My friend, Tyler Garnett, directed this passion project and enlisted me for the color grade. It was masterfully shot by Chris Calnin on a RED EPIC DRAGON at 5K.
Some of the kindest words I’ve ever received from a client came from Tyler on this one:
“John – Thank you for taking this project to the next level. I love the fact that you don’t settle for anything less than the best. Even though I said it was done, you still tweaked shots, fixed problems and cleaned up my project. You have a desire to make everything you work on your best work. I am so thankful for that drive. I can’t believe how much better you make everything look. Your ability to match color and make scenes feel so seamless is probably one of the most unknown necessities of any film. Not only are you good at what you do, you also have a soft heart for children. Thanks for letting my son come watch cartoons on your couch while we worked.”
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.
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.
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.
Everything we take for granted in personal computers today was first demonstrated by Steve Jobs on January 24, 1984. The Macintosh turns 30 on Friday. I first met the Macintosh in 1989 at my friend Michael Ryan‘s house. I had messed around with the TRS-80, the Apple II, the Commodore64, the ti-99/4a, but this particular little box awoke a wonder and fascination in me that perfectly balanced the “intersection of technology and liberal arts“. The Macintosh is infused with that ethos. The creative possibilities of music creation, graphic design and desktop publishing seemed endless to me, and I set out to learn as much as I could about design, MIDI, programming, music and technology. That pursuit eventually led me to video editing. The craft of storytelling using a Macintosh has been my career for the past 20 years and it is because of visionaries such as Steve Jobs that it’s been technologically possible for people to pursue their creative dreams with very little investment or corporate servitude.
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.
Here’s a little “Drummer Boy” action for you. I pretty much hated this song before hearing this version by ‘The Almost’. You just can’t beat Aaron Gillespie on vocals and drums for this song. Now it’s one of my favorite Christmas songs, and it is definitely my favorite music video that I’ve edited.