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SPOILER-FULL FORCE AWAKENS REVIEW

Force Awakens starts really well. So well, in fact, that it allayed my fears that it would share those JJ Abrams traits that ruined, for me, the recent Trek films:Read More…

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FAREWELL TO EDITWORKS

  Like a fool, I forgot to hand my security pass back in on my last day of the Puffers edit. Editworks was our (well defended) home for six weeks asRead More…

FINISHING PUFFERS & #DIESELGATE

Finished up on Scotland’s Vital Spark: the Clyde Puffer (as it’s now called) last Friday. Everyone was happy with it, including me. It’s a lovely show that’s equal part historyRead More…

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OTHER PEOPLE’S EYES, AND WHY KUBRICK’S LAST FILM IS, I THINK, UNFINISHED

An editor will prepare a cut in near-isolation. It would be total isolation if it wasn’t for the director (or Edit Producer, who does the director’s job in the cuttingRead More…

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FINAL CUT PRO X 10.2: NEW MASKS

The new mask capabilities of FCPX in 10.2 were immediately a godsend: the video I was working on at the time immediately benefitted, and in that respect it was asRead More…

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SLOW TRAIN THROUGH AFRICA

I did a wee bit of work on Slow Train Through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones. When I came in, some of the episodes had been entirely finished, but theRead More…

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I’VE BEEN FCPX GRILLED

You know that scene from The Jerk, where Navin R. Johnson leaps ecstatically into the air when the phone book arrives because it’s the first one to feature his name?Read More…

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

I wasn’t going to stay up for “the bells” because I was seriously sleep deprived, but curiosity got the better of me. I’d edited the Hogmanay show for STV, andRead More…

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GONE GIRL—NO SPOILERS

Getting to the movies isn’t really realistic anymore now I’m a dad. I’ve let my Cineworld subscription lapse. That’s not to say there aren’t films I want to see rightRead More…

PREMIERE PRO PAIN — NECESSARY OR NOT?

No one likes unnecessary pain. It must’ve seemed like unnecessary pain to many editors, having to learn a new piece of software when the old one works just fine. AndRead More…