Many dream of "making it to the show", a term applied to succeeding in Hollywood. For most, it's a long calculated climb full of pitfalls and obstacles. Here's a look at one editor's achievement.
At an antique oak desk that overflows with invoices, Bill Macomber took a breather. After presiding over a stressful day that included the color grading of the History Channel series Underwater Universe, laying off the final Avid project and then rushing the masters to FedEx, the week finally closed. Whoever claimed editing was not a high pressure occupation has never stepped foot inside Fancy Film.
"In post production, the editor acts as the gate keeper," explained Macomber, principal and lead editor of Fancy Film. "Clients pay me to deliver a perfect product. And perfection takes a lot of time and energy."
Tucked away in an unassuming brick building in Los Angeles, Macomber's independent post facility has accomplished the near impossible: In an era that witnessed the collapse of some of the biggest names in post, Fancy Film not only survived, but flourished. With craft, creativity and grit, Fancy Film beat the odds and now posts for many industry heavyweights. But business was not always so booming.
Back in 1997, Bill Macomber hadn't even considered Fancy Film or post production. He was just another kid with a dream. Upon graduation from Wesleyan University, Macomber moved to Hollywood. Wanting to write and direct, the New York City native wrote specs and paid the bills as a production assistant. While grinding out a living on the production track, Macomber by chance landed a gig as an assistant editor.
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