A continuing series to get to know your Southeast Creative Summit Presenters. In this episode: Oliver Peters!
How did you get started with post-production?
I started in radio during my high school senior year and from there worked at the college radio station and local PBS affiliate. While at the PBS station, I transitioned from audio to videotape operations, which got me the first job after college. That was as an online videotape editor, working on retail commercials in the mid-70s. Except for a few stints in production and management, I’ve generally worked in post ever since. The birth of nonlinear (originally on Avid) allowed me the flexibility to first move into more creative editing, including commercials, TV shows and feature films.
Why is planning for post important?
Planning saves time, money and stress. Not all software, edit facilities and even editors have the same capabilities and/or skills. Doing your homework ahead of time and developing a plan to achieve your goals will not only avoid nasty surprises, but make the process much more enjoyable for everyone.
How do workflow strategies differ between projects of different sizes?
Workflows vary with the size and type of project. Some projects are simple. You can load in the camera media, start cutting and quickly be done. Smaller projects, where one editor does it all, can offer some shortcuts, because the workflow is adjusted for that person’s set-up. Others involve hours and hours of high-res media that really make an offline-online workflow better, because it is less taxing on the hardware. Many projects require collaboration between different resources, such as different editors, colorists and mixers. It helps to understand the workflow so that everyone is on the same page.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given during your career?
Be open to the ideas of others. Listen. Don’t automatically assume that you are the only one with the right answers.
What can people expect from you at the Southeast Creative Summit?
People will pick up tips and ideas that will let them use the software they own more productively and efficiently. They will also learn ways to plan for post, save money and avoid pitfalls – regardless of the type of productions that they work in.
Register for the Southeast Creative Summit before September 25th for just $495 using the discount code: creativecow2013
Superb tutorial from Shane Ross on working with pretty much any manner of tapeless formats in Final Cut Pro.