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July/August 2020

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Page 3 of 35 2 POST JULY/AUG 2020 EDITOR'S NOTE s I mentioned in our last issue, Post's summer coverage typically concentrates on the new Hollywood features filling theaters and entertaining audiences with their ground breaking visual effects. But it's two months later and the theaters are still shuttered, even here in New York, where we are in Phase 4 of the State's reopening plan. The unpredictability of when movie theaters will open is clearly frustrating studios. After several attempts to reschedule its theatrical release, Disney ultimately decided to make Mulan available on its Disney+ streaming service this September. The film was supposed to debut in theaters back in late March, but that didn't happen because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regal Cinemas says they plan to reopen August 21 st , but honestly, the idea of wearing a mask and sitting in a auditorium with strangers for two-plus hours isn't the most appealing scenario one might imagine — at least not to me. That said, we were able to focus a lot of our editorial coverage on the "Making of Music Videos" this month. We've been seeing a lot of new releases lately, which is typical in the sum- mer time, but even more so this year since artists' tours have been cancelled and they still want to sell albums and keep in touch with their respective fanbases. Turn to page 14 for coverage of new releases from Machine Gun Kelly, Diplo and others, including Mushroomhead, who appear on our cover. I always enjoy hearing about how these projects come together, and have noticed a reoc- curring theme when it comes to their post production. Adobe's Premiere Pro is mentioned constantly when it comes to music video work. Sure, Avid and Apple come up on occasion too, but this genre of work seems to lend itself to Premiere's workflow and integration with other Adobe programs. One reason could be the nature of the music-video business itself. Projects often have tight budgets — even those for top-name artists. And those who produce them often wear many hats. Director Sam Cahill, for example, regularly works with Machine Gun Kelly and recently cre- ated his Bloody Valentine (acoustic version) video, a project that also saw him serve as DP and editor. He used his own Canon camera for the shoot, and Premiere for the edit, collaborating closely with the artist — Colson Baker — who is also fluent with the editing software. Steve "Skinny" Felton, the drummer for Mushroomhead and editor of their The Heresy video, also uses Premiere and says the software's ability to handle the production's 6K Red camera files made the post process that much easier. Check out the feature and visit the Post Website to view all of the music videos mentioned, as well as several others. Also in this issue, I had a chance to catch up with animator J. J. Sedelmaier, whose White Plains, NY, studio recently celebrated its 30 th anniversary. Beginning on page 26, he shares his experience in creating animation for commercials, as well as pop-culture classics, such as Beavis and Butt-Head. He attributes much of his studio's success to being nimble, making the company ready for both opportunity and change. I also invite you to check out Karen Moltenbrey's feature on Pixar's SparkShorts program (page 22), which allows artists at the studio to pitch ideas, and, if selected, create short-form projects with the studio's backing and powerful resources. There's a lot to check out, here and online, so enjoy this issue, and of course, stay safe! 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