Greetings from a lounge chair sitting within view of a palm tree-lined beach and the Pacific Ocean. We just finished a tasty breakfast (egg, veggie, and bacon frittata with orange juice and locally grown Maui coffee) and are now lounging poolside before lunch. It’s a rough life for sure.
Those who know me will attest that I’m a pretty driven guy – always got multiple projects going, always making plans. Usually, I’m the one who goes on vacation and always has to be doing something or going somewhere. Go go go go.
Except this time. I, my wife, and another couple are spending a week in Maui with the specific goal of doing very, very little. So far, so good – yesterday we walked along the beach coastline, hung out in the surf, drank maitais with lunch, sat around our condo, barbecued ribs and zucchini for dinner, and sat on our lanai (Hawaii-speak for “balcony”) talking until we retired for the evening. Today promises to be much the same.
I’m very aware that other people’s vacations to Hawaii tend towards much more activity. They get up at 5am, go mountain biking for 3 hours before breakfast, then drive to the sea cliffs where they go rock climbing, then paddle a kayak to the next beach to cook lunch over a campfire, then take a helicopter tour to the top of oceanside cliffs from which they go cliff diving. Afterwards they go into town to the nearest bar that has a DJ and dance until the wee hours of the morning.
Oy. I’m getting tired just imagining it.
When it comes to vacation, certain people are obvious adrenaline junkies. But did you know there are adrenaline junkies in the editing world too?
Have you ever seen the end of a live show like American Idol and enjoyed the montage of all the singers’ performances that just happened minutes earlier? Have you ever watched the Super Bowl or World Cup games and seen the final compilation of the best moments of the broadcast put together to a high-energy piece of music? All those montages were put together by an editor in a matter of minutes, sometimes with mere seconds to spare before dropping in the final shot and beginning live playback. To do that, you gotta be good at your job – you have to be fast, and you have to be accurate. If you’ve ever been inside a control room during a live broadcast, you’ll know that it requires a lot of concentration to do your job. You’re expected to be perfect, because mistakes often end up being very obviously seen or heard often by millions of people. Mistakes reflect poorly on you, the whole crew, and the entire television network, so live television is often very stressful. People yell, scream, and regularly get fired and then rehired after the show finishes for the day.
I’ve done some quick-turn editing for live tv myself, and it’s a blast. Continue reading