Archive for the ‘Fun & games’ Category

Happy Holidays from MPEG

December 31st, 2015

iatseThe Motion Picture Editors Guild – Local 700 of IATSE –
sent its members this droll vintage video of what it takes to be an editor. You can also find it on YouTube.

Click here to learn more about the guild and its history.

Joy wishes you a wonderful 2016 that brings you joy and satisfaction in the pursuit and achievement of your filmmaking goals.

Editing practices, Editor’s role, Fun & games, History/research

It’s a Rough Cut Life

June 22nd, 2015

One of the great parts of blogging is hearing from readers. When the reader has created a video like Matt Orfalea who sent a bouncy, spot-on comic short, “Rough Cut” the joy is tripled. Watch it and relate, all you editors and producers.

Matt’s Story
How Matt got started creating videos is a wonderful story itself. I’m handing the invisible mouse over to Matt to tell it in his own words. Stay tuned for the punchline.

“When I was in high school, a teacher came to me asking if I wanted to edit his documentary about our school’s community service. I was stuck in boarding school, on crutches at the time, so I wasn’t able to do much else. He gave me a quick intro to iMovie and lent me his laptop and camera (amazing right?). I soon found myself in study hall…having fun! That had never happened before!

The documentary was screened in front of the whole school. Everybody seemed to love it and cheered. Except for the headmaster. Because my doc made fun of our school’s community service effort, and the fact that although the headmaster required all students to fulfill community service hours, he had not contributed a single community service hour himself!

The priest who had approved the screening told me afterwards that he almost got fired for it. Yep. My very first film almost got a priest fired!!! That was my introduction to the power of cinema.”

Where is Matt Today?
Matt Orfalea
Again, in his words,
“After graduating from Santa Fe University of Art & Design, I moved to LA to work in postproduction. All those editing gigs were the inspiration for “Rough Cut.” I still do freelance work and many many rough cuts.

I’ve been making YouTube videos for years now and have managed to gather a small following. The ultimate goal would be to just focus on that. Of course making a sustainable career out of YouTube is a total long shot… So I figure if YouTube doesn’t work out I can always be a rapper.”

Check out his videos on YouTube.

Editing practices, Editor’s role, Fun & games, History/research, Technical & process, Visual FX editing

Summer Bloody Summer

August 28th, 2012

editor poster

This is the image a lot of people have of editors. But we know better. More in next post which will look at the editor-actor relationship.

Editor’s role, Fun & games

Imagine there’s one button…

July 25th, 2012

Enjoy this droll tutorial by Cooper Kingston who demonstrates how easy it would be to cut if there if there was one all-purpose edit button. His tutorial also demonstrates how imagining a renderless system should be made a reality in the future.

Editing practices, Editor’s role, Fun & games, Sound & music editing, Visual FX editing

Honoring Bond and Binder

June 24th, 2012

A main title in its best form is like a prologue to a movie. Ideally, it sets you up for the emotional content of the film and gets you excited about it.

Kyle Cooper, title designer, Rango, Tron: Legacy, Ironman, and Spider-Man 2.

How did we get from here…(View Dr. No opening credits from 1962 below.)

…to here? (View Quantum of Solace opening credits from 2008 below.)

If you’re in Los Angeles this summer, enjoy a little bit of hedonistic nostalgia at LACMA (LA County Museum of Art). To honor James Bonds’ 50th anniversary on the silver screen, the museum is running all of the movies. Also, in conjunction with a former employer of mine, the Loyola Marymount School of Film and Television, the museum has created a video exhibit that loops all 22 Bond opening credit sequences continuously, 14 of which Maurice Binder created.

Binder graphicCharles Taylor wrote about Binder in the July 29, 2002 issue of Salon magazine: “His title sequences are three-minute refutations of the laws of gravity: Figures jump and bounce and run through the colorful voids, or simply luxuriate in midair as if the atmosphere itself had become the most inviting bed in the universe. The sequences are a distillation of the films to color and movement and sex…They move with a deliberate and luxuriant sensuality, drinking in all the nudie cuties prancing and posing through them. It’s pure sex, both hot and cool, urgent and deliciously slow, celebrating both pursuit and release. The sequences are so rich, the atmosphere so thick, you begin to feel as if you could walk up the aisle into the screen.”

So go and enjoy! And notice the changes in actors, “Bond girls,” costumes, music, VFX, and editing styles.

Editing practices, Fun & games, History/research, Visual FX editing

The United States of Movies

June 7th, 2012

Cinema Nation

According to the web spot where I found this map, it began life as a T-shirt, titled “One Nation under Cinema” designed by Scott Snyder of Portland. Here’s a more readable version with a couple of changes:

US Map

Of course many more movies were made in each state but these were Snyder’s first choices. What would you pick?

Fun & games

Who you Fooling?

April 1st, 2012

Happy April Fool’s Day. Enjoy this video on continuity from “Rob the Editor”, who creates and edits the opening titles for Conan O’Brien on TBS.

Editing practices, Fun & games

What do editors do?

February 15th, 2012

Editor's Job

by Guillaume Choquette

It’s all about perception, at least according to this rendition. And speaking of renditions, the last image is of a visual effect being rendered, translating to “Editors actually sit and wait too often for the machine to complete the edit.” True.

There are other of these cartoons floating around – on producers, writers, etc. In fact, another one’s coming up in the next blog and kicks off a three part series. So stay tuned.

Fun & games

What film job do you qualify for?

January 28th, 2012

Need to decide what film job best suits you? Here’s a wry career guide to deciphering your true calling. Tired of explaining what a best boy does and other film jobs to friends, family, and strangers? This chart also deciphers the myriad of job titles that show up in the credits. Except best boy. Now you can send ‘em to Google.
Film Job Flow Diagram

Fun & games, Jobs

Halloween Contest

October 26th, 2011


Photo courtesy of director-editor Vickie Rose Sampson

Make up your own caption.

Here’s a few to get you started.

You know you’ve been dubbing too long when….

Great! Now let’s try it one more time.

Needs more cowbell.

No, more cobwebs.

He had so much potentiometer.

ADR and alcohol just don’t mix.

They really were running a skeleton crew.

Fun & games, Sound & music editing