For the webinar Misha used footage from Handicapped John, a short comedy he co- created & edited as examples in the webinar. You can see it here:
Misha’s latest venture is selling the dailies from Handicapped John for $30. He thinks students and editors-in-training could get good editing practice from cutting the film the same one he demos in the webinar. “They could also use the finished cut for their reels,” he wrote me. Contact Misha if interested at the e-address below.
This past fall Misha was hired as an additional editor on Sofia a feature with Christian Slater, Donald Sutherland, and Timothy Spall which he edited at Nu Boyana studio in Bulgaria. Here are a couple of photos he took.
As I’ve mentioned, I am updating my first book, Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video for a 2012 – exact pub date, TBD by Michael Wiese Productions, my publisher. Presently, I am in the thick of the two chapters on sound and music editing. In them, I discuss the details of designing, editing, and mixing sound and music.
I also look at how sound and music affect the story on any type of show, a subject I warm up to endlessly. I love hearing sound and music editors and composers philosophize about what they do. So I came up with the chart below, which translates story to its sound and music equivalents. What do you think? I always like to hear from you with your insights and ideas.
Translating story to sound and music
Foley artists, ADR creators,
repeated hard and background SFX
song or melody
background sound/ambience diegetic and non-diegetic sound
musical period e.g. romantic, baroque
diegetic and non-diegetic sound
style e.g. jazz, hip hop
cleaned & filled dialogue & ADR tracks
targeted sound cues
title (theme) music
arc of scene
building up sound over scene
counter sounds e.g. overlaps, shrill pitches, sudden loud noises
Videographer Thomas Roebers dedicates the video below that made with his brother Floris Leeuwenberg to the people of Baro and writes:
Life has a rhythm, it’s constantly moving.
The word for rhythm, used by the Malinke tribes, is FOLI.
It is a word that encompasses so much more than drumming, dancing or sound.
It’s found in every part of daily life.
I sure hope the women have their own song and dance with the men playing but somehow doubt it. Still the video is worthy watching for any editor who has ever cut to music, which means all of us. Roebers further writes – and I agree:
In this film you not only hear and feel rhythm but you see it.
It’s an extraordinary blend of image and sound that feeds the senses and reminds us all how essential it [rhythm] is.
For all you (like me) who can’t be among the 90,000 people attending the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual extravaganza in Las Vegas from today through Thursday this week, follow the editing buzz put up by Larry Jordan: http://www.nabshowbuzz.com/
If you are there, feel free to report back on your own experiences.
Who is Larry Jordan and why you can trust him
Larry’s a Final Cut Pro guru with a site chock full of great info about FCP, digital media, and editing in general along with fee and free tutorials. He also has a blog and a free newsletter you can sign up for. A couple of months ago Larry saw the future – a demo of FCP v.8 due to be released later this year. While sworn to secrecy along with others, he has given it a thumbs up and will surely be reporting on it as soon as it hits the streets. Check Larry out at: http://www.larryjordan.biz/index.php
I had always heard about this movie and the Lubitsch touch and finally caught it in on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it, do it! If you have, re-view it. This 1932 movie shows what an ingenious director can do in the face of technical challenges. It was shot at the beginning of the “talkie” era when sound recording equipment famously “chained the camera” because it was too bulky and noisy to move.
Director Ernst Lubitsch had a superb cast and script (written by Samson Raphaelson) and knew what to do with the camera. In the dialogue scenes it stays put but he cuts away frequently to break things up, shoots from all angles, and cheat actions. Watch this seminal scene below. It not only sets up the characters but engages us so much that when it cuts away to the door and then the curtain, we don’t notice that Gaston Montescu (played by Herbert Marshall) doesn’t close the curtains – they close themselves – after which he re-enters the scene to be with Lily (the extremely talented Miriam Hopkins).
Natural born thieves, natural editing Modern editing
The editing for this 83 minute movie is as sly and sophisticated as its amoral characters, professional thieves by trade and choice.And even sexier. The cutting intimates intimacy – Gaston sleeping with two gorgeous women – which scored its being banned after three years under the Hays code and not seen in the U.S. from 1935-1968. Even better, the women and the men, both rich and scheming, are not stereotyped, but seen as equals in their sexual desires, silliness, and attitudes toward money.
Wealthy widow and perfume company owner Mariette Colet (Kay Francis, terrific as always) employs the thieves.
Trouble in Paradise is superb study in editing for its comic timing and economy of edits. It is no stale, slow moving classic movie. Although the camera pauses for the dialogue scenes, they are well-written and timed and Lubitsch kept the camera or actors active when words don’t need to be recorded. The director also employs sound effects along with deft picture cuts to move the movie along.
As with the best of comedy, the cuts and the plot points they move to counter to expectations. The opening scene counters clichés by showing a Venice gondolier poling a bag of garbage along the canal. Nothings is conventional about this movie as it counters are expectations time and time again. Lubitsch also creates some clever scene transitions. One uses a series of deco clocks to show the advance of an affair; another has the Eiffel tower broadcasting frequency waves like the RKO logo to signal the thief couple’s move from Venice to Paris.
We enjoy spending time with this couple as do the uber-rich people they swindle, though we know we’d have to watch our wallets and jewelry around them I also enjoyed seeing character actor Edward Everett Horton – younger and rounder than I’d ever seen him before.
Finally, this movie sets a high standard for romance, comedy, and editing because goes beyond the glitzy world of its characters to look at how to accept of life in the face of the sometimes gritty, soul-challenging business of living it.
Rival suitors played by Charles Ruggles (l) and Edward Everett Horton (r).
Like many Jewish director-producers in the 1920’s, Lubitsch escaped the hard lives of his parents in Europe and crossed over to the U.S. to create Hollywood and its movies. For a premiere look at this subject, check out Neal Gabler’s award-winning, highly readable book, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood.)
The Lubitsch touch
Many of have tried to describe the spin Lubitsch puts on his movies. One of them, director Billy Wilder, another Jewish European escapee, had a sign in his studio office that said, “How would Lubitsch do it?” Many more have appreciated the Lubitsch touch, as I suggest you do, simply by experiencing his films (filmography below). Biographer Scott Eyeman, expresses the touch this way:
With few exceptions Lubitsch’s movies take place neither in Europe nor America but in Lubitschland, a place of metaphor, benign grace, rueful wisdom…To the unsophisticated eye, Lubitsch’s work can appear dated, simply because his characters belong to a world of formal sexual protocol. But his approach to film, to comedy, and to life was not so much ahead of its time as it was singular, and totally out of any time.
The Lubitsch touch apparently extended to women in his personal life. He died at 55 in 1947 of a heart attack, purportedly while entwined with an aspiring actress. How’s that for a Lubitsch ending?
Lubitsch Filmography (U.S.)
1940′s The Shop Around the Corner (also prod.) 1940 Remade in 1998 as You’ve got Mail. That Uncertain Feeling (also prod.) 1941 To Be or Not to Be (also co-prod. co-story) 1942 Heaven Can Wait (also prod.) 1943 A Royal Scandal (prod. only) 1945 Cluny Brown (also prod.) 1946 That Lady in Ermine (completed by Otto Preminger post humous) 1948
1930′s Paramount on Parade (co-dir. with 10 others) 1930 Monte Carlo 1930 The Smiling Lieutenant (also co-sc.) 1931 The Man I Killed/Broken Lullaby 1932 One Hour With You 1932 Trouble in Paradise (also prod.) 1932 Design for Living 1933 The Merry Widow 1934 Desire (prod. only) 1936 Angel (also prod.) 1937 Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife (also prod.) 1938 Ninotchka 1939
1920′s Rosita 1923 The Marriage Circle 1924 Three Women (also co-story) 1924 Forbidden Paradise1924 Kiss Me Again 1925 Lady Windermere’s Fan 1925 So This Is Paris 1926 The Student Prince/The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg 1927 The Patriot 1928 Eternal Love 1929 The Love Parade 1929
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Andika Duncan, shooter-writer-preditor, Dallas, TX. How Andika describes her work
I specialize in Internet marketing videos. I create online marketing videos for mostly small business websites. My latest project was a real estate agent’s profile video. I help with script writing, film the shots, and edit the video. What Andika says about her work
I am passionate about helping people succeed in their small businesses. You have to know what triggers people to buy or to do business with an individual or a company. Video is the perfect tool to create credibility, showcase your talent and distinguish yourself from the competition.
I like the creative side of video making. I am still learning new things every day and that is what keeps me going. Also, I enjoy making new connections and meeting new people from all kinds of backgrounds.
Contact Andika at: 646-9ANDIKA www.TriColorMedia.com
Sandip Mahal, London, UK, working on a playout for the executives.
Sandip writes, "The person in the monitor's story is being trapped and isolated from civilisation... i can relate..." Latest project: "i am about to embark on a totally independent crazy shooting spree filming myself and my friend as we hit all the open mic venues and create an improvisational story based on two guys who beg borrow and steal stage time..."
Contact Sandip via his website at: www.zeroheadroom.com
Susan B. Ades, Editor, NY, NY in front of her home editing suite. Latest project: NRITYAGRAM: For the Love of Dance, a short documentary about a dance village by Protima Bedi, a socialite whose life was changed when she became an enthusiast for the Odissi genre of Indian dance.
Contact Susan at http://www.wix.com/PuttingItTogetherEditing/Putting-It-Together-Editing
Vickie Sampson, Supervising Sound Editor, Director, Writer, Shadow Hills, CA, with dog Pinky.
Latest projects: Supervising ADR editor on Wes Craven's 25/8.
Winner of Harley-Davidson's 2009 "Bikes, Camera, Action!" film contest for her short, Her Need for Speed, which she wrote and directed.
Contact Vickie at: www.film-it-now.com/
Ed Abroms, Burbank, CA, on loc in Lowell, MI.
Latest projects: The Genesis Code (movie) and Eureka (TV series). Creating a webisode series with post supervisor/wife Terra Abroms.
Ed is an independent picture editor who has cut using Skype and Sync View who considers himself "...lucky to be employed in these times!"
Read more about him in the current issue of The Editor's Guild Magazine.
Contact Ed at: email@example.com Web site: http://web.mac.com/eabroms
David Mallory, Bellingham, WA in his home office.
Latest project: Wife After Death, shot on RED ONE in 4k and edited using Sony Vegas Pro software.
Contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Les Perkins, Glendale, CA. Owner of LesIsMoreProductions, he cuts on a professional grade FCP and has won 60 awards Producing/Editing/Directing/Writing bonus features for DVDs.
Learn more about Les at www.LesIsMoreProductions.com