The Preditor’s Dilemma: Age of the NLE virtuoso – Geoffrey Katopodis’s well articulated treatise on the problems facing professional editors in the next decade is a call to action. Katopodis argues that the duel pressures of Machine Learning and the unionization of independent story producers threatens the livelihood of the unscripted television editor and the quality of the unscripted American television series. Even if you know nothing about nonlinear editing or reality television this book is worth a read if only for seeing how Katopodis cleverly uses his background in Modern Art Symbology to comes to these conclusions in a rather unconventional fashion.
Cooking Competitions for the Home Kitchen – Legendary television producer, Austin Berlin, creator of popular cooking shows Sapphire Chef and Culinary Curiosities, bring his taste for competition and cooking to your home kitchen. Berlin’s ideas for spicing up your next dinner party, family dinner, or holiday feast, by turning them into games is something surly to be discussed for years to come. We’re particular fans of his “Sous’s mama’s favorite chef” cooking game where siblings battle the clock, and each other, to serve mom ingredients in time to be added to the family stew.
Today an Astronaut came into the office to learn how to edit. I was assigned the task because I’m only a Junior Editor and the show doesn’t really value my work. Plus episode 203 has to go to color tomorrow and the Lead A.E. is busy with the Conform.
The strangest thing about this astronaut was that she came into the office wearing her space suit. Said something about editing during her next spacewalk. But all I could think about were jokes about NASA’s useless programs, like the space pen.
Anyway, the Astronaut picked up the basics very quickly. “We’re professional learners,” she told me after I complimented her ability to distinguish between the source and record monitors. Using the mouse however, proved to be much more difficult. Her thick space gloves made it impossible to accurately move the mouse around the screen. And because the gloves were so heavy, she would accidentally click random parts of the screen and throw us off.
I asked her how she was going to use a mouse during her spacewalk, but was told not to worry about it. “NASA’s best minds are working on the problem.” At lunchtime I asked the Astronaut if she wanted to grab lunch, but she said that she had to get going. So I ordered a sandwich from my favorite place on seamless and ate at my desk instead.