The 2017 CCE Awards

This is the third year that I have taken the trip out east to Toronto to attend the Canadian Cinema Editor awards. In 2015 I started organizing CCE events in Edmonton, Alberta. The CCE saw my enthusiasm for editing and my desire to help grow the editing community in Alberta so they invited me out to the awards!  In 2016 I was nominated for Best Editing in Documentary Short Form for my work on The Harder I fight II and this year I was nominated for Best Editing in Lifestyle/Docudrama for my work on UpRooted: The Oyster Harvest.

Attending the awards this year was extra special because I was able to meet with Jennifer Howe of Echo Bay Media and the producer of UpRooted. Getting to work on a show like UpRooted was truly a delight! In the summer of 2016 Jennifer was looking for an editor to help with one episode of UpRooted. They needed to start the edit fairly quick. She took a look at the nomination list from the 2016 CCE Awards and found my name. She looked me up and gave me a call. At that time I was taking some time off editing to take care of my daughter who was 6 months old. Once I spoke to Jennifer and took a look at the other episodes of the show, I knew I needed to take the opportunity to work on UpRooted! So I called in some family to help with my daughter and said yes to the job! It took a couple weeks of nap time edits, playtime with Aunty edits and late night edits to get it done! I am very proud of the edit and so happy I jumped at the opportunity!!

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If you would like to check out UpRooted it’s currently airing on The Cooking Channel US and will soon be on Gusto in Canada!

 

Sweet Jane Studio – Brand Video

Recently Suite One Productions was able to collaborate with Jillian of Jillian Schecher Studio on a brand video for Sweet Jane Studio!

“Sweet Jane Studio products are well made but not precious and can be worn for any occasion –  to a birthday party or to the playground! Many Sweet Jane Studio clothes are appliquéd with images of animals that kids like but that are not too cutesy or cliche so parents can enjoy them too.”

It was so fun working with Jillian and the sweet footage she captured for this project! I foresee many more videos in the future!

Dino Trails

In the fall of 2016 I had the pleasure of working with Brandy Y Productions on the documentary series Dino Trails! It was a 5 part series that reveals the latest dinosaur discoveries in Canada that are making headlines around the world and explains why these locations are famous.

It was so fun to discover such rich history in my own province! I look forward to taking my daughter to some of the places we visited in the documentary.

You can watch the whole series here and on TELUS Optik Local’s VOD channel.

That’s So Maven Podcast

Back in July I had the pleasure of sitting down with Andrea Beça and Lauren Dary of the podcast That’s So Maven. It is a podcast by, for and about female entrepreneurs!

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Photo by the lovely Lauren of L Photograpy

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Photo by the lovely Lauren of L Photograpy

I have been a listener from day one and I haven’t missed an episode yet so it was an honour to be part of this project! Take a listen to my interview here! Or on iTunes here!

STORYHIVE: Digital Shorts Female Director Edition

Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with many female directors and producers. As an editor I am lucky to get to spend a lot of time one on one with the directors/producers on the projects I edit. Therefore bonds are forged in the edit suite. That is truly one of the best parts of my job! I have formed lifelong relationships with these woman and consider them friends!

Fast forward to a couple months ago when Telus announced its latest STORYHIVE edition. I was thrilled to see it was female focused and looked forward to seeing the submissions! I was then approached by three female filmmakers from Edmonton to work on there short films. I of course jumped at the opportunity to take part!

This is where I need your help! Your community votes help decide which 30 (15 from Alberta and 15 from BC) short films receive $10K in grants and distribution on TELUS Optik TV On Demand. Vote for your favourites every day until September 26th at 12 noon.

Here are the synopsis’ and links to the projects I’m involved in!

Nightwalk – Andrea Beça

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SYNOPSIS: Late at night, Aatisha finds a digital memory card. What she doesn’t know yet is that it’s full of footage…of her. In a high tension game of cat and mouse, Aatisha starts to wonder who she can trust, and if she can trust herself. Did you see something? Over there in the shadows? Was that just her imagination, or a very real threat? CLICK TO VOTE

 

 

 

Thy Eternal Summer – Geraldine Carr

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SYNOPSIS: “Thy Eternal Summer” is a modern adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous sonnets – Sonnet 18….”Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” In this modern adaptation of this beautiful poem we see the story of love through the eyes of a new mother for her baby infant boy. In a story somewhat reminiscent of Robert Munsch’s “I’ll Love you Forever” we see the boy grow through different stages of his life: as a vibrant infant; as a 10 year-old boy playing in the golden sunshine; as a 30 year-old Adonis pumping iron; and as a healthy, handsome 60 year-old man who is happy and joyous. This is a poem about love and eternal beauty – eternal because this Adonis is kept alive by the love of his mother and the very poem that is written about him. CLICK TO VOTE

 

 

Let There Be Light – Beth Wishart MacKenzie

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SYNOPSIS: Each year, when the nights grow long with the coming of winter, Bill starts decorating his house and yard with Christmas lights. But Bill is blind, having lost his sight at the tender age of 10. Nevertheless, he makes his way about the wintry yard, stringing lights to trees, hanging candy canes and stars, and setting up a little stable in the corner of the yard. He uses the oddest assortment of lights and the design is a little haphazard, but there is a charming beauty to Bill’s display that brightens the long winter nights. “Let There Be Light” is a story of the enduring vision and indomitable spirit of one man; a Christmas story in which light is not overcome by darkness. CLICK TO VOTE

Professional Development as a freelance editor: Canadian Cinema Editors

The Canadian Cinema Editors are a non-profit organization with the goal of bettering the art and science of picture editing in all media. Through a better understanding of each other, and teaching others in our industry, we hope to advance the profile of professional film editors. Our aim is to spark passion in all editors and bring recognition to those who create the last draft of the script by weaving a mosaic of picture and sound in the cutting rooms across Canada.

I joined the CCE as an associate member in October 2014, and I hope to one day be honored with the letters C.C.E. at the end of my name. Regardless of the letters, I knew that this organization was one I wanted to a part of. I want to help grow my local community of editors.

While attending the FMC editor’s retreat, I met Gordon Burkell of aotg.com who happens to be on the board of the CCEs. He told me that the CCE wanted to have more of a presence in Alberta and asked if I would be interested in helping set up an editors pub night. Through this conversation and a few emails with the other members of the board the first Edmonton CCE Pub Night was born!

Myself and 6 other editors from Edmonton and Calgary area met at a local pub on a Thursday night to talk editing and life. Organizing this event brought back some of the feelings of camaraderie that I felt while attending the editor’s retreat. I want to continue to grow our Alberta community and with the help of CCE I think we have a good thing going!

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Old Strathcona

As part of an ongoing project with Old Strathcona Business Association we have been capturing the fun events in Old Strathcona. This year we have been lucky enough to capture Ice On Whyte, the Pride Parade, Takn’ it to the Streets 4, Sand on Whyte and the Art Walk. Working on this project took me out of the suite and into the heart of Edmonton. I can’t wait to show everyone the finished video.

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Jeff Allen capturing the rainbow sidewalks

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My brother wearing a GoPro while walking in the pride parade! Thanks Jonathan!

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The pancake breakfast at Takin’ it to the Streets 4

Professional Development as a Freelance Editor: The Future Media Concepts Editor’s Retreat

I’ve been freelance editing for most of my career: part time in the early years and full time since 2012.

In the beginning years of full time freelancing I would fill my calendar with as much work as possible because you’d never know where the next project was coming from. I didn’t want to turn down any opportunity. By doing this, the courses and conferences that I wanted to take always got pushed aside. My mandate at the time was “paid work is more important.” Over the years I came to the realization that developing my craft and to push myself to become a better editor was actually very important and I now had to invest in myself and my career.

2015: The Year of Professional Development

I decided that 2015 was my year of professional development. The first thing on my list was the Editor’s Retreat put on by Future Media Concepts. Every year they pick a warm location for a 5-day editor intensive. I’ve been dreaming of attending for the past 6 years so I took the plunge and applied. I was accepted to attend which meant a week in Daytona Beach, Florida to focus on my editing (and get a little sun).

I was nervous in the lead up to the retreat but also very excited. I was ready to learn as much as I possibly could with my peers from all over the world. My plan was to attend as many classes as I could and be a sponge.

They offer a retreat warm up where you can take an extra course on a more specific topic. I chose to do the Davinci Resolve Training with Patrick Inhofer. It was a fantastic course but just the tip of the iceberg when it came to colour correction. I was inspired to learn more! Luckily I won a full license of resolve and Patrick’s training program so I am now set up to learn more. Such a valuable take away from the retreat.

For the rest of the retreat I took in lots of valuable sessions and was filling my head with so much new information I didn’t know if I was going to have enough space for it all. It was all so inspiring. It was a week that reminded me why I love being an editor. Why I love telling stories and how I am so lucky to be where I am in my career.

I think the most valuable take away from the retreat were the people I met. To spend a week with so many like-minded people. They got me. We shared so many similar stories – from the struggles of freelance, unpaid invoices and how to deal with the people asking for free work to the technical issues and the always changing technology. Connecting with all these editors from all over the world was something I couldn’t put a price tag on. It was invaluable.

I have to say a big thank you to the team at FMC who work so hard every year to offer all of us such a valuable experience. If you have ever thought of taking some time to expand your editing world, you must check out the editor’s retreat: http://www.editorsretreat.com/.

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