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Listen to the Art of the Guillotine podcast for Adam Epstein, Editor for SNL Film Unit! He also talks about is Cutting Edge Tour that I spoke about in my "The Cutting Edge Tour by Adam Epstein, Editor for SNL - Saturday Night Live" Post.

Adam Epstein has worked for 15 years as an editor on promo’s, PR, Commercials, feature films, and most recently as part of the SNL Film Unit. Adam is currently on a 32 city tour discussing his editing work and ideas for cutting. He sat down with Gordon in his hotel to discuss his career and ideas for post production.

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SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drives Move Big Data in a Small Package

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"Don’t be fooled by the Ultra Fit’s small size

SanDisk today released its high-speed Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive family. Available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities, these tiny drives are only small in stature (19.1 x 15.9 x 8.8 millimeters / 0.75 x 0.63 x 0.35 inches (LxWxH) without cap), not performance — according to SanDisk, you can transfer a full-length movie in 40 seconds using an Ultra Fit drive, which offer speeds up to 10 times as fast as USB 2.0….”


"Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling — starting at the end and working back to the beginning. (Contains graphic language …)"

Going Dark: The Final Days of Film Projection:

 By: Jason Gwynn & Jay Sheldon

 ”Hollywood is forcing theaters to either go digital or go dark. Studios have decided they will no longer send out film prints of new releases after 2014, eliminating the need for a 35mm film projectionist in most theaters. Going Dark profiles two projectionists during their last days on the job.

DIRECTORS: Jason Gwynn & Jay Sheldon

PRODUCER: Jason Gwynn []

EDITOR: Jay Sheldon []

SHOT BY: Jay Sheldon & Jason Gwynn

ORIGINAL SCORE: Jonathan Paulsen

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 Going Dark was shot in Oklahoma City, OK at the Penn Square Mall over the course of one month in Oct. 2012 by a crew of two on a micro budget.”

The Cutting Edge Tour by Adam Epstein, Editor for SNL - Saturday Night Live


The Cutting Edge Tour - Workshop & Seminar:

Have you ever watched an SNL music video or trailer and laughed so hard that you spit out your drink!? Well, Adam Epstein, Editor for SNL, is part of the Saturday Night Live Film Unit team that caused that reaction. Now, Adam is going on a city wide tour called The Cutting Edge Tour to explain how he and his team does this under extremely tight deadlines (a day and a half exactly). This is a 1 day all intensive workshop. You can purchase tickets for the full day or for specific lectors he’ll be giving. He offers a lot at this workshop. He’s going to have downloads to the workshop and others stuff. For all those interested in Post production this appears to be a great tour. I’ll be attending the Atlanta, GA. Tour. I plan to do a write up about it. You can look up tour dates & buy tickets here. Watch this trailer for the tour below or go to The Cutting Edge Tour. Enjoy!:

Short Information on Instructor - Adam Epstein website:

Adam has worked “professionally on promos, commercials, TV and film for longer than is healthy for my lower back, and for the past five seasons he’s been editing for the Saturday Night Live Film Unit.”

Source: Art of the Guillotine article post “God pf Ware ‘From Ashes’ trailer’ VFX Breakdwon”. Posted on vimeo by Jeremy Cox.

"Behind the scenes of the God of War "From Ashes" trailer ( created by Imaginary Forces. I served as VFX Supervisor and Compositor, and was involved from initial concept and previs through to the live action shoot and post. See the credits below for a list of the amazing talent we had involved in this project.

 Shot on Red Epic

Composited in Nuke

Ash simulations in 3ds Max/V-Ray

Additional 3D in Maya/Mental Ray

 Thanks to Allan Mckay ( and Marco Iozzi ( for providing their breakdowns and process work. Also a big high five to Zach Kilroy ( for cutting this reel together.

 Production Company: Imaginary Forces

Director: Karin Fong

Producer: Jon Hassell

VFX Supervisor: Jeremy Cox

DP: Trent Opaloch

2nd DP: Dallas Sterling

Line Producer: Adam Lawson

1st AD: Travis Gold

Design: Theo Daley, Grant Lau, Karin Fong, Jeremy Cox

Production Designer: Bruce McCloskey

Costumes and Makeup: Quantum Creations

Editor: Zach Kilroy

Ash VFX: Allan McKay

Compositing: Jeremy Cox, Chase Massingil

Additional Compositing: Brian Houlihan, Adam Levin, Andy Chung

3D Animation: Nate Homan, Joshua Delaney

Concept Art: Alan Williams, Max Strizich, Steven Lee, Lindsey Mayer-Beug

Matte Painter: Marco Iozzi

Color: Damien Van Der Cruyssen, The Mill

Music: Elle Goulding “Hanging On”

Original Remix: Living Phantoms

Sound Design: Marshall Grupp

Mixed and Mastered by: Sound Lounge”

Source from : Jodorowsky’s Dune Documentary


Yesterday I watched Jodorowsky’s Dune Documentary. Although, I’ve been a person who has questioned Jordorowsky’s work in film (Like: Holy Mountain & El Topo ). I have to say, I would have really been interested to watch his version of Dune. So much of the pre-production work that him and his crew did, would later be used for some of my favorite films….Alian, Star Wars, Flash Gordon, He-man: Masters of the Universe, & Raider’s of the Last Ark.  A lot of his original crew were later hired to create some of these films. In addition, the cast chosen for the Jodorowsky’s film would have been really cool to watch on screen. For example  Salvador Dali,  Orson Welles, and Mick Jagger would have all been in the film. To top it off, Pink Floyd and other great bands would have done the soundtrack.  I really hope this film gets made in the near future. I would love to see it especially if it’s an animation film! In fact, I think that would be the most appropriate and respectable thing to do for this film. I really think the technology &  the talent now, would do the film justice (If they truly work with Jodorowsky to make it) . I would highly recommend you watch Jodorowsky’s Dune by Frank Pavich. You can rent it for $3.99 SD & HD for $4.99 at amazon here Jodorowsky’s Dune. Enjoy!


"In 1973, film producer Arthur P. Jacobs optioned the film rights to Dune but died before a film could be developed. The option was then taken over two years later by director Alejandro Jodorowsky, who proceeded to approach, among others, Peter Gabriel, the prog rock groups Pink Floyd and Magma for some of the music, artists H. R. Giger and Jean Giraud for set and character design, Dan O’Bannon for special effects, and Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles, Gloria Swanson and others for the cast.

Frank Herbert traveled to Europe in 1976 to find that $2 million of the $9.5 million budget had already been spent in pre-production, and that Jodorowsky’s script would result in a 14-hour movie (“It was the size of a phonebook”, Herbert later recalled). Jodorowsky took creative liberties with the source material, but Herbert said that he and Jodorowsky had an amicable relationship. The project ultimately stalled for financial reasons. The film rights lapsed until 1982, when they were purchased by Italian filmmaker Dino DeLaurentiis, who eventually released the 1984 film Dune, directed by David Lynch.”


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