I worked on this back in the spring of 2013 but I totally lost track of the fact that I never posted it when it was first published. I got called in to help an awesome editor Cass Vanini edit this series of :30 loopable living portraits of different athletes. It was a super awesome job thanks to the good people at Psyop.
We’re fighting for first place in the Youtube Award contest. Every view counts! Please watch!
Recently, In Lieu Of Flowers, a feature film I edited premiered at the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival. It was directed by my good friend Bill Savage and starred Josh Pence (Gangster Squad) and Spencer Grammar (Greek). I wanted to drop a few reviews here and show some of the things people have been saying about the movie.
“Savage shows some real potential as a filmmaker with a soft and intimate touch.”
In Lieu Of Flowers is a remarkably touching story, filled with strong portrayals of emotion and most importantly, the advent of friendship. Its real success is that it does not fall prey to genre conventions or force unrealistic goals upon its protagonists. Eric and Rachel are not going to solve all of their problems by sharing a cup of coffee; nor are they going to fall madly in love one night and forget the pain and sadness that has consumed their lives over a given period of time. There is hope, though, and In Lieu Of Flowersnever allows its viewer to forget that essential fact.
Hopefully I am getting across that there are a few flaws but at the same time, some many beautiful powerful moments that help this movie stand above others. [...] It definitely left a feeling of emotion for me, which to me is a successful film.
There are many moments in the movie where there are clever witty lines by the characters as the two lean on each other for support through this painful time in their lives. Their relationship with one another slowly evolves but it seems that neither one of them are fully ready to move on to a new relationship.
In my travels, I’ve had to do a fair number of Automatic Duck project conversions. While I was learning this process, I found that there wasn’t much good information containing tips and tricks about making this process smooth. Especially now with the exodus from Apple because of FCPX, streamlining this process is more essential now than ever. I don’t propose to know all the answers, but I thought it was high time somebody started putting down their experiences so that we can start working towards some kind of a “Best Practices” document. I’m humble about my experience here, but I will say that I’ve done it a fair amount and I think my tips are good. I’d love to hear what you think. Please leave a note in the Comments section and tell me what I got right or wrong.
Quick note: What I’ll talk about here is transferring between Avid and Final Cut Pro, because that’s what I have experience doing. However, since Adobe After Effects workflows are prevalent nowadays as well, I’d love to hear about your experiences there. Please, leave comments.
WHAT IS AUTODUCK?
Automatic Duck is shorthand for a number of programs developed by Wes Plate as a way to move editor sequences between Avid/Apple/Adobe products. Now that Wes has joined Adobe, his programs are now thankfully free to download. The apps are basically plugins for Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe After Effects, so you’ll need one of these apps (as well as Avid Media Composer, if that’s part of your workflow) in order to transfer your footage.
A quick note to update everyone on a “transmedia experience” I edited last month. The project is an interactive video that includes you in the story through emails, phone calls, and texts. It was a collaboration with fellow Emerson alums Landon Zakheim and Justin Gurnari the great crew at Fourth Wall Studios. It was a blast to work on and a lot of fun to experiment with the medium.
Check out this LA Times article written about the company.
Click this screenshot to take you to the site.
If you want to check out the trailer for their other project Dirty Work, you can watch it below.