June 30, 2011

New Work: Windy City Rollers

Without further ado, here is the full version of the promo I shot and edited for Chicago's Windy City Rollers.

There's also a speedier, more concise version on my Vimeo page.

June 28, 2011

Holy Shit.

A flat monthly fee to see as many movies as I'd like... in theatres?

I seriously hope this is something that happens in real life.

June 24, 2011

Final Cut Pro X

The release of Final Cut Pro X, Apple's latest iteration of their industry-leading video editing software, has induced a lot of head scratching from the professional editing community. Even The New York Times is chiming in to sooth the frothy rage of tech-nerds and armchair speculators. Clearly, something here is amiss.

Just marvel at Apple's balls:

Ten years ago you'd be laughed out of the business for anchoring a post-house around Final Cut Pro's utterly rudimentary batch of software instead of AVID. Yet, Apple spent years developing and growing their brand to (rightfully) become the new industry standard. After this heroic crawl towards bonafied professional tool, Apple continues Final Cut's legacy with... an utterly rudimentary batch of software. Final Cut Pro X is missing a conspicuous number of tools that Apple spent the past decade integrating and developing, all so that the broadcast television, feature film, and DIY production communities could depend on them instead of AVID or Adobe Premiere.

Now, It's not like the sky is falling, but if I owned or worked for a professional post production facility I'd be more than a little concerned about which pony is going to win the race. Clearly, either Apple will update Final Cut Pro X, or AVID/Premiere will step in and gladly take Apple's market share off their hands.

For now, let's hope the fleet of internet commentators provides its usual degree of hyperbole to keep this development as unintentionally hilarious as possible.

June 10, 2011

Long Term.

The last few months have made it clear that as busy as I may be (and I am), I'm not feeling terribly productive. I've said as much in nearly every film-related conversation I've had since January. How can this be? 6 months seems like a long time to spin wheels, and most of my bigger goals remain "only nearly finished," instead of actually finished. For example, this website.

The main villain in this scenario is my day job, but that's a necessary evil for the time being. To help change things around, and to give myself a fresh slate of goals for the rest of 2011, I've decided to focus on a few things to help in the short term:
1) I purchased a few better/larger hard drives so that I wouldn't have to keep swapping data from place to place (not to mention the insane risk I've taken in the last three years of having nearly zero backups of everything I've made). All of my unfinished projects are in post, and this has been a big headache.

2) I will actually finish this website, painting the new apartment, and organizing my studio and office space within the next few weeks. Even if it's 10pm and I have to wake up at 5am, I will make progress.

3) I will also finish every unfinished project this month: a short film from two years ago called Red Letter Day, a microshort, a Roller Derby promotional video, and a new Dialogue.
 Here goes nothing.