NCEL “Fast Fingers”

This is a spot I recently edited and graded for the North Carolina Education Lottery.

A Band of Rogues – sample scene

I can’t believe it’s been nearly 2 years since we’ve finished the edit on ‘A Band of Rogues’. If you haven’t seen this movie you should. Filmed in Argentina, it follows the story of 3 American musicians busted for drug possession. The music and storyline are sweeping and free-flowing. I would highly recommend this film even if I hadn’t edited it.

You can rent it on Vimeo for less than the cost of your latte.

My Hope America with Billy Graham

BG-MyHope-270x270I’m very excited about a series of programs that are about to launch nationwide this week – starting on Billy Graham’s 95th birthday, November 7, 2013.  Over the past year and a half, I’ve been the lead editor and colorist on three 30 minute television programs featuring stories, music and a message from Billy Graham.  These programs are being used across the country as an evangelistic tool in people’s homes – a starting block for one on one evangelism on a massive scale. It’s going to be a fun weekend to watch the stories pour in as the flagship program, called “The Cross” will air nationwide.  Many churches have been preparing for discipling new believers.

You can check www.watchbillygraham.com for local listings.

All three programs are fantastic, but here is my personal favorite of the three, “Defining Moments”.  Both my wife’s and my daughter’s artwork are featured in the piece as well.

Dare To Be A Daniel – “Snapshot”

The Director’s Cut
A Camp Daniel promotional video for kids age 9-14.
Larissa Miller – Producer / Director
Hannah Schroter – Scriptwriter
John Schroter – Editor / Colorist / GFX
Tim Gale – Sound mix

My Hope America – Lose to Gain

A recent piece I helped edit for My Hope America with Billy Graham. I was responsible for the overall Color Grading of the whole piece as well as the graphic treatment in the opening Tease – all but the graphic TV overlays, which were created by Jim Zangmeister.  Original music score by Matthew Morgan, sound design and mix by Tim Gale.

“Sweet Rewease”

A movie quote mashup I put together.

A Labor of Love

Some edits are very tough to accomplish – the creative goal is pretty much there, but the way to it is not always so cut and dry. There are a lot of factors for me, but many times it’s simply the sheer number of edits combined with sorting through hours of footage to find the perfect shot for the cut. Other times, it’s the emotional toll the creative process can take. Sometimes it’s a combination of the two.

Without fail, there is always a point in these edits where I’m wondering if I even know what I’m doing, and if maybe I should give it up and become a farmer or something. But I’ll push through because I know that the end product will be something I’m proud of and will hopefully impact others the way it impacted me. Here are a few of my favorite labors of love:

I edited everything in Final Cut Pro (including the opening color streaks) using up to 36 layers for some of the custom wipes and transitions I created. I was pretty obsessed with the movie ‘Tron’ at the time, so my music choices were heavily influenced. I also drew inspiration from this very cool promo by FiatUSA. Their transitions are absolutely mind-boggling and I figured if I could pull off even a fraction, I’d be in good shape. Nothing new under the sun, right?:

Over 50,000 stills were shot for this 90 second stop motion promo for The Cove in Asheville, NC. I whittled it down to about 1,000 before handing portions over to our graphics department for 3D treatment.  This piece was custom scored, so I created a click track to edit by. I went with a 5/4 meter to give an unsettled leading or pulling feel to enhance the message. I patterned the rhythm in the style of this song from the movie ‘Once’:

This was one of those ‘lots of content combined with heavy emotion’ one-two punches. The bathtub scene was surprisingly difficult to cut. In a weird way, I began to feel as if I was drowning the character in this vignette. Something strange happens when you put together a series of shots and watch them over and over again. I’m pretty sure it’s a form of brainwashing. No, actually I’m sure it is.

Madrid International Film Festival Official Selection – ‘A Band of Rogues’

So, A Band of Rogues, the first independent feature film that I’ve edited, is now an official selection at the Madrid International Film Festival. It was filmed in the fall of 2010 on location in Argentina.

Daniel Camenisch, a mutual friend of writer/director, Tim Morgan, recommended me for the edit. After an initial couple of Skype video chats with the Morgan brothers while they were still wrapping up in Argentina, they decided to bring me on to the team for editing and shipped me two 2TB hard drives containing about 60 hours of raw footage. After a few months of editing nights and weekends and e-mailing rough scenes back and forth with Tim, we followed up with a very intense yet tremendously fun and rewarding week stateside. The goal – take the rough scenes and refine them, complete a rough sound and music mix, and color correct the entire film in order to burn a DVD for the start of festival submission season. All within 7 days. (more…)