Command+Edit Podcast

The post-production podcast that goes beyond the desk


The Editing of Daredevil Season 2 : Cmd+Edit 042

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Episode 42 of Command Edit Podcast Editing of Daredevil Season 2
"You cross over to that side of the line, you don't get to come back from that. Not ever."

In this episode we talk about Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix starring Charlie Cox returning as the title character.

The show is edited by Michael N. Knue, Monty DeGraff, Jonathan Chibnall and Jo Francis. (Any of which we would be thrilled to have on the show, FYI!).

We focus on the pacing of the story over the course of the season, whether we would have done anything had we worked on it and if the interweaving of storylines left any characters out in the cold.

SPOILER ALERT! Although a mild one. Just in case you haven't seen it.

If you have seen it, what point of the story did you feel were the strongest/weakest of the season? What would you have done differently if you were the editor?

Let us know on Twitter what you thought of it!


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Get the Most Out of Post Conferences : Cmd+Edit 037

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Episode 37 of Command Edit Podcast Get the most out of post production conferences

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Do you attend conferences on your own time or your company's time? Do you feel like you are benefitting a lot from the ones you go to?

A little later than usual this week (because Nick traded his editing-at-desk job for a week to work on set of a horror feature) this episode is about all of those post-production conferences that are held throughout the year.

NAB, SXSW, SIGGRAPH and IBC are among the bigger ones you've likely heard of but there are many, many others that you could be attending. If you're antisocial or not a networking person you may not attend many right now, but you should because they can help you out in a lot of ways: expand your network of other post professionals, pick up new skills to boost your editing game, stay on top of new announcements and emerging technology and cement your position (both online and offline) as an expert in your field.

Being an introvert at conferences and networking yourself

We list off some conferences that are worth attending, how to create a "plan of attack" to get the most of your time spent there, create a hitlist of people you want to meet, and other ways you can increase the returned value of getting out to more cons.


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Free Editing

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Freewriting creative writing exercise for film editors

I write and publish a post everyday on my website Something I do on days when I have no idea what to write about is to freewrite.

Freewriting is when you start writing and you don’t stop. No matter what.

It doesn’t matter if the sentences make sense, if you swear 75 times in a row or start writing about something completely unrelated. You just write. You don’t edit. You don’t hit the backspace key.

That’s what I’m doing now. I was stuck on what to write about as I promised Nick I’d write a post every other week for Cmd+Edit. Freewriting.

I also “free edit” sometimes. Sometimes I find myself staring at Media Composer with a blank timeline knowing that I have to fill it by COB. But I don’t want to start on it or I don’t even know where to begin. I turn on some techno/house/whatever upbeat-ish music I can find on YouTube, set a timer for 12 minutes (my mind starts to wander after around 12 minutes and for some reason 15 or 20 minutes seems insurmountable in my mind) and just start editing. 

Your canvas is blank and ready. Start throwing content into it and see what happens.

Your canvas is blank and ready. Start throwing content into it and see what happens.

I choose a shot, throw it onto the timeline then pick the next one. Over and over until things start to make sense and the timer goes off.

I’ll either stop, check Twitter and email and get lost on the Internet or I’ll blow right through my stop sign and keep editing. Sometimes I find myself 90 minutes in not knowing where the morning went, getting lost in my edit. All because I started free editing. And when I’m done, I’m done. Kinda like this post.

This freewriting session has captured something of importance that I wasn’t expecting at all. Maybe you should try freewriting or free editing out for yourself and see how it work.

How do you get yourself motivated to make those first few edits? Have you ever started "free editing" and surprised yourself with what you made?

Let us know in the comments!


Have you tried turning it off and on? : Cmd+Edit 029

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In this episode we follow up our previous topic from Episode 28 about goal setting for success.

As Homer Simpson once said...


The wise sage Homer Simpson

And in a way...he's absolutely right!

You are bound to fail. Everybody does! Nobody succeeds on the first try. And if you do, you are a superhuman and we should be worshipping you accordingly. But it's more likely that you are only human like the rest of us.

When we fail, we tend to let it affect our motivation and sometimes throw in the towel right then and there. But you've set your goals for a reason: they are things you truly WANT to achieve. So don't let a little thing like FAILURE stand in your way.

We discuss 4 steps (or 5, depending on whether you listen to Josh or Nick the most) you can immediately take upon failure that will get you back on the proverbial horse. A sort of...resetting if you will. Pressing "continue" on that Game Over screen.

Video game continue screen

The steps are summed up as:

  1. Determine what led to your "Game Over"

  2. Come up with a strategy and hit "Continue"

  3. Track your progress often to recognize when you go off course

  4. forgive yourself: Remember that failures Are an essential part of reaching your goal. learn from them!


How to Set Up Your 2016 Goals : Cmd+Edit 028

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Episode 28 of Command Edit Podcast Goal Setting for 2016 New Year as an Entrepreneur or Freelancer
"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals."

Around this time of year you start thinking of your New Year's resolutions. Actually...let's be're most likely thinking about how bogus New Year's resolutions are.


They are there for people to set, attempt for the month of January and then completely abandon without guilt. When's the last time you a heard from a friend of yours who actually saw one of their resolution through to the end of the year?

But setting goals for yourself is a very important part of learning and improvement. And there are ways you can establish your goals so that you are more likely to succeed at them.

In this episode we talk about a few ways that you can set yourself up for success with your own goals for the next year. They are simple but very essential to getting yourself to the next level.


Also as we end this year, we can't thank our listeners enough! (That would be you).

This podcast started as a shared goal between Josh and myself, as we mention in the episode, and along the way has turned its focus to the goals of the listeners.

What do you want to learn about post-production that will help you in your career?

What other ways are you looking to improve your physical and mental health?

What else would help give you that boost that you need to become more confident with yourself?

We have a lot planned for the Command+Edit Podcast for 2016. Listen to the episode to find out what our goals are and how we plan to achieve them.

Thanks to the kind folk over at Art of the Guillotine for putting our Star Wars episode front and centre on their page. Check out AotG for tons of resources on the filmmaking industry updated daily.


Share them with us by tweeting @CommandEdit. Literally takes 3 seconds using this handy button below. Once you'd tweeted it, you're one step closer to achieving it. And we will then hound you with progress updates.


Even editors need a vacation

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Josh doing an obligatory selfie in front of the Ghost Dog of Christmas Past

Josh doing an obligatory selfie in front of the Ghost Dog of Christmas Past

#PostDontStop is just a hashtag. We all know that everyone needs to get away to recharge the batteries. Otherwise you risk overworking yourself which leads to burnout, and then your work will surely suffer. Either that or you become easily irritable and become no fun to be around, which your workmates and clients will surely notice. Because of this you should never neglect your mental or physical health and should allow yourself a break when you need it.

If you have a contract or permanent position then your employer should allow for vacation time, but if you are a freelancer then you have both the freedom and responsibility of choosing the right time to go on vacation.

Before you pack up and leave, you should leave your business in good order so that you're ready to operate when you get back. Here is my own 4-point mental checklist for going away:

 • Contact your clients

A simple email to your current clients to tell them when you're gone and what time you'll be returning is all it takes to cover your arse. Allow them enough time to ask any important questions before you leave. They'll appreciate that you took the time to let them know.

Update your co-workers and assistants

Any members of shared projects should be aware that you're taking off, and you should make sure that they have everything they need to do their work without you. The last thing you want is an email from a panicked co-worker who needs files off of your computer and no access to it.

Upload files for yourself that you wil need

If I ever feel like there are project elements that I may (even in an emergency) need to get at, they go up to a Dropbox/Google Drive folder or I email them to myself. You never know.

Write up a To-Do List for when you return

I don't want to be thinking of work while I'm away, so anything I need to remind myself of goes into a Return To-Do List. This list doesn't get looked at until I'm back in the office. That way it's out of my mind and I can relax without worry.

Nick in BC doing an obligatory beard-selfie on a hike. 

Nick in BC doing an obligatory beard-selfie on a hike. 

Coincidentally both Josh and myself planned vacations for ourselves at the same time. He's over in Japan while I'm over in BC. 

But worry not! We left the Cmd+Edit offices on autorun, with new episodes to go out each Monday morning. Even vacation doesn't keep the podcast from running. So I guess there still is a bit of truth to #PostDontStop even when work does go on pause.