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Editing magic: History’s Houdini 

By Randi Altman

When asked about magicians or illusionists who push the boundary, most young people would immediately think of David Blaine or Criss Angel. But before either of them drank fire or locked themselves in a water-filled box in front of a crowd, there was Harry Houdini. An inspiration to this current spate of illusionists, Houdini was the subject of an eponymously-named miniseries that premiered Labor Day on the History Channel.

The Uli Edel-directed Houdini tells an old-fashioned story in a new way, grabbing the attention of a new generation of fans of magic and illusion.

Houdini, shot with the Arri Alexa camera on-location in Budapest, was edited on Avid Media Composer 6.5 by Sabrina Plisco, A.C.E. (Smurfs, Smurfs 2, Charlotte’s Web, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Into the West). For help with the show, she brought in editor David Beatty, assistant editor Jered Zalman and, later in the process, another assistant editor Paul Alderman.

There were many “fun challenges,” as Plisco referred to them, for the editorial team that involved individual scenes shot at multiple locations, bluescreen shoots, visual effects and a tight domestic turnaround.

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Doctor helps patients climb mountains with 
4K/5K imagery

This space is typically held for articles about broadcast, film, web or corporate projects, but this particular story was just too compelling to ignore. So to quote Monty Python, “And now for something completely different.” I think you’ll enjoy it. Trek Visions is a company that is visually bringing the world to patients recovering from catastrophic physical and mental injuries with its proprietary software that runs on 42-inch TV monitors at rehab facilities.

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Cogswell College: teaching students in 
real-world environments

How do you learn best? By listening to someone talk about how to do something or by actually doing it? Silicon Valley-based Cogswell College believes it’s the latter. Reid Winfrey is associate professor of Digital Art & Animation at Cogswell, which has been educating young people for about 125 years. The school offers a curriculum that blends studies in digital arts, audio technology, game design and engineering.

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Outpost Studios on affordable Foley for indies
By Jennifer Walden

Top 5 Tips: Starting your professional career
By Brady Betzel

Music Rights: DOJ's consent decree
By Ron Mendelsohn

Milk provides 117 VFX 
shots for Doctor Who  
debut episode

VFX/design firm Hey Beautiful Jerk added to 
aE|Media Group

Cutting Room hires 
former ad agency 
editor Vic Carreno 

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