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 ‘To cut a long story short’,

Online workshop for aspiring film editors hosted by Film in Limerick 

Free online workshop will explore the art of editing and career opportunities in the field 

Media Release Thursday 7 May 2020 

Simon at his edit suite.

Innovate Limerick through Film in Limerick is delighted to announce that local film editor Simon McGuire, will join us Wednesday 6 May at 2pm for a free online webinar on working as a film editor. 

The workshop is the latest in the Wednesday Workshops series and is open to anyone in the Mid-West with an interest in filmmaking. 

With over twenty five years’ experience in film and broadcast editing, with credits including; RTÉ’s Killinaskully, Mattie and Kevin Liddy’s, The Suffering Kind. Simon lectures on the craft of editing at Limerick School of Art & Design (LIT), and is currently undertaking a Doctorate of Education in Creative Media Practice at Bournemouth University, UK. 

The workshop, titled ‘To cut a long story short’, will explore Simon’s process and the craft of editing as well as the tools he uses to create stories. The session will also focus on work opportunities in Ireland and further training possibilities for aspiring and developing editors. 

Editing time line for the short film ‘Before His Eyes’ (2020). Director, Paul Boyle.

Regional Film Manager, Paul C. Ryan, says: “we are thrilled that Simon will be joining us for what promises to be a really useful workshop for anyone aspiring to develop a career as a full-time editor in Ireland. Simon is one of our most talented editors and a great champion for film students in the region. 

The workshop is the fifth of 10 free online ‘Wednesday Workshop’ events that 

Film in Limerick is running for aspiring and practicing filmmakers in the MidWest. The initiative is supported by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. 

Register for the event here 

Editing timeline for ‘The Suffering Kind’ Director, Kevin Liddy

Editing Timeline for the Limerick documentary. ‘The Picture House’

The latest version of Avid Media Composer 2020.4 is now compatible with Apple macOS Catalina. Check out the article below for a full report.

http://www.avidblogs.com/avid-media-composer-apple-macos-catalina-support-and-the-universal-media-engine/?utm_medium=organicsocial&utm_source=facebook&utm_content=1587797150

Tutors: Eoin McDonagh, Editor
Date: Friday, January 24th, 2020
Duration: 1 Day
Venue: Dublin TBC
Cost: €150

Course Profile:

In this course participants will gain a full insight into the role and responsibilities of the assistant editor.

Areas covered include:

  • Organising project and footage
  • The difference between fiction and non-fiction assisting
  • Expectations of performance from the assistant editor

Preparation

  • Ingest of rushes
  • Logging and synching
  • Treatment of non-standard archive

Editing

  • Sound work – Track laying on sequences
  • Adding Footage as the edit continues – Moving footage between machines – Importance of Master project
  • Preparation of exports/promo material – Choice of codecs for export – Using third party compression software – BITC

Finishing

  • Relinking to full-res – Project parameters (SD, HD,2k etc.) – How to check the relink is correct – Troubleshooting relink problems
  • Creation of deliverables for Grade and Mix

Participant Profile:

This one-day course is aimed at those interested in moving into assistant editing and who wish to gain a thorough overview of the role and the responsibilities it entails. Applicants should have a working knowledge of Avid Media Composer and/or Adobe Premiere and/or FCPX. There will be a one-day supervised placement with an editor working in non-fiction offered to those interested.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online at www.screenskillsireland.ie by 12:00 PM, Tuesday, January 7, 2020, attaching a current CV and an overview of why you would like to participate  in this course.

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So am taking the plunge and using Avid MC 2019 for the edit of the short film, Blood Brothers, I shot last week.

So far I’m not disappointed. The ingest, sync and binning went off without any problems. Content was all linked without codec issues and there were also no problems when it came to using the Autosync option for the sound.

Yes a few things are gone like the edit selection and trim tools from the Timeline window as well as the option for using the Caps Lock for scrubbing, however all of these are available in the command pallet and are an option for a button on the keyboard as well as the tool menus.

All the fast “burger” menus are gone but again those options are there if you right click the mouse in the bins, timeline or monitor windows.

As I progress through this short film I’ll post more on my experience of using the new Avid 2019 but in the mean time I’m happy with the interface changes.

More soon.

Before downloading the new Avid MC check out what’s new first. There are a lot of users online complaining of install issues. Make sure your kit is setup right first.

http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/user_guide/Media-Composer-2019-Documentation?fbclid=IwAR1RFwL1I6ken6qT6WsKbmW8BZSPYFOfi7FrXZ6l38xej1D8_rj6ke6qGGI

If you’re in the position of trying to decide on your 3rd level college options and have a passion for Film and Television or even just a keen interest, then this level 7/8 programme is a must.

What is the programme about?

This skills-based programme offers students an exciting opportunity to explore the world of the broadcast media industry, covering a range of disciplines across Film & TV Production, Visual Effects, editing, radio, audio mixing, photography, as well as broadcast technologies across a range of new and traditional media platforms.

Upon successful completion of this Level 7 programme, students progress to the Level 8 BSc (Honours) degree. We offer our students a range of prospects for both academic & career progression in the broadcast, film, creative media industries, as well as extensive hands-on production work experience. If you have a story to tell, we will show you how.

Key Features of the programme:

• Industry-led Production & Post Production Practices;

• Digital Photography & Cinematography Techniques;

• Creative Design for CGI, VFX & Digital Art Direction;

• Participate in the Limerick International Film Festival (Hosted by the film production course).

• Work in our state of the art Millennium Theatre on a range of live events, including the popular Awards Show for the Richard Harris International Film Festival.

• Work on Wired FM – our student Radio Station; Industry Tours & Award-winning Visiting Lecturers;

• Industry work experience– (Stage 3 Level 7)

• Modules are driven by dedicated staff with strong industry & academic careers;

• Outstanding graduate employment opportunities in the Film & Broadcast industries.

Who is the programme suited to?

If you are interested in filmmaking and storytelling on screen, this programme aims to develop the practical creative and technical skills and knowledge you will need to succeed in the dynamic world of film and broadcast production across a range of screen platforms.

Top 3 Reasons

1. High quality facilities.

2. Practical, hands-on experience with Wired FM.

3. Industry-experienced lecturers who give you the thorough, hands-on and personal support you need to make the most of your education.

Class Contact Hours

24 hours per week

Awarding Body

Limerick Institute of Technology

Other Information

COURSE PROGRESSION LADDER

Year 4: Level 8 BSc (Hons) Audio & Video Production

For more info check out the full details HERE and make that change of mind to LIT.

Avid Assistant

Things to know about the new Avid Media Composer licenses…

Posted: 10 Jun 2018 03:21 PM PDT

NAB 2018 saw Avid release a new licensing scheme. There’s a new license in town and the good news is, it’s cheaper! But what’s the catch? Here’s a quick guide…

Image from Avid Technology site.

Well, actually there’s not really too much of a catch unless you intend to use shared storage… let me tell you more.

Licenses

Licensing edit suites should be easy, but it’s usually not. While it might not be your responsibility, it’s a good idea as an Avid Assistant, to be aware of what license type you have on your workstation. Make sure it won’t run out mid-project or, if it is a monthly subscription license, does your workstation have Internet access to reactive a monthly subscription? Let’s get a better idea of how Avid licensing works.

Electronic licensing for Media Composer is done through the Application Manager. You purchase your license through the Avid website as either a perpetual or subscription license. Once finalised, your licencing information is placed into your Avid Account and from this information, your workstations can be activated. But what is the difference between these two license types?

Perpetual Licenses

This is simply a software activated license that is purchased for a single price and last for 12 months. The big advantage of this license is that it NEVER expires.  If you do not renew your license at the end of the 12 months then your Media Composer is limited to the last release closest to your licences end date. If you renew your licence you will be able to access upgrade for the next 12 months and so on.

Optional extras with Media Composer are

• Media Composer | Symphony Option which can include includes Boris Continuum Complete Lite

• Media Composer | NewsCutter Option

• Media Composer | Production Pack – includes

• NewBlue Titler Pro 2

• Sorenson Squeeze

• iZotope Insight

Subscription License

This allows you to rent Media Composer on a month to month basis. Rather than stumping up for 12 months up front, this means you can reduce your costs by paying month by month. It also has the added benefit of giving you access to options you would have to purchase if you have a perpetual license. So that’s:

• Media Composer® | Software

• Media Composer | Symphony® Option

• NewBlue Titler Pro 2.5

• Sorenson Squeeze Lite

• Boris Continuum Complete Lite

• iZotope Insight (30-day trial)

• Avid Support (including all software updates/upgrades)

The monthly subscription also means that when you don’t need Media Composer you don’t pay for it.

Media Composer Types

Media Composer | First

For people just starting out in editing, Media Composer | First delivers a complete, yet streamlined creative toolset built on Avid’s renowned editing model – for free – with all the features and functionality that can be published to popular social media channels.

NAB 2018 saw the release of Media Composer 2018.4 and while the license types remain the same this version brought with it 2 separate ‘models’ of Media Composer.

Media Composer – Sort of new…

For a lot of people working on Media Composer, they require the editing package to function on a single machine in a ‘non-collaborative’ manner. By this Avid means, we are not using it on their shared storage systems, Avid ISIS or Avid NEXIS. Users can still share content via pocket drives and move bins around freely but with this restriction comes the added benefit of a 50% reduction in price. A license can be had for as little as US$19.99 per month.

Media Composer Ultimate – NEW

This new term is, in effect, the old Media Composer license price point, with added software options bundled in. Support for Shared Projects on Avid ISIS and NEXIS is added but we now also receive  ScriptSync, PhraseFind and Symphony option in the same bundle. This is the option that most Post Houses will go for. Compare the models and their functions here

Extra Notes

Here are a few other items you should be aware of…

30 Day Trails

Avid has long allowed you to download Media Composer and run it on a 30-day trial. It’s worthwhile noting that when running in trial mode all the options are enabled, to give you an Ultimate License.

Existing Customers

If you already had a subscription in place before the new license release you will receive an Ultimate License. If you want to reduce your monthly cost, then you will need to end your old license and start a new one at the reduced cost.

Avid Support

When you purchase your Media Composer license you will have the ability to raise support cases should you experience issues with your system. If you require extended support, this can also be purchased and added to your account/license. For more information see the links below.

Here’s Avid view on the new family of licenses. and some useful links for help with Avid licensing.

Media Composer Licenses FAQ

Media Composer software support contract license update

Media-Composer-Renewal-Process

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Simon Editing on Kevin Liddy’s ‘The Suffering Kind’

With it’s broadcast premiere on RTE 2’s Shortscreen Monday Night (15th February at 11:40pm), the journey of this intriguing short film is coming full circle. Back in September 2013 director Kevin Liddy contacted me with a hard drive and script under the arm asking if i would take a look at the footage he filmed with DOP Declan Quinn (Leaving Las Vegas, Breakfast on Pluto, In America) in New York.

Shot on 35mm film the approach was to keep to Kevin’s script as much as possible while also allowing the footage to naturally form creative ideas in the edit. Using Avid Media Composer the film was edited over a number of months (some 14-16 passes) while all the time experimenting with Kevin’s vision and Rori Coleman‘s superb music composition.

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Simon (editor) with Kevin Liddy (Dir) and Rori Coleman (music) at the screening of The Suffering Kind.

The Suffering Kind has done the rounds on the film festival circuit including:

Galway Film Fleadh 2014

WoodStock Film Festival 2014

Indie Cork Film Festival – Winner of the Spirit of the Indie Cork Film Festival Award (2014)

Limerick Film Festival 2015

Liverpool Irish Festival 2015

Seattle Film Festival 2015

 

Following the broadcast The Suffering Kind will be available to watch again online on the RTE Player.

the suffering kind POSTER

This Monday’s Shortscreen is THE SUFFERING KIND, directed by Kevin Liddy (Country; Horse..) and shot by Declan Quinn (Leaving Las Vegas; In America; Breakfast on Pluto..).
It’s the story of a recently sober sanitation worker in upstate New York, getting through the days as best he can. He whiles away the hours, his woman gone though still around, his road getting narrower, his nights longer. Father Jim is an inner city priest keeping an eye on Micheal’s sobriety. The past is like a sad lullaby that haunts him so close it’s all he can hear. Then reality comes knocking.
RTÉ2: Monday @ 11:40pm

Simon (editor) with Kevin Liddy (Dir) and Rori Coleman (music) at the screening of The Suffering Kind.

Simon (editor) with Kevin Liddy (Dir) and Rori Coleman (music) at the screening of The Suffering Kind.

It was a great honour to have been the editor on this project and to have had the opportunity to work closely with Kevin and others including Music Composer, Rori Coleman.

The screening is Monday 15th, RTE 2 at 11:40pm and it will then be on the RTE player. Please pass on the link when it becomes available.

Simon.

St Marys Cathedral, Limerick.

St Marys Cathedral, Limerick.

On June 14th I had the great pleasure of filming the Ordination of the Reverend Edna Wakely to the Priesthood. This event took place at the landmark and historical setting of St Mary’s Cathedral, in Limerick City.

With a large audience in attendance as well as a full choir and parish guests, the ordination was recorded using a 5 camera setup in strategic locations around the cathedral.

The post workflow was a ‘multi-cam edit’ in Avid Media Composer and finally outputted to DVD and digital file for posting.