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eNews #40  -  JUNE 2013

In This Issue

Welcome from the ASE
State Updates
Meet the ASE Community
Meet the Sponsor
Event Reports
Upcoming Events
Sponsor Updates
On the Web
Quote of the Month

Find an Editor
Place a Job Ad

Join the ASE
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  ‘The Great Gatsby’ edited by ASE Members Matt Villa ASE & Jason Ballantine ASE

Greetings Editing colleagues,

It's that time of the year again... The 2013 'Ellies' Call for Entries! - Open for Members to enter this prestigious celebration of Editing.
For details see here:

Do you have some old cutting room photos?
ASE Sponsor and Lifetime Member Evelyn Cronk (ROAR Digital) has a great idea for a 'Back to the Future' show and tell.  So dust off the negatives and share the fun!

Also NSW Members, please mark in your diary Sunday 28th July from 3-5pm to toast the Class of 2003 NSW Accreditees. A wonderful time to rub shoulders and hear anecdotes to their careers.  Moderated by Dr. Karen Pearlman (2010 ASE President).  See flyer below for further details. 

And news hot off the press this week, a warm congratulations to ASE Committee Member Scott Gray ASE and wife Rachel on the birth of their son Roy.  Best wishes from the editing community!

Remember, it really is a matter of "what can you do for your Guild?".
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

Western Australia

Last month ASE, WA, together with the Australian Director's Guild, presented:
"Wed(ited) Bliss - Under the covers of the Director/Editor Relationship".
Directors James Bogle (In The Winter Dark) and Franco Di Chiera (Big Mamma's Boy) joined Editors Meredith Watson Jeffrey (Blame) and Lawrie Silvestrin ASE (Serangoon Road) to present a discussion about what has been described as the most important marriage in the film making process.
There were many great insights into what goes on in the dim light of the cutting room and some interesting questions from the audience about the role of the Editor.
It was agreed that, as well as the obvious, the Editor needs to be an arbitrator, confidante, psychologist, diplomat and at times a shield against the slings and arrows. But most importantly, the session celebrated the unique collaboration between Directors and Editors.  A special thanks to the AWG for letting us use their WA headquarters as the venue. Appropriately, the point was made that editing is the last step in the writing of the film.

Thanks also to ScreenWest and Lotterywest for helping to sponsor the event and for the Open Bar at the Mechanic's Institute afterwards so that Directors and Editors could bump elbows and rub shoulders and generally get to know each other better.  More events to come.

Also, a special thanks to Queensland Editor and ASE QLD Committee member Axel Grigor for making time to come to dinner on a rainy night in Perth. It's great to have a transcontinental connection and any ASE member visiting Perth is very welcome to get in touch with us.

Lawrie Silverstrin ASE
Chairman, WA Committee

WA gettogether

  Panelists L to R:  Lawrie Silvestrin ASE, James Bogle, Meredith Watson Jeffrey & Franco Di Chiera


A few big months are a head for the Victorian branch of the ASE.
Keep your diary clear, because in late June, there's a special screening of "The Great Gatsby" followed by a Q & A with Editors Matt Villa ASE and Jason Ballantine ASE.
See the flyer below.

Soon to follow in July is the "Murder Mystery" night, where we bring together some of the our top Editors to discuss the art of cutting up the dead.
Melbourne will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of our accredited Editors of 2003 in late July.
Following on from the new committee members joining this year is Shan Jayaweera and Chris Hocking.

The Victorian branch would like to warmly welcome Lucy Paplinska on to the committee. Great to have you on board.

Steven Robinson ASE
Chairman, VIC Committee


Meet the ASE Community

Meet The Member: Daniel Pardy

Daniel Pardy pic
With a passion for storytelling, Daniel has blindly charged into the industry, hungry to learn everything he could, no matter how impossible everyone around him claimed it to be.
So far, it seems to be working, because people continue to want to hire him. Currently working on various projects at Channel 7, Daniel's ultimate goal is to crack into feature films.
I knew I wanted to work in post when…  working on my little short films during high school and the megalomaniac in me discovered how much power the edit has to shape and craft the story, taking surprising directions that can greatly enhance what was originally intended in both the script and the footage shot.
My first break in the industry was… working as an assistant editor on "Dave in the Life" for SBS.
The thing I love most about editing is… the phenomenal opportunity and responsibility to effectively be the one who writes the final version of the script.
The best tip I’ve got for aspiring editors is… the most powerful moments in an edit aren't what you show, but what you choose to hide.
If I weren’t in postproduction I’d be… in Japan teaching English or in med-school learning to become a surgeon. Possibly both.

Meet the Sponsor

Roar Digital logo
Five Questions for Roar Digital
Evelyn Cronk pic

Roar Digital is one of the guild’s longest standing sponsors.
This ongoing commitment to the ASE is spearheaded by the wonderful Evelyn Cronk, who also happens to be a life member of the guild.
Read more that at

Evelyn gave us the her insightful take on those 5 questions:
In a nutshell, what is Roar Digital?
Roar Digital is a full service post house, with the capability of managing post production for any project from website development to feature films. It is our firm belief and business practice that post planning starts before shooting. We assist with pre-planning of technical aspects of the project to production of final master. Navigating the Digital Workpath Maze we call it. 
Currently running both FCP & Avid, all suites run from a shared SAN storage system
We also have a Da Vinci Resolve theatrette/grading suite pus a small studio with cyclorama.
Look at our website for photos of our facilities.
We love people to visit and try out our ergonomically designed suites. 
You have a broad range of clients. How does your operation facilitate their varying needs?
The Roar Digital team have worked together over many years. In this time we have experienced the full gamut of change in methodology of image making and post-production.
The compact structure of our company together with the technical and creative resources available to us, allows us to manage each project on an individual basis.
We like our clients to feel comfortable and at home here. We particularly care about editors who literally ‘come in from the cold.’  We finish some projects that have been self-managed by Producer/Director/Editors over a long period of time.  ‘Passion Projects’ I think they are called. Sometimes these projects need an extra amount of technical TLC to bring them to the light of day.
Tell us about a recent job that was challenging and different to the usual...

Read More


Event ReportS

VIC: Focus On Editing
May 29th

On Wednesday the 29th of May, the Victorian committee of the Australian Screen Editors guild staged an event called "Focus on Editing" as part of the St Kilda Film Festival.
The focus was on editing short films and music videos, which fitted in perfectly with the program of the St Kilda film festival and featured three Editors whose work was in the festival. 

The first speaker was Patrick McCabe, who edited the film "First Contact", a VCE masters student film. He talked about his role as an Editor, when he was brought into the production, the process of editing down the film to the required length and how they used music in the edit. His film was edited on Avid media composer at VCA.

The second speaker was the Michael Shanks who spoke about his music video Towards The Sunlight. Michael not only edited the film but also shot, directed, wrote the music for the music video and did all the special effects for it. He talked about his workflow being a solo operator and gave an entertaining account of what it was like to direct cats! Michael edited his music video on Adobe CS Premiere and did all the effects (including the disturbing replacing of the cats eyes with his own human eyes) on Adobe After Effects

The third speaker was Annabelle Johnson, who talked about her film "Dave’s Dead". She talked about her workflow and getting to do an assembly before the Director sat in. She talked about editing comedy and how to get the most out of each joke. She also talked about getting the film down to the desired duration and how screening to a test audience affected the final cut.
She chose to edit on Final Cut Pro as that was what she had at home.

FOE pics

  L-R: Rob Nairn, Michael Shanks, Annabelle Johnson, Patrick McCabe

Overall, it was a very successful night with more than 50 people in attendance. The event was expertly hosted by Rob Nairn who kept the speakers going with interesting questions of his own before throwing it open to the wider audience. Clips of each presenters work were shown on a projector, which they then explained and added to in the discussion. Door prizes were raffled off at the completion of the presentation. It was an enjoyable, entertaining and informative evening that gave an insight into editing short films. Congratulations to all those involved in staging it, particularly Rob for all his organising, technical and hosting duties.

- by Shan Jayaweera

NSW: Sundowner

Sunday the 26th of May saw ASE Sundowners rebooted at the Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills!

There was a mix of age, backgrounds and editing knowledge, and we all had a good chat about our experiences editing and what we're up to.
It was a good chance to share stories over a few drinks... and we want to carry on the tradition!

NB:  If you'd like to suggest venues for upcoming Sundowners - Pubs, cafes, or anywhere else... Don't hesitate to let us know!


Upcoming Events

NSW: Class of 2003 10th Anniversary

This is the perfect opportunity for our next catchup
- Hope to see you there!

Sunday, 28th of July at the Lord Dudley Hotel, Woollahra
3pm - 5pm

Invite Class of 2003

VIC: The Great Gatsby - Editors Q & A

Great Gatsby flyer


Sydney Film Festival banner 2013

The Sydney Film Festival turns 60 this year!
The full program is available. Click the banner above to go the SFF site, and see their free online publication in our "ON THE WEB" section...

The career of filmmaker and photojournalist Tim Hetherington, an Oscar® nominee for Restrepo who was tragically killed in Libya in 2011, is explored by his co-directing partner Sebastian Junger.
Catch the film at Event Cinemas George Street – Saturday 15th June at 12:10PM
For $10 tickets, follow the below link and use the promo code PHOTO.

SponsOr Updates

Deluxe Logo

DELUXE announces the birth of
DDP Studios

ASE Gold Sponsor, Deluxe Australia last week announced the birth of a new entity, DDP Studios.
The acronym stands for Deluxe Digital Pictures, in honour of the two companies now combined into one. 

The mission statement of the new endeavour is as follows:
"At DDP Studios we love a great story. We love helping you tell that story and we love watching your stories resonate with audiences on screen.
We are a collective of like-minded craftsmen and women sharing the same philosophy and passion.
We’re about people first, technology second - the best Post Production talent collaborating with you on your inspired ideas."

DDP Studios will have three post production facilities based in Sydney's Crows Nest, Lane Cove and South Melbourne.

Go to for more information.


Digistor logo
DIGISTOR announces their post-NAB Round-up

Digistor sent a team of specialist staff to discover the latest trends, releases and industry developments in order to identify opportunities for customers to increase their productivity, improve workflow and enhance quality while reducing costs.

Working with key suppliers, we've rounded up all the crucial info from this ultimate proving ground for new releases, tools and techniques. Digistor's "Post-NAB Round-Up" includes 7 short, informative sessions presented by our experts.

If you need any further information on any of the products or topics covered in the webinar, please email or call us on +61 (0)2 9431 6000 or toll-free from within Australia on 1800 643 789.

Watch now at:

Digistor Training Centre has announced a complete list of upcoming courses.
For further information see here:

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


 AFTRS Open logo

Upcoming short editing courses in Sydney include: ‘Editing in Factual TV’ and ‘Avid Media Composer Video Effects’ in June plus ‘Data Management for Editors’ and ‘Avid for Final Cut Pro Editors’ in July. VFX courses include new online course: ‘Houdini: Introduction to Lighting, Rendering & Composition’ plus ‘Intro to After Effects’, and ‘Advanced After Effects’ plus ‘Cinema 4D: An Introduction’ and ‘Cinema 4D: Advanced’.

For details of all upcoming short courses across the country visit:

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


On the Web



This ground-breaking initiative is a world-first, designed as a free digital-only publication with thousands of pages of content and images, creating something so large it could never have been printed.
You can view it here:



Quote of the Month

Many years ago, when we were still cutting on film, I finished work as an assistant with Spanish Editor, Eduardo Biurrun - one of the kindest men I have ever met.
In those days, work was hard and the pay was low (not that things have changed much).

To palliate, an Editor would work on two jobs at the same time (one from 8.00 AM to 3.00 PM, and the other one from 3.00 PM to 8.00 PM - 6 days a week) with just 3 assistants. We did everything ourselves, from syncing to track-lay. There were no sound editors in those days.

As I was living then, ready to edit my first solo project, full of fear and youth, I thanked Eduardo for everything he taught me (and he really taught me everything).

He smiled with his candid smile and said: "There is nothing to fear. Just remember that the frame has 4 sprockets. Don't cut in-between and make sure you keep the film in sync with your mag. The rest is entirely up to you".

He was right.


- Alexandre de Franceschi A.S.E.


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