|MEET THE MEMBER: WAYNE BLAIR (NSW)
The other Wayne Blair is making it known he was not the director of The Sapphires. Wayne C. Blair is an upcoming editor, having made his start on a number of short films and music videos, is now focused on developing as an assistant editor to learn about the industry and soak in as much as possible from fellow editors. He has most recently assisted on the feature documentary Sherpa.
I knew I wanted to work in post when… I was in my undergrad and touched FCP7 for the first time. Before that, I had dabbled in all aspects of filmmaking, never too sure on where to focus, but from the moment I began working collaboratively and jumped on the editing system, I knew there was nothing else I wanted to do.
My first break in the industry was… A 2 week night assistant editing gig on the ABC doco series FamilyConfidential 3 - which eventually turned into a day gig that lasted 3 months. Such an amazing learning experience.
The thing I love most about editing is… Being able to immerse yourself in the work, searching for gems in the rushes and having the hours slip by in the blink of an eye.
The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is... Take as many opportunities as you can get your hands on, you never know where they'll lead and what skills you'll gain.
If I wasn’t in postproduction I’d be… In some other part of film production or photography - I'm far too fascinated by this industry to be doing anything else.
MEET THE COMMITTEE: ALISON MYERS (NSW)
Alison recently completed the Grad Cert in editing drama at AFTRS and is currently the audio description manager at The SubStation and editing whenever she can. She hopes to bring whatever experience she can to the committee.
I knew I wanted to work in post when… I sat down at a Steenbeck in a weekend film course and realised that after cutting film with a little guillotine and taping two different bits together, you somehow miraculously created a story. I then realised that most of the mucking around with cameras I had been doing over the years was actually editing.
I specialise in… Audio description. To pay the bills while learning editing, I got into writing and mixing audio description, which is a descriptive narrative track on film and TV shows that helps blind or vision-impaired viewers understand what's happening. I've written audio description (AD) for productions like Underbelly, Red Dog, Hunger Games and The Hurt Locker. AD has kind of taken over, leaving me little time for editing anything but short films and corporate videos, but I believe being an editor improves my AD skills and vice versa.
My first break in the industry was… Editing-wise I met Warwick Young, a director and actor, in 2007 and I've made a lot of contacts through him, most notably Dany Cooper ASE. I was privileged to be her assistant editor on Warwick's latest film Stuffed.
The highlight of my career so far… Editing-wise, working with Dany of course. But I'm also proud of the last film I edited for Warwick, Refuge. I also edited an ultra-low budget feature film The Unjudged which we released online after being unable to get any other kind of release. Despite the film's many limitations, I think the storytelling and structure are strong.
I was inspired to join the ASE committee… I attended the Meet the Makers event on Australia Day, and Dany and Deb Peart ASE suggested I nominate for the committee. How could I dare say no?!
The ASE is important… There is less opportunity for on-the-job training and apprenticeships in the industry these days, the ASE allows editors of all levels to interact and share knowledge and experience. It's also important to have an authority to speak for editors and remind folks that we are a vital part of the film and television creative process.