“Christmas in the Smokies” – Color Grade

I just completed the color grade on a feature film and hope for many more opportunities in the future. ‘Christmas in the Smokies‘ was a lot of fun to work on – and quite a challenge. It is a Christmas movie shot in Georgia during the month of May – so exteriors were very green and spring-like. To make it look like December I used various techniques to isolate and reduce the greens, while preserving natural skin tones and giving a wintery look to the overall image.

Here’s the trailer:

7,263 miles from home and two edits later…

…I hope the impact of these stories can be felt for a long time to come.

I hope the people of South Sudan see the peace they deserve.

And I hope Samaritan’s Purse can see their rescue efforts once again transition to rebuilding programs.

From March 25 – April 7, 2014 I had the wonderful and challenging opportunity of field editing in South Sudan with Matt Rath, producer/shooter for Samaritan’s Purse. The needs in South Sudan are overwhelming, to say the least. But the dedicated efforts of Samaritan’s Purse, working alongside the international relief community, is saving literally thousands of lives and helping to meet the physical and spiritual needs of these beautiful people. South Sudan is a rough country and the political turmoil has left tens of thousands dead, and more than 1 million people displaced from their homes. Keep South Sudan in your prayers and in your news feed. These two videos are just a small glimpse into the great need and glimpses of hope for the people of South Sudan.



NCEL “The Present”

Here is the most recent North Carolina Education Lottery spot that I cut and graded. Great directing and talented actors made this spot a joy to work on. Shot on Arri Alexa, edited in FCPX and graded in DaVinci Resolve 10.

A Chess Player – Trailer

A short film I edited and graded will be premiering very soon. Check out the trailer – cut by the director, Shea Sizemore, with an original song he co-wrote for the film.

I love it. I love the film. I hope you will too. I’ll keep you posted.

I wish my wedding had been captured like this

All I have is a VHS tape that puts me to sleep every time I watch it! I loved my wedding day – it was the best day of my life. But back in ’96 it wasn’t quite possible to capture the day in a short film style. It certainly is now, and few are doing it better than the fine folks at Caravan.

They absolutely kill it when it comes to documenting your special day.

I edited and graded this piece at the end of 2013.

Charlotte Health Center Testimonies

This is piece that I shot and edited for www.askdrmatthew.com.

Instead of a straightforward approach to the edit where each person tells their story in a linear fashion or as separate testimonials, I chose an approach that interweaves multiple patient testimonials to evoke an overall positive feeling toward the work that Dr. Matthew McAlees and his team at the Charlotte Health Center do for people in ways that traditional medicine usually cannot achieve.

It clocks in at over 8 minutes, which is longer than I would typically like to hit, but I feel it holds the viewer’s interest and the range of issues are likely to hit a personal area for the viewer.


Comparing Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer and Premiere Pro CC

John Schroter:

Well worth the read. These are three fine choices and picking one is now a simple matter of preference. I think we all know my preference by now.

Originally posted on digitalfilms:


The editing world includes a number of software options, such as Autodesk Smoke, Grass Valley EDIUS, Lightworks, Media 100, Sony Vegas and Quantel. The lion’s share of editing is done on three platforms: Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer or Adobe Premiere Pro. For the last two years many users have been holding onto legacy systems, wondering when the dust would settle and which editing tool would become dominant again. By the end of 2013, these three companies released significant updates that give users a good idea of their future direction and has many zeroing in on a selection.


Differing business models

Adobe, Apple and Avid have three distinctly different approaches. Adobe and Avid offer cross-platform solutions, while Final Cut Pro X only works on Apple hardware. Adobe offers most of its content creation software only through a Creative Cloud subscription. Individual users have access to all creative applications…

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