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Music Supervisor vs Music Editor

What's the difference between temp music and, well, music? Why would anyone hire a music supervisor? What do composers do if you already have a music supervisor? These are all common questions that get submitted to us during the feedback process. This article helps answer those questions: 

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The backbone of documentary and reality tv editing is what's known as the line cut (aka the radio edit, the a-side edit, or the string out).

These are the words that your interviewees say edited down to the timeline in a long row of jump cuts. 

Franken-biting is when the editor intentionally juggles the interviewees words around to give them another meaning, or to make more / less articulate sentences. 

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Every time I hear the excuse "we didn't plan this shoot because we didn't have a lot of money" I cringe.

If you don't have money should should be planning extra hard, and more importantly you should be inventive. Today I'm introducing you to director Ross Ching, who made this incredible spec commercial for Popsicle. 

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A look at the hidden power of props, by Rishi Kaneria of the Raging Cinema Blog.

At a Q&A I was at once with editor Arthur Schmidt he was asked something along the lines of "How do you choose what to cut out when you have a great actor like Tom Hanks and a great director like Robert Zemeckis?" I'm paraphrasing Arthur's answer. It was something like "when you have a great director, a great actor, great cinematography, costumes, sets, composers, and when basically everyone around you is the best at their craft you just don't want to screw your part up." I love this humble attitude. As editors we get to appreciate every department's craftsmanship. One of our jobs is to make it all shine. 

How Does an Editor Think and Feel is the third part of filmmaker Tony Zhou video series and blog titled Every Frame a Picture.

This is a great video with examples of the where and when to cut.

As I've mentioned before, editing is not only "instinctual". Learning where and why to cut comes from experience. Since it can be learned, and improved, editing can be practiced. That's precisely the advice Tony offers. You have to practice! 

Comfortable with the basics but still nervous about tackling a NUKE project? In this series Joe Raasch, an experienced NUKE artist and certified NUKE trainer, demonstrates how to tackle common compositing tasks with some tips and tricks along the way.

Download the assets for this series for FREE at EditStock.com/nuke

PART 1: - Screen Replacement


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Long Term Parking

By Filmmaker Lance Oppenheim.


As featured in the NY Times - An airport parking lot in Los Angeles has become an improvised village of airline workers.

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Gnarly In Pink

Visit Gnarly's Website or filmmaker Kristelle Laroche.


Meet Bella, Rella, and Sierra: a trio of skateboarding six-year-olds who form the Pink Helmet Posse. This fantastical short follows the girls as they pop ollies and shred through gender stereotypes—all while dressed in tutus. In a sport where girls are traditionally underrepresented, the posse proves that despite their nail polish and pink helmets, there’s no limit to what they can do.

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The Lady In #6

(website) Only the trailer is available free.


From Acclaimed Filmmaker, Malcolm Clarke. "The Lady in Number 6" is one of the most inspirational, uplifting stories of the year. 109 year old, Alice Herz Sommer, the world's oldest pianist and oldest holocaust survivor in the world shares her views on how to live a long and happy life. She discusses the importance of music, laughter and having an optimistic outlook on life. Watching this film will literally show you how to live longer and happier! Guaranteed.

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Half Sour

(website) Only the trailer is available.


Half Sour, directed and produced by Sean McGing and Mary Anne Rothberg, follows John Till as he must think outside the box as he enters the workforce during the worst economy in modern times. Working at a friend’s pickle factory, the self-taught entrepreneur started pickling everything in sight to sell at farmers’ markets all over Long Island and New York City. One by one, John reached out to his struggling childhood friends in Providence, Rhode Island to involve them in the business, throwing virtual lifelines. Sharing a love of skateboarding, they band together to make it in New York.

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