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)
(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
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
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
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
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.
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)
Seeing a stack of tapes labeled and ready to gather dust on a shelf is a feeling of accomplishment I’ve never had before last week. Not because I’ve never really had physical copies of any of my work (though outside of a DVD or two, that’s definitely true), but because this was my first time… Continue reading My Leap into Cutting for Broadcast
This is an entirely self-serving post with no actual interesting information to share. Since June I’ve been cutting season three of This American Land. It’s begun airing on many PBS stations across the country and will continue to get added to the lineup over the year. I’ve been the main editor on the show, always… Continue reading What I’ve Been Working On…
You’ve booked your conference (perhaps the Southeast Creative Summit), been practicing your handshake, and read How to Win Friends and Influence People – twice. The eve of your classes is upon you. You’re ready to learn all the things and network your face off.