Bryce: Every once in a while I find myself a tad bored in a project, so I look through my footage for an answer. And then there is a clip. A fun clip. Not because of the footage, but because I listen to the hilarious off-camera conversation between the DP, director, and/or other people involved on set. While freelancing on a recent project, I caught our director talking with Cole Webley (our DP) about another editor on the show. That editor is Mark Gillins, our production manager and editor with Post Fifth Pictures.
Mark is joining me on this post to give us some background. Tell us a little bit about the background context of this conversation and a little bit about the director.
The subject of the project in question was a young, single girl from a town not too far away from me. Spending hours and hours looking through footage, editors tend to get to know the people they edit in interesting ways. I thought she was cute and fun, so I talked to the director — a native Spaniard with an accent thicker than peanut butter — and she agreed to ask the girl’s permission to give me her number.
The ensuing dinner date was fun, but nothing really came of it. However, when Bryce pulled me in to see the discovery he’d made while rummaging through some raw footage, it dawned on me that apparently I “loved her,” and the tears that followed were mixed with laughter and subconscious heartbreak.
Bryce: Not only was it funny that she talked about how much Mark “loved” his date, but that of all shots to shoot and talk gossip surely the shot of mud in a creek would have been the safe haven, easily overlooked. I found it, marked it in the finder and now watch it all the time because we find it hilarious. I am sure the director told the subject of the documentary/girl Mark took out that Mark “loved her… so much” or as we jokingly call it “laufed her so mauch.” It was one date, but the exaggeration of how much Mark “loved her to the point that he asked her for a date” because he had watched her footage for a cut of an episode makes us laugh.
We joke about this clip all the time. I am sure editors have good stories about how they wanted natural sound of the area, but the DP was chatting about breakfast. Shane Ross, over at Little Frog in High Def, told me about a shot he had with some people coming off of a boat. The sound would have been very useful, but instead his producer chatted with his DP over phone carrier service.