Melissa Oren is to thank for directing this wonderful short film. She really had a vision and went for it, and I was happy to help her. Barbara Gerard was the first editor of this film, and I took over when she ran out of days to work on it. The end result is beautiful little romantic comedy, with some actors who I truly enjoyed working with!
One of my all time favorite jobs was working on Season 2 of Svetlana. Shot in the same vein as Curb Your Enthusiasm (the actors had a basic outline of a scene, then fleshed it out over many takes of improving, sometimes single cam, sometimes two cameras) It was challenging, interesting, and hilarious. Here’s some of my favorite moments.
This is the beginning of my favorite episode of All In. Cam is scared of snakes, and the kid he’s aiming to help in this episode wants to be an herpetologist. It was a blast to cut.
This was a first season show for Nickelodeon, and we editors had virtually limitless freedom. Transitions, music, graphics, sound effects, jump cuts… everything was on the table. I even used a star wipe in one episode! It made for an incredible show, that was incredibly fun to create.
One of my favorite things to create are comedic relief moments during an otherwise tense situation. When you have chef’s as different as these two, it all just kinda works!
Oh what fun the ladies had that day!
This was a big puzzle of a scene- single camera, cramped kitchen, continuity and audio issues all over- but it was a really important fight that sets up why this team eventually loses.
This cooking series, which I worked on for four seasons, had some challenging edit rules. There could be no jump cuts of any kind, continuity of movement was very important to our producer. We needed to hear the recipe be explained, see each ingredient, gracefully slide 1-2 personal stories into the mix, and do it as quickly as possible.
Here’s how to make a coconut pie, plus a trip down memory lane, in under 3 minutes.
I’ve always really liked this scene. It took ages to edit, we had 8 cameras and probably 17 mics running for 25 minutes (for a two minute segment…) That is not including interview footage of all 15 chefs talking about this cookoff. Totally a crisis of options, but it turned out great.