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.

SlingShot: An Interview with Director Paul Lazarus

SlingShot is a feature documentary following famed inventor Dean Kamen’s journey into solving the world’s water crisis with his revolutionary water distillation machine. It was released in 2014 and is director Paul Lazarus’ first documentary feature.  Wheelhouse was thrilled to work with Paul on the trailer for this engaging documentary.

Paul Lazarus is a director, writer and producer based in Los Angeles.   He has directed a diverse range of projects in theater, television and film – his work in primetime TV series includes:  “Ugly Betty,”  “Pretty Little Liars,” “Melrose Place” and “Friends.”

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Wheelhouse Profile: Karen Altman, Composer of Magical Universe

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This month we’re profiling Karen Altman in honor of the theatrical release of Magical Universe.

Karen Altman is a talented composer from Virginia who has teamed up with Wheelhouse Creative’s Jeremy Workman to compose an original film score for his documentary, Magical Universe. Not unlike the film, Karen’s music is both enchanting and mesmerizing. In an interview with Karen, we got a glimpse into the creative mind behind the music.

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Wheelhouse Profile: Garo Setian, Our Trashiest Editor

If you’re an active fan of movie trailers, you know that last week the nominations for this year’s Golden Trailer Awards were announced.  Next to the nominations for Captain America and Garo_GTAFrozen is our favorite category – Trashiest Trailer.

Our own Garo Setian is a seasoned trashy trailer editor, this year receiving his 7th nomination in the category with All Cheerleaders Die (above).  With over 230 trailer and TV spots under his belt and 17 Golden Trailer Award nominations, we wanted to pick his brain about what goes into creating his much loved trashy trailers.

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Wheelhouse Profile: Copywriter Jason Hoffman

849131645Jason Hoffman has been a copywriter for Wheelhouse Creative going on four years and is one of our core members of the team that we go to for all kinds of projects.  His talent and ingenuity help us take our trailers to another level.  We sat down with him to talk about everything that goes into the copywriting process along with some of his favorite trailers he’s worked on.

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