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Short Film – The Loneliest Time

While still finishing up on The Martian in her so-called “spare time” Cheryl began the task of editing a short film about conflict, The Loneliest Time. This timely and topical short was directed by Cort Kristensen while Dan Poole wrote, produced and starred.

The Loneliest Time is currently at sound mix stage, being mixed (in Dolby Atmos) by the fantastic Paul Massey with sound editing work by James Boyle.

For more information on the project see:

The Loneliest Time

The Loneliest Time Facebook page (feel free to “like” it if you wish.)

The Martian – The Art of the Cut Interview with Steve Hullfish

Author and editor Steve Hullfish publishes a series of insightful interviews with feature film editors for the website the Pro Video Coalition. The series is called The Art Of The Cut.

Following his interview with editor Pietro Scalia about editing The Martian, Steve interviewed me about our post process and workflow.

It’s a very in-depth, technical article about our process and I’ve been told it’s been very useful to lots of assistant editors and post production folk. Steve got in touch with me in January to let me know it was the most popular Art Of The Cut article of 2015!

The Art Of The Cut: The Martian With Cheryl Potter

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The Martian – Articles Galore!

There have been a lot of excellent articles about the making of The Martian coming out, and the fantastic Jonny Elwyn has saved me from having to collate them all myself. He’s published a great round-up that links to all the articles about The Martian – Editing, Music, VFX, the whole lot!

So make yourself a hot drink and settle in to learn all about The Making Of The Martian

The Martian

Another feature film in the can for imminent release. Cheryl has just completed work as an additional editor to Oscar-winning film editor Pietro Scalia (IMDB) on Ridley Scott’s latest science fiction epic The Martian which is based on Andy Weir’s excellent novel of the same name.

The Martian stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mackenzie Davis and Donald Glover.

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Cheryl has just finished working as Associate Editor to Billy Rich (IMDB) on Ridley Scott’s latest epic Exodus: Gods and Kings starring Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.

The Great Gatsby: No Ordinary DI

What do you get when you have a major event feature film that runs at 2 and half hours, in 3D, with a rolling conform, multilayered transitions, complex optical sequences and thousands of VFX shots? A very involved Digital Intermediate process. Adriene Hurst (for Digital Media World) describes the process of finishing The Great Gatsby in this article: Cutting Edge Transforms ‘Gatsby’ into Living Colour.


Image courtesy of Cutting Edge/Warner Bros pictures

As the Editorial DI Supervisor my role on the film was to work closely with Senior Digital Intermediate Colourist Adrian Hauser and his team to ensure the DI was always as up to date as possible – no simple feat with a cut that was changing by the minute and VFX updates rolling in continually. I was also the point person for Lead Flame Artist Hugh Seville and his team of artists who were handling the sequences dubbed by Baz as “poetic glue”, ensuring they had the latest scans, VFX and reference to create these complex opticals.

The above article is very focused on the excellent job Cutting Edge did with the DI. To add an editorial slant to that information I’ve jotted down five tips on managing a complex DI from an editorial perspective. (more…)

The Great Gatsby: VFX Reel

Watching the finished product of The Great Gatsby doesn’t necessarily give you an idea of the full scope of VFX work undertaken by the incredibly hard working and multi-vendor VFX team. In my role as Editorial DI Supervisor I got to see the VFX shots progress from early Avid composites all the way through to finals. Chris Godfrey’s before and after VFX reel gives the rest of the moviegoing audience a glimpse behind the greenscreen too.

The Great Gatsby VFX from Chris Godfrey on Vimeo.

Love Me: Two Feature Film Teasers

Here’s two teasers I cut for the Electric Shadow Company‘s upcoming feature film “Love Me”, directed by Lawrence Page and produced by Alexa Seligman.

LOVE ME is a friendship movie with a thriller edge, set in modern-day London, in which teenagers Daisy and Ben wander the maze of an amoral adult world.

DAISY – a teaser for “Love Me” from Cheryl Potter on Vimeo.

BEN – a teaser for “Love Me” from Cheryl Potter on Vimeo.

Girl Clock! Movie Trailer

In 2009 I edited the feature comedy Girl Clock. Touted as a “coming of middle age” comedy, it’s a charming film about friendship and one woman’s struggle with her biological clock. Directed by Jennifer Ussi and produced by Margaret Casey both of whom were a joy to work with. Check out the trailer below!

Australia: Set To Screen Series – Post Production

On Australia, director Baz Luhrmann and the EPK team put together a series of podcasts exploring various aspects of filmmaking. The podcast on editing is a great resource, not just about the film, but about the process of editing in general. It’s great to hear the team talk about their experiences cutting the film, and I even get to talk about my role as Supervising First Assistant Editor.

AUSTRALIA-9-Editorial from Bazmark Inq. on Vimeo.