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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? “My name in print!” he beams, “Things are going to start happening to me now.” (Cut to M. Emmet Walsh’s crazed sniper randomly opening his […]

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Bow to the Audience

My favourite living musician and recording artist is Prince. I’ll allow that if you don’t like him, you probably really don’t like him. That’s because he’s really good. Not a middle of the road, demographic-studying slave to shifting units. He is a businessman of remarkable savvy and boldness—he does know how to shift units—but he […]

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Dying formats, emergent workflow

The only problem I’ve encountered with Final Cut Pro X during my first edit for broadcast TV involves anamorphic QuickTimes, but in solving it I found a new friend in my editing life.

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Chuck Tells Us How

Never read any Chuck Palahniuk, but the sheer volume of writing advice he’s shared via his website is enough to endear him. I’m going to wade through these essays (which include some of his short fiction, so it’ll break my Palahniuk hymen) and emerge a wiser person. (via litreactor.com)

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Final Cut Pro X

So… Final Cut Pro X, eh? Lot of chatter about it. Lot of controversy. I bought it the day it came out expecting to jump in and find an editing Nirvana. Instead I found something that made my head hurt. I believe this reaction was not unique. Being slightly busy, I resolved to keep an […]

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Happy St. Sandy’s Day

I was alerted to the fact that this is St. Andrew’s day by the fact that people kept commenting on a video I posted years ago of some Scottish celebrities (such as they are) talking about it. It’s a fun we film, and I’m glad it’s turning out to be perennial. It’s also a rare […]

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Italy via Gothic Literature of the Nineteenth Century

Nina Burleigh has a great article in the New York Times in which she tours Italy, seeking out the locations of gothic English and American novels. The original gothic writers were much inspired by the duality in the bel paese. Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe and other masters of the romantic […]

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Dannsa Episode 3, the music

Dannsa hits Episode the Third with a trip to Taynuilt, near Oban. Well, relatively “near”: Taynuilt isn’t near anywhere, which is sort if the point of Ballet West. In idyllic surrounds, the ballet degree students have few distractions, other than the odd stag sticking his majestic head through the studio window to enjoy a rehearsal.

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Dannsa Episode 2, the music

Following on from last week’s blog, here’s what I have to say for myself regarding the music choices in Dannsa, episode 2, which is on tonight at 10pm, BBC Alba. This week, we concentrate on the Fusion dance group in Aberdeen, with a brief sojourn with Livingston’s b-boyz (and girl), the Heavy Smokers, kicking off […]

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Dannsa Episode 1, the music

A new show TV started last Monday, 10pm on BBC Alba. It’s called Dannsa{{1}} [[1]]Gaelic for Dancing[[1]] and you’ll all be able to get it, because BBC Alba has just become available to anyone with Freeview. That’s you{{2}}[[2]]If you’re in the UK, that is.[[2]]. I recommend the show to you, because it’s rather good. I […]