Welcome to CineCast, a Cinedeck podcast where we chat with outside-the-box thinkers that are changing the video industry.
How Strong Setups Can Enhance Remote Workflows in the Film Industry with Mike Nuget
Mike Nuget has always been ready to work from home.
As a freelance colorist, Nuget often goes to post-production houses to work, but he’s also had a home setup for years with the software he needs to do his job and work with producers and directors all over the globe.
With the COVID-19 pandemic creating the need to shelter-in-place, most people have become remote workers, putting Nuget in a unique situation as one of the few people in the industry who was prepared for that change.
He was working on a five-episode series that suddenly needed to get wrapped up quickly with people contributing from a number of places.
“When the pandemic kind of really struck and they were kind of shutting everything down, literally, at that moment, all five episodes were being worked on at the same time,” Nuget said. “It was literally the worst time that this could’ve happened, because we had so much going on.”
Nuget took on a bigger role, adding responsibilities beyond the colorist position.
He’s leaned heavily on tools like Cinedeck’s cineXtools and its file delivery system, which can shrink the time it takes to make changes a producer wants by hours.
“That insertion ability, it’s just – it’s priceless,” Nuget said.
Nuget isn’t sure if work will ever look the same after the COVID-19 crisis, but he was happy he’d prepared himself to work from anywhere now that working from home is a requirement.
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Advice for the Long Journey to Assistant Editor with Noah Chamow and Conor Burke
Noah Chamow and Conor Burke share the twists and turns of their post-production careers in this final episode in a three-part series on careers in post-production for CineCast, powered by Cinedeck. Host Shelby Skrhak sat down with the two founders of Assistant Editors' Bootcamp, an informal education program that teaches the ins and outs of post-production skills and duties for newbies, to dig into their specific paths to arriving at post-production. Chamow worked in several different aspects of the film industry -- pre-production and production as an extra -- before landing on post-production as the right fit for him. "Pre-production was such a heavily relationship-based part of the industry and I'm just not that person," he said. "I realized then I wanted to get into assistant editing." Burke had no problem with the relationship aspect of the industry, but found it challenging to learn on the job until he met Chamow. "Just having someone I could ask questions and call if I didn't know how to do something," Burke said. Since then, Burke has gone on to help other editors learn on the job, just as Chamow did for him. The two discuss the specific and unlikely ways they found work in the film industry and share tips along the journey.
Assistant Editors' Bootcamp Picks Up Where Film School Leaves Off
Assistant Editors' Bootcamp, a post-production training and education program for industry novices, was born as a way to combat the incredible Catch 22 that green candidates face in getting their first job. For the two founders Noah Chamow and Conor Burke, the struggle was all too real. In this second in a three-part series on careers in post-production for CineCast, powered by Cinedeck, host Shelby Skrhak sat down with Chamow and Burke to discuss their how they arrived at the idea for Assistant Editors' Bootcamp To land a gig, newbies need something on their resume that proves they're smart and talented enough to perform editing duties. But no studio wants to take the time to train unproven talent, or take the chance on being someone's first post-production job. "Nobody wants to take a chance on anybody," Chamow said. "So for my first job, basically I had to stretch the truth to say I was qualified." Chamow was lucky in finding a senior editor who taught him along the way, and he reciprocated the favor when he met Burke years later as a newbie. "Noah taught me everything I know," Burke said. "I wouldn't be here if it weren't for Noah." Assistant Editors' Bootcamp, which is taught by working industry professionals in small workshop environments, trains students on the talent skills they'll need for their first post-production job and the soft skills they need to work with a team effectively. "We're training them for what we're looking to hire in an assistant editor," Chamow said.
How the Founders of Assistant Editor's Bootcamp Are Changing the Industry One Class at a Time
Noah Chamow and Conor Burke, founders of Assistant Editor's Bootcamp, attended some of the best film schools in California, and yet their best learning experience was creating their own. On this first in a three part series on careers in post production for CineCast, powered by Cinedeck, host Shelby Skrhak sat down with Chamow and Burke to discuss their paths to becoming an Assistant Editor. Chamow studied film at UC Santa Cruz, but his best training came at the grace of a co-worker. "Fortunately one of the editors working on the show took me under his wing," he said. The young editor learned more from this senior editor on set than he did from years of college and set a precedent Chamow would realize later as he moved up the ranks in post production roles. Soon Chamow was in a position to pay it forward when he met Burke, a newbie, on set. "Noah basically taught me everything I know," Burke said. On this episode, Chamow and Burke share what they learned by learning on the job and how one person's hand up put an informal mentor/mentee relationship into motion.
Advice for Young Software Companies with Jane Sung
Taking Cinedeck from the hardware world to the software world impacted leaders' outlook on the company business model and shaped the company in an unexpected way, COO Jane Sung [contributor page] said in this third of a three-part conversation on CineCast, a Cinedeck podcast.
"When we first launched the software, we launched with our same hardware mentality," Sung said. "As a matter of fact, we launched because it was an easy thing to do, almost like an addendum to our hardware product."
Six months later, clients were choosing cineXtools software instead of Cinedeck's legacy hardware tools.
"As a business owner that's scary because our software was 1/20th of the price of our hardware," Sung said.
The success of cineXtools taught Sung and the company the importance of process and structure to manage scalable growth, and that's advice she shares with other young software companies.