My Week in TV WC 28/11/16

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Dec 052016
 

Monday

Just when life was looking pretty good for the future I received an email saying that my next job has been delayed by up to a couple of months. It’s still going ahead but filming is already behind schedule, not sure why, but this isn’t particularly uncommon – my first job on 999: What’s Your Emergency? was delayed by a week or so as organising such filming with permissions and so on is quite difficult. Whilst I like the idea of maybe doing some directing or producing later on in life, this sort of organising would put me off.

If this delay was only a week or so I would have been fine as it would allow me to have a nice long break over Christmas but a gap of at least a month is a bit of an issue so I’ll need to find a filler job. I’ll think more on that later.

Today’s work was making more interstitials for the episode I was working on last week. I’ve made quite a few now, some pretty good, some ok. I gave the finished ones to editor as their viewing has been brought forward and they needed something to drop in to break it up a bit. I was then a little annoyed to have another assistant come and ask for these interstitials so he can cut an opener for the show. I’m perfectly happy for an actual editor to rework my cuts, after all I am only assisting them, but it feels a little like having my toes trodden on when another assistant is using them. I should probably just be less petty, but I can’t help this feeling.

Tuesday

I finished the rest of the interstitials today and after showing them to the editor and director they both said they were really happy with my work. This feedback also makes it to the finishing editor who has kind of taken control of my workload and made sure I spend as much time cutting as possible. With any luck it is making its way to the producers too. I’m now back to searching for a particular doctor to be featured in an episode. I compiled the wedding video rough cut with a view to exporting it to show the client but I decided the opener is about 6 minutes too long so I’ll have to cut that down first. I hadn’t time today.

Wednesday

Today was just more searching. Nothing special really. The finishing editor said he’ll have some small interstitials to cut for him when I get a chance. Looking forward to that at the end of the week.

Thursday

I finished a staff interstitial I’d had on the back burner for the same editor who’s whole day of interstitials I’d cut. He and the director really enjoyed it, more so than I expected which was a nice surprise – apparently it really fits their theme so will go straight in. This, unsurprisingly, makes me quite happy. I then spent more time searching for this doctor but tomorrow I’ll cut some more interstitials for the finishing editor.

Friday

I started this morning on cutting some moments for finishing editor. These are shorter than interstitials maxing out at about 20 seconds and I won’t add music as they’ll probably be slotted into places where he has music. I was then given a next time to cut at about 3pm and asked if possible to get a first cut to the editor by the end of the day. Bearing in mind I had to watch a 47 minute cut this would leave just over two and a half hours to cut something down; not impossible, but tight. At 6:20ish I was 7 seconds over (next time teases have to be dead on 30 seconds in duration) but my cut was in a good place. I told the editor as much and he said he was happy to take it Monday morning. I then spent another half an hour on it and got it down to time, and I was quite pleased with it, but when I went to show the editor he had left. Bit of an anticlimax to the week but he’s allowed a life too.

I had promised the client a rough cut of his wedding video by the end of the week but I still haven’t cut that intro down so perhaps I’ll nip in and do that on Saturday. It’s annoying that I can’t just do it at home as I could do it at breakfast and have the rest of the weekend to myself. Now I’ve got to consider sneaking into work and spending just a few hours on it.

My Week in TV WC 21/11/16

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Dec 012016
 

Monday

This morning I received notes from the editor on my latest latest next time and fixed it up. I’m getting to the stage where usually my second version of a cut, i.e. the version after one set of notes, is the one that goes to channel viewing which is nice. I’ve now been tasked with finding and making generic staff interstitials as an editor may need one for backup. Time to trawl through all the staff moments that have been pulled.

Tuesday

I spent more time working on staff interstitials today. This is difficult as the remit is so wide that with not enough notes to point me in a direction I am literally viewing everything. I’ve also been given another next time to cut. I was a bit miffed to discover today that another assistant has been changing one of my next time cuts after a producer has given them notes. I’m unsure as to why I’m not doing the changes. I know I’m still only an assistant but editors tend to get fairly possessive of their edits – and right that they should – the creator is the owner of that which they have created at least in terms of intellectual property. It’s not uncommon for editors to have to hand on their work when they overrun or are tasked with something else, but it’s not ideal and few editors are happy with it. I’m also annoyed that he’s doing it in my bin rather than duplicating and working in his own bin. This is a small thing but a professional point of practice, and after being indoctrinated into various post facilities I am a little picky with such things.

I had a bit of a loss of concentration from middle of afternoon for no real reason, I was just oddly distracted. I couldn’t focus on one thing for very long so whilst I had planned to stay and do more to wedding video I really don’t want to and ended up leaving slightly early.

Wednesday

Today I finished the latest next time tease and spent rest of day just watching staff moments looking for a common theme I could use to construct an interstitial around. One editor had a great one with two sets of staff on two separate occasions talking about people’s perfumes and how they smelt nice intercut with each other so I want to do something similar, but different.

Thursday

Today I was pretty much given free reign over the interstitials for a particular episode. I need to make about half a dozen at least but I’ll probably manage more than that so they have some choice. It should end up being somewhere in the region of 4-6 minutes or more of cut film which equates to about an eighth of a finished episode. I’m pretty happy about that.

Friday

I continued working on the day of interstitials and I’m quite happy with my progress. I’ve also been roped into doing guide VO recordings as one of the editors prefered my voice to theirs. This isn’t the first time I have been complimented on my speaking voice. I used to get asked to do readings at school. I quite enjoyed doing something a little different for ten minutes and it’s something I could easily say comes under the remit of edit assistant. Again I mentally checked out by 6pm but I blame it being Friday.