Picture Lock: A Love Story

At the beginning of feature editorial there is so much unknown that the only thing you can be sure of is having self doubt. But you dig in, keep your head down, placing one frame in front of another as you embark on a journey that entails an overwhelming amount of decisions. It may take weeks, or it might take months, but inevitably you encounter that certain scene or sequence that draws you in, that clicks, and bam, you know that you have hit your stride. That previous timeline of hair-pulling and uncertainty begins to take shape and breathe with life. Guided by the director’s voice, now clearly in your head, and armed with the previously earned knowledge of each actors’ specific rhythms and the camera’s inclinations you can swiftly merge all of these elements to their maximum potential (or at least pretty darn close, we’re still talking first cut here). You have gone from the unknown to the known and there is nothing more rewarding than that moment of discovery in your editorial life…

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My Directors: Zak Forsman (Down and Dangerous), Gary King (Unnerved), and Brian James Crewe (Uné Liberation).

My Year of Cutting Dangerously

No Fourth of July barbecue for this girl, I was too busy cutting a funeral scene that day. While you were setting your clocks back this fall, I was spending some quality time in German occupied France. As you were dodging buttered popcorn flavored jelly beans and spending time with loved ones, I was hanging out in the woods, where there might have been some supernatural forces at play. Christmas, all right, you got me. I took Christmas day off, but you get what I’m going for: weekends, holidays, you name it, since June 4, 2013 I have most likely been cutting… dangerously, very dangerously.

A look back on the numbers: 365 days, two features, one short, three directors, two NLEs, two chairs, a standing desk, and 375 large cups of coffee later, I’m still cutting. So what does it all mean? I’ve pretty much dropped off the map for a year, leaving very little time for much else. Sorry friends and family. It has also left me feeling exhausted and a little burnt out; a problem I welcome greatly. Finding ways to keep a little fuel in the creative tank has been a challenge this past year. But I did.

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