Monday, October 29, 2012

Is the Make-Up Effects Artist a Fading Craft?

Make-up effects may be a fading craft as technology advances.
An ape make-up I created while in high school.
I recently saw the movie Argo. A great movie, by the way, but after seeing John Goodman playing John Chambers, it got me to thinking: was John Chambers part of a fading craft?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Discovering Screenwriting

Locating screenwriting resources in your area.
Getting your script ideas fleshed out in writing.
Last year around this time, I was looking for a way to get some of my screenplay ideas fleshed out and written down. I have always kept a journal of ideas for films, but for the longest time they have remained just that - ideas. I wanted to be able to take some of those ideas and begin developing the storylines and characters.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Evolution of Video Editor User Communities

Video editor user communities like the Avid User Groups are valuable to all involved.
The crowd at a Boston Avid Users Group Meeting.
Back in 1992 Avid had its first Annual International Avid Users Group Meeting. The meeting was a great chance for Avid editors from all over the world to get together and talk shop. Not to mention, it was a few days of workshops where an editor could learn anything from digital media management to compositing and effects.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Adding An Audio Mixer to Your Edit System

Using a mixer to route the inputs and outputs of your video editing system.
I use a 12-channel, 4-bus mixer in my edit suite.
Although these days a lot of what you're ingesting into you edit system is digital and doesn't require analog inputs. There are some cases in which you may want to ingest source from a BetaCAM, VHS or other format that predates DV. This week we'll discuss wiring a mixer into your edit system for analog I/O in a way that doesn't induce feedback.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Converting an SD Video Demo Reel to HD

A motion graphics clip that was produced in SD rebuilt as HD.
A motion FX clip, produced in SD rebuilt as HD.
A couple of weeks ago we discussed posting your sample reel online, which is very important when trying to show off your skills. This week we'll discuss showing off your editing/production skills properly.