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[Podcast] Ep67: “The Force Awakens” Associate Editor Julian Smirke

Editor Julian Smirke is convinced that he ended up being an assistant and then associate editor on Star Wars: The Force Awakens because of sheer luck and nothing more. But I don’t believe in luck. I believe that luck should be redefined as “when hard work meets opportunity.”

In this episode Julian and I talk all about his path from starving and unemployed artist to working on the largest film franchise in cinema history.… Read more...

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[Podcast] Ep 57: Advancing Your Career in Post (What They Don’t Teach in Film School), Pt. 2

“How do I break into the post industry?” or “How can I advance to the next level of my career?” are by far the most common questions I receive via e-mail, when I speak at events, or when I teach. In this 2-part episode (listen to part 1 here) I dive deep into what it really takes to break in or advance in the post-production industry with none other than USC professor and former head of the editing track, Norman HollynRead more...

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[Podcast] Ep 56: Advancing Your Career in Post (What They Don’t Teach in Film School), Pt. 1

“How do I break into the post industry?” or “How can I advance to the next level of my career?” are by far the most common questions I receive via e-mail, when I speak at events, or when I teach. In this episode I dive deep into what it really takes to break in or advance in the post-production industry with none other than USC professor and former head of the editing track, Norman HollynRead more...

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[Podcast] Ep 55: We Are Not “Below” the Line

“Below the Line” originated as an accounting term to separate fixed costs from variable costs in a films’ budget, but it has since become more of a social status symbol than an accounting term. In this episode I speak with editor Mike J.… Read more...