Art of the Edit Tutorials : Creative COW Creative COW Library of Art of the Edit, tips, and strategies. en-us Sun, 23 Feb 2020 08:00:00 GMT PHP Script Unearthing Apollo 11 in Large Format: An Interview with Director Todd Douglas Miller Director-Editor Todd Douglas Miller creates more than just another space documentary with his film Apollo 11. He has helped expand the horizons of what we thought we knew about one of humankind's signature achievements by unearthing nearly 300 reels of previously unseen large-format film, up to 65 a Fri, 18 Oct 2019 01:31:34 GMT Editing Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons Kelley Slagle began her career in entertainment as an actor, so it’s not surprising the communal storytelling of Dungeons and Dragons caught her eye. She both edited and co-directed the prizewinning documentary "The Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons", speaking to overe 40 artists Wed, 20 Mar 2019 22:23:49 GMT Editing The Emmy Award-Winning Phenomenon, Wild Wild Country Wild Wild Country premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim, and when it hit Netflix a few months later, it quickly became a phenomenon, going on to win the Emmy for Outstanding Documentary of Nonfiction Series and netting editor Neil Meiklejohn an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Thu, 29 Nov 2018 01:11:32 GMT Luck: A True Hollywood Story It’s all about who you know, right? But what if you don't know anyone? Yoni Rusnak didn't come to Hollywood until nearly 30, not knowing anyone, yet is rapidly building an enviable resume in both scripted and unscripted TV. He's found that you CAN create luck, using a formula for breaking into the Wed, 12 Sep 2018 03:16:58 GMT What It Takes to Edit Big TV Shows: This Guy Edits Sven Pape of "This Guy Edits" joins TV editor Josh Beal (House of Cards, Bloodline) for a close-up look at editing Season 2 of Counterpart, the Starz series starring JK Simmons in a dual role -- which is only the start of the challenges presented by this high-energy sci-fi thriller. Josh dives deep Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:33:01 GMT Writer-Director Vidhya Iyer: Parents, Children, & Brown Love Writer-director Vidhya Iyer is an Indian-Nigerian-American filmmaker, improv comic, AFI graduate, and CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) New Writers Fellow. Work on award-winning shorts has led to a comedy pilot called "PG 30" about authenticity, adult children learning to become ho Sun, 09 Sep 2018 23:19:47 GMT The Top 5 Most Common Problems with Student Films What are the biggest mistakes of most student films? This "Science of Editing" episode may just have the answer. Join "This Guy Edits" Sven Pape and Macquarie University lecturer Dr. Karen Pearlman, author of "Cutting Rhythms: Intuitive Film Editing" and former President of the Australian Screen Edi Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:13:27 GMT Editing Marvel's Black Panther: Debbie Berman ACE This is an epic tale spanning two decades, three countries, 12,000 miles -- and that's just the story of Debbie Berman, ACE, starting in reality TV and indie film in South Africa, making her way to Canada and then the US to edit Marvel's Spider-man: Homecoming and, most recently, Black Panther, alre Wed, 08 Aug 2018 17:02:21 GMT Searching: Creating Cinematic Drama From Small Screen Trauma The thriller "Searching" takes place on computer screens, but no screen captures were made. Instead, the team built the individual elements in Adobe Illustrator, animated in Adobe After Effects, and edited those elements together with live action footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. Creative COW Managing Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:39:38 GMT What Picasso Can Teach Us About Filmmaking Feature film editor Sven Pape takes a unique, entertaining look at Pablo Picasso's approach to art, and offers specific examples from a variety of movies, as well as Picasso's own advice. As Sven puts it, success requires action. Make a film. Fail. Then fail harder. Of course, Picasso and Sven have Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:10:00 GMT Cate Haight ACE on Editing The Sundance Hit Indie, Puzzle Cate Haight, ACE, has edited some of the most memorable films and television shows in the last few years. Her latest indie feature Puzzle -- which tells the story of a suburban mom who discovers a passion for competitive jigsaw puzzling -- debuted at Sundance Film Festival this year. Creative COW Co Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:22:50 GMT Always Be Editing: Sculptors & Bricklayers Revisited Do you edit like a sculptor, or like a bricklayer? It seems a simple enough question, but as longtime editor, post house owner, and VFX software developer Simon Ubsdell shows, the implications for how this affects the way you edit can be profound. His advice, regardless of where you land on the spec Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:39:38 GMT TV Workflow Supervisor Kylee Peña: The Benefits of Pressure TV workflow supervisor Kylee Peña (Jane the Virgin, Colony) visits Adobe's "Make It" talk show to chat with host Jason Levine about the evolution of motion picture workflows, from the days of film and tape to our modern digital world of crazy-high shooting ratios and constantly evolving technology. Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:26:08 GMT The Science of Editing: Look Closer -- The Mind of a Film When you ask an editor what they DO in the edit suite, the answer is often something like, "Well, it's intuitive." To become better editors, though, we need to be more specific. Editor, author, and professor Dr. Karen Pearlman breaks down the process into five specific steps that editors must take i Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:23:50 GMT Living The American Dream: Editing Sharknado 5 Ana Florit is your typical Los Angeles-based film editor: among other things, she grew up in the French Alps, moved to Paris, directed a one-hour movie, moved to Hollywood, and has served as the lead editor on the 2nd, 3rd, and now, the latest in the pop-culture phenomenon Sharknado franchise, Shark Tue, 28 Nov 2017 04:05:41 GMT The Secret World of Foley, One of Cinema's Most Magical Arts The Secret World of Foley is an evocative, wordless insight into one of the cinema’s most magical arts: the creative addition of synchronized sound effects in post known as Foley. This short film is also one of the most beautiful things you've seen in a long time. We highly recommend it to any fan Sat, 11 Nov 2017 23:45:47 GMT A Newbie Looks at EditFest LA Thanks to the Blue Collar Post Collective's Professional Development Accessibility Program, Indiana shortform editor Hillary Lewis was able to attend the American Cinema Editor's EditFest LA. Rather than the lion's den she feared, Hillary found unexpected support among people who were more like her Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:45:39 GMT 3 Mistakes All Beginning Editors Make, And How To Avoid Them In the latest edition of his enduring series "This Guy Edits", Sven Pape covers the three mistakes that all beginning editors make -- mistakes he knows well, having made them all in his own editing career. Fortunately, he's learned the fixes by now too, and shares the easy workarounds in a high-ener Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:05:40 GMT Growing Up on YouTube: Video Production, The Next Generation Through accessible tools and ease of engagement, young people like Sabrina Cruz have been able to grow up on YouTube and find one another. Underneath the amusing titles and colorful thumbnails, her videos have drawn over 10 million views with thoughtful messages woven together with high production v Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:54:45 GMT Indie Film Sound Editing: A This Guy Edits Tutorial ACE Award-nominated picture editor Sven Pape ("This Guy Edits") speaks with Sundance Award-winning sound editor Ugo Derouard on The 5 Five Steps of Audio Post Production: Sound Editing, Spotting, Dialog Editing, Sound Design, and Sound Mixing, paying special attention to the specific needs of, and t Tue, 06 Jun 2017 04:17:48 GMT Film Editing: Should You Edit Scenes to Music? Music can elevate the emotion of a film scene. As a film editor, should you first cut to music or focus on dialog and visuals alone? In this tutorial, This Guy Edits shares his point of view by example with a rough cut using some temp music by Max Elto. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:13:26 GMT More Than One Path to Success: Senior Editor Mae Manning We talk a lot about things like “accessible tools” and the “democratization of video production” -- what has this meant for the emerging talent whose creative development has taken place largely, or even entirely, within this democratized landscape? Mae Manning is one such editor, who taught Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT How To Create Better Live Surgical Broadcasts Greg Ondera produces, directs, and edits medical video programs specializing in surgical procedures. From his wide ranging experience in the medical sciences and broadcast arts, Greg shows you how to create better surgical broadcasts. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Being an Advertising Editor: The Ins & Outs of Agency Work Katie Toomey takes Creative COW members inside the world of the advertising editor, where being a generalist means you are often not only a video editor, but a designer and audio editor, problem solver, as well as tech support professional. Join Katie as she takes you inside her world. Sat, 05 Nov 2016 20:54:03 GMT The Science of Editing Sven Pape, aka @ThisGuyEdits, joins Dr. Karen Pearlman -- former President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild and a three-time nominee for Best Editing at the Australian Screen Editors Guild Annual Awards -- for a provocative look at "Editor's Thinking," a cognitive skill set that you can use to Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:24:48 GMT Film Editing Tutorial: How To Crush The First Notes It's happened to you. The first cut sounds noisy, has compression artifacts, actors aren't giving their best performances -- and the director has notes about all this and more. Follow along as Sven Pape from "This Guy Edits" works through some of these very issues on the film he's working Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:58:55 GMT Editing Movie Trailers with Patricio Hoter More and more, films that are currently in production are working alongside with their marketing teams to establish a strategy months in advance of its release. That means that there’s more time to explore several options when crafting a trailer, but the workload also becomes heavier, and the Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:14:48 GMT 5 Tips for Finding the Right Edit Point Accomplished editors tend to point to instinct and experience when it comes to the exact edit point. Here are 5 tips from veteran editor Sven Pape of "This Guy Edits" that may help you get there. Some editors say that great editing is invisible. So is the right frame the one we don't notic Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:02:57 GMT The Surprising Upside Of Procrastination In Film Editing What if you wouldn't have to stop procrastinating? Sven Pape of "This Guy Edits" demonstrates how to use procrastination to achieve some of your best film editing work. "Why do I procrastinate?" asks Sven, "I give you Aaron Sorkin who has one of the best procrastination quot Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:19:51 GMT Editing: The Kuleshov Effect Put to the Test One of the most powerful discoveries in the early days of editing became known as The Kuleshov Effect: the same piece of footage means different things depending on the shots that surround it. It is a mental phenomenon by which the audience derives more meaning from the interaction of two sequential Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:30:57 GMT FuseFX & mocha: VFX for Walking Dead, Empire, AHS & More The 100+ member team at FuseFX juggles over 30 television episodics a season, while also working on features and commercials. Current credits include: FOX's Empire, ABC's Agents of SHIELD, AMC's The Walking Dead, SyFy's The Magicians, CBS's Zoo, and FX's American Horror Story. Brigitte Bourque, Fuse Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:13:00 GMT Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards VFX Deluxe Entertainment Services Group (Deluxe) has shared with us that its Australian animation and visual effects studio Iloura delivered a significant suite of work for the recent "Battle of the Bastards" episode of HBO's tentpole series Game of Thrones. Working on the epic battle sequence Fri, 08 Jul 2016 21:48:59 GMT How To Become A (Wanted) Film Editor What does it take to master the art of film editing? Sven Pape, host of This Guy Edits, shares 7 recommendations that may just turn you into a storyteller in demand. Or more specifically, he says, these are his thoughts on how to become what you love, whether directing, screenwriting, shooting, acti Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gravity's Mark Sanger: Cut & Talk with Oscar-Winning Editor Academy Award-winning editor Mark Sanger stopped his usual activities to talk about working with director Alfonso Cuarón and his amazing work on Gravity, what to cut out of the film, and what to cut out of life with his guiding principle: make yourself invaluable, but never at the expense of others Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:06:55 GMT Ten Ways to Avoid Editor's Block Just admit it. You're afraid of the empty timeline. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few who can dive right into cutting a new project. Then there are the other 99% of us for whom there’s nothing worse than that moment after you’re prepping, and you have to face it: time to start cutting somethin Sun, 05 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Taking Over the ACE Student Awards Pt 1: Advice From Grads For the first time in its history, the American Cinema Editors student awards were swept by students from the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. In part 1 of her look at this program's unprecedented feat, Creative COW Associate Editor Kylee Peña speaks to the students -- Aneesa Mahbo Sun, 05 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Taking Over the ACE Awards 2: How to Make Film School Work For the first time in its history, the American Cinema Editors student awards were swept by students from a single school: the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. In part 1 of her look at this program's unprecedented feat, Creative COW Associate Editor Kylee Peña spoke to the students Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT 'Art of Post' Art Show Features Creativity After Delivery The creative folks in post-production often apply their artistic skills beyond their jobs. They sometimes even apply to it to art. This is every bit as true for technical and administrative people who don't have a specific outlet for their artistic impulses on the job. The folks at the bi-coastal vi Tue, 31 May 2016 23:09:28 GMT Metadata & The Future of Filmmaking Dave Stump, ASC has worked as a DP, effects cinematographer and VFX supervisor on dozens of films including Quantum of Solace, X-men The Bourne Identity, Star Trek: First Contact, Batman Forever and many more. He chairs the ASC subcommittees on Cameras, and Metadata, and in 2000, was part of a team Mon, 23 May 2016 14:38:24 GMT Creative Studio leads Pink Through the Looking Glass The Creative Studio's Director of CG Steve Parish led the VFX team, who first worked to bring together eighteen passes of a continuous seventy second shot as Pink moves across the chessboard in a fully CG generated environment. Meyers and Sarsfield had worked carefully to capture the motion controll Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Adventures in File Transfer: Crawford's Transformed Workflow The boom in Georgia location production has led to new opportunities for Atlanta's Crawford Media Services to provide everything from dailies to finishing, all the way through archiving. The trick is that while, locations are local, the productions and client operating bases may be across the countr Thu, 19 May 2016 09:29:02 GMT What Comes After Landing that Big Editing Job? Sitting in on a meeting of The Editors' Lounge can be informative to say the least, and advance your career with wise words and not only been-there-done-that-information, but a real melting pot of new information and strategy. Join in for point-by-point discussion of what to do next after landing yo Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Baselight Ka-booms in Belfast Belfast, in Northern Ireland, doesn't have a great history in post-production. But Ka-boom, which started in 2010 as an audio facility, the specialisation of co-founder Will McConnell, quickly grew to fill the void in a city which is now rapidly becoming a major production centre. Mon, 16 May 2016 21:23:53 GMT FuseFX Applies Military Muscle to FX's Tyrant VFX Supervisor Ted Rae and team are applying their artistry to "Tyrant," a jihadist war drama and one of the best programs on television today. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT The Women in Post PR List: No More #AllMalePanels Did you know the #allmalepanel is such a common phenomenon that a UN organization is urging its employees (and 8,500 member organizations like Coca-Cola and Cisco) to stop participating in them? As we enter NAB 2016, Kylee Peña is looking at balancing the scales with more women on the panels. Mon, 11 Apr 2016 21:43:53 GMT Apple FCPX and the Making Of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Rather than a story about editing software, this is a story about Apple Final Cut Pro X from a filmmaker’s perspective: specifically, how keeping as much VFX and audio temp work as possible inside FCPX during production helped allow Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to open up new options and saved wee Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Checksums, Speed, and Acceptable Risk Do you hang out under a tree during a lightning storm? Do you perform a checksum every time you copy important files from one place to another? If you don't have an equally strong opinion about both these questions, it's time to learn about checksums: how they work, how much you can trust them, and Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Editing Star Wars: The Force Awakens On Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings the latest collaboration of Mary Jo Markey, ACE and Maryann Brandon, ACE​ once again collaborated with J.J. Abrams, following their previous successes with him on pictures including Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission Impossible III, Super 8, and t Tue, 05 Jan 2016 00:03:04 GMT A Tale of Two Mockingjays: The Hunger Games Epic Finale(s) Deciding to adapt the 'Hunger Games' finale, 'Mockingjay', as two films opened up remarkable storytelling possibilities for director Francis Lawrence, and editors Alan Bell ACE and Mark Yoshikawa ACE. We spoke with the editors about the technologies, workflows, and collaborative processes that enabl Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Tomorrowland -- Building a World Beyond with cineSync Earlier this year, Disney brought another of its theme park attractions to the silver screen in Brad Bird's Tomorrowland - a VFX-fuelled adventure that whisks viewers across time, space and alternate dimensions. Computer graphics facility Whiskytree was brought on to the project to create the gleami Tue, 13 Oct 2015 18:58:17 GMT