Wheelhouse Profile: Zac – our ace post supervisor!

 

This month we’re profiling Zac Castellano, Wheelhouse’s newest Assistant Editor and post-production supervisor. After starting his career at Showtime, Zac’s joined Team Wheelhouse as a specialized uber-tech who’s all about getting the final product perfect!

Tell us a little aboIMG_6151ut you and your background. How’d you get your start?

I grew up here in New York. I got my start working in television at Showtime as a media manager. I’ve also worked in music production, composition and mixing.

What do you do at Wheelhouse?

I’m an Assistant Editor at Wheelhouse. I’m building on a lot of the things I learned at Showtime, but doing a lot more “post-post” work, so to speak. I handle trailer finishes, QC, and final delivery. There’s awesome creative work for me here too – in the time I’ve been here I’ve already been given an opportunity to cut a short film that Wheelhouse is involved with.

What was your experience like at Showtime?

I had several responsibilities in their post-production department, where I was in charge of organizing all media before it was made available to the editors and producers to cut with. This included show dailies, cast interviews, and behind the scenes footage. I also handled the daily archival and media management of all our projects which were backed up to a project server, and backed up again to a RAID every night. Our editors used Final Cut, Premiere and Avid, so I was constantly working in all three platforms while performing my work. I learned a ton about project workflow, how to manage terabytes of footage, encoding and quality control.

What’s your approach to maintaining quality control in your work, and how has your past experience prepared you for Wheelhouse?

Staying extremely organized in my projects is crucial. Organization also helps my workflow, and gives me time to focus on the little details that need more careful attention.

Showtime’s margin for error was very low, which really helped me at Wheelhouse and has strengthened my attention to detail as an editor. During QC, you’ve got to watch something down maybe 10-15 times throughout the process. It can get repetitive but you can’t make the same mistake twice. It’s too important.

What’s it like going from a large broadcast network to a specialized vendor like Wheelhouse?

The vibe in our office here is great. Where Showtime was more of a traditional corporate setting, Wheelhouse is more of an open floor. I’m involved in the business and creative discussions, and I get a full view of how a company like ours runs day-to-day.

Okay, one more thing: Give us a fun fact.

The “bald eagle” sound from films and TV is actually the cry of a red-tailed hawk. Bald eagles don’t sound cool at all.

Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles Available on DVD

Chuck Workman’s documentary, Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles is a look into the remarkable genius of the filmmaker and star.  Orson Welles’s life was magical: a musical prodigy at age 10, a director of Shakespeare at 14, a painter at 16, a star of stage and radio at 20, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Rita Hayworth. His work was similarly extraordinary, most notably Citizen Kane, (considered by many to be the most important movie ever made), created by Welles when he was only 25.

In collaboration with Cohen Media Group’s Charles S. Cohen and Calliope Films, Wheelhouse Creative was proud to serve as one of the production facilities for this highly-regarded documentary.  This is Wheelhouse Creative’s second collaboration with Chuck Workman, following What Is Cinema? in 2013.

In addition to creating the trailer, Wheelhouse cinematographer Michael Lisnet shot interviews for the film including Chris Welles, Elvis Mitchell and Julie Taymor. Wheelhouse animation and title designers Ze’ev Gilad and Beverly Rosenzweig’s work can also be seen in the film in the 3D animation and lower third design, respectively.

Continue reading for interviews with the Wheelhouse team, an inside look at creating the trailer and more.

Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles is available on Blu-Ray and DVD from Amazon.  More information on the  film can be found on Cohen Media Group‘s website.