The Millennial Video Producer: 6 Things To Know About My Generation

This week, I’ve seen maybe a dozen articles about “Millennials”. What do they want? Why aren’t they buying houses? What brands do they like? Why don’t they vote? What’s their favorite color? They’re mostly all written by people from the Baby Boomer generation, and they’re mostly filled with generalizations and assumptions like “all Millennials care about is texting each other.” Seriously, that was a comment. Not even a clever burn. Like offensively non-clever.

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My interview with Brain Farm Cinema

I interviewed Danny Holland and Chad Jackson of Brain Farm Cinema about what it’s like to shoot 6K and finish in 4K. They have lots of challenges, from media management to bottlenecks, and the added hurdle of doing a lot of shooting in the deep wilderness.

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My Adobe MAX Coverage

I wrote about Adobe’s recent updates at Creative COW. Read it there.

The integration of a new family of mobile apps and new Creative Profile were among Adobe’s Creative Cloud updates at the Adobe MAX conference today. The new connections between 13 CC desktop applications and mobile devices will allow users to build, share, and bring assets on the go. Desktop tool updates including enhancements in touch support for Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface tablets were also part of Adobe’s latest Creative Cloud release that is expected to be available by the end of the day.

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Support for a Critically Injured VFX Artist

A break from regularly scheduled blogging and writing to bring attention to a fundraising campaign for a critically injured Los Angeles-based VFX artist, Michael Scott. According to the page, he was hit by a car that jumped the curb a couple nights ago and pinned to a column, which is horrifying. The last update I saw said he was stable but still critical after emergency surgery and a medically induced coma. I’m sure other updates will be posted to the campaign page.

While Michael and I have never met, we’ve occasionally interacted on Twitter and I periodically listen to a podcast he regularly contributes to — and it’s clear that he’s a great person who works to put positive things into the world about filmmaking, visual effects, and social justice. This fundraising campaign will undoubtedly be a huge help in getting him back to business as usual.

If nothing else, I’m sure his friends (many of which are also great Twitter users and podcast contributors) would appreciate words of support while they stand by for updates and likely help Michael’s family during this difficult time.

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Remixing Cinema with Soderbergh, Spielberg, and Me

Today, one of my favorite directors, Steven Soderbergh, posted a really great blog about “staging” in film, which is meant to mean how all the elements of a scene work together to tell a visual story. To illustrate his point, he took ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and remixed it a little: converted to black and white, all music, sound and dialogue removed with a different soundtrack alongside it to help you focus on the staging — the direction, the length of each shot, how the cuts work. It’s pretty much as awesome as you might think, so you should definitely go watch all hour and fifty-five minutes of it. I’ll wait.

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IBC Articles From Me

I wrote two articles about IBC-related releases — Adobe’s new video app updates and HP’s new Z series workstations. You can read them both at Creative COW.

I went to HP’s Ft. Collin’s location last week for a press event where these workstations were unveiled and it was lots of nerdtastic fun. I’d never been outside the Denver airport. It was nice to see what it looked like on the outside.

HP also took us to the Children’s Discovery Center at Ft. Collins to demonstrate their Z820 workstations (five of them) being used to power the 4Kx4K video dome where we flew through space and time.

Also, my hotel was cannabis free.

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William Boodell: Surviving a Sharknado

I interviewed editor William Boodell about his path into the industry and story so far, of which a highlight has been editing the unexpected pop culture Sharknado. We actually met at a bar during AOTG’s Editfest Pub night a couple weeks ago and I asked to continue the conversation via Skype. Read the result on Creative COW.

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What I’ve been working on…

I’ve been cutting a web series called Arson Dogs. The first episode premiered today. Watch it. Dogs are the best*.

That’s pretty much all I have to say about that until I’m finished with it. Stay tuned, literally.

 

*Except for cats but seriously do you see cats doing this stuff heck no.

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Editfest LA 2014

Last week, I traveled to LA for the first time ever and spent a long weekend that centered around ACE’s Editfest, which was held on the Disney lot this year. It was fun and educational and heartwarming and I’m going to write something meaningful about it soon, but mostly I just wanted to recommend Editfest as a thing for editors who care about craft forever and ever.

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Interview with Paul Del Vecchio

I interviewed Trent and Isabella DP Paul Del Vecchio for Creative COW. We talked about his experience using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and how the new firmware updates and ProRes debayer helped him achieve the looks he wanted for his indie film.

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