Created by president and founder of AlphaDogs Post Production Terence Curren the Editors’ Lounge hosted their first series in 2003 with a small group of just eight film and television editors in attendance. Providing a safe and supportive environment, the Editors’ Lounge has now become a hip forum where technology meets creativity. Both industry veterans and those wanting to break into the field come together to not only learn about the latest technology, but also collaborate with some of the best creative minds in the business on the art and craft of editing. Curren comments, “We have a mailing list of almost one-thousand editors, filmmakers, producers, and other entertainment professionals with the average monthly attendance being close to one-hundred people.” Curren continues “We provide an informal and fun environment where people can feel comfortable to share creative ideas, learn about new technologies, and have their questions answered objectively.”
Each month leading experts in the field of post-production introduce new technology in a classroom style setting that allows for hands-on learning. Companies who have presented at the Editors’ Lounge over the years include; Avid, Apple (http://www.apple.com), Adobe, Sony, and BlackMagic Design, just to name a few. Attendees get the opportunity to see the latest hardware and software demonstrated with a question and answer session to follow. This benefit of the lounge has proven invaluable to professionals who were experiencing challenges learning how to use new equipment, as well as those who are undecided on which system or tools will make the most sense to invest in when building their editing bays.
As new technologies continue to transform at such a rapid pace, it is becoming increasingly important that the creative aspect of editing does not get lost into an abyss of software and machines. In 2004 the Editors’ Lounge began hosting their panel discussion installments that examine relevant trends within the film and television industry. Curren explains, “It’s easy to get buried in the technical aspects of post-production, particularly with the codecs changing on a constant basis and workflows being different from one project to the next. Keeping up with all of this can become very overwhelming and a full-time job in itself.” Curren continues, “The Editors’ Lounge educational panels focus on the creative element that’s crucial when it comes to good story telling. The real art of editing requires creativity and craft. Anyone can learn new technology, but it takes a true artist to be a great editor.” Past Editors’ Lounge panelists have included; Editors, Mark Goldblatt, Andrew Seklir, Billy Weber, Glenn Morgan, Derek McCants, and Steve Cohen, along with industry experts, Lucas Wilson, Mark Raudonis, Michael Bravin, and Debra Kaufman. Topics ranging from “The Art Of Editing”, “Editor & Assistant Editor Relationships”
For more information and to view past panel discussions visit http://www.editorslounge.com