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Current status: cutting a movie.

Coming soon, Fits And Starts is a comedy about a struggling writer dealing with his wife’s literary success (and all the characters that come along with it). The film stars Wyatt Cenac, Greta LeeMaria Dizzia, and Alex Karpovsky. The movie is written and directed by Laura Terruso who recently co-wrote the film Hello, My Name Is Doris with Michael Showalter based on her short film Doris And The Intern.

Here’s the trailer for Laura’s movie, coming March 2016. Go see it, and look for Fits And Starts soooooon.

Okay so several things have happened in the last several months since I posted. Here are some quick hits…

Halt And Catch Fire Season 2 premiered on AMC! I was an assistant editor again this season. I love the team and the show. Plus it has 94% on Rotten Tomatoes!

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Scumbag, a short film I cut in 2014 directed by Luke Spears, had its premiere at the 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival and won Best Student Film at the Vail Film Festival. Luke recently graduated from Columbia University’s MFA Film Producing Program.

Overheads, another short film I cut in 2014, premiered online. You can view it below! Directed by the great Jesse Rosen.

And lastly, I had started up on HBO’s Lewis & Clark miniseries, but unfortunately production shut down due to “creative differences.” So now I’m back out and looking for good projects.

L&C Shut Down Until Spring

Okay, so three new pieces of video here, edited by yours truly.  Two new, one old, but everything very cool (I think).

First, “A Handy Guide For The Easily Distracted”, the vignette I cut with Miranda as a promotional piece for her new film The Future.  Now that I’ve found an embedable link for the video, I decided to repost a note about it.  Check it out!  Then click the link below it to visit the original site with the posting and read a great interview with her about her work.


Click here to read her interview.

Next, a music video I cut featuring Reggie Watts. This video was finished a few months ago, but I haven’t had the time to write about it.  The band featured in the song is Eagle And Talon, a super-awesome duo producing some great tunes.  Shot by Catherine Goldschmidt and edited by me!

Lastly, the 2011 Teen Choice Awards!  Yay!  Harry Potter was the big winner at this year’s awards, so they asked me to cut a tribute package for the film to close the show.  It got a great response and even a mention in the Hollywood Reporter and other news sites.  Check it out here.  You can also watch the presentation from the TCA below it.

Every Day

Written and Directed by Richard Levine (Nip/Tuck)

Edited by Pam Wise, ACE (Secretary, Transamerica, Then She Found Me)

First Assistant Editor: Robert Grigsby Wilson

Local 700 baby! My first union job. After busting my ass for years trying to get a shot on a union gig, Pam hooked it up and gave me a chance to be her Assistant Editor on her indie feature. I met Pam way back when I was a production assistant for Carl Byker on a PBS Frontline documentary called “The Meth Epidemic,” which she edited. We’ve stayed in touch since then, so now here I am!

The film was shot on the RED Cam, which is basically the “new hotness” of digital filmmaking. It records at 4k resolution (although its quality is frankly debatable) which is comparable in quality to 35mm film. The essential benefit of this is that you can shoot without the constraints of film, film equipment, and film processing on your budget. In addition to that, there was no need for heavy editing equipment either. Pam and I are editing the entire film on our new MacBook Pros and a couple 1 TB drives.

Oh we had problems, but mostly it arised out of not being able to manage the original RED media ourselves. A lab in New York (that shall remain nameless) received all our original media and downconverted everything into DNxHD 36, Avid’s new compressed HD codec. In an ideal situation, this would’ve been fine, since they would have taken that extra step out of my hands. However, this was all during the time when Final Cut Pro had exclusive rights to the SDK for RED, which essentially meant Avid and Red didn’t always want to talk to each other correctly. Thus creating huge headaches with converting media, all while trying to stay on schedule. I’d say, if you plan on making your film with the RED, either edit in Final Cut Pro or at least manage all your RED files yourself.

Some RED links: Avid and The Red | Spilling The Beans On The Red One | Avid/Red Forum on Reduser | Peter Jackson shoots RED | Soderberg shoots RED

Not bad for a first entry, eh?