Session Descriptions

Tuesday, Jan. 17

Quickstart your skillset with 8 hours of training in one of the following topic areas. Warmups Tuesday afternoon Jan 17 and Wednesday morning Jan 18, before the official start of Editors Retreat,


TUESDAY JAN 17 | 1:00 – 3:00pm | 3:30 – 6:30pm

WARM UP: Quick Start in DaVinci Resolve: Color Correction for Editors

ALEXIS VAN HURKMAN
This Warm Up presentation will teach you the basics of professional color correction in DaVinci Resolve. DaVinci Resolve features unlimited grading with the creative tools that both colorists and editors need, as well as incredible multi GPU real time performance. After this session, editors will know how to get up and running with Resolve’s color correction tools.



TUESDAY JAN 17 | 1:00 – 3:00pm | 3:30 – 6:30pm

WARM UP: Everything an editor needs to know about production…OR How I stopped worrying and learned to love the ISO

ROBBIE COBLENTZ | TONY CACCIARELLI
Prime? Zoom? Daylight? Tungsten? ISO? Shutter speed? Scared yet?
More and more, editors are moving outside of pure cutting and into the wild world of production. Robbie and Tony will de-mystify the terms and techniques as they walk you through the basics of camera and lighting setup. Then go hands-on with some of the best gear on the market.

After an introductory session, we will tackle three real-world shooting situations and build shooting scenarios from the ground out with the following gear:

  • RED Epic
  • Canon C300 Mark II
  • Blackmagic URSA Mini
  • Sony FS-5
  • Sony A7S2
  • Sony A6300/6500
  • LitePanels lighting

If you’ve ever wanted to venture outside the safety of your edit suite and begin exploring how to shoot, this workshop is for you.



TUESDAY JAN 17 | 1:00 – 3:00pm | 3:30 – 6:30pm

WARM UP: BootCamp on Motion Design

IAN ROBINSON
Warm Up (two days): BootCamp on Motion Design: Come gain a deeper understand of Adobe After Effects by focusing on the questions behind what makes a truly successful motion graphics package. In this 2 day session we will learn the essential steps required to move through the process for creating engaging motion designs. We will take time to outline the creative work and elements required before diving into the various tools used to create the graphic builds in After Effects. After this session, editors will be proficient in how to efficiently create stronger motion design elements using Adobe After Effects.


Wednesday, Jan. 18


WEDNESDAY JAN 18 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

WARMUPS: Continued



WEDNESDAY JAN 18 | 4:30 – 10:00pm | Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom Nashville

4:30 – 5:30pm Registration & Welcome Reception | Ballroom Foyer
5:30 – 7:00pm Annual Retreat Introductions, Opening Comments and Technology Panel
7:15 – 10:00pm Editors Retreat Welcome Dinner & Roundtable Discussion

This session kicks off the 11th Annual Editors Retreat! Our opening session will get us started on the road to relax! We’ll hear some history of the Editors Retreat. Everyone will get a chance to introduce themselves. We’ll walk through the entire schedule (this will happen every day – making it easy to know what to do)

Technology panel is a “from-the-trenches-view of the technology and trends that are changing the landscape of of the post-production industry.


Thursday, Jan. 19


THURSDAY JAN 19 | 7:30 – 9:00am

Editors Retreat Breakfast


305 means a deep practical dive into your editor of choices,
by a known expert with the tool.

THURSDAY JAN 19 | 9:00 – 11:00am

305 AVID: Deep Editorial Techniques

Mark Chesak
A 305 deep dive is about the deepest parts of an editorial tool. It’s assumed that you really know your tools. Get a chance to hear an expert, talk about how to work smarter. Lots of Q&A means you’ll also be able to hear some ideas to deal with struggles you have.



THURSDAY JAN 19 | 9:00 – 11:00am

Approaches to Motion Graphics for Editors

IAN ROBINSON
Approaches to Motion Graphics for Editors: Think of this session as the ultimate cheat sheet for quickly creating engaging motion graphic animations using Adobe After Effects. In this session we will break down the process for creating motion graphics into a series of easy to follow steps. From concept, to 3D camera moves, this session is designed to break down your apprehensions about building your motion graphics using Adobe After Effects. Making sure to give you the most info possible, throughout this session we will also look at whatever little steps, 3rd party scripts, and plugins are available to make the process more efficient and enjoyable.


Peer presentations are where you tell your story… Share your project, challenges, and successes.


THURSDAY JAN 19 11:15am – 12:15pm

Political Ads 101

NICOLE HADDOCK
In this presentation, learn how to create political ads in Premiere Pro and AFX. Get the tips that every editor should know and learn the basics of a negative ads, sourcing footage, and gotchas. Get a breakdown of what makes a successful ad.



THURSDAY JAN 19 11:15am – 12:15pm

PEER: Sh*t Happened: My First Time Editing in VR

Tracy Dethlefs
Of course, you know how to edit, but do you know how to sync, stitch, and paint? Tracy will walk through how he learned the VR post workflow and also offer some production tips that should make for a smoother post experience. Be advised, there will be a slight gross out factor to this presentation.



THURSDAY JAN 19 11:15am – 12:15pm

PEER: Problem Solving OnSet: Keeping “ACES” Under your Sleeve

Gary Adcock
Join Gary Adcock for a humorous look at how a last minute, onset decision to implement an ACES workflow solved a camera related issue that saved the directors job and client nearly $500,000.00.


THURSDAY JAN 19 12:30 – 2:00pm

Editors Retreat Luncheon Sponsored by Blackmagic Design



THURSDAY JAN 19 | 2:00 – 4:00pm

305 Premiere: Deep Editorial Techniques

Scott Simmons & Jeff Greenberg
A 305 deep dive is about the deepest parts of an editorial tool. It’s assumed that you really know your tools. Get a chance to hear an expert, talk about how to work smarter. Lots of Q&A means you’ll also be able to hear some ideas to deal with struggles you have.



THURSDAY JAN 19 | 2:00 – 4:00pm

305 Sound Mixing Advice: Deep Looks Into the Best Ways to Mix

CHERYL OTTENRITTER
The first step to successful mixing is recognizing what mix process is best for each project. We will start by describing the different audio approaches for mixing spots, short form and long form projects. Along the way we will dive into using both track based mixing and Clip Effects for optimal flexibility and learn the value of employing auxes (sometimes called sends) for effects. Learn time saving techniques using sub masters to mix and deliver the many audio assets that are now required at the end of any project.



THURSDAY JAN 19 | 4:15 – 4:35pm

FCP X 10.3 Overview

Steve Bayes
Steve Bayes, Sr. Product Manager of FCP will present an overview of the most powerful new features in the latest big update of FCP X to version 10.3. He will show the cutting edge concepts in the Magnetic Timeline 2 with new Roles functionality as well as the updated user interface and integration with the MacBook Pro Touchbar.



THURSDAY JAN 19 | 4:40 – 5:15pm

Entrepreneurialism: Taking the Leap

Misha Tenenbaum
For those hesitant to take risks, essayist John Burroughs famously advised: “Leap, and the net will appear.” But when it comes to trading in the stability of a traditional career for a chance at being your own boss, where do you even begin? Misha Tenenbaum, founder of EditStock.com, offers insight and advice from his own transition from film and television editor to start-up CEO. Topics include product/service conception, market fit, market analysis, and scaling a company.


THURSDAY JAN 19 | 6:30pm

Meet in Main Lobby for Editors Retreat Group Adventure


Friday, Jan. 20

FRIDAY JAN 20 | 7:30 – 9:00am

Editors Retreat Breakfast Sponsored by LumaForge


The 10s: A Blistering Hour of the key items you need to know in the field.


FRIDAY JAN 20 | 9:00 – 10:00am

10 Top Things Needed to Upgrade your Professional Editing Suite

Michael Kammes
In this Session, Michael will cover tech and workflow tools that will take your professional edit suite to the next level.



FRIDAY JAN 20 | 9:00 – 10:00am

10 Shared Storage Strategies

SAM MESTMAN
Sam Mestman will walk you through best practices for setting up your shared environment to maximize collaboration, reduce beach balls, and basically turn around edits in a seamless, cross platform, NLE agnostic world. He’ll also walk through what questions to keep in mind as you figure out which system may be right for you.



FRIDAY JAN 20 | 10:30 – 11:30am

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Boris Continuum Complete

Peter McAuley
BCC has some of the most useful effects in the business – from repair to creative effects. This session will empower you to hit the ground running hard and get the most from them.



FRIDAY JAN 20 | 10:30 – 11:30am

10 Tips Cutting Music Video

SCOTT SIMMONS
Music videos are more than just cutting images to a beat. In this session we will go through a number of tips that range from the technical to the practical. A number of these tips will help with the initial setup while some will help dig into the footage to get the best images possible. Some will be things to do on the set while others will be in the edit suite. All will be good for those working in music videos and music productions.



FRIDAY JAN 20 | 11:45am – 12:45pm

10 Tips Audio

CHERYL OTTENRITTER
Nothing Typical at a Rapid Pace: From #10 The Art of Over Noise Reducing to #7 Sound Design 1,2, 3 you are OUT to #1 Compress The Master. Come discover techniques I use EVERYDAY, and how they can transform your mix.



FRIDAY JAN 20 | 11:45am – 12:45pm

10 Steps to Get Started Editing in Resolve

ALEXIS VAN HURKMAN
In this presentation, you will learn how to use DaVinci Resolve’s familiar, editor-friendly interface that features virtually every imaginable editing and trimming tool available. Trim and finish projects started in other editing software, or start editing a project from scratch in the Resolve timeline. DaVinci Resolve is easy to learn and features all the timeline tools professional editors need to work creatively and fast.


FRIDAY JAN 20 | 12:45 – 2:00pm

Editors Retreat Sponsors Luncheon



FRIDAY JAN 20 | 2:00 – 3:00pm

Gear heads: Mobile, Web, Hardware – cool gear you’ve discovered + 15 Second Films Intro

Jeff Greenberg
What’s the one coolest tool, application, iphone (or android) app, that more people should know about?
We bet that you know something cool that you should share with the other attendees.

Maybe it’s a cool app on your iphone that’s made your life easier. Or maybe it’s a real world hack with Sugru that made the handles on a camera more comfortable. This should be something you’ve discovered: Using Gmail wouldn’t be a good suggestion. Using a specific service that makes gmail 10x easier and better to use would make a great suggestion.

Prior to the Editor’s Retreat, we’ll be sending out a survey where you can give us a description and any relevant links – we’re going to compile this into a series of slides and give everyone a PDF of all the different items.



FRIDAY JAN 20 | 3:00 – 4:00pm

TV & DOCUMENTARY KEYNOTE

STEVE AUDETTE, A.C.E.
Ever want to be a fly on the wall while a master editor cuts? This one hour, group participation session, will start with a quick introduction to some footage and then Steve will explain the “Why” behind how and what he’s doing. Want to ask a question? Understand his choice? This once in a lifetime chance to watch and learn.



FRIDAY JAN 20 | 4:15 – 5:15pm

10 Documentary Strategies

STEVE AUDETTE, A.C.E.
In this session, you’ll hear a series of strategies Steve uses to structure documentary storytelling. More than just how to decide what to keep and what goes, a look into the creative rules he uses when building and structuring documentary content.


FRIDAY JAN 20 | 7:00 – 10:00pm

EDITORS RETREAT ANNUAL POKER NIGHT & SPONSOR SHOWCASE


Saturday, Jan. 21

SATURDAY JAN 21 | 7:30 – 9:00am

Editors Retreat Breakfast Sponsored by Film Impact



SATURDAY JAN 21 | 9:00 – 10:00am

Filmmaker Keynote

Dan Lebental A.C.E.
As always, we insights into editing and the profession from our Keynote. Q&A along with screening of select scenes.


305 means a deep practical dive into your editor of choices, by a known expert with the tool.


SATURDAY JAN 21 | 10:15am – 12:15pm

FCPX 305: Deep Editorial Techniques

Patrick Southern
A 305 deep dive is about the deepest parts of an editorial tool. It’s assumed that you really know your tools. Get a chance to hear an expert, talk about how to work smarter. Lots of Q&A means you’ll also be able to hear some ideas to deal with struggles you have.



SATURDAY JAN 21 | 10:15am – 12:15pm

305: Color Correction in DaVinci Resolve with No Time to Spare

ALEXIS VAN HURKMAN
This presentation will show you how easy DaVinci Resolve makes it for professional editors and colorists to work faster with more creative options than ever before. For example, DaVinci Resolve 12.5 introduces major enhancements to the node editor, and these changes allow professional colorists to work even faster, while also making it more intuitive for video editors that are learning how to use Resolve’s massive set of color correction tools for the first time.


SATURDAY JAN 21 | 12:30 – 2:00pm

Editors Retreat Luncheon


SATURDAY JAN 21 | 1:30 – 2:30pm

Peer presentations are you where you tell your story… share your project, challenges, successes


SATURDAY JAN 21 | 1:30 – 2:30pm

PEER: The Indie Spirit and the Hollywood Dream: What Could Go Wrong

James Biddle
Get an inside look on working on indie sets. Hear about the struggles and set needs, and learn what is necessary to do in order to communicate and make the shoot go as smoothly as possible from an experienced editor’s point of view.



SATURDAY JAN 21 | 1:30 – 2:30pm

PEER: The Signal in the Noise: Finding (and Cutting) A Great Short Film

Misha Tenenbaum
As CEO of Editstock — an online service that provides uncut footage for people to practice editing with — Misha Tenenbaum spends most of his time doing two things: Finding new films for EditStock’s library and giving users feedback on their cuts. In this presentation, Misha shares what he’s learned through these two vital processes — including how bad films may have more to teach us than good ones do.



SATURDAY JAN 21 | 1:30 – 2:30pm

PEER: Editing in a 3D/Motion World

Bill Cousins
The industry is constantly changing. In order to keep up with the expanding film/video world editors are expected to do more. In this presentation, learn how to edit 3D and see the similarities to editing traditional footage. You will be working with Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Cinema 4D.


Recaps: Did you miss your NLE? Then come to this 1 hour recap


SATURDAY JAN 21 | 2:45 – 3:45pm

FCPX Recap

Patrick Southern
Missed the earlier 305 session on FCP X? Here’s a chance to get the highlights



SATURDAY JAN 21 | 2:45 – 3:45pm

Avid Media Composer Recap

Mark Chesak
Missed the earlier 305 session on Avid? Here’s a chance to get a quick glance back.



SATURDAY JAN 21 | 2:45 – 3:45pm

Premiere Pro Recap

Scott Simmons & Jeff Greenberg
Here’s a chance to get a quick glance back. We’ll recap the 2 hour 305 class here. Fast.



SATURDAY JAN 21 | 4:00 – 5:00pm

Recap: Color Correction and Editing In DaVinci Resolve

ALEXIS VAN HURKMAN
This presentation will recap DaVinci Resolve’s tools for professional color correction and editing. DaVinci Resolve combines professional non-linear video editing with the world’s most advanced color corrector, so now you can edit, color correct, finish and deliver all from one system.



SATURDAY JAN 21 | 4:00 – 5:00pm

Sound Recap

CHERYL OTTENRITTER
Missed the earlier deep dive on sound? Here’s a chance to get a ‘best of’.



SATURDAY JAN 21 | 4:00 – 5:00pm

Motion Design Recap

IAN ROBINSON
If you missed the 2 hour motion design for editors, this is your 2nd look!



SATURDAY JAN 21 | 5:15 – 6:15pm

Editorial Techniques in Scripted Storytelling

MONICA DANIEL
This session will cover Monica’s experience working in Primetime Scripted Television, including editing, sound, and unpredictable challenges she faces on a daily basis.


SATURDAY JAN 21 | 6:30pm

Saturday Night In Nashville


Saturday, Jan. 21

SATURDAY JAN 21 | 7:30 – 9:00am

Editors Retreat Breakfast



SUNDAY JAN 22 | 9:00 – 10:00am

15 Second film review

JEFF GREENBERG
We have two creative exercises at the Editor’s Retreat. A favorite is “15 second films.” Vine, Instagram and Mixbit have put “micro stories” into the hands of every user of a smartphone. It’s irrelevant whether we as storytellers like it or not.

When new communication frontiers appear, it’s vital that we embrace them, try to understand them, and see them for their own value and merit (or lack thereof). We’ll start with a briefing and some rules (both for storytelling and for delivery), but the general idea is that everyone will have have a chance to shoot a 15 second story. You are not forced to participate, additionally, you can participate and decline to enter what you shoot (in case you’re unhappy with it.) No need for approval from a client. Just a great chance for you to try telling a story (and maybe failing). Earlier in the event, you’ll get details about how this works.



SUNDAY JAN 22 | 9:30 – 10:15am

Just Make it Work: Overcoming Challenging Cuts

Monica Daniel
In this presentation, get inspired to think outside the box when working through challenging tasks and cuts. Hear about Monica’s vast experiences as an editor, including her work in documentary, reality, show open, talk show, packages, and scripted projects and how she continued to think creatively.



SUNDAY JAN 22 | 10:30 – 11:15am

Open Group Session: Cutting Yourself Out of a Corner. Battle Scars: Talesfrom the Cutting Room Floor



SUNDAY JAN 22 | 11:15am – 1:15pm

Everyone Cuts the Same Scene | Parting Toast

Always a favorite—we provide the footage, you provide your cut. We screen and break down everyone’s cut
during this session. See how other people cut the same footage a different way!