Flipping Reality – There’s Power in Post

June 7, 2017

In February 2013, about a year before the formation of the Guild’s Membership Outreach Committee, I and the other editors and assistant editors of the fourth season of Swamp People (2010-present) returned to work under an IATSE contract after a four-day work stoppage that “flipped” the previously non-union show. […]

A Cutting Room Colloquy

June 7, 2017

Steve Hullfish knows how to talk with editors. In addition to writing five previous books (all published by Focal Press), including The Art and Technology of Digital Color Correction and Avid Uncut, he has extensive post-production credits in both television and film. […]

What Our Members Do: Telon Weathington

May 31, 2017

“I log and transcribe reality footage and interviews in real time. When I am logging footage, I am typing detailed descriptions of the scenes and noting what is important. When I am transcrib- ing, I am typing what is said in the interviews word for word.” […]

When Reality Loses Its Voice

December 2, 2016

Right, how do we want to do this? I know, let’s start gently with, ‘Welcome back to the show’ before the break…then we’ll go with the classic segue, ‘Someone else with high hopes is…’ Make sure you inflect at the end there. And we’ll finish with an epic, ‘Twenty nervous contestants…but only one…will change…his life…forever!!!’” […]

Editing Trump: The Making of a Reality TV Star Who Would Be President

October 12, 2016

The picture editors who worked on the original seasons on the NBC show The Apprentice reported that the image of its star, Donald Trump, was carefully crafted and manufactured in post-production to feature a persona of success, leadership and glamour, despite the raw footage of the reality star that was often “a disaster.” […]

Technical Challenges

August 1, 2016

The CBS-TV hit Big Brother, hosted by Julie Chen and now in its 18th season, has a winning formula: Viewers watch a diverse group of people living together in a house, as […]

AE: Acrimony Over an Acronym

December 1, 2015

The first time I heard my assistant editor referred to as an “AE,” the hairs on my back went up! I felt it was disrespectful and unbecoming — but why? After all, we call production assistants PAs without offense, so why not call assistant editors AEs? Well, for starters, PAs fetch coffee and deliver scripts, whereas assistant editors perform highly skilled creative and technical work in an artistic craft. […]

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