Power Dynamics Below the Line in Hollywood (and everywhere else)

If you’re anywhere near Hollywood this week, you’ve got a hot take on Harvey Weinstein. I’ve only been here a few years, exclusively “below the line”, and I heard all the rumors too. I dreaded ever having even secondhand contact with the man and his company: a powerful star maker with the ability to squash any… Continue reading Power Dynamics Below the Line in Hollywood (and everywhere else)

Editing for Social Impact: How I Saved the San Gabriel Mountains

(You can also read and comment on this at CreativeCOW.net) (Okay, maybe the headline is a LITTLE strong, but I HELPED.) In the world of corporate video, the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world didn’t come around often for me. I know that’s not true for many people in the “corporate video”… Continue reading Editing for Social Impact: How I Saved the San Gabriel Mountains

Unbroken: William Goldenberg & Tim Squyres on Editing Angelina Jolie’s War Drama

I interviewed William Goldenberg and Tim Squyres about editing Unbroken. “I don’t think anybody can edit a film to be the best it can be by themselves,” editor Tim Squyres, ACE, told me when I asked him about his first time as co-editor. “You need to push each other and try other things and react… Continue reading Unbroken: William Goldenberg & Tim Squyres on Editing Angelina Jolie’s War Drama

Remixing Cinema with Soderbergh, Spielberg, and Me

Today, one of my favorite directors, Steven Soderbergh, posted a really great blog about “staging” in film, which is meant to mean how all the elements of a scene work together to tell a visual story. To illustrate his point, he took ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and remixed it a little: converted to black… Continue reading Remixing Cinema with Soderbergh, Spielberg, and Me

William Boodell: Surviving a Sharknado

I interviewed editor William Boodell about his path into the industry and story so far, of which a highlight has been editing the unexpected pop culture Sharknado. We actually met at a bar during AOTG’s Editfest Pub night a couple weeks ago and I asked to continue the conversation via Skype. Read the result on… Continue reading William Boodell: Surviving a Sharknado

More of What I’ve Been Working On…

I’ve mentioned working on This American Land in previous blog posts. All of season three can now be seen on YouTube, if nature and conversation floats your boat. Here’s episode 302 because I cut most of the stories. The rest (and individual stories) can be found on YouTube.

Becoming a Better Editor (but mostly a better human being)

Read this article on Creative COW >> Somehow — and they might be lying to me about this — but somehow, the year is over. What I mean to say is that this desk calendar I have is practically useless and I’ll be writing the wrong year on my checks until St. Patrick’s Day. I… Continue reading Becoming a Better Editor (but mostly a better human being)