7 Important Steps to Becoming a Hollywood Editor

February 26, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Posted in Editing | 16 Comments

After years of making homemade shorts with your cousins in Windows Moviemaker and hours of going frame by frame through the works of Michael Kahn, Walter Murch, and Thelma Schoonmaker to try to figure out how they “did it”, you’ve finally made the big decision.

You want to be the next big time Hollywood Editor, but you have no idea where to start.

Have no fear, not too long ago, I was in your shoes and had no idea what I was doing. Luckily, I met some very kind and very smart people who did know what they were doing and proceeded to help get me started on my editing journey.

Have I made it yet?

No, but here are some of the most important and helpful steps that I’ve learned about how to make it to the eventual goal of becoming an editor in Hollywood.

This information either comes from personal experience or was gathered from the conversations I’ve had with a group of kind and helpful editors and assistants who are already working in the film industry. I know that this is just scratching the surface, but I want to share it with you and help you take the first steps on your editing journey.

As I’ve said, I am still on this journey myself, so as I learn more, I will continue to share what I’ve learned in future blog posts.

For now, here are my initial 7 steps to help you become a Hollywood Editor: Continue Reading 7 Important Steps to Becoming a Hollywood Editor…


Are the Spurs the Anti-Cavs?

February 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Posted in Sports | 2 Comments

Two smallish basketball cities, two once in a generation superstars, two legitimate title contenders. There are many similarities between the Cleveland Cavaliers of the last few years and the San Antonio Spurs. So how did two team that have so much in common achieve such different outcomes? One continues to be a perennial title contender while the other is quickly slipping into basketball irrelevance.

In the end, it all comes down to management.  One team took what it was given and nurtured it, the other simply relied on the one talent it was given to deliver a title to them, until that talent decided to go to south beach and it was all over.

With the 19th and 29th largest TV markets respectively, Cleveland and San Antonio can both be considered small-market teams. Teams that if not successful on the court would soon cease to be financially viable. Both teams, on glorious May days in 1997 and 2003 had the ping-pong balls fall their way and picked up the players that would change their NBA fortunes. A lot has already been made of Tim Duncan‘s decision to stay with the Spurs after the 2000 season and the similarities to Lebron‘s own “decision” this last summer, so I won’t focus on that.

Instead, I would like to look at the current Spurs team and use it as an example of how to build (or rebuild in this case) around a superstar. Continue Reading Are the Spurs the Anti-Cavs?…

7 Writing Tips (From an Unpublished Writer)

February 5, 2011 at 12:12 am | Posted in Writing | 4 Comments
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Despite what we were all initially lead to believe when we first set out on our writing journeys, writing is not easy. Sometimes we sit down at our computer screens or take up our note pads and stare aimlessly through them in the hope that our ideas and emotions will magically transcribe themselves onto the page. It never happens like that of course, so we’re forced to dig in for the long hall.

In the time I’ve spent writing my screenplays and now my novel, I have come across several tips and tricks that have helped me to get these ideas down on paper and boost my creative output. You may not agree with all of them, some of them may not work for you at all. They are simply what I have found useful for me and thus find worth sharing with you. Here are the first seven. Continue Reading 7 Writing Tips (From an Unpublished Writer)…

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