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Screen Editors
eNEWS #43  -  SEPTEMBER 2013

In This Issue

Welcome from the ASE
State Updates
Meet the ASE Community
Meet the Sponsor
Event Report
Upcoming Events
Sponsor Updates
The Ellies 2013
Quote of the Month

Find an Editor
Place a Job Ad

Join the ASE
2013 Call for entries

'Red Obsession' - edited by ASE member Paul Murphy

Greetings Editing Colleagues,
We have received a record number of ASE Award entries across the ten categories.
Best wishes to all who have entered.
A reminder to mark the date - 'The Ellies' 2013, Saturday 7th December.

Members are now invited to apply for ASE Accreditation.
Accreditation is the highest honour the Guild can bestow on an Editor and is available to any Full Member whose body of work is considered to exhibit a consistently high standard.
Applications close Friday 18th October.  See link for further details ...

There are a host of events to entertain and inform on the horizon.  See the flyers below and stay tuned for email alerts relevant to your State.

Congratulations to ASE Members Scott Gray ASE and Alexandre de Franceschi ASE who received Emmy Nominations for 'Top of the Lake'.  Also, congratulations to ASE Committee Member Adrian Barac and his 'brand new' wife Tanya on their recent marriage.  Hip, hip, hooray!

Help us promote your creative endeavours.  Supply an image for the ASE website banner here: It's great to proudly display the diverse work of our membership on our website:

Remember, it really is a matter of "what can you do for your community?".
Please let us know what you'd like to contribute or make available to share.
Let's find great comfort in supporting each other.

Jason Ballantine ASE
ASE President 


State Updates


It's been a busy time in Melbourne again with the very successful and well attended 'The Art of Cutting Crime' event.  Many thanks to the whole committee for all their hard work, but in particular Belinda Fithie who was the driving force behind the event. See below for Victorian committee member Shan Jayaweera’s great review of the night.

On the horizon is the very special nationwide “The Turning” event, stay tuned for details. And of course a little later in the year will be the now famous ASE Victorian Xmas party, a highlight on anyone's Christmas calendar.

Happy editing!

Steven Robinson ASE
Victorian chair


Meet the ASE Community

Meet The Member: Karen McKay

Beth BiedermanGrowing up in the wilds of the South African film industry and after successfully taking on the cosmopolitan London scene, Karen has focused her sights on Australia as her next big challenge.

During the last 10 years in London, Karen has edited a variety of TV programs and live events that have screened on Channel 4, ITV, Disney and PBS (USA). These programs include TV specials for the Harry Potter and James Bond franchises, wildlife documentaries and a variety of live concerts and comedy specials.

Some of the featured artists Karen had the opportunity to work with were Joan Rivers, opera singer Russell Watson, John Barrowman & Tony Robinson (Black Adder) and live events such as the BAFTAS.

Since her arrival in Adelaide, Karen has been directing and editing a series of Art documentaries, and has worked for the ABC. Karen is also a vital member of the Red Bikini production team. This year has been especially busy as Karen has been the assistant editor on Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures, and is currently assisting on Anzac Girls.

I knew I wanted to work in post when… as a child I would explain to my family and friends how TV worked…
My first break in the industry was… working on the live broadcast of a Whitney Houston concert in South Africa.
The thing I love most about editing is… finding the rhythm and the feel of an edit, and being able to watch something without seeing the work behind it...
The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is… be prepared to work hard, ask questions and learn from others.
If I weren’t in post production I’d be… I’d be… on set or working in the theatre.

Meet The Member: Alex Archer

Sally MoranAlex has been in the industry for about 19 years, based in London, and returned to Australia at the end of 2012. He has worked extensively in current affairs, long form documentary and drama documentary for the UK and US markets.

I knew I wanted to work in post when… I enjoyed cutting more than directing the super 8 and VHS films my friends and I made back in the stone age.
My first break in the industry was…  Making the move from assistant manager at a pub to assistant editor at a production / facility house in London 1993. I was very fortunate that I was assistant to a brilliant editor, and that the boss encouraged me to use the equipment whenever possible, and gave me an opportunity to edit for broadcast fairly early on.
The thing I love most about editing is… As editors, we all love the creation process, wrangling what can be hundreds of hours of material in order to tell a great story, be it documentary or drama. However it is the relationship you build with the director, working as a team to find the best way to tell the story that I find truly enjoyable. And as jobs go, getting to play with pictures, sound and music is pretty cool..
The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is… Never stop aspiring to be a better editor, don't believe you know it all and always be willing to learn. Be confident in your decisions and know why you made them.
If I weren’t in post production I’d be… Working my way around the world….somehow...

Meet The Member: Semih Özköseoğlu

Sally MoranSo I'm Semih Özköseoğlu as you already know.  I have been assisting in feature films since 2008. I was the second assistant on the Animated feature 'Guardians of Ga'hoole'; then I assisted in Happy Feet 2; and now I'm the visual effects editor on Fury Road.

I knew I wanted to work in post when… I realised that it was the place that films got put together. I always loved building and fixing things. My favourite childhood toy was Lego and I think post production is very much like playing with Lego.
My first break in the industry was…  in the animated feature film Guardians of Ga'hoole. It was David Burrows and Ben Joss who hired me for a short 3 weeks. I finished that project as the second nearly three years later. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity.
The thing I love most about editing is… that it is a creative endeavour with very limited parameters. Lots of puzzle solving. I also love that it requires quite a good technical knowledge as well.
The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is… would be to roll with the punches and 'get on with it'. Things are rarely optimal in film making, if you concentrate too much on the “what could've been”, it can be paralyzing. 
If I weren’t in post production I’d be… well, I'm really not sure what else I would be doing. Nothing else in film making comes to me as naturally. And if training and experience weren’t a deciding issue, I wouldn't mind to be an architect I think.

Meet The Committee: Nick Dunlop

Steven Baras-MillerNick started out directing and editing short drama in Perth the early 1990s. After taking a decade-long break from filmmaking, most of which was spent in Japan, he returned to Perth and became a freelance editor in 2003. He’s edited longform documentaries, short drama, news, lifestyle, corporates and one feature film. Nick also directs, and was producer/director/editor of the recent ABC documentary series, Comic Book Heroes.

I knew I wanted to work in post when… I realised that editors get longer gigs than DoPs, Sound Recordists and pretty much everyone else on the crew. If I became an editor, I wouldn’t have to look for work so often! It also seemed to be a more stable and sane way to make a living than directing while still doing what I enjoy most in the world: film making.

My first break in the industry was… 
work experience with a TV commercial production company for two weeks in Year 10. At the end they paid me $100 and gave me a pink windcheater with the company logo on it. From school in Perth I went on to Swinburne in Melbourne, and after graduating, I won a grant from the WA Film Council to direct a short drama.

The highlight of my career so far… is producing, directing and editing a two-part documentary series, Comic Book Heroes (see pic), which was broadcast in August this year on ABC1. It's a story about struggling creative people, and of art versus commerce - a theme most editors can relate to!

The thing I love most about editing is… when an accident or a slip of the hand reveals a wonderful cut I never would have thought of. I also enjoy those moments when the director and editor go into hysterical fits of laughter (everyone has them, right?).

I was inspired to join the ASE committee… when a group of West Australian freelance editors, instigated by Roland Smith, started regularly meeting about four years ago. We discovered there is a lot to be shared between us, and the ASE gives us a forum to do that on a national level.

The ASE is important… as a hub to connect with our peers; to exchange important industrial information such as how we’re going with our pay and conditions; to represent the voice of editors in the ongoing discussion about industry policy and funding; to encourage each other and back each other up; and to share our insights, experiences and funny stories about our profession. Editors are a tribe of thoughtful, creative, flexible people who also need to have a core of steel in order to deliver. They are true film makers, seem to always be talented and decent people, and make fascinating company. The ASE is good for our mental health!


Meet the Sponsor

Meet The Sponsor: DDP Studios

We got in touch this month with long standing ASE sponsor DDP Studios (formally Digital Pictures) and asked them about their unique approach to post production and some of the big issues in the industry.

We are here because we love great stories & we're passionate about helping film & television makers tell their stories in the best possible way.

Our clients are Cinematographers, Editors, Directors & Producers. All of them bring energy & inspiration to our work.

Working in the creative realm has it's challenges; we must always be flexible & adaptable but most importantly we must treat every idea differently. We design unique solutions for each client & each project.

At DDP Studios one of our core purposes is to provide our support & expertise specifically to Editors. Essentially we are your roadies. We're here to make your job as easy as possible by removing the technical barriers & prepping your content so that you can fully focus on cutting a bloody great story.


Event Report

DATELINE: Wednesday 21st August 2013
THE MAIN EVENT: The Art of Cutting Crime
VENUE: Swinburne University of Technology, VIC

The Art of Cutting Crime event presented by the Victorian branch of the ASE brought together three editors with a wealth of experience working in the crime genre. Before an audience at Swinburne University of Technology Steve Evans, Nathan Wild and Wayne Hyett A.S.E. talked about their experiences working on a variety of Australian crime shows.

Read More

Class of 2003 Crowd Q&A


Upcoming Events


The 'Invisible Art' Unpacked
Call for entries 2013

SponsOr Updates

Dave Thompson Joins Avid Team in Australia

Last week, ASE Gold Sponsor AVID announced that David Thompson had joined the company as Partner Account Manager, Australia and New Zealand.

With a first–hand understanding of the needs of Avid Partners, Thompson joins the company after 13 years with Brisbane-based Videopro, where he was a Product and Senior Account Manager with a focus on Avid solutions.

With a wealth of knowledge in the broadcast and professional video space, Dave is also an AVID Certified Instructor (ACI) and brings a number of ACSR qualifications, is skilled in technical sales, support management, training and presenting and will be a key contributor to forthcoming AVID initiatives.



Join Digistor for a complimentary webinar on September 11th. "Freeing Artists from Technology: Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite 2014". If you work in the film, TV or games industries there is something here for you. We will be talking about issues that concern modellers, texture artist, riggers, animators, compositors and others.

Digistor has announced availability of the Avid Media Composer App for leading digital asset management system, Cantemo Portal. Check out the screencast demo at:
and more details at:

Digistor has announced a great special bundle on the new Avid Media Composer 7 with free AVID Media Composer Keyboard for $999 inc GST complete.
See for details.

 AFTRS Open logo


AFTRS Open has recently scheduled a large number of editing and VFX courses in Sydney over the coming months.
Highlights include  
AVID Media Composer V6: 101 and 110 plus Cinema 4D (Introductory) Vizrt: Intro to Viz Artist and Demystifying Data plus Advanced After Effects and Houdini: An Intro. Details of these and many more courses here:

Intro to Photoshop for Video Graphics
14 - 15 September

AVID Media Composer V6: 101 - Editing Essentials
18 - 22 September

AVID Media Composer 110 - Video Effects
12 - 13 October

Introduction to Animation - online
Starts 15 October

Intro to After Effects for Broadcast Graphics
19 - 20 Oct

Vizrt: Intro to Viz Artist
23,24,25 October Sydney

Cinema 4D - An Intro
26 - 27 October

Demystifying Data
2 November

AVID for Producers
9 November

Assistant TV Editor
22 - 24 November

Advanced After Effects
23 - 25 November

Houdini: An Intro to Lighting Rendering and Compositing
2 - 23 February 2014

For a complete list of AFTRS OPEN short courses visit the website:

Don’t forget ASE Members are entitled to 10% off all training courses !


THe Ellies 2013

The Ellies 2013 - Saturday 7th of December. Mark it in your diary!


Quote of the Month

"Don’t ever consider your first cut to be "the one". It may be a great assembly but it is a rare thing that a first cut remains unsullied through to the lock-off. Screen your cut to an audience - not just the Director - because an audience is for whom the film is being made. It may be the Producer, the DOP or your mum, it doesn't really matter.

The fact of presenting the film to other eyes puts you in a more critical and objective frame of mind. Suddenly you realise that scene you spent a week on is overlong & overindulgent, and oops, you forgot to set up a character or critical part of the story. A screening can energise you and help you make the film what it should be.

- Fiona Strain ASE


Our Sponsors

Deluxe The Editors Avid Autodesk Blue Post
Digistor Adobe Two Dogs Video Craft Roar Digital
Spectrum Films Langoor

We would like to thank our Sponsors for their invaluable support of our Guild.
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