The post-production podcast that goes beyond the desk
Episode 001: Staying CREATIVE and FIT while editing
Once upon a time there were two editors who yearned for a podcast that discussed topics on post-production. Not just post at the desk, but post BEYOND the desk as well.
When these two editors met, the Command+Edit Podcast was borne.
Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Command+Edit Podcast. Find out what's going on in the post-production industry, editing workflow tips and other resources to help you understand editing better. But also we'll ways to improve your lifestyle away from the desk: keeping yourself physically and mentally fit, balancing work commitments with personal ones, and improving your business skills while pursuing your career in post.
Get introduced to Nick and Josh in this first episode. Find out how we set out to make a podcast on post that's different from the rest.
First up, how to keep the creative juices pumpin' each day while moving from timeline-to-timeline. And how taking a bit of time each day to keep yourself fit can really give your work a boost.
Cmd+Edit #004: Should you be Generalist or Specialist?
Once you've got your edit suite pimped out and are open for business, how do you then find work? In this episode we discuss how we each market ourselves and pursue all of the prospective jobs out there.
Those who believe "If you build it, they will come" will find themselves out of work very quickly. The jobs are out there and waiting for you to go after them. Here are some ways that Josh and I chase those editing gigs and set yourself up to receive repeat work from clients.
Do you consider yourself a generalist or a specialist? These are two different schools of thought on how to successfully position yourself in the market and be poised for the maximum number of opportunities. Would you rather be a one-stop-shop who can take on any type of editing job or be known as an expert in one particular niche market? There are obviously pros and cons to both, so let's talk about what those are and how to decide which one is right for you.
This podcast is a two-way street, folks. We want to hear from you so tweet us at @CommandEdit or email us at CommandEditPodcast@gmail.com.
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Josh rarely is seen without a collared shirt on, so I'm just going to put this right here and spoil it for everyone.
Cmd+Edit #005: Balancing your life with your career
It's incredibly easy and all too common for a career in post-production to take over your life.
There's the high demand of time from your employers, there's the passion that we all feel about our work that pulls us deeper into it, and when we're not actively working we are training or searching for opportunities. Not all of our family and friends understand the commitment we must put into our careers. As we progress in our careers, the rest of our lives can take a backseat.
Our passion to be successful at work can come with the risk of losing relationships, our health, or any other priorities we may have in our lives. Not to mention that lately it's become obvious to many that an unhealthy balance between our personal lives and our work lives can ultimately cause a detriment in the quality of our work.
So how do we maintain a healthy balance between our lives at our desk and our lives away from it? Josh and I discuss some tips on how we tackle that challenge, and how you can approach it, too. Let us know how you feel about setting boundaries between work and life and if you've ever felt that strain between the two.
Speaking of setting boundaries, have you ever been approached for a job you felt like turning down but wasn't sure how to do it without upsetting the client? It's an important skill to recognize when you should say no to a job (whether it's beyond your skill level, you don't have time to do it, or the budget is not enough for the work involved), and it's another entirely to say no professionally.
Cmd+Edit #006: An editor is only as powerful as their computer
This episode marks the first of our podcast that has an official sponsor. Screenlight saves you time on your editing projects and makes you look like a pro in the eyes of your client. Upload your videos to a customizable gallery with ease and allow your clients to easily offer frame-accurate feedback. It’s a great service that gets projects to delivery quickly, which is a win for everyone. Both Josh and Nick have used it for both commercial and feature-length productions and it has proven to be an incredibly valuable tool. The best part is it’s 100% free for you to start using right now. Head over to Screenlight and sign up to use it for your projects now.
For shameless plugs this week: Nick hosts another podcast called Limited Release that features reviews of web series and insightful interviews with filmmakers. Check it out to hear all about how web series are produced and which ones are worth watching. Josh has started one-on-one coaching for those who look to improve their editing game. Whether they want to become more efficient with AVID Media Composer, get better at dealing with clients or market yourself better, head over to Edit Video Faster to sign up for an intro session with him.
Michael “Dorkman” Scott is a VFX artist who was struck by a car a year ago and has been on a long, arduous road to recovery. You may know him from the viral Ryan vs. Dorkman video series from the mid-2000’s that were pretty much the first successful Star Wars fan films. His recovery has been covered by his family through the Support Dorkman Facebook Page and just recently he celebrated being able to enjoy a walk outside with some support. Michael, you’re an incredibly person and we all wish you a full recovery. We look forward to seeing you swinging a light sabre again.
An editor is only as good as their edit suite. Well, that may not be entirely true, but it’s incredibly important to maintain your computer’s health and keep it at peak performance. The task list to do so can be dizzying: back up hard drives, upgrade your processor and RAM, and constantly researching new computers and accessories. Plus the rate that technology is changing stresses the need to stay on top of all of this. How long have you had your computer for without upgrading it? Do you have any regular tasks you do monthly to keep your computer running strong?
Your projects will rarely go perfectly according to plan. Because of this every editor develops his/her own workarounds to issues that tend to pop up. We discuss a few that we personally use and how being a skilled editor also means being a skilled problem-solver.
Setting the mood in your work environment: Cmd+Edit 007
We start out with a couple of shout-outs to some of our loyal listeners and retweeters so far.
Jaclyn Rogers, Michael Cardilio and Rachel Bogan have been some of our top contributors this past week. Thanks for tweeting us and for sharing our episodes.
The Shameless Plugs of the Week: Nick is back from the set of Bed of the Dead, the latest horror feature from Black Fawn Films that he was editing on-set while they were filming.
Internet fans were abuzz with opinions on the Supergirl 6-minute "trailer" for the TV series premiering in the fall. It was described by some as "The Devil Wears Prada mixed with that SNL Black Widow parody trailer. Some editors have taken it upon themselves to re-edit the trailer by slimming it down considerably and amping up the action while ditching a lot of the "ditzy, urban girl problems" material. Nick has started cutting his own version, too.
How do you set up your editing suite and office so that you can better concentrate and do your best work? Some editors have personal touches that they put on their work space, personalizing it and making it there own. Some are neat and tidy. Others are messy and more decorative. Some swear by 18% grey walls and balanced lighting. Others not so much.
There are some things that you can do to improve your work space and allow you to edit better. Listen on to hear from Nick and Josh and about what might work for you.
This episode is brought to you by ScreenLight, the service that allows you to easily share and collaborate with others helping to get your project to approval faster.
Are You My Competition or a Collaborator?: Cmd+Edit 008
Nowadays it seems like you can throw a stone and hit 5 editors. The industry has exploded over the past decade and in the struggle to get noticed and hired some have taken different approaches. Some treat other editors strictly as competition and work hard at improving their own skills and marketing themselves. Some treat other editors as collaborators, brothers-in-arms to team up with and support one another in their careers.
It may seem that taking the competitive approach is a negative one, but there are some advantages to it. As well, there are times when collaborating and building a team can help further everyone in attaining a booming career.
Somehow Nick manages to squeeze in Nash's Equilibrium theory and a strategy for getting laid into his explanation on how to decide whether to compete or collaborate.
Not everyone is looking for someone to collaborate with (or be a mentor to) and you can expect some to not react well to a proposition to work together for experience. Listen at the [30:28] mark for a story about an encounter Nick had with a gruff veteran photographer and the price he had on working together.
SHAMELESS PLUG TIME:
Nick's first feature edited for Black Fawn Films was recently released. The Drownsman (2013) was the first time Nick worked on the edit of a film while it was in production and it changed his career path forever. It's available on iTunes for $12.99 and on Amazon on DVD/Blu-Ray.
Josh has released a blog series titled "Over the Editor's Shoulder" chronicling a new series he is editing. It's split into 4 parts and you can see his daily progress and tips for editing faster. http://www.editvideofaster.com/otes-part1/
These are the Networking Tools of an Editor : Cmd+Edit 009
They are the holy trinity of networking tools for any post-production minion: the business card, the demo reel and the CV.
There are those who swear by them and label them as must-haves. Others think differently and choose to not use them at all. Which camp are you in?
Every editor means to get around to updating his/her CV or reel but it seems to only become a priority when you receive an email from a producer asking for them before they can hire you.
Nick and Josh discuss the benefits to using each to score your next job, and how you can use them more efficiently. Plus we explain why and when we don't bother using them at all.
Does the concept of an editing demo reel even make sense?
Are business cards a good investment or is there a better way to give your info that costs you less?
Should you create a CV or is it okay to just link to your IMDB page?
Become a Master of Multitasking Your Projects : Cmd+Edit 010
We all seem to be spinning too many plates or juggling too many balls in the air when it comes to work.
This episode talks about the ways you can help improve your multitasking skills and prioritizing your tasks. From the macro (organizing larger feature projects into manageable steps) to the micro (prioritizing the minutes of your day), we could all afford to become better masters of multitasking to avoid being buried in work.
EDIT: Here is a download of the Current Project Log Template that Josh mentions he uses at the [19:55] mark.DOWNLOAD it and use it to help manage several projects for your many clients.
8K video hath arrived to YouTube! Actually the ability to upload 8K video has been there for a while but it seems there's someone with the ability to shoot and upload a short doc called "Ghost Towns" in full 8K resolution. Test out your internet streaming speed and press play on it. Do you notice a huge difference in the clarity of the image?
We discuss a few noteworthy points from the big Apple update at WWDC 2015. There were only a couple of interesting points for post-production folk. Nick is excited that humanity is a step closer towards having a personal JARVIS.
Things Editors Wish Directors Would Do While Filming : Cmd+Edit 011
If you could tell the director to shoot something differently, what would you tell them?
There are many times when editors wish they could travel back in time to when filming was happening and advise the production crew on how they can make the edit go smoothly.
Whether it be "I wish they got a shot of this" or "Could they have cut a second later" or "Could they have gotten this angle instead?", there are many things that would make the editor's life a lot easier...but they often never occur to the director.
Why? Because they're filming as a director, not as an editor. They have a million things to be thinking about while shooting a scene, and not always is "How will this edit together?" one of those.
So educate them! Tell them what you as the editor needs to do your job the best you can and deliver a golden edit.
Here are some common things that we wish directors would keep in mind when on set. And the most important reason for them to do so is not to make you happy, but to make Mr. Future-Director happy when he/she sees their movie come together in the editing room.
Tweet us your own things that you wish directors would do to make the edit better. (@CommandEdit)