By Emory Parker
As a young filmmaker and editor, I was very excited to be attending Manhattan Edit Workshop’s Sight, Sound & Story conference that took place right off of Madison Avenue in New York City recently. On my way to the event, I passed men in slick suits walking into shiny buildings, evoking thoughts of my favorite show, Mad Men.
Once inside the venue, my thoughts remained on Mad Men — I saw that one of its editors, Cindy Mollo, ACE, was scheduled to speak about her process during the upcoming TV panel. All of the editors lined up for the day had equally impressive credentials working on a diverse group of projects, which ranged from the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work to the classic film Jurassic Park, and everything in between.
By Emory Parker
French dramatist Charles-Guillaume Étienne coined the phrase, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” This seems to be the justification for the resurgence of the auteur-style of filmmaking. Young filmmakers, especially those fresh out of film school, believe they will become successful by performing as many roles as they can on set. It’s not uncommon to see one person’s name appear several times in the credits of a film. But, what if that person is not the most qualified for one of the jobs she has given herself?
Last summer I helped a friend get over a bad break-up and was inspired to write a song about it. I sat down at the piano and my fingers kept returning to the same four chords. I began to hear different patterns emerg from the chords and play simultaneously in my head. I have been singing my whole life but have little experience writing music or playing Continue reading