Editor's Position Accepted
The 508 semester at USC Film school
#14 in a series of 16
Fade up & zoom in.
Wendy called & said she &
blew up at each other. Lisa left, then came back,
and they talked for two hours. Wendy claims that Lisa's lack of planning is making
her job far more difficult than need be. Lisa claims Wendy is not committed to her
film. They blew up in the editing room, in front of Luke & Keith.
don't think this means they love each other any less. I think it means that
end of the semester, and they're both stressed to their breaking points. All students
were warned prior to the beginning of the 508 semester, that 508 was a killer.
conflicts are not uncommon. On the contrary, it's unrealistic to think
thing will be blue skies & sunshine.
This is it. Crunch weekend has arrived. A light has appeared at the end of
Picture lock is due Monday morning. Lisa's film started at 15 mins. Wendy whittled it
down to within 30 secs of the limit (5 mins 3 secs).
Usually, the locked
picture goes to a composer, but Lisa didn't get a composer. Rather,
she's is using the actress's (LaToya's) boyfriend to create the sound, a bunch of
individual audio tracks. Lisa prefers to get average people "off the street" (so to speak)
to do her films. As you may recall, her actress has no prior acting experience. (Wendy's
composer, Ed, is here.)
Lisa gave the individual audio tracks to Wendy, and asked her to edit
the picture to
the audio tracks. Wendy thought she was almost done with editing. Now she has lots
more work to do. She worked extra hard, early on, in hope that she'd get to spend
Sunday with her mom, on the second anniversary of van's passing, cuz mom had a
hard time with the previous anniversary of Van death.
not happy about learning about the new editing strategy at the last
minute, when (she thought) she was so close to being done. She says that if Lisa
wanted the film to be edited this way, she should've gave her the music weeks ago.
She says, "Lisa has me editing a music video .. on a flatbed, which is absurd. Nobody
edits a music video on a flatbed."
selected to direct a 546 next semester. Some panel members had
problems with the story. Wendy thought this odd, cuz all scripts are pre-approved
before the directors are selected. The panel was comprised of 6 men, 2 women.
Men in particular were not thrilled with the script.
Perhaps if they would
changed the drunk husband to a work-a-holic husband,
they wouldn't have had a prob. I had similar misgivings myself. Any male who
happens to identify with the husband would have a problem with this script.
Tania considered two scripts. The one she did not select was chosen by the panel.
The diff between 508 (this semester) & 546 (next semester) is:
1. 546 has sync sound dialogue. 508 does not.
2. 546 is in color. 508 is B&W.
3. 546 is 12 minutes long. 508 is 5 mins.
4. 546 uses 10 students. 508 uses 2.
In other words, 546 represents more how things work in the industry. Wendy
that people tells lies. Promises get broken. Ugliness not uncommon. Profs have sat
down with students & warned them. Bottom line is that 546 is about chemistry.
Best advice is for students to work with good people that they get along with.
Wendy has been talking to
the four directors who have been selected. Her options
look like this:
Do Sound for Denise McCarthy. Denise's offer was the first (after Tania's)
considered. Denise was the one who called while I was writing update before last.
Denise did Sound for her first 546 crew assignment. She says Sound is good, cuz
everybody needs a good Sound person, and she was able secure pay-backs from
other students who she did Sound for.
Wendy enjoys doing sound, but heard that Sound people get
no respect - that Sound
the last thing directors think of. She discussed this with Denise, who assured her that
this won't be the case. Denise will make sure that Sound (& the Sound person) is not
Denise told Wendy that she
wouldn't give the position to anyone else, without first
talking to her. This makes it easier for Wendy to explore other options.
As soon as the news was released, who was selected to direct next
the first call Wendy got was from Pema (pronounced 'pey muh, he's from Tibet), asking
if she'd be interested in Producing his film (with Dennis). Pema was selected to direct a
movie titled Echo (linkage here).
who pitched with Wendy & Tania, for Tania's
pitched for Pema.
Protocol states that, when a student pitches with/for more than one director, he/she
must inform all directors which is their first choice. Tania's project was not Dennis' first
choice - Pema's was. Each position is filled by two people (two producers for each film).
Pema still needs another Producer.
But Wendy isn't crazy about about the idea of Producing Pema's
film. She isn't crazy
about Producing, period. She feels that she could Produce, if she had to. But Producing
deals with the business aspects of Filmmaking, and Wendy's more interested in Film's
Editor's positions are sought after more than any other. This may
be cuz 546 films
are now edited using Avid Media Composers. Knowing how to edit film on an Avid is
a marketable skill in itself. Plus it's so much easier than editing on a flatbed.
Denise already has
both her Editors, so she had no need for another. Denise's film is
mostly dialogue. So there wouldn't be much creative opportunity for a Sound person
(music, etc.). Wendy wants to be excited about her position, and doing Sound for
Denise doesn't excite her.
Wendy already told Pema that she didn't want to Produce, but that she
doing Sound for him, but would rather edit. Wendy gave Pema a 'reel', containing:
Breathe (2nd half), Descent (2nd half), Pearl Diver (parts), all of Vandancing & BodyMind.
Yesterday Pema offered Wendy an editing job - the first/primary position. She
on the spot. She's very happy, walking 2 inches off the ground.
While talking to Pema, another girl walked up, who's directing another 546 film/project.
When the girl heard that Wendy signed with Pema, she said, "Aww, we wanted Wendy.
You stole her." Pema said, "You only wanted her for Sound. I gave her an Editing job."
The girl said, "We wanted her for anything."
asked Wendy who she might like to work with. He said that one of the possibilities
is a guy named Geof. Wendy thought Lisa & Geof were pitching as an editing team.
In other words, she thought they were working together, and you didn't get one without
the other. Pema said that this wasn't the case.
Wendy hopes that Lisa isn't offended by Pema giving her the editing job. She
doesn't affect their relationship. Lisa wanted the position. Things could get awkward.
They only have one more week of working together, but it will require much time spent
After Wendy got the editing job with Pema, Lisa wanted to take Geof and go 'pitch' (as
an editing team) to Dava, who's another girl selected to direct a 546. But Geof wanted to
"talk to Pema first." Wendy said Lisa is fuming, calling Geof a backstabber. Lisa thought
she & Geof were a team, and felt like Geof is abandoning her.
This just in. Wendy just called and said that Pema offered Geof the second
position, and he took it. Wendy is concerned that this may affect her relationship with
Lisa, cuz she'll now be editing with the guy Lisa thought was her (editing) partner.
It's not Wendy's fault, but could make for an awkward final week. Wendy feels bad for
Lisa. She hopes Lisa doesn't resent her.
Wendy heard good things about Geof. Says he never misses class. Works
as a whip. Pema said a reputation for working hard was his primary criteria in making
It is now clear why it's better to do your movie *first* during
the 508 semester. This is
what Wendy heard, but she never heard reasons why. Reasons are cuz:
1. If you go 2nd, you have to
start planning your film while finishing (editing) the first.
2. Many people (like Lisa & Ron) totally change their script after working on the first film.
This adds tons more work with little/no time.
3. Pitching for 546s occur during the 2nd film. It's difficult to produce/direct your own
film while looking into 546s.
Lisa says that the students who do their film
second get screwed. But there is also the
school of thought that says you learn from the mistakes you make by going first.
Wendy got fat letter from Lani today.
It started by saying, in giant
Mommy, you're my inspiration!!! Wendy was crying. Good timing, cuz today is 2-year
anniversary of Van's death.
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