Monday, September 18, 2017

Film editors need librarian skills

The film editor shares her organizational insight…
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Amanda: There are a couple of things that slow up film editing workflow. One is having total familiarity with the editing software. Example: you waste a lot of time going looking for the voice-over option on the menu. Or how to change the color on a text font.
Amanda Fix
Whitmore College
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Intern: So you need to have it down pat.
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Amanda: It’s got to be second nature.
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Intern: And the other thing?
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Amanda: A consistent filing system for all the footage and stills in the Library.
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Intern: A classificatory system like Dewey?
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Amanda: Known to the editor and his or her assistants. Date, time, place, subject. Unvarying.
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Voice-over
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Editing, for all the art in it, also benefits from the skills librarians have. Such as knowing where to go in the library and being able to immediately pull a book from the stacks. Maybe that’s why the place where footage and stills are kept is actually called “the Library”.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Storyboarding on Whiteboard and PowerPoint

A documentary film director explains story generation…
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Intern: How do you draft your story?
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tabula rasa beginning
Documentarian: Two ways: first I scribble the plan on a big white board using words and arrows in different colors.
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Intern: Brainstorming?
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Documentarian: Stream of consciousness more like. I like to stand, walk around, I like the space of the white board to write on. A strong coffee, like Nespresso’s Kazaar, helps.
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Intern: It’s then refined?
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Documentarian: Here’s where I go from to analog to digital. When I’ve got the flow, I open PowerPoint and start pulling in pictures. One slide, one picture. Photos, sketches, diagrams.
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Intern: No words?
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Documentarian: The narrative goes in the comments window at the bottom of each slide.
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Voice-over

A visual conceptualizer evidently. The process has merit. A PowerPoint plan can be saved as a movie to be played as a pitch for the project. It could even be used to base the film trailer on.
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Myths about marigolds

After the White Rabbit posting…
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Church secretary: A reader wrote in pointing out that marigolds cannot actually turn rabbits to stone.
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Tagetes patula
Archdeacon: There’s a lot of myths mistakenly attributing supernatural prowess to marigolds.
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Church secretary: But they do kill bugs, right?
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Archdeacon: Gardeners do say that if you plant marigolds near your veges, it prevents pests. And they keep nematode numbers down.
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Church secretary: Intriguing. How many marigolds should I plant?
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Archdeacon: It takes a lot of marigolds to deal with insects. And you need bushes of the Tagetes marigold to have any effect on nematodes. Science is more complicated than popular wisdom.
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Voice-over
A little knowledge simplifies. But over-simplification obscures.
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Friday, September 1, 2017

White Rabbit: The marigold edition

WHITE RABBIT WHITE RABBIT WHITE RABBIT
Some say marigolds repel white rabbits.
The best marigold rabbit
Others say marigolds will turn white rabbits to stone.
And not just rabbits.
Evidence apparently supports this claim but don’t believe it until you see it.

There is a way to prevent such an igneous fate.
Say “White Rabbit” three times on the 1st of every month.

And may your house become a Marigold Hotel.

WHITE RABBIT WHITE RABBIT WHITE RABBIT

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Truthful headlines

Agriculture and horticulture journalists chat…
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Aggie: You OK? You look a bit off-color.
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Hortense: Had my annual health check-up this morning. Barium.
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Aggie: Sympathies. Kick in the guts that stuff.
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Hortense: Zombies you. But I’ve got to think of a headline for my column today.
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Aggie: What’s the topic?
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Hortense: Rhubarb. Having writer’s block getting a title any better than “How to grow better rhubarb.”
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Aggie: The title has to attract readers.
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Hortense: How about “Orchids that bloom underground”?
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Aggie: Hmm. Maybe we’re straying into fake news a bit with that.
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Voice-over

Granted the need to spice up a headline. But readers will feel misled by a fake off-topic headline. “Growing better rhubarb” catches a gardener’s eye well enough. It has a down to earth appeal.
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Après funeral of a farmer

A comparison…
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Doug: Two funerals in a week!
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Diana: Both very different. One of a national celebrity, a writer, the other of a family and community figurehead, a farmer.
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Doug: How did the funerals play out?
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Diana: The writer had half a dozen eulogies, and songs, and a film of her life. The eulogies were presented, no, performed by her friends in the arts world.
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Doug: And the farmer?
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Diana: Oh, it was just as well executed. Eulogies and songs. But the tone was different. Family and friends, mainly farmers, remembered him, a bit tearfully, a little self-consciously, in eulogies. The songs were … popular ones.
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Voice-over

If we are to go out with people celebrating our life joyfully, including performers and artists among your friends in this life, can burnish an image. Yet to see a mime at a funeral though.
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