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72 C I N E M O N T A G E T E C H By Jennifer Walden A t the start of the COVID-19 lock- down, there was much talk about "flattening the curve," as in re- ducing the number of new COVID cases. But another curve has been flattening as well: the learning curve for remote editing. The longer the pandemic stretches on, the more comfortable editors are becoming with working remotely. Issues like securely sharing assets, syncing drives, reviewing visual effects, or cutting on an AVID with- out being in a studio have all been worked out to some degree and, more importantly, are continuously being improved. Vi s u a l e f fe c ts e d i to r S h a ro n Sm i t h Holley, who is also Secretary for the Editors Home Sweet Home REMOTE WORKFLOW HAS REVOLUTIONIZED POST- PRODUCTION: 'YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH BE ANYWHERE' Guild's board of directors, has a unique and thorough perspective on just how much ed- iting has evolved. Back in 2007, she started an archive for MPEG that not only includes vintage editing tools, but also has a photo collection of editors at work. She said, "I have a photo of Carol Littleton, Bruce Can- non, and Kathleen Korth working on "E.T." on a Moviola. I have a photo of Editor Randy Morgan working on "ER," and he's using this little chunky computer. We've gone from that to multiple screens to flat screens and you think, 'What could possibly be next — holograms on the wall or something?'" Holley is asking people to send her photos of their remote editing setups to document this new chapter in history. "Ed- iting is happening differently now, which allowed us to keep working through the pandemic. I've heard people say they don't ever want to go back to the cutting room be- cause of what remote editing allows them to have in their personal life, like being around their kids," said Holley, who is currently remote-working on a major feature film for Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in San Francisco from her home in Los Angeles and spending time with her cat. ILM has studios in several major cities around the world: Singapore, Sydney, London, Vancouver, and San Francisco. They already had a handle on remote col- Sharon Smith Holley. P H O T O : C O U R T E S Y S H A R O N S M I T H H O L L E Y

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