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The picture above may look like a vague approximation of a man in his early fifties, but I assure you most emphatically that it is the face of a teenage girl -- or at least it is whenever I think about The Vampire Diaries. It's just a TV show with highschoolers and vampires, I keep trying to tell myself, but to no avail. I count the hours down to Thursday nights at 8PM, ready to tune in to The CW Television Network. I can't wait to see the latest adventures of high-school senior Elena Gilbert and the two dreamy vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon Salvatore, who create an ever-shifting triangle as they sort out their lives and loves among the vampires, werewolves, witches, and (ugh!) grown-ups of Mystic Falls.


For the record, I'm Team Delena --
Damon and Elena -- all the way.
Some people refer to shows like these as guilty pleasures, but to me, there's nothing guilty about it. The Vampire Diaries is pure pleasure. The fact that Roger Ebert tweets the availability of each season on DVD (such as this one -- https://twitter.com/#!/ebertchicago/status/42721159355170816) might be the validation some people need to check it out, but I'm tellin' ya, this is compelling storytelling. Everything about it is exceptionally well done, and I feel very comfortable saying that there's nothing like it on American television. Simply put, I'm a fan.

I follow a number of TVD-related Twitter feeds, including showrunner Julie Plec and the show's official feed. That's where I came across an interview with editor Nancy Forner for one of the show's many fan sites. As the best editors are, Nancy's a great storyteller. I knew that she had insights to share with her professional media peers -- a group I'm certain includes many more fans of The Vampire Diaries than just me and Ebert -- beyond those of interest to the general public, starting with the differences between editing TVD and Law & Order: SVU, her previous gig.

The same day we finished laying out her article, Nancy's latest episode of TVD aired ("1912"). Sure, it would have been one of the season's best episodes even if she weren't part of Creative COW Magazine, but I hope it's okay with you -- and her -- if I liked it a little better because she is. (Like the teenage girl I am, I was about to use a smilie right there.)

And I know that we can't take any credit for Rob Legato winning an Academy Award for his remarkable VFX work on Hugo simply because he was on the cover of Creative COW Magazine the week before the awards ceremony took place. And yet, I kind of do. Just a little, no differently from fans who take their share of credit for the home team's victories.

Look, this is just the way it is when you're a fan. We might try to keep our cool, but really, fans aren't about "cool." They're about passion. In his article on making In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen, Bryan Williams confesses that he and partner Denton Adkinson could barely bring themselves to open an envelope from Lucasfilm, and were floored to find a thank-you letter signed by George Lucas in it. Quite a few people who have worked with Mr. Lucas subscribe to Creative COW Magazine of course, but I bet that none of you who have are so jaded that you can't remember your first meeting with him. That's just the way it is with fans.

I'm also a fan of people who solve creative problems in creative ways. Von Thomas kept experimenting until he built the ultimate DIT cart. When you hear about file-based on-set workflows -- that's Von. When I asked him to write this story, I asked him if he minded getting specific enough about his gear to name brand names, and he didn't hesitate. "This isn't rocket science," he said, even though it would be easy enough for him to make you think it is.

The fact is that there'd be no COW without people like Von willing to share their secrets, including people like Mike Sullivan, who's very blunt when he shares one of his: when he got to the end of the first edit on a movie for The Mob Museum, it lacked, uhm, a story. And it wouldn't fit on the museum's screens. Oops.

When Yuri Neyman, ASC spoke to us about founding the Global Cinematography Institute with Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, he lamented that today's shooters are often not rooted in cinematography's history, and its heritage in painting and other arts. I don't know that Yuri would put it this way, but I'd say that their fandom doesn't run deeply enough. Pay attention, and you'll keep becoming a fan of something new, even if as in Yuri's example, that "something new" might also be something old.

Having mentioned meeting Nancy on Twitter, I invite you to join me there by following me on Twitter. My feed is anything but cool. You'll see who and what I'm a fan of, though. Thanks again to the many of you who've already connected with me there to tell me that you're fans of Creative COW Magazine. The feeling is mutual.





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