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Paul Forte

Independent, freelance film & video editor with a passion for features, documentaries and music video.
Member Since:
January 8th 2008
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Venice, CA
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2014 Academy Award Nominations
by Scott Roberts 6 years ago
They released those always debatable Oscar nominations this morning: http: www.oscars.org awards academyawards 86 nominees.html Just some random notes off the top o' me head... -Two time Oscar nominee
Re: 2014 Academy Award Nominations
by Paul Forte 6 years ago
I thought The Butler might get a look in. I feel that maybe 10 years ago, it would have been a front runner. Was hoping for more love for Wolf of Wall Street even though at times it felt like a rough
Recorder for Rode Lavalliers
by Paul Forte 7 years ago
Forgive the newbie question. I have a Rode Lavalier Microphone and I'm a little confused as to which recorder I can use. In my mind this combination works: Lavs Micon 5 XLR Tascam DR100 Is this correc
Re: Recorder for Rode Lavalliers
by Paul Forte 7 years ago
Thanks for the reply. That's what I thought, but for what ever reason my set up isn't working. Not sure if its the Digital recorder, the Micon or the lavs.
Looking for inspiration : sports documentaries
by Christopher Travis 7 years ago
Hello all, I'm looking for suggestions for great sports documentaries. Either tv or feature. In particular I'm interested in telling the stories of individuals participating within a game. So not just
Re: Looking for inspiration : sports documentaries
by Paul Forte 7 years ago
Check out: - Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) - Riding Giants (2004) - Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006) Same editor, great energy and style. They're not hero's journe
Copyright video question
by Aaron Sheffield 7 years ago
Problem I am sure many of you have had... I have a client who is very persistent in wanting to use copyrighted material, i.e. old movie clips and or music, in a video production that will be shown com
Re: Copyright video question (the EOM, sequel -- some good news)
by Paul Forte 7 years ago
Thanks for all the fascinating research ;o)
Media Composer 7 is coming soon...
by Joel Ray 7 years ago
I see in the Avid store on the Symphony upgrade site it says "Media Composer 7 is coming soon Get a complimentary Media Composer 7 upgrade with the Symphony option (once available) when you upgrade or
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Re: Media Composer 7 is coming soon...
by Paul Forte 7 years ago
I'm still on 6.0. Is it likely to be a $500 upgrade like 6.5 Or are full upgrades usually more
TV Title Sequences
by Kylee Peña 7 years ago
Yesterday I was watching an interesting thing about the history of film title sequences. While it was interesting enough, it led me to pondering what I found to be even more interesting, especially af
Re: TV Title Sequences
by Paul Forte 7 years ago
I love the style of the True Blood title sequence. Captures that mysterious darkness. https: www.youtube.com watch v=rot-cyyDYZs http: www.artofthetitle.com title true-blood
Best Movie Beginnings!
by Kylee Peña 7 years ago
Alright, yep, I'm starting this thread because it's Monday and it's very snowy and sad here. Just like the other thread about the best endings, but instead, what films had the best beginnings...or ope
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Re: Best Movie Beginnings!
by Paul Forte 7 years ago
The opening of Magnolia is one of the best and most unique. It's simply three little voiceovered stories that have nothing to do with the characters or plot of the main film, but serve as an "aperitif
Can I import to a specific folder?
by Paul Forte 7 years ago
When I import something new into the project, it allows me to select the drive and then it creates its own file structure within that drive, like this: My Drive Avid MediaFiles MXF etc. etc. Is is pos
Re: Can I import to a specific folder?
by Job ter Burg 7 years ago
No, don't AMA mediafiles. If you need to sort your mediafiles, you can rename renumber the subfolders inside Avid MediaFiles MXF to any other number. Or you can give them an alphanumeric name, but tha
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Documentary Subject and Ethics of Final Cut
by Paul Forte 7 years ago
Before you start shooting, your documentary subject has requested that they be allowed to approve the final edit to ensure they aren't misrepresented in any way. What typically happens here Is there a
Re: Documentary Subject and Ethics of Final Cut
by Mark Suszko 7 years ago
Good, signed release forms, and a nominal honorarium for consideration, and your problem never comes up.
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Editor's Reel
by Kam Knyom 8 years ago
I am a developing editor and want to get involved with freelance, but I have yet to make a reel. How exactly does one display their editing capability in a short demo reel Do you switch from example t
Re: Editor's Reel
by Paul Forte 8 years ago
Editing reels are unique in that - unlike acting cinematography colorist reels - they can't truthfully represent how good of an editor you are. For example, a director watches two scenes cut by differ
L.A. Premiere of "The Whale" by Cow member Mike Parfit and his wife Suzanne
by David Roth Weiss 8 years ago
I just concluded a great podcast interview with Mike Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm, the husband and wife team behind the indie documentary feature, "The Whale," which premieres at Laemmle's Monica 4 in
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Re: L.A. Premiere of "The Whale" by Cow member Mike Parfit and his wife Suzanne
by Rafael Amador 8 years ago
I wish I could meet you there :-) www.nagavideo.com
Aspiring editor
by Andrew Marasco 8 years ago
Hi I am currently a college sophomore at a local community college in california with a few questions. I have a love and passion for film and film editing and wanna get into the professional world. I
Re: Aspiring editor
by Paul Forte 8 years ago
1. Know editing. This means, learn the software and be good at making cuts. Have a great reel, be fast, creative, know sound, music, timecode, formats, codecs etc. 2. Know post production. This means,
How is Film theory viewed in a professional environment?
by Jon Fidler 8 years ago
When I did my university course there was a heavy emphasis on politics, karl marx etc, sociology and semiotics. and the only thing ive found any use was Beyond every denotation there is a conontation
Re: How is Film theory viewed in a professional environment?
by Paul Forte 8 years ago
Sounds like you should study screenwriting. McKee, Truby, Horton, Field, Campbell etc. - they're all full of that stuff: metaphor, theme, subtext. There's no doubt that a good story oozes with themati
My LIFE in FCP
by Brian Mulligan 9 years ago
Will NOT my life.. but someones and a nice video. http: vimeo.com 26353727 Brian Mulligan Senior Editor - Autodesk Smoke WTHR-TV Indianapolis,IN, USA Twitter: @bkmeditor
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Re: My LIFE in FCP
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
I bet you accidentally clicked on the video image at least once thinking it was your timeline! "why won't the playhead move ! Oh right..."
Where was Apple in 1999?
by TImothy Auld 9 years ago
What drove the sales of Mac Pro's
Re: Where was Apple in 1999?
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
You've been dumped. Accept it and move on. Hit the gym.
This is where X is going...the iPad
by Mike Chedwick 9 years ago
MacRumors is reporting that an iPad HD will be released this Fall targeted to Professional users. iPad versions of FCP X and Aperture will debut along with it. http: www.macrumors.com 2011 07 07 apple
Re: This is where X is going...the iPad
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
I see a market for extremely long thunderbolt cables.
Before you get too comfy in your switch . . . .
by Craig Seeman 9 years ago
Before you get too comfy in your switch . . . . I had some thoughts that might throw some concerns at some people. Apple is moving to AV Foundation. It may be possible that at some point . . . That wi
Re: Before you get too comfy in your switch . . . .
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
"It does seem kind of crazy to abandon the pro market when... " It's obvious - they're building 2K video cameras!
Hey, look - they made it for this guy!!!!!!
by Simon Ubsdell 9 years ago
http: www.youtube.com watch v=4XhhopSBX5c&feature=related ... and he lurves it. Just watch him drive that baby! Nice bedroom, man! ;-) Simon Ubsdell Director Editor Writer www.tokyo-uk.com
Re: Hey, look - they made it for this guy!!!!!!
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
Be basically sums it up at 3:08
How long will it take 4 Apple 2 bring this parody down?
by Joe Moya 9 years ago
http: www.youtube.com watch v=VXepNCs_iZo&feature=player_embedded
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Re: How long will it take 4 Apple 2 bring this parody down?
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
The original from Vimeo got pulled. This is a damn good video; I guess the moral of the story is don't piss off the story tellers!
Fear, Loathing and Final Cut Pro X.
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
New software has joined our old software. New ways of thinking about important tasks have also joined our old ways of thinking. And from the tenor here while I was away shooting in San Deigo. Today FE
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Reed Black liked this 9 years ago
Re: Fear, Loathing and Final Cut Pro X.
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
Looks like the editors on Conan's show aren't afraid either: http: www.youtube.com watch feature=player_embedded&v=sRzLP0FJ82I
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All 500 + reviews removed from App store
by Adam Ashby 9 years ago
I was reading the reviews today and all of a sudden "Be the first to write a review" came up. Really Apple can't handle criticism
Re: All 500 + reviews removed from App store
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
Gone for me too. CUSTOMER REVIEWS Current Version (0) All Versions (0) but the ratings counter remains with 561 (270 are one star).
Leaks and reputations.
by Bill Davis 9 years ago
Look, I know everyone is extremely Hungry for FCP-X info. However, in our zeal to know everything on OUR timetable and to be "first and smartest" with our insider knowledge - it's reasonable to take a
Re: Leaks and reputations.
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
Well now I feel a little short changed after reading that entire thread! ;o)
Online Edit Sessions
by Aaron Cadieux 9 years ago
Hello Everyone, So we have a client that wants to "sit in" on edits sessions remotely. I immediately thought of using a Slingbox for such a purpose. So I bought a Slingbox Solo and set it up to take a
Re: Online Edit Sessions
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
Show them this next time: http: www.youtube.com watch v=4MNg3sSZ9F8
Annoying color shift with text overlay
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
A doc I just edited came back to me from the colorist as Pro Res 4444. I dropped it into the timeline to add lower thirds, titles and so on. I'm using the basic FCP titles. When I add a title and rend
Re: Annoying color shift with text overlay
by Joseph Owens 9 years ago
Bouke Vahl "for what reason would you need 4444 " The simple answer is that there is a widespread belief that "bigger" is better, whereas "the same" is the correct approach, because there is no gain
Rhythm in film/editing
by Jon Fidler 9 years ago
Hi Ive heard this term used in books and in a few places here and there and was wondering what excactly it is referring too as it seems to be one of the most vague terms there is. Whenever I edit I tr
Re: Rhythm in film/editing
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
Bruce Blocks "The Visual Story" has an excellent chapter explaining this. In a nutshell, you think about how long to hold a rhythm and when to disrupt it. Remember though that it doesn't necessarily r
Do all documentaries follow a dramatic arc
by Jon Fidler 9 years ago
Hi Ive noticed in a lot of documentaries (especially interview and b roll based pieces) they do not seem to follow a dramatic arc or have any proper structure so to speak. Instead it will be scenes wh
Re: Do all documentaries follow a dramatic arc
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
I'm not sure if "arc" is the right word, but the Tron featurette definitely has an evolution. It arcs from showing you small things to showing you big things. For example take a look at the end: the p
Edius
by Diego Grande 9 years ago
Hello, all. I work for a Mac-based production facility, and we use Final Cut Pro exclusively. However, it looks like our corporate owners may be considering switching us over to Edius. We feel FCP is
Re: Edius
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
One day I'll pull my head out of the rock ;o) I have heard good things about PP however; I'd be curious to go back to it after 10 years for sure...
Recording Interior Car Scenes
by Paul Forte 9 years ago
What's the best way to eliminate interior driving noise when shooting scenes inside a car Are they almost always ADR-ed Or is it just like eliminating any other background noise whether it be shooting
Re: Recording Interior Car Scenes
by Brian Reynolds 9 years ago
Here is a trick I have used on several occasions in helicopters, Use 2 mics... One mic on the talent the other a mic facing away from the talent and way out of shot. Both mics are recorded as separate
Workflow for cheaper HDCAM tape
by Paul Forte 10 years ago
I have an indie feature here as a Quicktime and we need an HDCAM master made. I was quoted about $1400 for this, which is a little high for the budget. What are the alternatives For example, could I r
Re: Workflow for cheaper HDCAM tape
by Shane Ross 10 years ago
Doing it yourself will mean buying an HD capture card ($1000 for a lower end one), Tri-Sync Generator ($300), renting the deck ($500-$1000), and then having the know-how needed to output to that rathe
digitizing for documentary edit
by Derek Klein 10 years ago
I previously heard that the best way to cut a documentary was to digitize ALL footage. I was told to bring my footage in at 20:1 resolution for interviews and 10:1 for b-roll. My question is in FCP ho
Re: digitizing for documentary edit
by Shane Ross 10 years ago
Derek Klein "When you say it would take 1.05TB is this assuming I capture as HDV " Yes, that is if you capture as HDV. If you capture as ProRes (NOT HQ! Big no for HDV!) that will be 6.4TB. So just g
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OMF Question. FCP --> Pro Tools
by Paul Forte 11 years ago
In Final Cut Pro you can un-enable a clip whereby it sits in the timeline but is switched off. When I export an OMF to Pro Tools, do my un-enabled audio clips translate into the OMF and become visible
Re: OMF Question. FCP --> Pro Tools
by John Fishback 11 years ago
It's the same. In FCP you can use this feature to export stems (dialogue, music, fx) instead of an entire mix. John MacPro 8-core 2.8GHz 8 GB RAM OS 10.5.5 QT7.5.5 Kona 3 Dual Cinema 23 ATI Radeon HD
Graphic style guidelines
by Sean ODea 11 years ago
Hello, I'm new to creating my own graphics and would like some advice. I'm editing together a video that is primarily text graphics and graphics will be created in Photoshop using a PowerPoint present
Re: Graphic style guidelines
by Mark Suszko 11 years ago
Coincidentally, I was going thru old files yesterday and came across a reprint from an old Kodak fact sheet paper called "Audiovisual Notes". The title was how to make legible slides, but the principl
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Capturing to "the same" drive.
by Paul Forte 11 years ago
Assuming 500GB of raw footage from various solid state cameras (HVX, EX1, Red etc) on a 2TB G-tech drive. Is it better to capture all this footage onto a DIFFERENT drive or will it pose any problems c
Re: Capturing to "the same" drive.
by Paul Forte 11 years ago
Thank you. That's definitely the way to have it organized. But as far as speed of transfer or reliability etc., is there an advantage to capturing to a different drive over back to the same drive
Light leak look
by James Roche 11 years ago
I want to make a light leak such as you would get from 16mm over video footage and still frames. does anyone have any suggestions
Re: Light leak look
by Paul Forte 11 years ago
I use http: www.istockphoto.com for this kind of thing. They have a pretty big library of light leaks and film looks. You have to pay per clip though.
Creating A Reel?
by Jeremy Fabiano 12 years ago
How does one create a reel when it's considered "Taboo" to use things you've done in tutorials, yet you can't get stuff FOR your reel (work related projects) without having one first What does one new
Re: Creating A Reel?
by Paul Forte 12 years ago
Just Do It! How does anyone get anywhere in life without the required experience Yet people still manage. Don't whine, don't make excuses - build your reel and get it out there. There are no rules. Go
New Snapping behaviour - Don't Likey
by Ron James 12 years ago
Did a few searches and only turned up a thread about 6.0.2 bugs. However, I don't think the new snapping behaviour is a bug (I thought it was at first) but a "feature." Before, when you turned snappin
Re: New Snapping behaviour - Don't Likey
by Paul Forte 12 years ago
Ugh... This "feature" has been ruining every day for me now since the update. I am so frustrated. It affects me thus: I always OPTION CLICK to zoom out of the timeline and every time I do so snapping
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