Cutting Neil’s Puppet Dreams

Today I wanted to eat up some time by writing about my experience cutting Neil’s Puppet Dreams for the Nerdist channel and Henson Alternative. So here goes nothing. I have been curious about how other people get their jobs, how they work to cut their pieces and how it all comes together as I have been learning and cutting more and more so I hope this does someone a benefit.

Getting the job to edit Neil’s Puppet Dreams started about a year before I got the footage on a drive. That’s because it started with a connection I already had. My producer from Yo Gabba Gabba! felt that because of my experience in cutting notes with directors over e-mail, having my own system (I cut at home for YGG now so I could come home and put my kids to bed) and my “OCD” nature with handing shots off to VFX people (I kind of went over the top and made a google doc for each episode, treating each shot respectively and while it was over the top, we got the job done)..(take a breath sorry for this huge sentence)… that I would be a good fit for this project. While we had Neil Patrick Harris, it wasn’t a large blockbuster project. While it wasn’t a free project, it wasn’t a union project, but I like to do projects for the experience and because they are fun when I can pay the bills.

Rita sent me the scripts to the shorts without telling me who was attached to the project and I read them through to make sure it was a project I was interested in doing. I think she did this to see if I could do it for passion over profit. I accepted and we moved forward. It was when I read the scripts that I finally figured out that it was Neil Patrick Harris so I then decided to go for it and commit, as it would help my reel in terms of “star power” and cutting narrative shorts with a good amount of VFX.

Sitting In Avid: Duplicate Media, Sorting Clips and More

Come sit in on some instruction I give to a seasoned FCP editor, Aaron White, on some Avid instruction. Some points I go over in this video include;

Selecting clips on the tracks using the keyboard.

Selecting specific tracks (only V1 versus V1, A1, A2). This is what controls where your clips go from the source monitor as well.

Sitting In: Avid Media and a Bad Hard Drive Name

I am in the middle of handing footage off to Aaron and we cannot get the Avid Media Composer to find the hard drive in the relink tool.

The solution was Aaron’s hard drive had a “/” in the name. Take a look and see if you are running into or have run into the same situation.