ingenuity

Sorry, haven’t had much time to blog the last few weeks. But a really quick, cool tip for repairing your MacBook pro’s power adapter. I think you can get the idea from the pictures, but long story short a friend of mine had a MacBook Pro with a small break in the cable coming out of the power adapter. I fixed it with two zip ties and a small piece of plastic tubing.

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Who I hope wins the Oscar

Best Picture
“The Hurt Locker”

Best Director
“Kathryn Bigelow”

Best Actor
“Jeff Bridges”

Best Actress
“Meryl Streep”

Supporting Actor
“Christoph Waltz”

Supporting Actress
“Anna Kendrick”

Animated Feature
“Up”

Original Screenplay
“Quentin Tarantino” – Read the screenplay last night, all 166 pages of the damn thing.

Adapted Screenplay
“Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner”

Original Score
“Up” – Michael Glacchino

Original Song
“Theme from Crazy Heart”

Art Direction
“Avatar”

Cinematography
“The Hurt Locker” or “Inglourious Basterds”, both show excellence in the art of classic cinematography

Costume
” The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”

Makeup
“Star Trek”

Film Editing
“District 9”, Julian Clarke

Visual Effects
“Avatar”

Sound Editing
“Inglourious Basterds” Wylie Stateman

Sound Mixing
“Inglourious Basterds” Michael Minkler, Tony Lamerti and Mark Ulano

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The Link Wrangle

When I’m not knee deep in projects I like to kill time on the net. Below are a collection of articles, blogs and videos I’ve came across and enjoyed viewing this month.

COLOR / ONLINE

ProLost – Memory Colors

Walter Biscardi – Creative Cow Blog – Euphonix MC Color & Tangent Wave (side by side)

Scott Simmons – First Impressions of the Euphonix MC Color

Josh Petok – Render Notification Apps

Studio Daily – Stefan Sonnenfeld on Coloring Kirsten Dunst’s Anime Adventure

EDITING BLOG ARTICLES

Dan Wolfmeyer – Fix It In…

Dan Wolfmeyer – Editing Systems with a Twist

ACE Tech Blog – FCP Workflow Ideas

Matthew Rittorno – XDCAM Reality Television Workflow

EditMentor – Dreams of an Olympic Editor

SuiteTake – Working on Your Business by Working on Yourself   <—- Great Article

The Editor Answers: Daryl Baskin

Inside Out Matte

FOR THE ASSISTANTS

Robert Wilson – Review: LogMeIn – Save The Day From Your iPhone

Matthew Rittorno – Breaking Into Post

Studio Daily – FCP Assistant (I’ve used this for a while now, great tool)

ENCODING

Michael Kammes

VIDEO INTERVIEWS

Making Of… – Ryan Brown

Making Of… – Dana E. Glauberman

Making Of… – Paul Martin Smith

AUDIO

Dialog Replacement Is Your Friend

All About The Dialog

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Let’s learn ya a thing or two watching slashers!

So, a little while ago I posted the press release for a slasher film I’ve been hired to edit later this summer. I received a list of films to watch by the director and actually added a couple to the list myself.

From Director:

Halloween  (1978)

Sleep Away Camp (1983)

Sid and Nancy (1986)

Prom Night (1980)

What I’ve added thus far:

Last House on the Left (1972)

The Thing (1982)

I think editors, especially the younger generation can get hung up on the technological aspects of they’re job and almost forget the creative essence of it. I am part of that younger generation of editors and can point out definite times when I’ve done exactly that. But to be an assistant transitioning to editor, I guess that’s kind of how it goes.

I have read the script a couple times, created short hand continuity sheets and now it’s time for the research. While I push my way through the list of films suggested by the director (more of them to come), I’ll be recording what I learned from each on this blog – starting with Prom Night (1980)

While watching Prom Night I found this sequence:

In this scene a girl is looking to hide from an axe murderer. She takes cover in a near by classroom. She ducks behind a desk and the sequence begins.

1. We get to see the CU of her. She’s listening. Is the killer coming? Will I get hacked to bits by an axe? Am I safe now?

2.CU of the killer’s feet as he gets closer. This is not one of those cheesy scenes where she can hear the killer coming towards her. She doesn’t know the killer is coming her way. Only you the viewer does. This is why the scene is powerful to me.  This shot doesn’t make her scared, it makes us scared.

3. We then get a wide shot of the classroom cutting to a CU of her eyes peeking over the ledge of the desk. This shot makes me think of two questions: What is she looking at exactly? and Is the killer going to see her?

4. My first question gets answered. She’s looking at a shadow of the killer passing by the window.

5. Back to the CU of her eyes peeking over the ledge. This is a significant shot. Every time this shot is shown the viewer becomes more worried for the characters well-being. We know she has seen the shadow of the killer in the window. Her reaction is to duck down behind the desk lower and hope the Killer doesn’t spot her.

6. Wide shot of the killer opening the door. This feels like somewhat of a POV shot. It’s lower, field of vision is cluttered.

7. CU of her peeking around the side of the desk. Yes, it was her POV.

8. Killer exits.

9. Back to her CU and the scene is over. (Side note, later on she gets caught and killed.)

Why does this scene interest me so much? This particular scene interests me because of the emotional arch the character goes through and how the arch is amplified by the choices made in the edit.

R-

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Avid to Apple Color

The next AVID RED Workflow tutorial by Christian Förster.

IV Conform from Avid to Apple Color


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Raymond Did It

Below is the recent press release for a feature film I have been hired as picture editor for. Editing a slasher film, I love when dreams come true.

Rockford, Illinois-based Plastic Age Productions is now in preproduction on their first feature length film!

Raymond Did It is a slasher film in the tradition of Halloween and Prom Night.

When twelve-year-old Bryce Rourke is accidentally killed in a playground scuffle, his friends decide to blame Bryce’s developmentally delayed older brother for the accident. Raymond is taken to a state hospital while the true killer walks free.

Six years later, Raymond escapes from the hospital to seek bloody revenge for his brother’s death.

Raymond Did It is written and directed by Travis Legge (Jimmy’s Basement, Nation Undead: Kept). No stranger to the horror genre, Travis Legge has written comic books and roleplaying games, including the critically acclaimed Contagion game setting.

Rounding out the production team on Raymond Did It are Visual Supervisor and Camera Operator Tim Stotz and Picture Editor Robert J. Williams.

Tim Stotz has been a professional video producer for over a decade, with hundreds of commercials, several shorts, and a feature under his belt. His work can be found at timstotz.com

Robert J. Williams is a freelance assistant editor and aspiring picture editor working mainly out of the Chicago area. He recently cut the trailer for a highly anticipated 2011 feature and assisted on a National PBS Documentary Special.

Raymond Did It stars Kyle Hoskins (Skeet Shooting, Nation Undead: Kept) as a developmentally delayed man framed for murder and bent on vengeance. A versatile actor, Kyle has previously played lovelorn slackers, average joes tormented by zombies, and brings a wide range of ability to the role of Raymond. Standing at 6’5″ tall, with a massive, bulky build, Kyle is among one of the largest, most imposing figures to take on the role of a slasher.

Lindsay Felton (VH1 Scream Queens, Grind) co-stars as Tammy, a young woman tormented by guilt for what she and her friends did to Raymond.
With years in front of the camera, having worked with some of the greatest talents in Hollywood, Lindsay brings experience and finely-tuned craft to this demanding role.

Also joining the cast are Valerie Meachum (Cyrus) and Linda Cieslik (New Day)

Plastic Age Productions is currently seeking additional investors and distribution for

Raymond Did It. Interested parties are encouraged to contact writer/director Travis Legge at raymonddidit@gmail.com for more information.

Actors interested in available roles should check out the casting call for sides and instructions.

Raymond Did It is slated to begin principal photography in June 2010.

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What is Pre-rendering?

Michael Kammes explains it in his new blog post: “I bet I can save you hours of waiting in the edit bay”.

Great Article.

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