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Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve done what I originally intended to do with this blog: keep my various projects aggregated into one site.  I’m slowly getting back into it, and I think I’ll start back off by going in reverse order, starting with my project from the last few weeks.

Recently, a friend of mine asked me to help her out cutting the video packages for the awards ceremony for the 3rd annual Indiecade Festival.  Indiecade is the International Festival of Independent Games.  In short, it is meant to be a sort of Sundance Film Festival for games produced outside the usual “studio” system.  The project comprised of thirty-two short :15 packages for each of the finalists in the festival and a finalist montage to open the event.   To balance out the work I had the help of fellow editor and USC Interactive Media student Cory Sanford, so I had more time to focus on the important opening montage.

All of our source footage came from each of the different production teams for each game, so you can imagine that all our media came in a nearly infinite amount of flavors.  I took advantage Perian‘s ability to open nearly any type of video file, and kept with a traditional offline/online workflow in my new version of Avid Media Composer 5. (Thanks Avid!)  Combining these two allowed me to turn nearly every source I was provided with into 10:1 Avid media straight from the source video file, since Avid’s Import tool employs every Quicktime codec (i.e. Perian) installed on my editing system.  From there I was able to edit seamlessly without worrying about different codecs and without carrying around with me a boatload of media.  Once the edit was locked, I simply decomposed the Avid sequence and batch-imported the master clips at 1:1 from the original source files of those various flavors.  It worked like a charm.

The event was hosted by Levar Burton of Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation, two mainstays of my childhood.  It also featured live DJ sets by 8-Bit Weapon and awesome presenters including Isaiah Mustafah and Seth Gordon, director of The King Of Kong.  The show was at Sony Studios in Culver City.  It was a really fun event and a great festival to be a part of.  Slides below:

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Her Private Practice Scenes:

Her Complete Reel:

Amy Harmon is a friend of mine and a great actress. She was recently featured in “Private Practice” and the pilot “Inside The Box”, both for ABC, and in the Brimmer Street Theater Company’s original production of “<3”. Get more information on that at brimmerstreet.org

Her reel is a fairly standard edit I do, employing simple dips to black between scenes and sometimes employing an occasional re-edit to focus the scene on my client.

Claude and I have been great friends since elementary school. I’ve been doing his reel for years and I’m always impressed with his work.

His reel is called a “speed reel” where all his scenes are chopped up and reorganized to create one sequence that jumps back and forth as the drama works best. This is different compared to Mike Terry’s reel which is a collection of independent scenes.

Clips from this reel are from Entourage, Criminal Minds, and the internet comedy series “Untitled Sketch Group”, available at FunnyOrDie.com. He’s soon to be featured on the upcoming film “The Ugly Truth” and in “Inside The Box”, a pilot for ABC.

This is a reel I edited for Michael Grant Terry. It showcases some of the editing work I put into a typical reel job. Here, each of his scenes have been edited to refocus the drama on his character. I have been cutting Mike’s reels for years now and have seen him grow from an unknown to a common face on television and in commercials. Currently you can see Mike on FOX’s Bones as Wendell Bray.  He just emailed me today to say that he’ll be on tomorrow night’s episode, Wednesday, April 15th at 8pm on FOX, and the season finale, which he believes will air May 14th.  Congrats Mikey!

A montage that played on a loop at an art show fundraiser for the theater company.

A promotional reel used by the theater company for marketing and publicity.

These are two promotional films I cut for The Brimmer Street Theater Company‘s original work “Severance,” which premiered in Los Angeles in 2007. The play is based on the premise that the human head lives for ninety seconds after the moment of separation, and in that final moment the mind continues to remember, ponder, and regret.

“For those who feel that theater has grown stale or predictable, here’s something different…a coup de theatre.” ~Terry Morgan, Variety