BY LINDSEY BLACK, CHANDLER, AZ - We are working on a very tight deadline in order to hit Sundance ’07. We are going to have to spend sleepless nights to get these two films edited down to the first draft within 3 weeks. Luckily most of us had the same training from Cyndi so our skill levels are about the same and it will make it easier to switch off after long hours of staring at a computer screen that seems to start flinching after a while.
One reason I enjoy post-production is because you sit at a computer and stay focused on the cuts and sound editing and everything else in life disappears. It is so easy to drown yourself in editing. To keep up on my skills, I have been editing wedding videos and home videos. I try to memorize as many keyboard commands and any other short cuts to speed the process up.
One thing I do not like about post-production is that you never know when your computer needs a break and decides to CRASH. I can probably guarantee that will happen, especially when the deadline is tight and all our nerves will be racked. Sometimes I think computers can sense when you really need something done. They decide to show who is really in control and say information overload, goodnight.
After taking classes at MCC since 1999, I can always hear two things while working at home. CLAP CLAP, “double click” and “Save it! If you like it, save it!” Cyndi’s constant reminder in class has really stuck in my mind and saved me in many situations of crashing.