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Jesse Averna: A veteran editor shares some wisdom

You work hard in a tough industry in challenging times. It can be easy to get bogged down with the expectations you’ve set for yourself and your career. If you’re in need of a dose of perspective and positivity, then take a moment to step away from your timeline, grab a coffee and meditate on a series of recent tweets by LA-based editor Jesse Averna (@dr0id).While they might not be strictly post production tweets, per say, it’s nice to hear some encouragement from a fellow post pro.

Caricature of Jesse Averna:  by Kevin Deters.

Averna is an editing veteran who has five Emmy Award wins with two additional nominations — all for his work on Sesame Street. You can currently find him working away at Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, where he’s been awarded an Annie nomination for his most recent work on Ralph Breaks the Internet. Many of you might know him as one of the founders of the Twitter group #postchat.

Every so often he will Tweet out words of wisdom, hope and inspiration. We wanted to share those with you.

Passion:
If you have a passion for something, pursue it. We only get to do this life once. I’m just an idiot kid from Albuquerque who’s doing my dreams. Please go for it. You can get there. Believe in yourself. Work hard. Be kind. Ask for help.

You’re not wasting your time:
It all counts. Everything you have worked on will educate your next project and work ethic. Don’t get down if you aren’t working on the type of material you want to be working on at the moment. Squeeze everything you can out of it. Take it with you to the next gig. It all counts.

Good news:
Here’s some good news — it doesn’t matter what you think you should have accomplished by now. You’re not competing with anyone else. Your timetable doesn’t matter. It doesn’t even matter how many times you’ve failed. YOU MATTER. You are valuable regardless of your accomplishments.

A high tide raises all boats:
The only way to survive this industry is to support your friends, cheer them on, celebrate their victories, mourn their losses, help when asked. Give when you can.

You’ve already made it:
Look at what you’ve achieved. What you’ve overcome. Where you are now. Sure, you are looking at the road ahead and where you feel that you need to be. But, for today, be proud of what you’ve done.

Jesse

Be the change:
We’ll spend our whole lives being judged by others and ourselves. The issues and the problems. But there are wonderful, unique, powerful aspects to you. Know your weaknesses, but also know that you can change lives. You can impact the world around you. Your kindness can do that.

Know your value:
Value. If you don’t value your worth, you can’t expect others to. You are valuable. And I’m not talking about money. You’re worth more than that.

Your uniqueness:
You are the only YOU in this world. That’s a big deal. Let’s not waste it measuring ourselves to other people. You’ll never be them, only yourself.

Take a deep breath:
It seems important right now, but it’s most likely not as important as you think it is.

No matter how you feel tonight, there’s always tomorrow. Feelings pass. You are more valuable than you know. Today does not define you.

Perspective:
You are valuable. You are loved. You are missed. You are important. You are thought about.

Kindness:
There is no “them.” Only “us.” And we need to love our way through this moment in history. People need you. People need help, kindness, love, advice, mentoring, an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on. You are important and NEEDED right now.

If you’d like to hear Averna’s professional advice and some additional encouragement, check out our last article with him.


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

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: VFX/post supervisor Eric Alba

By Randi Altman

This week’s PostChat, the weekly Twitter conversation about post production, featured veteran VFX/post supervisor Eric Alba. Jesse Averna (@dr0id), one of the hosts of PostChat, interviewed  Alba about “the relationship between editors and the visual effects departments and how the demands of Alba’s job have changed over the years from more practical to more CGI and maybe now back to more practical.”

Alba’s diverse background makes him ideally suited for this type of discussion. Alba (@alba) started in post and found his way to VFX, and his story is one of inspiration. He got his start as a videotape operator in a VTR machine room. From there learned all aspects of post Continue reading

PostChat: Composer Rob Gokee

By Randi Altman

This week’s #PostChat guest was LA-based composer Rob Gokee, whose resume includes a variety of work, including projects for film, television, commercials and the Web.

Gokee was excited to be in the hot seat on this week’s Twitter chat. In fact, he says that over the last seven years the majority of his industry contacts have been made through Twitter. But it hasn’t all been about work. Gokee actually met his wife on Twitter. “Most of my groomsmen were people I met on Twitter, and we live tweeted the wedding,” he reports. “I also wrote a book about it.”  That’s how integrated Twitter is in his life.

During Wednesday’s #postchat, which took place at 6pm PST/9pm EST, he enjoyed Continue reading

PostChat: Laika’s Christopher Murrie

By Randi Altman

Last week on #PostChat, the weekly Wednesday night Twitter conversation about editing and post, Laika’s Christopher Murrie, ACE, was the guest while host Jesse Averna (@Dr0id) led the conversation.

Murrie (@XopherMonster) has been editing animated fare since 1999 while with Will Vinton Studios, which later became Laika Studios. This animation studio, based about 15 miles outside of Portland, produces short films and features… from scratch. Their most recent offering is the hybrid CG animated feature Boxtrolls, based on the novel “Here Be Monsters.”

Murrie consulted on Boxtrolls, acting as another set of eyes. He served as editor Continue reading

#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

#PostChat: Ryan Connolly and crew from ‘Adobe and the Frog’

By Randi Altman

This week’s guests on #PostChat were Ryan Connolly, president of independent production company Triune Films, and the team behind the short Adobe and the Frog (Josh Connolly  Michael StarkSeth Worley). #PostChat’s Jesse Averna hosted.

Texas-based Triune Films produces short films and web series, and creates other content, such as projects like Adobe and the Frog.

When Adobe approached Ryan Connolly and crew with the idea of a love story, but using a guy and girl representing After Effects and Premiere, he thought it was hilarious. “It was such a funny concept to me,” he says. “I think they knew that we were a team that could pull it off with very little budget and even less time. I guess that is what we are known for… ha!” Continue reading

#PostChat: The evolution of the colorist

By Randi Altman

This week’s guest on #PostChat was Alexis Van Hurkman, a director and colorist who has written scripts, maintains a blog  and has many books and manuals to his credit. He also consults with Blackmagic Design on their color grading product DaVinci Resolve, which was the topic of this week’s #PostChat – check out the transcript of the conversation here.

In his role as consultant, Van Hurkman works with Resolve’s design team to help develop a grading tool with the user’s perspective in mind. The latest iteration of Resolve, version 11, is due out this summer and features an even more robust NLE than version 10. Is it important to Continue reading

PostChat: Editor Jeffrey Wolf

By Randi Altman

This week’s guest on #PostChat is veteran editor Jeffrey Wolf, whose film credits include Billy Madison, Beautiful Girls, Bachelorette, A.C.O.D. and the upcoming You’re Not You, starring Hilary Swank.

While Wolf has edited feature films of all kinds, a majority of them have been comedies. His favorite type of project to edit? “Movies made from brilliant scripts with a great story, wonderful actors and a genius director.” Who wouldn’t love that?

Wolf’s go-to editing system is the Avid Media Composer; he particularly likes the ScriptSync feature.

The trend of asking editors to take on more than just the cutting hasn’t escaped Wolf, who Continue reading

#PostChat: Women in post

In celebration of International Women’s Day, this Wednesday’s #PostChat @postchat on Twitter was about women in post production. Guests included editor Kylee Wall (@kyl33t), Creative Cow editor-in-chief Tim Wilson (@metropolitim), Creative Cow (@CreativeCOW) editorial manager Stefani Rice, long-time industry writer and Creative Cow contributor Debra Kaufman (@MobilizedDebra), and  myself (@postperspective). Of course, Jesse Averna (@Dr0id) was  there helping keep things moving in the right direction.

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#PostChat: ‘Animation and the Post Process’

This week, the #PostChat conversation was about “Animation and the Post Process,” with guest Judith Allen (@jaa_edit), a London-based freelance editor/assistant editor/visual effects editor who has been working in film and television since 2003.

Allen (http://www.jaa-editing.com) worked as a VFX editor at Aardman Animations on the 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: ‘Working with Relatives’ featuring The Diamond Brothers

By Randi Altman

As anyone who has attended a family Thanksgiving can attest, spending time with relatives can be challenging, but it can also be wonderful. No one knows you better, no one trusts you more.

Navigating the ups and downs that come with working closely with someone, especially a Continue reading

This week’s PostChat: Transitioning to other positions in post

By Randi Altman

This week’s Twitter-based conversation #PostChat took on the topic of Switching Gears — Transitioning to other positions in post production.

Toronto-based Tej Babra (pictured), who helps run the weekly PostChat with fellow editors Jesse Continue reading

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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