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Editor Jesse Averna shares words of wisdom, encouragement

Let’s face it, post production can be hard, and sometimes our social networks can get a tad negative. In the midst of that, LA-based editor Jesse Averna (@dr0id) recently shared some positivity and shed some light on how to navigate in the complex world of the post professional by offering some advice and encouragement through a series of tweets.

Averna is an editing veteran who has five Emmy Awards and an additional nomination for his work on Sesame Street. Many of you might know him as one of the founders of the Twitter group #postchat. Check these out. It just might leave you feeling a bit better about your job, your industry and yourself.

– Wisdom. If you commit to a project, give it 110%. It doesn’t matter if it deserves it. Your reputation does.

– Disliking movies doesn’t make you a more competent filmmaker. Ask yourself what you would do differently and why they didn’t.

– Excuses don’t help you. Even if they are real. Try to have none. Just get it done.

– If you always focus on your insecurities and shortcomings, so will everyone else. Don’t let them define you.

– If someone needs advice, a connection or a gig, give them a hand. Someone gave you one. Doesn’t matter if they’ve “earned” it.

– You can learn something from anyone. Don’t miss the opportunity.

– You can be on time. You can work hard. You can even have a great attitude. Doesn’t matter what software you’re using.

– Focused on the tech? You’re probably missing the story. Ignoring the tech? You’re probably not telling the story as well as you could.

– Commiserating can be bonding, but it can also be poison. Make positivity your habit. It will be contagious.

– You might have to climb down a ladder and start at the bottom of another to work on something you love. No matter how high you got.

– It’s 40% being good and 60% being someone people want to work with. If you’re a pain, you’d better be damn good. (Don’t be a pain)

– If you’re making a living in post production, if you’re paying your bills making art, if your editing feeds your kids, you are lucky.

– Support your fellow post peeps. See their films. Retweet them. Congratulate them. Be happy when someone else is doing well.

– Always keep working on your voice. Be proud of it. Yes, even as a post pro you have one. Nail the tech down and keep building the artist.

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Jesse Averna tweets from a personal account and in no way speaks for or represents the companies he works for.

PostChat’s Jesse Averna named affiliate member of the ACE

American Cinema Editors held its annual holiday party on December 7 in Los Angeles. As part of the night’s festivities, the organization presents new inductees into the ACE. Sesame Street editor Jesse Averna, who helps run the weekly Twitter conversation #PostChat, was among them.

Averna (@dr0id), a four-time Emmy winner for his work on Sesame Street, was presented with a plaque from Oscar-winning editor Alan Heim (All That Jazz, Network, American History X, The Notebook). Averna was invited into the ACE as an Affiliate Member. While Averna notes that Active membership is his ultimate goal, he fully acknowledges the great honor of this induction, stating, “Tonight I received one of the biggest honors of my career — induction into ACE as an Affiliate member.”

In addition to editing and associate directing Sesame Street, you can catch Averna teaching Avid and FCP X at the School of Visual Arts Continuing Ed. He is also editing a feature documentary on rare kaiju monster flicks called Kaiju Gaiden, editing a short film with LiveStar Entertainment for Marvel called Tales to Astonish, directing a children’s live-action puppet show called Monica’s Mixing Bowl and moving his own film into production.

#PostChat: ‘True Blood’ editor Mark Hartzell

By Randi Altman

This week’s #PostChat featured Mark Hartzell (@tweetermf), editor on the HBO series True Blood, which focuses on a town where vampires and mortals live together. He fielded questions about the art of editing and workflow, including how it finally felt when he was able to sink his teeth into an episode of his own. #PostChat’s Jesse Averna (@Dr0id) moderated the chat.

Hartzell, who started on the Alan Ball created/produced True Blood as an assistant to editor Andy Keir in Season Two, worked his way through the ranks, learning from all along the way. As the show airs its 7th and final season, Hartzell is proud to wear the title of editor.

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Editor Jesse Averna wins 4th Emmy for his work on ‘Sesame Street’

By Randi Altman

This past weekend, PostChat’s Jesse Averna, whose day job is editing Sesame Street, won a fourth consecutive Emmy Award for his work on the iconic show where puppets and humans live together with the goal of teaching children about life, math and the alphabet.

Averna is now cutting his fifth season of the 45-year-old show. He uses a mix of Avid Media Composer and Apple Final Cut 7 for editing, but also spends a large portion of his time in Adobe After Effects as well.

In terms of workflow, Averna says, “Roughly half the year is spent cutting individual segments: celebs, spoofs, street stories, etc. The other half is spent constructing those segments, as well as curated work from our library and others commissioned from outside Continue reading

This Week’s #PostChat: Lending Your Talents for the Greater Good

By Randi Altman

Welcome to our weekly check-in with PostChat, the regular Twitter conversation that takes on the post world. This week’s topic was “Editing for the greater good — cutting pro-bono work or helping work on friends’ projects.”

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This week’s #PostChat: reprogramming your muscle memory

By Randi Altman

Some people might argue that social media has made interaction less personal. But I don’t think anyone who participates in the weekly PostChat conversation on Twitter would take that stance.

Wednesday nights from 9-10pm EST (6-7pm PST), a group of industry pros gather to follow #PostChat and talk about tools, techniques, trends and more.

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