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[Podcast] Ep116: What Does It Take to Be An “ACE” Editor?

“What is ACE, how do I become a member, and what are the benefits?” are common questions I’m asked often by fellow film editors (that I’ve also asked myself).

Beyond simply breaking down the criteria for entry into the most prestigious organization in the post-production industry, in this episode I speak with Steve Rivkin, ACE President and editor of such films as Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ali, and many more, about what it really takes to be considered an elite editor, whether or not you belong to ACE.… Read more...

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[Podcast] Ep 113: The Art of the Cut

Film editing is a magical art form that very few people truly understand. Frankly, there are people within the film industry that don’t understand the power the editor yields in shaping the finished product.

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Steven Hullfish, a feature film and tv editor, instructor, and author of multiple books on editing (and the entire post-production process) including his latest book Art of the Cut.… Read more...

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[Podcast] Ep99: You Think Your Schedule Is Tight? Try Editing SNL.

If you think your deadlines are tight, think again. Imagine waking up Wednesday morning knowing you have a 2-3 minute piece airing on national television in 3 days…and it hasn’t even been shot yet. This is the life of SNL editor Adam Epstein who routinely turns around amazing trailers, spoof commercials, music videos, and parodies for SNL week after week under insane deadlines.… Read more...

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[Podcast] Ep97: Legendary Editor Carol Littleton on Surviving 40+ Years In Post

Academy Award nominated film editor Carol Littleton has edited such legendary films as E.T., The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist, Grand Canyon, Benny & Joon, and The Manchurian Candidate…just to name a very select few. She has watched the Hollywood post-production industry evolve from the days of film editing until today’s reliance on 100% digital technology.… Read more...

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[Podcast] Ep92: From Scraping Up Cigarette Butts to Editing, Directing, and Producing Emmy-Winning TV Shows

For those of you old enough to remember when Seinfeld was on the air live, it was very sad to see it end. I’ll admit it…I cried during “The Clip Show.” (Admit it, you did to). In this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Emmy Winning Editor, Director, and Producer David Rogers, the editor behind the magic of that episode, as well as the main editor (as well as director and producer) of both The Office and currently The Mindy Project.… Read more...

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[Podcast] Ep91: Will Your Job Be Replaced By Artificial Intelligence?

Just weeks ago 20th Century Fox released a trailer for the upcoming horror film “Morgan,” and frankly it’s not the best trailer. So then why is it worth talking about? The reason it has made such an impact on our industry is that the trailer was edited partially with the assistance of artificial intelligence, namely the IBM system ‘Watson.’

What does this mean for our future in this industry?… Read more...

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[Podcast] Ep90: Creating a Kick-Ass Demo Reel

“How can I create a demo reel without any work, and how can I get work without a demo reel?” is a question almost as timeless as the chicken/egg argument. Until recently this was an incredibly difficult problem to solve, but with the advent of so much new technology as well as the ability to download videos from online sites, this process has become much easier.… Read more...

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[Podcast] Ep89: Q&A – Hacking a Standing Workstation, Dealing with Micromanaging Producers, Calming Your Mind at Night For Better Sleep, and Making Sense of Supplements

In this month’s Q&A podcast we answer a wide range of questions:

What are some good tools to use to hack your standing workstation to avoid bad posture and fatigue?

How can you deal with micromanaging producers & directors who never allow you to take even short bathroom breaks during an edit session?… Read more...