Stop Ignoring Automator

For a long time I considered Automater as a program that wasn’t intended for normal person usage. In fact whenever I am using it at home, I have to tell my son that it is not in fact some sort of Wall-E application.

Automator is for taking lots of files, using a work flow to change something with those files and then giving you a file you can work with. For example, let’s say you get four days worth of XDCAM files from your producer. They may be on different cards, but messy file names don’t help you differentiate sometimes. Open up Automator and use it to make unique file names to each day.

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Saint Cloud Film

One of the affiliates we work with is Saint Cloud Film. Made up of Jared Harris, Cole Webley and Julian Acosta, this group is one of our favorites to work with. They have done a lot of fun, detailed and impressive work. Check out their site at saintcloudfilm.com

One of my favorite spots to watch is directed by Cole Webley. His spot, Kodak “Memories,” was shortlisted at the Young Directors Award at Cannes in 2009.

Ripping a DVD for Projects

Many times clients will come to me and say “Hey, I have this video. It just needs the sound changed and that’s it. Well, I would like to change one or two things. I only have it on this DVD, but that shouldn’t be a problem, right?”

No, it isn’t a problem. But it is still something that I feel a little hesitant to do. I don’t think anyone understands how compressed the project is when they give it to me. The real problem though is wondering if I am ripping, extracting, or un-compressing the best way possible.

While there are my solutions to the problem, I would love to hear what other people have found to be effective. Here are a few different options I use. They are not in any particular order.

Guest Speaker: Matt Davis from Sony Pictures Animation

Starting off our Guest Speaker section is Matt Davis. Matt Davis is a post production guru on the side of animation and post supervising. He is a post production supervisor with Sony Pictures Animation. Matt Davis is the Post Production Director at Sony Pictures Animation where he oversees Editorial for all SPA releases.

After I graduated Brigham Young University’s film program and finished the Walt Disney Studio Summer Associate Program (no, I wasn’t Pluto for the summer at Disneyland), I started to collect names and network with BYU Alumni. We held conference calls with industry professionals that were great to listen to and learn from.

Listen: Matt David (Sony Pictures Animation) Conference Call

Download: Here

Hosting the ConnectIssimo

On Wednesday, September 2nd, Post Fifth Pictures led the discussion at the “ConnectIssimo,” a lunch started by Issimo Productions that focuses on networking within the media industry.

On Wednesday, September 2nd, Post Fifth Pictures led the discussion at the “ConnectIssimo,” a lunch started by Issimo Productions that focuses on networking within the media industry.

Post Fifth Pictures recently setup Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress accounts and pages for Reel Family Films.
Post Fifth Pictures recently setup Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress accounts and pages.
Several different companies attend and this month Bryce Randle presented how to start using Twitter, Facebook and WordPress in order to promote your business.

If you were not able to make the presentation, please see the flyer that was passed out at the presentation.