Whenever I see a producer freaking out about a piece of missing footage or an editor stressing about a deadline, I always remind myself that in the grand scheme of things what we do for a living is ultimately of little importance in the world as a whole. We’re not curing cancer, we’re not feeding homeless children, we’re not lobbying for legislation that will transform the health care system for millions of Americans. We simply make entertainment, and sometimes it’s easy to forget that.
That being said, I think it’s important to let loose every once in a while and not take our jobs too seriously. With April Fools Day coming up tomorrow, here are a few practical jokes to bring smiles to the faces of your coworkers. Just make sure they don’t have an impending producer screening or network output, or you may find that the joke’s on you. Without further ado, I present to you – April Fools Jokes for Editors. (more…)
I don’t usually write about the individual projects I work on, but I thought I’d take a page from Shane Ross‘s playbook and do a little first-person story-telling for once. I wanted to share a real-world challenge that I faced recently on my current show and how I used my knowledge of Avid software to pinpoint the root of the problem and fix it. It’s situations like these where you really have to think on your feet; because of the unique nature of the problem, no manual or editing class can prepare you for what course of action to take. You simply have to extrapolate your knowledge of the program and use all of the tools at your disposal. Imagine an artist with a giant rectangular block of granite in front of him – somewhere in there lies the beautiful statue that is pictured in his head, and it’s his job to find it. Sure, it’s possible to use a single chisel and hammer to hack away until something resembling a human figure appears, but with careful planning, a variety of specialized tools, and a delicate hand, the goal he strives for is much more likely to be attained. (more…)