Dived headfirst back into After Effects for a job. It’s been nearly a year since I’ve done any extensive animation with AE. I’m a little rusty. I dig that my mind went there for something innocuous as my brain has engaged itself creatively. This is the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Pickup shooting today on corporate gig. I’m mostly data wrangling. In this day and age, having the editor on set ain’t a bad thing. With the new tapeless workflows I very much prefer being there and seeing the shots, the composition, voicing an opinion on angles I might want to see. It’s very collaborative with everyone to make the best overall product.

Shooting without physical tape just scares the hell out of me. If the data is corrupt or if a disk gets formatted before there is a chance to copy it; it’s as if you are erasing tapes before they are copied. That just didn’t happen that often with cassettes. The benefits of speed and efficiency have to be weighed against archival and reliability issues.

I’m hoping to break in another intern soon for editing. If I had an army of interns, I could take over the state capital. In principle I don’t like the idea of free labor, but since they get class credit from the school and the required hours to graduate, that eases the burden. I still have trouble with doing both the multicam editing of 1+ hours of footage, then also whittling that down to two 5 minute packages. Especially if I’m hosting the roundtable. I lose objectivity if I have to spend more than 4-5 hours with myself on screen.

Head swirling. Focus bad. Too much idea. Hyper. Active. Brain. Hurt.


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Peter John Ross

A filmmaker, a dreamer, and the world's only Dan Akroyd Cosplayer


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