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Editing is the process that transforms a miscellaneous collection of badly focused, poorly exposed, and horribly framed shots containing reversed screen directions, unmatched action, disappearing props, flare, and hair in the aperature, but not containing any close-ups, cut-ins, or cut-aways into a smooth, coherent, and effective visual statement of the original script......for which the Director takes the credit.

My Favorite Poem - When You are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

William Butler Yeats
"The mentality of the studio executives who make creative decisions have Junk Minds. Working under them is like a soft dictatorship!"

 Quote from William W. Norton - Writer  "Big Bad Mama" (2006)

Bondage Editing: 1. Lack of footage to properly cut a scene. 2. A scene shot in such a way as to limit the editor's choices.

Quote from Robert Englund - Director of "Killer Pad" (June 20, 2006)

Filmtasmic: The state of embracing film and/or cinema in an exciting, exuberant way.

Quote from Bikki Johnson - Bass Player (May 14, 2004)

Filmic Surgeon: A master of slicing, dicing, stitching and, of course, healing.

Quote from Leor Ram - Producer of "Killer Pad" (July 26, 2006)

"If you strive for mediocrity, you are doomed to achieve it."

The first one to e-mail me with the name of the person who quoted this, wins a cool prize!


"Someone wasn't just letting me cut. At last, I was learning to cut."

Quote from Erica Huggins - The Rules Of Hollywood (Oct. 2006)


"Filmmaking is god damn difficult!"

Quote from Noora Albright - Producer "Curious" (Sept. 11 2006)



After reading the book Riding Rockets by Astronaut Mike Mullane, a question came to mind. Thanks to the internet I got my answer.


Mike, how long did it take your body to recover from earth's gravity after your shuttle flights?

My missions were very short...6 days max. It only took 3 or 4 days for my body to be completely back to pre-launch feelings. I suspect if you were to spend months on a space station, the re-adaptation would be longer.

Thanks for writing. Take care. Mike



"What America does best is produce the ability to accept failure."

Quote from Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Author of the book The Black Swan - (2007)

"We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking up at the stars"

Quote from Oscar Wilde


"I feel like dog shit and I'm slow as ass!"

Quote from Geo Santini and Erik C. Andersen (October, 2007)

"...she received her liquid ticket to peace."

Quote from Keith Kaminski (8-8-08)

"...every particle being connecting with every other; you can't fart without
changing the balance in the universe."

The Man In The High Castle - Philip K. Dick

Who developed the "indoor free-space optical transmitter"
or as some call it, the remote control.

Austrian Robert Adler

Erik, Larry Bock, and Axel Hubert just voted for Obama.
As of July 8, 2009 the world has not ended.

"Only dead fish go with the flow!"

Shara Palin - July 3, 2009

"Imagine I told you we're going to shoot with super expensive cameras, using rolls of celluloid that are a one time use product susceptible to scratches and that can't be exposed to light. And you can't even be sure you got the image until they're developed. And you have to dip them in a  special fluid that can ruin them if it's mixed wrong.
People would think I was crazy."

Jim Jannard on the Red One Digital Camera, Wired Magazine Sept. 2008


"...body worship, which becomes sex."

From the 1968 film Andy Warhol's Flesh



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