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Apr 11 2018

Fitting In to the Freelance Recruiting Process

Imagine a full production or post production team is a jigsaw puzzle. Your potential client is missing one piece. That could be you. IF you can make yourself fit the puzzle rather than expecting the puzzle to accommodate you. To understand how to achieve this, you'll need to make sense of a hiring manager's process. We spoke to some producers who walked us through what the hiring process looks like for them. The recruitment process almost always starts before any particular crew position opens up. "We’re not always actively hiring, but...

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Nov 08 2017

If You Want to Be an Employable Editor in the Next Decade, this is the Software You Should Know

I've always said that I don't care about software competencies, I just want the best editors. Most editors can pick up the basics of a new NLE in a day and have a strong command of the core functionality in a few weeks.  But most hiring managers don't think that way, especially for freelance jobs. You need to fit into their workflow and they don't often have time for you to learn on the job. The industry won't bend for you so you need to bend to the industry. Since...

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Sep 06 2017

Don’t Be Afraid of Black

Watch virtually any movie trailer and you're going to see a whole lot of nothing. That is to say, you're going to see a black screen pretty frequently. It's used to set a tempo, a mood, gain narrative distance between shots and is a generally useful tool, especially in short form editing. Yet literally every time I've cut to black in the middle of a piece, a producer or client fought me on it. Hard. Part of it might be their initial instinct that it was simply a missing shot...

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Jun 28 2017

The Danger of the Jack of All Trades Crew Member

I was once talking with an animator about the film 'The Life of Pi'. We were discussing the extraordinarily high quality of the CG."It's all specialty," he said, "Putting together a team with specialists who each know how to do one thing extremely well."I agreed, but lamented the direction the industry was going."15 years ago I would never have been asked to do sound design or motion graphics or even color," I said, "But if I tried to be strictly a picture editor today I'd never survive. Everyone wants someone...

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Jun 22 2017

Why It’s Such an Ordeal to Find Quality Video Crew and What We’re Doing About It

When you find crew that you like, you tend to try to work with them as much as possible. Partly because you learn to trust your crew to operate autonomously, partly because it is useful to have people that understand your creative intentions, and partly because it can be an absolute nightmare to find someone else you want to work with. The difficulty of finding new crew that fits well into the ensemble isn't something we have to live with, though. We dissect the problems with creative recruitment and how...

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May 03 2017

10 Sources for Completely Free Music for Video and Film

It's hard to overstate the importance of music in post production. Particularly in short form projects, music sets the tone and can inspire the style. While custom music is wonderful and I have never once regretted hiring a composer, there are always situations where the budget does not allow for such expenditures.  Although free licensed music is fairly common, it's surprisingly hard to find consistent sources- even the Creative Commons site links to defunct and paid sources- so we compiled a list of the best sites to find music if...

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Apr 21 2017

Optimize Yourself: Health in the Film Industry

You probably know Zack Arnold from his work as an editor (Burn Notice, Empire, briefly on Glee) or as a producer (Go Far) or even from his advice when he talked to us about success in post production. But another thing Zack is passionate about is health- especially for people in demanding, sedentary careers, like in post production. We talked to him about his program, Optimize Yourself (currently transitioning from 'Fitness in Post').  Q: What is the problem that you're trying to solve with Optimize Yourself, and how are you solving it? A: Basically with the Optimize...

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Mar 24 2017

Career Success in Post Production- Interview With Zack Arnold (Part 2)

We caught up with Zack Arnold, an editor of 15 years, who has worked on a multitude of project types including feature films, film trailers, and TV shows such as Burn Notice, Empire, and briefly on Glee. He is also passionate about health and created Fitness in Post, a resource to help creative professionals stay healthy in demanding, sedentary jobs. We talked to Zack about what someone needs to find success in post production and how best to build a career. PART 1 Q: What would you tell someone who was graduating film school...

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Mar 24 2017

Career Success in Post Production- Interview With Zack Arnold (Part 1)

We caught up with Zack Arnold, an editor of 15 years, who has worked on a multitude of project types including feature films, film trailers, and TV shows such as Burn Notice, Empire, and briefly on Glee. He is also passionate about health and created Fitness in Post, a resource to help creative professionals stay healthy in demanding, sedentary jobs. We talked to Zack about what someone needs to find success in post production and how best to build a career. Q: What traits do you need to be a good editor? A: In order...

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Mar 08 2017

What Do I Bill For?

It's a common question, maybe the most common, right after 'How Much Should I Charge?' While there is no firm consensus on exactly what video freelancers and production companies should bill for, there are generally accepted practices. Initial Consultation- No If you know a freelancer who charges for initial consultations, you probably know a freelancer who has no clients. It's a nearly universal practice to give a free consultation to clients, because it acts almost as an interview. Clients can size up freelancers to see if they would be a good fit, while freelancers...

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