A couple weeks ago, I had the privilege of editing the inaugural episode of That Studio Show, formerly known as That Post Show. If you’ve been following my adventures over the last few years, you know why this was a thrill for me. If not, you may wonder why a podcast editing job is worth posting about. After all, I’m always up to at least this much.
In short, and with the exception of a few relevant college courses in Ye Olden Days, I am self-taught in the ways of studio life. I’ve built all that CBR is, thus far, from scratch. This was, of course, not without the help of amazing people.. some who have put in a comparable portion of blood, sweat, and tears. (I probably overuse “blood, sweat, and tears”, but it’s the truth. Know this.. for I’ve counseled more than one distraught person over the years, to whom this somehow came as a surprise, when they embarked upon similar journeys.)
Today, I’m talking about me. Indeed, I’ve collected a wealth of hands-on experience pertaining to all phases of production. I didn’t bestow my title upon myself lightly. You can visit the CBR Media Kit to get a general idea. There’s more in the can than what’s listed, and you can bet your ass there’s more in development.
So what’s the big deal?
This editing gig for Kanen Flowers at That Studio was pretty much my first time to experience the workflow “end-to-end” within a production studio other than my own. Kanen knows his studio $h!t, whereas it has been up to me to know mine with the clients I have had so far. That Studio Show, obviously, deep dives into these topics. Kanen has spoken on-stage before seasoned crowds, such as those you find attending Adobe Create Now tours. In fact, it was by virtue of being heavily involved in last year’s Create Now kick-off myself that I began to follow Kanen a bit more closely. This made it doubly interesting to edit an episode in which he and Jason Levine discussed that time period from their individual perspectives.
Oh, yes. Mr. Levine being the guest on this episode significantly raised the bar of the challenge. Combined with Scott Simmons, also no slouch in the field, now I was editing a show consisting of 3 consummate audio-visual professionals.. one being my Jedi Master, Jason. Scott writes The Editblog, which has recently been picked up by Pro Video Coalition. This first episode of 2015, and the first to sport the new brand, would then be heard by who knows how many others. Kanen has 119K+ followers on Twitter. That Studio Show has seen guests such as Adam Epstein, who edits for the Saturday Night Live Film Unit. I would be, for lack of better phrasing, charging right down the mountainside. I’m fairly confident about my skills, but if I had been living a delusion.. I was about to find out.
Jason mentioned the interview to me the day he did it. Having read some things from Kanen that resonated with me over the past year, Jason knew I would want to look out for the episode. He had no idea I would chase down Kanen to love it and hug it and call it George. I don’t think he regrets it, as feedback has been pretty awesome from all angles. It wasn’t as flawless a performance, on my part, as I’d have liked. Effectively, though, it was a damn good showing from my perspective of dealing with the same on the CBR side. (Certainly, no one has told me I chopped the episode into messes!) And there, you have it. A li’l personal milestone.
That Studio Show: Being Jason Levine
Kanen and Scott discussed Just Play Music™ with Jason, among other things. In fact.. the interview was so intriguing that Kanen didn’t even dive into the topic of Indie Essentials, as I figure he might have liked.
Jason goes into quite a bit of personal detail regarding how he survives the Adobe tour life. He also tells the tale of kicking the industry’s ass fast and furiously once before, only to be defeated by its rapidly changing technology. But not for long! He rallied to conquer it once again, now bringing you the best of both worlds. There is certainly a revelation or two to be heard. Subscribe and find out!
Tooling Up the Little Guy
I’m quite sure I barely scratched the surface of That Studio, but I’ve seen enough to be impressed with Kanen and company.. and, if possible, to be even more proud of my own team than I was.
My team will tell you how fond I am of saying that technology has significantly leveled the playing field for those who dream of doing what we do. They’ll tell you of my vision to create “Internet TV programming for the attention deficient” before it was mainstream, and how we’re surpassed primarily by networks run by people who came into it with masses of experience, or who have accepted large investments. (Damn me and my determination not to gamble with someone else’s money, until I knew we were ready.)
Thus, we arrive at one more reason I’ve been fascinated with That Studio. A big one. A primary focus of Kanen’s is the noble goal of tooling up the little guy. In other words, he provides independent and often struggling content creators, like me and so many I know, with access to visual effects, music, and other material that big studios spend a fortune to create. Many reading this will have heard of Indie Essentials.
Indie Essentials is a substantial collection of media assets that can be “dragged and dropped on top of your video footage to give you immediate, high-quality, professional visual effects. They work in every editing system, from Premiere Pro to Final Cut Pro and even iMovie or After Effects!” If you’re in need of stuff like smoke, fire, mattes, and music.. they’re in here.
Yes, of course I’m no stranger to this concept. However, this is the most comprehensive and versatile kit I’ve come across, and it’s ridiculously affordable (even before the discount codes tweeted at fairly regular intervals. Follow @_That_Studio on Twitter!) Furthermore, once you purchase it, they just keep shoving cool new things at you. Free updates for the life of the product. This isn’t That Studio’s only product, and they’ve just revealed a sneak peek of the upcoming That Studio Effects. I recommend you visit their store ASAP, especially if you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud user.
If I recall correctly, I think it was on an episode of his podcast that I learned Kanen’s goal was to provide the entire kit at less than what it would cost to film one scene. He’s somehow managed this. If I sound like an advertisement, that’s why. Furthermore, Jason used elements from the kit in two of his latest Just Play Music™ videos. I bought it soon after he published the first. I’ll leave it up to Jason to reveal much more than that, but he afforded me a little peek at his timeline. I’ve been playing with it since then and will be using it in some upcoming productions. There are also tutorials available.
The Sultry and Silly Sides of Jason
Being Jason Levine: Episode Related Audiophilia
- I clipped the intro from a reel Jason made for me while shooting that wicked Heart cover embedded above. He posted photos from the session.
- The outro is Pirate Teeth, another of Jason’s Just Play Music™ originals.
- For those who find the nostalgia surrounding Jason’s career as fascinating as we all did, you might geek out on the evolution of his product theme songs throughout the transition from Cool Edit to Adobe Audition.
- If you enjoy hearing about the minutia of Jason’s Adobe gig, check out this collection of Adobe related projects.
- Visit a collection of Jason’s musical cast of characters, instruments, Just Play Music™ footage, and more.
Last but not least, I am including Jason’s latest video: CREATIVE MELTDOWN!
It’s freaking hysterical and wholly relevant.