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Alan Smith
Next trend. . .
on Apr 21, 2008 at 12:25:44 am

Every now and then a new program or movie comes out that introduces a cool new style or edit that seems to quickly find its way into every thing. One that comes to my mind is the camera moves that give the look and feel of hand held/free form. It is now a shooting style or post effect that has found its way in almost every new show or movie.

What do you think are some trends that are hot/cool that will make their way into the editors tool box?



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Mark Suszko
Re: Next trend. . .
on Apr 21, 2008 at 3:04:40 pm

For several years now one hot thing has been to freeze and cut-out and glide around a portion of the shot, and manipulate obvious 2-d layers in 3-d space. I have always enjoyed the "2.5-D" look myself, going back to the old "Don't Answer Me" music video for Alan Parsons. So, it's not really new or anything, but I look forward to seeing some plug-ins that make it simpler to achieve that look without needing as much playing around in the compositor. There's always going to be *some* of that required. But a streamlined method would be nice.

I think going forward, seamless integration of, and more use of, digital matte paintings and extensions will be the thing. Multicore processors will make this stuff render ever faster as time marches on. The real trick that will distinguish future star editor-compositors, IMO, will be not to be looking flashy, but to be as realistic as possible, fooling the eye so nobody thinks they are looking at a special effect at all, but real sets, real actors, real props, all looking like practicals on a real existing location, and then doing things that are impossible in real life, yet look absolutely real.

And I do think that those two jobs, editor and compositors are going to inevitably fuse into one, they already count on each other for so much. While you will always have high end specialists in just cutting and in just compositing, I think the trend is for one guy or gal to handle all of that as one thing. On the low end, this is already the case; the editor is also the compositor and the colorist as well as the audio pro. As software enables one to automate more of the work, I feel this trend will climb up to mid level and high level budget work. We'll have hyphenated job titles, and hopefully be able to charge a little more for doing more work, the down side of it will be fewer jobs overall.

A really scary trend I can imagine in editing will happen in news cutting. When bandwidth is increased by the next revolution in codec/compression technology, I think we'll see the death of microwave ENG trucks and satellite trucks, as shooters just plug in to the nearest copper or fiber or wimax phone access. Your location truck will shrink to a 2-door Chevy coupe.

When the video is all packets, the images don't care if they are fed from blocks away or thousands of miles. A natural extension of that is, they also don't care if they go to the home newsroom in Bangor, Maine, or an editing suite in Bangalore, India, where they are awake while we're asleep, and working for a couple rupees with no benefits. The English-speaking freelance tech in Bangalore trims up a fast VOSOT package and feeds that back to an automated news server in Bangor, ready to play out, before the morning anchor team has even arrived at the studio. Instead of editors in the shop, the news director will choose and distribute editing jobs to freelancers located anywhere; local, regional, national, international, all competing on price.

Shooters will also become more and more freelance, because it will be easier and faster and cheaper to call the shooter closest to the action, than to send your own guy (on salary and benefits) TO the action.

Its just an extension of trends already happening across the country, automating more and more of live operations and controlling multiple MC's from one central, minimally-staffed base.




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Chris Bové
Re: Next trend. . .
on Apr 21, 2008 at 6:55:54 pm

I'm waiting for an in-Avid 3rd party interface that really, REALLY rocks with sculpturable lighting effects. There are some out there now that mimic real life lighting, but nothing too insane yet. Film, video and advertizing will always push trends that can create the purposeful focusing of your eye. We've thus seen serious use of techniques that involve painting around subjects with defocus, motion blurs and darkened vignettes. Once editors can do some out-of-this-world-yet-in-the-Avid lighting effects (that can render in eight seconds or less) you'll see a ton of new trends!


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Rocco Forte
Re: Next trend. . .
on Apr 23, 2008 at 4:29:31 am

Tomorrows features will look like todays trailers.



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grinner hester
Re: Next trend. . .
on Apr 24, 2008 at 1:29:30 am

shakeycam for the sake of shaling is irritating. NYPD Blue screwed up every old DP I know. They all try to mimmick it and instead of emphasising dialog, they just wobble needlesly, not even listening to what they are shootin'. I shoot hand held more than anything. My wobbles are from a wobbly hand, never boredom.
Styles rotate, regurgitate and every 25 years, evolve about a year. I have always seen styles as somthing not to follow. If standing out is the point, blending in is counter-productive.



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tommy d'angelo
Re: Next trend. . .
on Apr 24, 2008 at 3:03:22 pm

lol if shakycam was in a few years ago when I first got out of college, I could of been the best cameraman in the world. Unfortunately I enjoy caffeine too much so I became an editor :)



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grinner hester
Re: Next trend. . .
on Apr 25, 2008 at 2:21:12 am

lol
try being an on the wagon alcoholic with raging diabetes and a 5 pound camera.
like I said tho, at least my shakycam aint intentional.



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Mike Cohen
Re: Next trend. . .
on Apr 28, 2008 at 4:56:18 pm

Lately I have noticed a lot more commercials using multiple PIP - I too use a lot more multiple videos in one frame, which I attribute to the ease with which you can do this in FCP/Premiere etc.
Not a new effect however (cue Brady Bunch music...).

Thankfully the Richard Linklater animation/live video effect has not become too overused, because it gets old fast. It is cool, but a little goes a long way.

I think the "fake dramatic music effect" has gone on a bit too long. No offense to the thousands of people making a living off reality game show programming, but introducing long 10-15 second dramatic music cues for seemingly easy decision-making is a bit absurd. Seems to indicate they are taking 10 minutes of interesting material and stretching it out to fill the time slot.

Mike


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Charlie King
Re: Next trend. . .
on May 2, 2008 at 4:18:54 pm

I was never a fan of shakey cam. Grinner you brought back a memory talking aobut a 5 pound camera. I remember when VTE of Los Angeles got the Fernseh camera truck. We were used to running cameras from 100 pounds and over, the Fernsehs were about 35 pounds, so we would bring sand bags to tape over the camera to give them some weight so we could be smoother. Hmmmmm if shakey cam had been more prevelant then, we could have worked without the sand bags. But then Sports was not meant to be ultra shakey huh?

Back on topic, I never really follow trends except in my early days I loved the psychedelic effects with moving colors used in Chroma Keys.
My nickname back then was ChromaKing

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Richard Herd
Re: Next trend. . .
on May 23, 2008 at 9:11:24 pm

The next new trend will be use Apple Color.



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