Sunday, January 21, 2007

It's Sunday and another day at work. Sigh. I'm so glad I'm union. Not like the money totally makes up for having to work three straight weeks without a day off. But it sure helps.

It "only" took me 6 hours to edit together a 5 page closing out of 7 hours of footage yesterday. At first, I thought that was too long, but then I realized it wasn't much longer than the average of an hour of editing to a page of script. Our show contains 42:15 of content (meaning actual story, not including commercials). It certainly took me more than 42 hours to edit the entire show, but it didn't take me longer than it would take any other editor, so I feel pretty good about that. By the way, this show shot roughly 27 hours of film, which all will eventually have to be edited down into those 42 minutes, in case you were wondering what goes into a television show.

My old editor came and looked at the show this afternoon (I had to bribe him with food) and he said it looks fine. He had very few notes or comments. Since he's been editing and producing for about 25 years, it makes me feel much better about my cut. Plus, the director has seen at least half the show and was happy with what he had seen. Keep your fingers crossed. The producers will have it in their hands at some point tomorrow afternoon.

I left here sort of early yesterday, around 6:30 pm. I'd been editing with no breaks since 8:30 in the morning. I was burnt out and exhausted and simply couldn't work anymore. I drove home and got caught in the usual Saturday evening Los Angeles traffic. Picked up some food and watched an episode of Monk on Tivo. I was tired all evening. Went upstairs to read and turned out the light around 9:30. I layed there in bed forever, tossing and turning, then my eyes popped open. I was wide awake. This always happens. Bored, I went to the computer and noticed that iTunes has a much bigger selection of films now. I bought "Miracle" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" for my iPod. I can't wait to watch the 1980 Olympic hockey game on a 2.5 inch screen.

The song for the day is "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby & The Range. It came from the band's 1986 album of the same name. I liked this song a lot and at the time, I thought it was nice that someone was bringing the piano back to mainstream music. So many songs in the 80s were buried in heavy synthesizers and electronic sounds. Hornsby, and old friend of Huey Lewis, also wrote the song "Jacob's Ladder" which would later be a hit for Huey Lewis and The News. To be honest, Lewis' version is 1,000 times better than Hornsby's. I saw Bruce in concert when he toured for this album. I can say that to this day, he is the only person I've ever seen do an accordion solo at a rock concert.


Blogger Diane said...

The accordion is an underrated instrument . . . my aunt used to play one in a wedding band! I hope you'll let us know when this episode you are working so hard on airs. And I'll have to check out iTunes movies! I adore Breakfast at Tiffanys

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Blogger Kings Fan said...

I do feel for you and all the hours you have to put in at work. I wouldn't trade places with you very often. I will have to start working seven days a week for a while because spring sports are starting next week and we have Sunday games.

Are you trying to tell me you didn't at least TiVo the Kings pre-game show last night? In case you forgot, they retired Luc Robitaille's jersey last night and the entire ceremony lasted 45 minutes, making the first drop of the puck staring at 8:45. Remember we had talked about getting tickets to the game? Well, I'm glad we didn't because you would have had to back out because of work. But it was an awesome ceremony.

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