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Hungry Cliff Podcast 21: Puttin’ On The Spritz

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Flaming seahorses menace infants, familiar software muddles interface, and finally someone makes it.

The Hungry Cliff Podcast turns 21 this week! We don’t celebrate it or anything… we just wanted you to know. This episode, we talk Holmes, tomes, phonemes, and phones. Find out what Jessica really thinks about iMovie and whether anyone else on the team is quick with child (spoiler: come on, just listen to the podcast). Pedro conducts another board game review, Tony says some stuff, and more things happen. What more could you want? Oh right, the contest word. We have that, too.

 

Software:

iMovie

Final Cut Pro

Photoshop

Illustrator

Logic Pro X

 

Media:

Aladdin on Broadway

Seahorse recall

Letterboxing

Letterboxd

Girl Meets World

Idina Menzel Changes Name In Playbill

 

Board games:

Ticket to Ride

By Alan Moon

Days of Wonder

2 – 5 players

 

Movies/TV:

Rocky

Sherlock

 

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Hosts: Tony Silanskas, Matthew Biggers

Guests: David Houston, Pedro Mendoza, Jessica Houston

Intro and outro music: Pedro Mendoza

Email us: tony (at) hungrycliff (dot) com, andrew (at) hungrycliff (dot) com or matthew (at) hungrycliff (dot) com

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Hungry Cliff Podcast 08: X Marks The Spot

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Apple makes editors cry, Kevin Bacon makes superheroes die but a little ice cream always makes it better.

What a week it’s been. Apple released the new Final Cut Pro X and the pros aren’t happy. (You can check out our initial thoughts here.) We discuss our first week using it and see if it really is cursing the ground editors once stood. We also throw in a bit of comic relief with reviews of ‘The Green Lantern‘ and ‘X-Men: First Class‘ since there’s only so much drama one can take. So grab some Rocky Road and get ready for this week’s podcast. (SPOILER WARNING for those who haven’t seen the films.)

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Music Links:

Bedouin Soundclash – ‘Brutal Hearts’

Hosts: Tony Silanskas, Andrew Silanskas, Matthew Biggers

Intro and outro music: Pedro Mendoza

Email us: tony (at) hungrycliff (dot) com or andrew (at) hungrycliff (dot) com

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Why Final Cut Pro X is not the devil but a glimpse of the future of filmmaking

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Let me start out by saying that I love editing. Not grammatical editing, as this post will most definitely demonstrate, but with those little moving pictures, the 24 or so beautiful frames that flash before your eyes each second you watch “Mr. Sassypants Mistoffelees The Cat The 3rd” on YouTube meow another classic Beethoven hit while he so desperately tries to jump off the couch. Pure art.

Now that I have hopefully put a smile on even the toughest of people, let’s get serious for a bit. Apple just released the newest version of its flagship editing program, Final Cut Pro X, and to say it has caused an uproar among the pros of the post production world is actually being too kind. From reading some threads on Creative Cow, it seems to have single-handedly destroyed editors souls and cursed the very ground they stand on. Really?! A piece of software can pull this kind of emotion out of you? I’m impressed. I usually need at least three pieces of software and a LieMAX theater before I let myself get that openly disgusted. But all joking aside, the volume lately of the outcry that Apple has abandoned the professionals to focus solely on consumers has me somewhat baffled but mostly saddened since it seems many of the pros have lost sight of what’s really important. And you need not look any further than Final Cut Pro X for the answer. In order to give some weight to my thoughts on Final Cut Pro X, I feel it necessary to divulge a tiny bit of my back story so bare with me for a sec.

One of the main reasons I have this site is to share my passions with you and, just maybe, motivate you to do the same with a little humor sprinkled in for good measure. My love of editing comes from my passion for all aspects of filmmaking. From location scouting to the final mix, my fascination for creating visual stories to share with the world never ceases. With my desire to direct my own feature-length films, I have also found that editing is such a great teaching tool for directors, since you’re so deeply involved in all areas of production. Now, as many of my “seasoned” friends have pointed out, I’m still a young whipper snapper and my enthusiasm will probably wane, but after 10 years of editing, with a little producing/directing on the side, and working with some pretty big clients (Disney, 3M, Atlantis Resorts) I can honestly say it has only grown bigger and stronger.

I’ve had the privilege of working under a few incredible mentors that taught me most of what I know, mainly respect the past and don’t fear the future. So that meant I learned good ‘ol reel to reel editing (just using two tape decks and no computer) to the latest and greatest non-linear editor. I have even spliced actual physical film thanks to an old drive-in my family used to own. Like anything in life, understanding where we come from will make the future a better place. Now I’m not saying every editor needs to cut on a flatbed but having that background has definitely helped me tremendously along the way, especially when it comes to making decisions since with just a tape you don’t have the luxury (or curse) to easily make changes on the fly. Why am I boring you with all this? Because I believe the very motto of respecting the past and not fearing the future is what has made Apple the company it is today and it is what brought about Final Cut Pro 1 in 1999. I won’t go into its history but you can read about it here.

Apple’s audacity to force people to think and work a certain way is one of my favorite aspects of the company, though I’m very aware this is not a universal opinion but that’s for a different post. It’s their level of commitment, no matter the backlash, that made the iPod or iPhone or iPad a reality. No one can deny Steve Jobs’ visionary leadership, giving his all to almost every project they’ve embarked on. Have they made some mistakes, of course, but their track record for success is unrivaled. I’m bringing all this up because I feel the haters of the new Final Cut Pro X are throwing the baby out with the bathwater and forgetting what made them love Apple in the first place when they rallied behind the then underdog. I don’t care if I come across as an Apple lover, I am one and am not ashamed. But this is an earned love and respect for a company that has made the products that have allowed me and millions of others the opportunity to express our passions to their fullest, all while making a living. And they have earned my benefit of the doubt. Which finally brings me to Final Cut Pro X. Apple is trying to challenge us to find new and creative ways to tell our stories and I applaud them for that. More after the break.

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Hungry Cliff Podcast 04: In Search of More Paws

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The ground breaks for Apple and Intel, the sky turns to Grey and the Thunderbolt rolls.

This week we discuss the surprisingly unknown artist Skylar Grey and how she has been a shaking up the music industry.  We also shed a little light on why Hungry Cliff exists and what the future holds.  Plus, we’re finally allowed to put on our geek hats and dig into new Apple products including iMacs, Thunderbolt and Final Cut Pro X.  There are updates, too, on the Rock for S.E.A.T.H. cause and how you can continue to help make a difference.  Oh, and let us know if our barksmanship has improved.  We tried.

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Hosts: Tony Silanskas, Andrew Silanskas and Matthew Biggers

Intro and outro music: Pedro Mendoza

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