July 2013 - Blog
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Sometimes an editor/creative person/human being needs to reboot his mental computer. Often when work crushes you down with its repetitiveness and sheer volume…one can get stuck in a place of darkness and discombobulation. Up is down…and white is black. I find the best way to get out of that funk is to cut something random yet with a purpose. Take something innocuous and give it your voice. Take something normal and spin it on its head.
I like to find my random source footage on Youtube, Archive.org, the Prelinger Archives or any of the other numerous sites out there. I then use my coconut to retell the story…and make it mine. There are no rules, no formulas and no right or wrong. It is purely to mine your own creative depths and see what you come up with. For me…it is a cleansing experience and resets my thought process to be able to tackle any future challenges.
Here are 3 pieces I’ve used to creatively “Reboot” myself into the next endeavor…
Often when I’m doing paperwork, logging footage, color grading or locating the source of weird smells in my studio (cats leaving “presents”)…I will listen to a podcast. There are so many amazingly informative and colorful characters on the interwebz that put out wonderful content on a weekly basis. For me it’s much more than a distraction or a need to be entertained. By listening to passionate, intelligent and humorous people discuss topics they enjoy, I learn by osmosis and find out things I would never have thought to search out for myself.
Here are 6 podcasts I listen to every week…
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) is for me, the quintessential action/adventure film.
It contains 1459 individual shots and has an Average Shot Length of 4.6 seconds.
There are several iconic and unforgettable shots in this cinematic classic.
I would like to focus on one specific shot…the 2nd longest shot in the film.
My film editing tip is revealed at the end of the video.
After an amazing 6 month run…The Stanley Kubrick Exhibit at LACMA has closed. The most comprehensive collection of Kubrick’s equipment, scripts, props, documents, photos and more has been situated 10 miles from my home and I haven’t made time to go. I’ve planned to go…wanted to go…needed to go and finally on the last day…I went.
It was an overwhelming experience and I wish I had gone several more times to delve deeper into this historical filmmaking treasure trove. Here are some of the photos I took during my 4-hour journey into the World Of Stanley Kubrick.