ATE GENERAL MEETING - The Art of Post in Hollywood

Official Press Release in PDF Available for Download

TORONTO, ON – February 21, 2013 –The Avid Toronto Editors (ATE) is proud to announce our keynote speaker: Hollywood Picture Editor Daniel Rezende will be appearing at our next event.

Moderated by ATE and Art of the Guillotine's Gordon Burkell, they will be discussing his career, past projects and his role as lead editor of the new Robocop feature film. His filmography includes: City of God, The Tree of Life, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, 360, and Blindness. Prior to the keynote speaker, we will be hosting three presentations from our sponsor's Avid, Blackmagic Design, and Pivotal Post.

Proceeding our guest speakers, the ATE will be hosting a draw for an assortment of prizes including signed Blu-ray copies of Daniel Rezende's films, Grand Prizes, plus Avid and Art of the Guillotine SWAG.

*** The grand prizes include Avid Media Composer 6.5 and Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve 9 (Combined total value of over $3,500 USD). ***

To attend the event, guests must purchase a ticket online through (See Link Below) 
Tickets are $10 per admittance.

Please bring a printed copy of your online ticket to the evening for proof of purchase.

Schedule of Events:

06:15 – 07:00 | Sign-in & Networking
07:00 – 07:15 | Blackmagic Design Presentation
07:15 – 07:30 | Pivotal Post Feature Film Workflow in Avid
07:45 – 09:30 | Keynote Speaker, Hollywood Picture Editor Daniel Rezende
09:30 – 10:00 | Prize Draw & Networking

Venue Location:  
424 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5A 1N4

Presentation Sponsors
About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check

About DaVinci Resolve
Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve is the world’s highest performance color correction solution for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux computers. DaVinci Resolve supports more real time color correction than any other system because it’s not limited by the performance of the computer it’s running on. DaVinci Resolve eliminates this performance barrier because it’s based on a cluster of high performance GPU cards, so all processing is always real time. DaVinci Resolve has the power of a true real time performance solution so handles complex color grades even when using dozens of primaries, secondaries, Power Windows™, multi point tracking, blurs, and more. DaVinci Resolve provides incredible performance in a low cost solution which can be easily upgrade by adding extra GPU’s for supercomputer power to handle 4K resolutions, stereoscopic 3D and real time grading direct from raw camera files such as Blackmagic Cinema Camera, ARRI raw, RED r3d and Sony F65, F55 and F5 files which can be handled with ease. DaVinci Resolve 9 for Mac, Windows and Linux is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website free of charge for all existing full feature DaVinci Resolve customers. DaVinci Resolve Lite is available for both Mac OS X and Windows and is free to all users. 


About Pivotal Post

 With offices in London, New York, Toronto and headquarters in Los Angeles, Pivotal Post handles editorial rentals and logistics for the industry’s biggest films and TV shows. The systems they provide are custom designed and built for A-list directors, producers and editors. There is a level of professionalism and mission critical reliability that Pivotal Post is known for worldwide. With a commitment of 24/7 service and support for editorial paired with a close relationship with Avid, they can stay ahead of the technology curve and assist with workflow issues and worldwide equipment movement and logistics. Some of the past clients include: Sherlock Holmes, Ninja Assassin, Transformers 1, 2, and 3, Fast and Furious, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, “V”, Mentalist, The A-Team, Alice in Wonderland, Paul, Rango, Reel Steel, TRON Legacy, Snow White and The Huntsman and Zero Dark Thirty. Current projects include: The Lone Ranger, Thor2, Carrie, Robocop, and many others.   For more information, please check


About Avid
Avid creates the digital audio and video technology that creative professionals use to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world – from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concert tours and news broadcasts. Some of Avid’s most influential and pioneering solutions include Media Composer®, Pro Tools®, Interplay®, ISIS®, VENUE, Sibelius®, and System 5. Our innovative digital audio and video solutions continue to revolutionize the art of creative storytelling, and have earned us hundreds of awards, including two Oscar® statuettes, a Grammy®, and 14 Emmys®.
Avid’s artists and experts make the difference.
Like our customers, we are artists and industry experts. Storytellers. Musicians. Composers. Filmmakers. Students. Videographers. Producers. Sound mixers. DJs. More than 50% of our employees have professional backgrounds in audio and video, and more than 70% use Avid products outside of the workplace. We draw on this knowledge to advance the development of digital audio and video technology in a way that helps our customers achieve their creative vision – however they define it. Get to know us. Our customers. Our employees. We’re Avid. For more information, please check


With the announcement of this event, the Avid Toronto Editors has continued its efforts to build, educate and nurture the local film editing community in Toronto.   To learn more about Avid Toronto Editors and this event, please contact: 
Richard S. Vala
President, Avid Toronto Editors
Phone: 416.629.9495

ATE Group Liaison:
Meghan Ross
Field Marketing Specialist | Pro Video USA and Canada, Avid Technology

We look forward to seeing you there!



TORONTO, ONT – Thursday August 16th, 2012 – Hosted at Deluxe, and sponsored by Saved By Technology and RE:Vision Effects, the Avid Toronto Editors welcomed industry experts in "The Evolution Of Music Video Editing" to discuss their passion and expertise in the post production process from conception to the screen. Moderated by Ian Peters, he be hosted: RT!, Director/Editor (The most awarded music video director in Canada), Cazhmere, Director/Editor (Clients includes Justin Nozuka and Ivana Santilli), and David Dunham, Editor.

Before our main event, Michael Nunan of Bell Media gave a presentation on the CALM Act and how it will affect the industry beginning this September.


Following our guest speakers, the ATE was proud to be host a draw for over $1000 of prizes including a TC Electronic LM6 5.1 stereo and mono metering software package from Saved By Technology and Brian Hogue and Mark Bertrand of TC Group Americas Inc., the Avid plug‐in for Twixtor from RE:Vision Effects and Avid and Art of the Guillotine SWAG.

Lead Sponsors

Saved By Technology continues to focus on delivering the most advanced production tools available to our customers throughout the world. Over the years we have thrived by providing outstanding customer service and unparalleled product expertise and technical support. In addition to its core base of musicians and composers, Saved By Technology is a leading supplier to Canada's substantial audio post production and broadcast markets, and a leading provider of music and audio production systems for educational institutions, especially universities and higher education facilities throughout Canada.

Today's music, audio and video production equipment is more complex and sophisticated than ever. There are compatibility issues, updates and upgrades, configuration issues, troubleshooting challenges and complex software authorization routines.

Don't trust just any dealer as your technology partner! Saved By Technology has more experience with these challenges than any other dealer in Canada ‐ by far. We've delivered thousands of turnkey systems to professional customers throughout Canada and around the world.

We invite you to interact with us! If you're in the Toronto area, please visit our downtown showroom during business hours. Got questions? Call Brian Bell at 416 928 6434.

RE:Vision Effects is a research and development company focused on providing innovative, advanced custom software to create, modify, control, and enhance digital video imagery at the highest quality. Their products have a broad range of applications and are currently used in every phase of television, motion picture, Internet and visual effects industries. Their end‐user products are available as a popular, affordable line of software plug‐ins that enable independent editors, artists, and producers to apply all types of visual effects to video and film as well as realize faster rendering and other operational benefits. In 2007 the founders received an Academy Award for Technical Achievement for the design and development of this affordable, user‐friendly RE:Vision family of software products.

Their plug‐ins are available for Adobe After Effects, Eyeon Fusion, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Final Cut Express, The Foundry's Nuke, Adobe Premiere Pro, Autodesk 3ds Max/Maya Composite, Avid editing systems, Autodesk Systems (Sparks), Autodesk SoftImage, Apple Shake, Quantel genQ and others.

Other sponsors include: Avid, Deluxe, Dynamix, The Art of The Guillotine, Sheridan College, Women in Film and Television and the Directors Guild of Canada. Food and refreshments will be provided during the networking portion of the event.

Schedule of Events

06:30 – 07:00 | Networking
07:00 – 07:45 | CALM ACT Presentation with Bell Media's Michael Nunan
07:45 – 09:30 | The Evolution of Music Video Editing Panel Discussion
09:30 – 10:00 | Networking

Venue Location

Deluxe PostProduction
424 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5A 1N4

*** Please note that spots are limited and in order to attend you must pre‐register. Email us your name, contact information and how you heard of the event to in order register. You then will be sent a confirmation email. Registration deadline is Monday August 13, 2012. ***

CALM Act ("Loudness Era") Presentation

On September 1 of this year, Canada will join the U.S. and the EBU in having a regulatory framework, which adopts "Loudness" rather than "Level" as the new Gold Standard for the creation and delivery of TV Programming. For the first time, this effectively gives us a Global Tech Spec, and will dramatically reduce the confusion and worry about how individual Broadcasters expect programs to be delivered to them.

In order to take advantage of this new world order (to say nothing of being able to create "legal" broadcast material for Canada) there is a lot of learning and work to be done. Old habits need to be broken, new technology must be obtained and integrated into our workflows, and new ways of approaching the tasks of Mixing and Delivering content have to be learned.

This is a large order under any circumstance, but for an industry that has a poor track record regarding Professional Development and Training ‐ it's an enormous problem. And this has to be done by September 1st, for anyone who wishes to be compliant with the new regulations.

Michael Nunan from Bell Media will present an overview of this new "Loudness Era" and discuss ways in which we can perhaps tackle the education and training issues that lie ahead.

Panelists' Bios:

RT! Director/Editor

One of Canada’s most successful and prolific visual directors since debuting on the music video scene only a few years ago. His knack for dreaming up creatives that tap into the emotional core of a project, manufacturing deeply immersive visual worlds, and his classic cinematic style of photography has made him one of the most sought after taste‐makers in North America today and the most awarded music video director in Canada.

Over the course of nine years RT! has been awarded 13 International music video awards, including Director of the Year two years consecutively at the MuchMusic Video Awards, and has been nominated for more than thirty film and television industry awards. He is responsible for giving the world new looks at great international music artists Snoop Dogg, Sean Paul, Mariana’s Trench, Kardinal Offishall, and Simple Plan to name a few. No stranger to the commercial world, RT! Has directed spots for NIKE, SONY, Blackberry and Nickelodeon.

Cazhmere, Director/Editor

The first lady of The NE has shot videos continually upping the ante for recording artists across Canada. She’s worked with: Justin Nozuka, Ivana Santilli, Classified, JB, Jordan Croucher, Choclair, Darryl Riley, D.O. and the list goes on. She was recently awarded the 2010 REELWorld Film Festival award for best Music Video (for Josh Martinez’s “Going Back To Hali” ft. Classified and Skratch Bastid). Hailing from the East Coast, Cazh has become very accustomed to travelling back out to Halifax for shoots – she’s been at the helm of over a dozen East Coast projects now! You can’t deny the flare Cazhhmere brings to each and every one of her directorial projects. She has received yearly MMVA nominations; videos consistently cracking the MUCH Top 30 Countdown; multiple worldwide film festival showcases; and her most recent video for Classified’s “Oh Canada” screened on television sets around the world during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

David Dunham, Editor

Materializing out of thin air as a fully formed seven‐year‐old boy in the woods outside of Dunnville Ontario in 1984, and was subsequently raised by deer. Years passed before he and friends co‐created a cartoon called "Sons of Butcher" for Teletoon, which was nominated for a 2007 "Best Animated Series" Gemini approximately 14 minutes after it was cancelled. David's duties on the show included writing, acting, musical score and consuming 67% of craft service. Now he is an assistant editor working in television, and he makes music videos on the side. Past clients include Blinker the Star, The Dirty Nil, and...Blinker the Star. His hobbies are leather blowing and ESP.

Ian Peters, Editor (Moderator)

'Through the lens' Introduced to the entertainment industry via a professional model contract at New York City's FORD models 12 years ago, Ian has passionately worked his way from runway to being the founder and executive producer of Toronto based 'Dept. of Media', a boutique digital media and production house attracting such clients as Toronto's Ritz‐ Carlton Hotel, Capital One US, Jully Black and the Marley Family. Ian's journey to the executive chair included overlapping transitions of fashion modelling for Nike, commercial acting, international videographer, professional camera op at Toronto Blue Jays and ultimately coordinating shoots for the very same clients he once performed for.

The Avid Toronto Editors continues its efforts to build, educate and nurture the local film and television editing community in Toronto. To learn more about the Avid Toronto Editors and this event, please contact:

Richard S. Vala
President, Avid Toronto Editors

We look forward to seeing you there!


ATE GENERAL MEETING - Animation Editing Panel
TORONTO, ON. -- March 29, 2012 at Deluxe Toronto.


Hosted at Deluxe, the Avid Toronto Editors will welcome industry experts in Animation Editing to discuss their passion and expertise in the postproduction process from conception to the big/small screen.  Moderated by JR Powell, we'll be hosting:  Stephanie Duncan (Bob and Margaret, Beetlejuice TV series, Backyardigans, Babar and the Adventures of Badou), Doug Appledoorn (The Backyardigans, Quads, Playing House), Sam Patterson (Robosapien) and Paul Hunter (Angela Anaconda & Glenn Martin). 

Following their presentation, the ATE is proud to be hosting a draw for  an assortment of prizes including Boris Continuum Complete 8 AVX, Digital Juice’s assorted products (Animated Canvases Collection 1, Texture ToolKit 1, an Editors ToolKit Pro Single), critically acclaimed Nightingale Voice Box – Vocal production elements, 1 Cineplex and Bon Appetit Dinner and a Movie Package and 2 Regular Cinplex Gift Cards courtesy of APM Music and Avid and Art of The Guillotine SWAG.

** A total estimated value of over $2500 CDN**

Before our main event, Kevin P McAuliffe of Boris FX and Caron Nightingale of Nightingale Music will be giving presentations on their respective products.

Boris Continuum Complete 8 AVX gives Avid editors the most comprehensive VFX and compositing plug-in suite ever created. A whopping 200+ filters include 3D Objects such as Extruded Text, 3D particle effects, image restoration tools, lens flares and lights, award-winning chroma keying and compositing, a full suite of color correction tools, time-based effects such as Optical Stabilizer, warp and perspective effects, and blurs, glows, and cinematic effects. All BCC AVX filters take advantage of either multi-processing or OpenGL hardware acceleration for an interactive effects design experience.

Nightingale Music Productions has been around for more than 25 years, providing music and music services to film/television and all media.  Their music has been heard in just about every country and network on the planet. They have won Awards for their music and for its client`s productions. You can hear their tracks in Oprah, Ellen, America’s Funniest Home Video’s, Entourage and in numerous video games, toys and commercials.
Digital Juice® is the world-leader in royalty-free broadcast animation content for video, motion graphics and multimedia professionals. Digital Juice® products are in use in nearly every major studio, broadcast, and cable station including NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, HBO, CNBC, Fox News, and countless high profile television shows such as American Idol and the Grammy Awards. The company provides royalty-free animations, music, stock footage, organic film effects, graphical fonts, layered Photoshop® illustrations, plug-ins and production gear to a wide variety of video, motion graphics, print and web enthusiasts. The company is known for its extremely high quality and innovative content as well as for its aggressive and affordable pricing.

APM Music (a joint venture of EMI Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing) the most comprehensive collection of original music available to entertainment and media producers, provides North American-based production clients with exclusive access to over 350,000 tracks of music produced specifically for use in film, television, radio, and new media productions. Some of APM’s key clients include CBC, Corus, NBC, ABC, Fox, HBO, Showtime, ESPN, MLB, PGA, Universal, Discovery, Current TV, MTV, BBDO, Electronic Arts and thousands of others. Recent APM Music credits include: “One For the Money,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Bridesmaids,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “New Girl,” “Glee,” “Enlightened,” “Modern Family,” “30 Rock,”  “Big Bang Theory,” “The Good Wife,” “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations,” and “Just Dance 3”. For more information, please visit or its search engine at, and connect with APM at and

Other sponsors Include:  Avid, Deluxe, Dynamix, The Art of The Guillotine, TO411 Daily, and the Directors Guild of Canada. Food and refreshments will be provided during the networking portion of the event. 


Schedule of Events:
6:30 – 7:00 | Networking
7:00 – 7:15 | Nightingale Music Presentation

7:15 – 8:00 | Boris FX Presentation
8:00 – 9:00 | Animation Panel Discussion
9:00 – 9:15 | Prize Draw

9:15 – 9:45 | Networking

Venue Location:
424 Adelaide Street E. 
Toronto, Ontario M5A 1N4

*** Please note that spots are limited and in order to attend you must pre-register.  Email us your name, contact information and how you heard of the event to in order register.   You then will be sent a confirmation email.  Registration deadline is Monday March 25, 2012. ***

Panelist’s Bios:

Doug Appeldoorn
After cutting the first music video for the Philosopher Kings during his final year in the Ryerson Film Studies program, back in the early 90s, Doug Appeldoorn's career in editing had begun.  Immediately following film school Doug worked on a documentary before being was drawn into the world of animation.  As the lone editor for a small commercial animation house in Montreal, he worked on film to start and over his first year there transitioned to the brave new world of non-linear editing.   After 5 years in Montreal, Doug returned to Toronto for a brief stint at the post production house Magnetic North, working on a range of different projects.  Within a year he was back working exclusively in animation again for Nelvana.  Starting as an assistant editor, Doug helped to establish an online department and became Nelvana's first in-house online editor.  During this period he worked on highly acclaimed series such as Franklin, Little Bear, Bob and Margaret and the Backyardigans.  

With the company now owned by Corus Entertainment, Doug is one of 5 online editors working on high end Quantel finishing systems.  When Corus/Nelvana moved from Liberty Village to the new Corus Quay building on the waterfront, Doug was put in charge of setting up the new post facility and transitioning all the equipment and staff to the new site.  Returning to his role as an online editor he recently started a new series for Nickelodeon called Bubble Guppies and continues to work on the second season of Fred at Night for Teletoon. 

Stephanie Duncan
Stephanie has worked as an editor for almost 30 years, with most of that time spent in the animation industry. She began her career at Crawley Films in Ottawa, working as a sound FX editor on The Raccoons.  She changed her focus to picture editing after moving to Toronto in 1989, and worked as an assistant editor on several independent Canadian films, including Roadkill, Diplomatic Immunity, and I Love a Man in Uniform. She has also cut a number of documentaries and short films over the years, but her first love is animation, and she has always come back to it.

As a picture editor at Nelvana Studios for the last 21 years,  Stephanie has cut many animated television series, among them Beetlejuice, Little Bear, Rupert, Franklin, Bob and Margaret, Backyardigans, Ruby Gloom and, most recently,  Detentionaire.  She enjoys using her skills to help create stories which entertain children and adults alike.

Sam Patterson
Born in the U.S., Sam immigrated to Canada in 2006.  He now considers himself a "Faux Canadian" or "Pre-Canadian."  He taught screenwriting at Columbia College Chicago and Trebas Institute.  He edited on projects such as I Love to Cook and an reunion concert DVD for the Canadian Band Klaatu.  Currently, he works at Arc Productions (formerly Starz Animation Toronto) where he put his editing skills to work on Robosapien (feature, not yet released), a one-hour special for Thomas and Friends due out next year, several test projects as well as editing the VFX and leadership reels for the studio.    He is also a director and writer.  His films have been seen in festivals and on TV. 


Paul Hunter
With close to twenty years of editing experience almost exclusively in the field of animation; Paul is a respected on-line, off-line & leica editor. He has worked on many shows which have been seen throughout the world, including: Angela Anaconda, The Save-Ums, Johnny Test, Glenn Martin DDS, The Pit and The Pendulum, Metajets, SuperReaders, Iggy Arbuckle, What it's Like being Alone, and Franny's Feet.  Many of these shows have been nominated for Geminis and Emmy awards. “Angela Anaconda” & “Glenn Martin DDS” both won the Gemini award for best new animated series.  Paul is currently working on "The Nut Job", a new stereoscopic animated feature film with Toonbox Entertainment.

JR Powell
Editor Director, JR began his film career as an actor, appearing on popular night time drama shows ENG and the international docu-drama series TOP COPS.  He has directed commercials for the popular skateboard franchise “West 49”, which aired on a variety of stations throughout Canada and edited the first ever documentary on the C.S.C. (Canadian Society Of Cinematography)   Currently working on establishing his narrative portfolio, he has completed the short comedic film entitled “Flush”, and is currently in post-production with "Epiphany of Love" and "Breakfast Legend", featuring comedian James Cunningham as well as having edited some Bravo!FACT films starring talents such as Patrick Mckenna and Andrew Martin.

 The Avid Toronto Editors continues its efforts to build, educate and nurture the local film editing community in Toronto.   To learn more about the Avid Toronto Editors and this event, please contact:

Richard S. Vala
President, Avid Toronto Editors

We look forward to seeing you there!





TORONTO, ONT – Wednesday September 28, 2011 – Avid Toronto Editors (ATE) is teaming up with Avid, Screen Industries Research and Training Centers Sheridan College / Pinewood Toronto Studios, and the Canadian Cinema Editors to bring the Hollywood A-List Picture Editor Wayne Wahrman to Toronto to discuss his editing craft. His filmography includes: I Am Legend, Constantine, Charlie’s Angels, U-571, All the Kings Men and Searching for Bobby Fisher.

Schedule of Events:

6:30 – 7:00 | Networking
7:00 – 7:30 | Avid Media Composer 5.5 Presentation
7:30 – 8:30 | Wayne Wahrman Presentation
8:30 – 9:00 | Prize Raffle
9:00 – 9:30 | Networking

Please note that spots are limited and in order to attend you must pre-register.  Email us your name, contact information and how you heard of the event to in order register.   You then will be sent an electronic ticket as your confirmation.  Registration deadline is Monday September 26, 2011. Please bring a copy of your ticket for entry to the event.

Sponsors include: Avid, Screen Industries Research and Training Centers Sheridan College (SIRT) / Pinewood Toronto Studios, Canadian Cinematic Editors, Directors Guild of Canada, Women in Film and Television, and Dynamix.  With the generous help from SIRT Sheridan College / Pinewood Toronto Studios, Avid Toronto Editors will be holding the event using their state of the art 3D Christie 4K Projector. Food and refreshments will be provided during the networking portion of the event.  At the end of the evening we will be raffling off an assortment of prizes.  The grand prize will be a Media Composer 5.5 (valued at over $2,995 USD).


Pinewoods Toronto Studio
SIRT’s Studio Space Workshop 1 – Gate 2 Entrance
225 Commissioners Street, Toronto, Ontario. M4M 0A1.

TTC Instructions: 72A Pape Bus from Union or Pape Station – Exit bus at Salter Street. Travel west to Gate 2.
Pinewood Studios Map and Parking:


With the announcement of this event, Avid Toronto Editors has continued its efforts to build, educate and nurture the local film editing community in Toronto.   To learn more about Avid Toronto Editors and this event, please contact:

Richard S. Vala
President, Avid Toronto Editors
Phone: 416.629.9495

We look forward to seeing you there!



Past Event: June Meeting

Share the experience

Tuesday June 21, 2011
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
The Royal
608 College and Clinton Street (West of Bathurst)

Our lead sponsor, Nightingale Music Productions, has been around for more than 25 years, providing music and music services to film/television and all media.  Their music has been heard in just about every country and network on the planet. They have won Awards for their music and for its client`s productions. You can hear their tracks in Oprah, Ellen, America’s Funniest Home Video’s, Entourage and in numerous video games, toys and commercials.

They will be providing a door prize of their critically acclaimed Nightingale Voice Box – Vocal production elements – Three sets with a retail value of $500!


Schedule of Event:
6:30 – 7:00 pm | Networking
7:00 – 9:00 pm | The Art of Independent / Feature Film and Series Editing

Welcome to the Avid Toronto Editor’s (formally ATUG) meeting for June.  We are glad to have some of Canada’s top editors discuss their art, work and how they got their start.  Moderated by Gordon Burkell, this panel includes James Bredin (Little Mosque, Nero Wolfe Mystery), Pamela Bayne (The Adrenaline Project), Paul Day C.C.E. (Rookie Blue, Lost Girl, This is Wonderland) and Laurie Januska, Director of Member and Training Services DGC.

Pamela Bayne
Pamela has spent the last decade working as an editor in Toronto. Getting her start in documentary editing in Scotland, Pamela moved to Toronto to work in the film and TV industry in 2000. She spent five years cutting broadcast TV before attending the CFC's Drama Program as an Editor. Since then she has been working as a freelance editor on everything from features to promos to Gemini nominated TV shows. She has more than 20 independent short film credits, some of which have played international festivals such as TIFF and Berlin.

James Bredin
After almost 30 years in the cutting room, James is one of the most experienced Picture Editors in Canada.  He’s edited everything from documentaries, news and commercials to TV series and feature films. 

Three feature films that James has cut have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and, between the Gemini Awards and Director’s Guild of Canada Awards, he has been nominated six times for his exceptional work.

Paul Day, C.C.E.
Paul has been working in the film and television industry for over 21 years. Recent editing credits include the critically acclaimed series Rookie Blue, Lost Girl, Dead Like Me, Odyssey 5, This is Wonderland and The 4400.

Paul has worked with over 60 directors on multiple networks series accumulating to over 120 hours of dramatic broadcast programming.  He's been nominated for Outstanding Picture Editing awards from
the Directors Guild of Canada and the Gemini's. He has worked in Toronto and Vancouver for notable companies as Paramount, Showtime, USA Network, ABC, TMN, Disney, MGM, CBC, Global, NBC, Showcase and Sony Pictures.

Paul is one of the founders of the Canadian Cinema Editors (C.C.E.), a national organization committed to elevating the artistic contribution, importance and knowledge of editing as a craft.

Laurie Januska
Laurie graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honours B.A. in Communication Studies and embarked immediately to Toronto to begin her career in the film and television industry. Starting at the DGC Ontario office in 1989, Laurie is the longest-standing Guild staff member nationally. Her current title, Director of Membership, sees her meeting with new members daily, either in her office or at schools, helping them take the first steps to starting their own careers as well as helping to develop new ways to make Guild membership more beneficial for its members.

In her role, she helps to develop the criteria by which new Members are brought into the DGC. She oversees the management and training of all Apprentices through the Guild Apprentice Program, as well as the procurement of new members at every level (from entry level positions to new Heads of Department). She develops and manages the Professional Development calendar throughout the year, constantly providing training in the newest of technologies as well as the popular “tried and true” workshops. The integration of membership and professional development enables her to manage each member’s work profile, managing their “upgrades” both in skill level and category listing – opening up opportunities for jobs in higher-paying categories and offering a greater opportunity for new experiences. She also sits on the Board of the CHRC (federal) and CCCO (provincial) boards to help develop and deliver curriculum for the career advancement of all in the cultural industries. Laurie also sits on the committee for the Canadian Entertainment Industry Retirement Plan.

Gordon Burkell – Moderator for the Evening
Gordon has worked in the film industry and as a film editor for 12 years. His primary focus is documentaries such as The Voyageur, Scream Your Dreams and Thirst.  In 2007 Gordon started Art of the Guillotine to help build a community for editors and to create a vehicle to help editors and film academics share their knowledge and expertise. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada where he edits and teaches film editing at Ryerson University.



Past Event: The Secrets of Freelance Editing

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Toronto Avid Users’ Group | November meeting
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Royal
608 College St. + Clinton (West of Bathurst)
Schedule of Events:
6:30 – 7:00 pm | Networking
7:00 – 9:00 pm | The Secrets of Freelance Editing

Join us for an exciting panel discussion featuring three highly successful freelance editors balanced out by a manager that hires them.

Milutin has been in film and television since 1999. Worked one year for a small production company, then 6 years for a television station and now has been freelancing for 3 years. Milutin started working on music videos, films, commercials and documentaries. Moved onto fashion related videos with Fashion Television channel,  La Senza and Crystal Siemens. Since going freelance full time, work has varied including Deaf TV, Etalk, Combat Survival, Cream of Comedy, Party Mamas, Houses of Worship, MTV Canada and an interview special with the Dalai Lama.

From lifestyle shows like Handyman Superstar Challenge to reality such as Canadian Idol, Joseph has freelanced in and around the Toronto area for many years now. Having worked for CTV, Global, Corus Entertainment, Alliance Atlantis and many, many others, he knows what people want and how to give it to them.  Editing or compositing & visual effects, Joseph can do it all.

Peter Tanner manages CTV's Post Production operations at Queen St. He oversees all Avid Media Composer and News Cutter resources including hiring staff and freelancers, and manages relationships within the greater national CTV family. Core responsibilities include working with internal and external clients, implementing new systems, technology and strategies to maintain the company's technical standards and efficiency.

Starting as a freelancer in Ottawa making VHS dubs, moving to Toronto to edit original programming for the Comedy Network, launching MTV Canada at the Masonic Temple, to building and managing 80 Avid systems on 3 independent ISIS systems at Queen St. has proven that regardless of your start you'll always get more done on the night shift!

Having been an editor for over 13 years and having freelanced all over Toronto on almost everything, it will be my pleasure to moderate this panel of talented and creative professionals.