • I was published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal.
  • I chaired multiple sessions at the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference, including ones on imaging and inclusion.
  • I tried to take more time for myself, and mostly failed.
  • I took a step back from writing on Creative COW and spent more time finding up-and-coming professionals to mentor in writing, and edited their articles instead.
  • I did good work, and planned how to do it better.
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Finding a Place in LA’s Post Industry: Emerging Editor Kelsey Myers

Note: This blog was written by Kelsey Myers, one of two recipients to be sent by Blue Collar Post Collective to ACE EditFest LA, an annual celebration of the craft of editing hosted at Disney by the American Cinema Editors. Blue Collar Post Collective’s Professional Development Accessibility Program identifies lower income emerging talent in post production and provides them an opportunity to attend important industry events where they can build their education and professional network to take the next step in their careers. It’s important for emerging talent to be present in these spaces to remind everyone they belong there too. PDAP also provides an opportunity for the full-time working professionals who volunteer for BCPC to utilize their network to introduce emerging talent to people they should know in their field for one-on-one conversations.

BCPC owes a huge thanks to ACE for providing entry to their event, the volunteer committee that helps us pair candidates with the best opportunities for them, Mary DeChambres ACE, Pi Ware, and Light Iron for donating mentorship time, and the donors to BCPC whose funds go almost entirely toward this program.

Kelsey Myers is a recent graduate of Point Park University’s Cinema Program. She started out working as a freelancer around Pittsburgh, PA. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles after making the move cross country in September. After shadowing in the industry and learning about the world of post-production, she recently landed her first job as an Assistant Editor.

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Editing Marvel’s Black Panther: Debbie Berman ACE

Debbie Berman, ACE, took a path to Hollywood blockbusters that wound through three countries over two decades and included South Africa’s first reality TV breakthrough Big Brother: South Africa, indie hit The Final Girls, 2017’s biggest grossing superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming, and now the box-office-record-breaking Black Panther, co-edited by Michael P. Shawver.

Debbie Berman, ACE, editor of Marvel Studios
Debbie Berman, ACE

Growing up as a movie-obsessed South African kid, Debbie used to make short films with friends (and pets!) on weekends, and had her first exposure to editing through her high school video club’s linear edit suite. While she always loved all aspects of filmmaking, she felt she had a natural tendency toward editing — a job that combined her technical mindset (including time spent as a dial-up internet support tech!) with her creative side.

Spanning reality, television, indies and major feature films, anyone in the post production world should find inspiration in Debbie’s drive and career trajectory – a trajectory that most recently culminated in the collaboration of a female immigrant editor, African-American director, and female cinematographer on an action film that has grossed over a billion dollars so far. In Debbie’s own words, “Sometimes a movie is more than just a movie, and this is definitely one of those times.”

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An Emerging Editor’s First Trip to New York: Sight, Sound, and Story Recap

Note: This blog was written by Brandon Marchionda, one of two recipients to be sent by Blue Collar Post Collective to New York City and Manhattan Edit Workshop’s “Sight, Sound, and Story” educational event which highlights the life and work of top editors working in the industry today. Blue Collar Post Collective’s Professional Development Accessibility Program identifies lower income emerging talent in post production and provides them an opportunity to attend important industry events where they can build their education and professional network to take the next step in their careers. It’s important for emerging talent to be present in these spaces to remind everyone they belong there too. PDAP also provides an opportunity for the full-time working professionals who volunteer for BCPC to utilize their network to introduce emerging talent to people they should know in their field for one-on-one conversations.

BCPC owes a huge thanks to Manhattan Edit Workshop for providing entry to their event, the volunteer committee that helps us pair candidates with the best opportunities for them, Evan Schiff, Felix Cabrera, Rob G. Wilson, and the donors to BCPC whose funds go almost entirely toward this program.

Brandon is a recent graduate of Point Park University’s Cinema Program. He’s currently working full-time as a freelance editor in the Pittsburgh area while he saves up for the big move to LA next month. His education in Pennsylvania granted him the opportunity to learn the major tools and storytelling techniques, and programs like PDAP will help him make his landing in Los Angeles just a little bit softer. The rest of this entry is his recap.


Brandon Marchionda

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Adobe Explains the Laurel vs. Yanny Phenomenon

Yesterday I left the internet alone for about an entire hour to watch some quality Netflix streaming, and when I returned I had no idea what anyone was talking about or why they were on the verge of wrestling each other to the ground over a couple people named Yanny and Laurel.

Then I listened and developed my own opinions. And god help any of you that try and change my mind.

Thankfully Adobe’s evangelist of all good things audible, visual and Creative Cloud Jason Levine has come to the rescue using Adobe Audition’s Spectral Display Frequency to help explain WTF is up with this thing.


Courtesy: Jason Levine, Adobe

It turns out how you listen to this, the speed at which you hear it, and your own experience in life (destroying your hearing at rock shows and such) has an effect on what you hear! Jason explains with visuals, EQ, and other good Adobe Audition tools in this live stream.

As Jason expertly quotes from Harry Nilsson: you see what you want to see and you hear what you want to hear. And this is the wholesome content I need on my internet right now.

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Dispatches from PyeongChang: Editing the Olympics (Part 5)

Growing up, I was always glued to the Summer or Winter Olympics. And as a young and ambitious video nerd, I wondered what went into the incredible number of visual stories being told. Luckily I crossed paths with editor Mike Api who is currently in PyeongChang, South Korea, freelancing for NBC in his second Olympic Games. Mike’s “unit” is in the “Control C/Graphics Ingest” unit — that is, the department that cuts promos, sponsorship enhancements, and a few athletic features (or in other words, packages and profiles).

Mike is sending me periodic dispatches from PyeongChang, where he’s on day 15 in a row (or day 16, time zones are confusing) of editing the Olympics. This is the fifth installment — check out part one to get started on his journey.

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Dispatches from PyeongChang: The Edit Infrastructure of the Olympics (Part 4)

Growing up, I was always glued to the Summer or Winter Olympics. And as a young and ambitious video nerd, I wondered what went into the incredible number of visual stories being told. Luckily I crossed paths with editor Mike Api who is currently in PyeongChang, South Korea, freelancing for NBC in his second Olympic Games. Mike’s “unit” is in the “Control C/Graphics Ingest” unit — that is, the department that cuts promos, sponsorship enhancements, and a few athletic features (or in other words, packages and profiles).

Mike is sending me periodic dispatches from PyeongChang, where he’s nearly two weeks into editing the Olympics. Check out part one to get started on his journey.

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Dispatches from PyeongChang: Editing the Olympics (Part 3)

Growing up, I was always glued to the Summer or Winter Olympics. And as a young and ambitious video nerd, I wondered what went into the incredible number of visual stories being told. Luckily I crossed paths with editor Mike Api who is currently in PyeongChang, South Korea, freelancing for NBC in his second Olympic Games. Mike’s “unit” is in the “Control C/Graphics Ingest” unit — that is, the department that cuts promos, sponsorship enhancements, and a few athletic features (or in other words, packages and profiles).

Mike is sending me periodic dispatches from PyeongChang, where the athletic highlights and stunning stories continue to pour out. Check out part one to get started on his journey.


Mike’s Olympic ‘stache next to the Olympic flame.

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Dispatches from PyeongChang: Preparing to Edit the Olympics (Part 2)

Growing up, I was always glued to the Summer or Winter Olympics. And as a young and ambitious video nerd, I wondered what went into the incredible number of visual stories being told. Luckily I crossed paths with editor Mike Api who is currently in PyeongChang, South Korea, freelancing for NBC in his second Olympic Games. Mike’s “unit” is in the “Control C/Graphics Ingest” unit — that is, the department that cuts promos, sponsorship enhancements, and a few athletic features (or in other words, packages and profiles).

Mike is sending me periodic dispatches from balmy PyeongChang, where it is currently mid-afternoon on a Sunday and 20 degrees Fahrenheit, on track to be one of the coldest Games in recent memory. Check out part one to get started on his journey.


Mike with the Winter Olympics mascot Soohorang (수호랑) and Winter Paralympics mascot Bandabi (반다비).

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