InsideHollywood Newsletter #002

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February 01, 2005
Issue #002

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# Introduction
---- Hello from us
---- We need your help

# Designing a Career
---- Networking and the do's and don'ts

# Things of Interest
---- Oscar Watch Craft Series

# FAQ / Q&A
---- Film Processing/Cutting

# Tell us what you think
---- Make this newsletter even better by submitting questions
and what you think of this newsletter.


Dear Subscriber,

This is the second of our monthly newsletters that we will be putting out to help you with information regarding Hollywood and the Entertainment Industry.

This week we talk about networking and the basics of film processing and cutting. The second topic might be a bit advanced for some of you but it will give some good insight into how the behind the scenes works. Next month we will be adding some basic questions from the visitors to our website.

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# Suject: Networking and the do's and don'ts

This section is not limited to any age. These do's and don'ts will affect anyone at any age.

# A definition that I thought was the most accurate was that of Dr. Randall Hansen who is currently Webmaster of Quintessential Careers. He writes,

"Networking means developing a broad list of contacts -- people you've met through various social and business functions -- and using them to your advantage when you look for a job. People in your network may be able to give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular company or industry, and introduce you to others so that you can expand your network."

Therefore, my philosophy is any opportunities to network will increase your chances in finding a career. If you are job hunting, take advantage in the gathering of family, social and community events along with professional association events. If there are any trade events including conferences, seminars, dinners, or social events, make sure you attend. You never know who you will meet and how it can help your career. The more gathering the better you will be.

Never turn down a party or event that could have people who can help you in your career. Even if you feel depressed and down because things are not going your way, still attend the events. When you attend these events, it is not necessary to have an agenda or at least do not make it obvious that you are looking for a job. Your goal is to have fun and meet people to create contacts, i.e. networking. Use the opportunity to figure out how to subliminally tell them you are looking for a job.

Try to get them to ask you what you do and then you can start talking about yourself. Small talk can lead you down a path that can help you in the long run.

# Networking do's:

~ Network everywhere - trade associations, church, family, dentist's office.
~ Get there e-mail address.
~ Try to email your new contacts at least bi-monthly.
~ Networking is like brand building. Make sure you use your skills as a marketing tool.
~ Volunteer or work events.
~ Try to find a common subject when networking so that you have something in common to make it easier to stay in contact.

# Networking don'ts:

~ Do not fictitious create an interest in events like sports, hobbies, or music just to win them over.
~ Do not be dishonest or miss leading.
~ Do not be overconfident.
~ Do not be loud.
~ Do not dress funky when attending networking functions.
~ Do not dominate people's time - know when to say goodbye.

# For more links click on the link below and it will take you to a page with various sites and information of networking: directory
(If link doesn't work please copy the whole about text into the browser.)


If you are looking where to send your resume to get jobs in the Film or TV Entertainment Industry or more tips and tricks, make sure to check out my upcoming eBook on how to find a Job in the Entertainment Industry - "Show you want to be in Show Biz?"


# Oscar Watch Craft series special

There will be a special issue in the Hollywood Reporter on February 11, 14th, and the 16th 2005.

~ February 11th - Part 1: Creating the Image.
This issue will discuss the different facets of Set Decorators, Hair and Make-up artists, Art Directors, Costume and Wardrobe Designers.

~ February 14th - Part 2: Capturing the sights and sounds of Editors, Cinematographers, Lighting and Sound Engineers.

~ February 16th - Part 3: Brining magic to life.
This special issue will discuss the special effect artists and their craft.


# Subject: Film Processing/Cutting

Here are some questions from one of my students at UCLA --

# Q: Please check if the following process in terms of film is correct in the feature film world?

shooting(film) -> lab(negative film) -> telecining(tape) -> off-line, on-line(tape) -> cut negative(negative film) -> answer print(internegative) -> release print(same internegative)?

~ My Answer:

You would think that this is an easy question with an easy answer but because of the new technologies the flow and or the process is forever changing. However, I will describe a basic process:

When shooting on film, you would send the film to the lab to develop the negative (just like if you have a 35 mm still camera and went to the photo store) then you take the processed negative to a Post Production facility. They will use a process called Telecine, where you transfer the film to a tape format.

Once you are on a tape format you will then off-line or edit your film using various off-line editing systems. The three main off-line non-linear systems are Avid (Mac), Final Cut Pro (Mac), and Adobe Premiere (PC). Once you lock your picture in off-line, you then output a Cut List for the negative cutter or you take your Edit Decision List (EDL) to the Post facility. Once there you still stay in the tape format and do an On-line.

If you stay with film, you send your 24-frame cut list created from the Avid to the negative cutter who will then cut the negative to match your off-line cuts. Once you have the negative cut you then create an Inter Positive (IP). You store away your original cut negatives and use the IP as your print master. From the IP you make a new negative or what they call a dupe negative or internegative.

From there you make your release print and after that you make your trail prints to lock in the color correction. This is a positive print or better yet this is what you see in the theater.

The trick here is that you must always have a negative before you can make a positive. You cannot make a negative from a negative or a positive from a positive. Again, just think of it as you do with your normal camera pictures. You send your film to the photo shop, they will send it out to a lab, they process the negative and from there you get your print or a positive print.

# Q: Can you please check if the following explanation about the on-line process is correct?

In on-line, one person does editing on a computer using the EDL from the off-line editor to guide the computer where to cut, (kind of automatic editing).

This is common, I think in TV but then there is cut negative in the Feature Film production which cuts or edits original film (using cutting machine or Hot Spicer?)

So, cut negative in film is like on-line in Television, only difference is that the former uses film and the latter tapes?

~ My Answer:

I think you got it. On-line is where you create the final master on a tape or High Definition (HD) level using the EDL from the off-line editor or the film editor. This EDL is created after the picture is lock and approved by the Producers and TV Network.

In the Feature world, they still cut negative because of the various types of distribution. (e.g. Theatrical release, festival release, etc.) Yes, cut negative is the true bible of the whole process, but TV does not do this anymore for only one reason -- COST!

# Q: When does color correction and the title process happen?

I mean, I thought they happen after on-line (in TV-tape), but it seems like especially color correction is carried out in the answer print step after cut negative in the film production.

So I am confused. Is the order changed according to which production it is; film or TV?

~ My Answer:

In TV, color correction occurs after On-line. In Film, color correction occurs after you cut the negative.


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