Jan 30, 2010

Old Film School Slides: Vol. 4

This is the last of the film school slide volumes. Look over the images once more and think to yourself about what the story or scene behind them might be and share it if you like.  As I've expressed, this is a great exercise for a variety of technically based (film experience related) reasons, but it's also just a great way to wake up your brain.

#11 - Truck
Old truck with Saskatchewan plates, what's the owner like or where is he or she?

#6 - Waffle Ceiling
Mad Men office space or space office for mad men?

#1 - Window
Sask. Legislature, maybe a stately home even, who's inside?

#16 - Papers
A million old stories, a lost message, stacks of old observations . . . find something.

Jan 29, 2010

Old Film School Slides: Vol. 3

And we continue with my film school still frame exercise. What's the story behind these images? What kind of movie would these be from? What's the scene? Do they connect with one another somehow? These were all things we were asked when assigned this project back in the introductory class to the film program. I may have taken the images, but the beauty of the project is that they are what you make of them.

#10 - Alley Building
Lens flares, over-exposed, a back alley entrance - quirky address or seedy meeting place.

#14 - Government House
Historic home, government grounds, modern day or early 20th century?

#7 - Caution
Foreshadowing. What's going on here - crime scene, painting, leaky roof?

#15 - Tree Lined Road
Drive to a hospital or prison in the country - a stately manor perhaps?

Jan 28, 2010

Old Film School Slides: Vol. 2

In continuation of the images I posted yesterday, here are several more slides from the same film school photography assignment.  Several of these images were never used in class, so coming across them again after years in a box has me redefining their meaning.  The idea behind the project was to consider possible scenes or stories related to the image, as though it was a still frame from a feature film.  What do you see?

#2 - Pentax
My friend Ward. Shooting each others portrait at the same time - what happened to the picture of me I wonder?

#8 - Fountain
Dimly lit, beads of water collecting - someone else was just here.

#5 - Bowling Alley
A time gone by, abandoned, nostalgic, what's inside?

#9 - Utility Closet
Shades of yellow and orange, full shelves, hidden supplies, someones collection.

Jan 27, 2010

Old Film School Slides: Vol. 1

A movie, technically speaking, is simply a series of still images played at 24 frames per second to create the illusion of movement. This fact proved to be the central theme of my very first production class and the inspiration behind many of the projects that we were assigned in the winter semester of 2003. Working with the Pentax K1000 (still camera) we were instructed to capture images and then create a back story, soundscape, song, or any cinematic embellishment we wished, to add another layer to the images.

I vaguely remember what I did, but stumbling on to these slides again was a treat. It brings back a lot of memories to see how 7 years ago I was just beginning to explore my love of urban texture and depth - bricks, concrete, peeling paint, retro settings in a modern context, etc. This influence is evident in several of my projects, most notably, Urban Jazz from that same year.

If you imagine these slides as a single frame in a feature film, it's actually a great creative exercise (hence the assignment) to picture what might be going on - Where are we going? What is this leading to? What does the image say about the theme, style, genre? I have my own notes on how I accented these images, but I'll leave it to you to come up with your own stories.

#12 - Western Furs
Bold text, patterned windows, bellowing smoke, canted angle to emphasize scale - this is the cold city.

#3 - Piano
Stylized text with Canadian reference, short depth of field - foreshadowing for Keys perhaps?

#13 - Hang Up
Abandoned, desolate, no answer . . .

#4 - The Red Light
Industrial elements, a bright spot of color - welcoming or foreboding?

Jan 25, 2010

Inspired Singles: Issue 06

A single a day keeps your creativity in play.
Join me as I share some of my fav tunes in an effort to pay the inspiration forward.
Inspired Singles: Issue 06 by Luke Fandrich

This Too Shall Pass by OK Go

I've spoke previously in this series about OK Go, and with the
release of their latest album (Of the Blue Color of the Sky) I was once again inspired to share another one of their tracks. This Too Shall Pass is great not just because of the free-spirited lyrics, upbeat chorus, and strong beat, but the video is yet another single-take surprise from the group with them decked out in marching band garb and parading through a field full of well placed extras. You may remember the treadmill video for Here it Goes Again that went viral or their choreographed dancing in the backyard for A Million Ways - which both further support my reasoning in finding their music (and videos for that matter) thoroughly inspiring.

Slow Poison by The Bravery

This retro-esque tune is driving, toe-tapping, synth-fueled kitsch, and I love it. The video, full of neon beams and strobes of cosmic light, features a cosmonaut exploring space in an eye-catchingly 'far out and happening way' as Greg Brady might say. This tune from The Bravery's latest album, Stir the Blood, has been on repeat lately.

We Own the Sky by M83

From their album, Saturdays=Youth, We Own the Sky is another ambient, echoing, and alternative selection on my part. What I love about the song is that it feels heavy - made so by the slow beat and (low) synth droning. I picture a train trying to make it up a hill; slow, steady, striving to reach the top. The tone is encompassing and it's ideal for getting lost in your own thoughts.

Jan 24, 2010

Archive Pages

The goal in creating an archive section on my portfolio site @ www.editingluke.com was to share some of my history and accomplishments without simply writing out a list. I already have a resume, and I'm aware of how entertaining it is to read. So, what I came up with instead was several pages of interactive bulletin boards.

Featuring a variety of letters, notes, scripts, photos, newspaper clippings, related links, and promotional videos, my
archive leaves it up to visitors to explore what they want - simply clicking any of the photos or notes enlarges them to full screen. Have a look for yourself here.

Archive Title Page

Archive 1

Archive 2

Archive 3
Archive 4
Archive 5

Jan 23, 2010

Amazing Video Production Company Promo

In some of the latest research I've been doing for the company I work for (creating original promotional videos for a website) I came across a collection of videos by Cloud Nine Creative Inc. As a response to the worst production company promo I posted a few days ago, this clip is an excellent example of how a promo should look. Catering to the wedding crowd (a very challenging business to be a part of) the work I've seen from Cloud Nine is both beautiful, polished, and wonderfully cinematic. This is where a steady cam and a small crew really make the difference between a home video and an unforgettable memento.

It's the editing that really attracts me here - I dare say that it's very similar to my own style with the quick cuts, use of bold motion, stylized slow-mo shots/transitions, and rhythmic pacing that I've used heavily in my corporate editing specifically. Working with this footage must have been fun, and the candid shots of happy couples and families complete the package. The work done here is impressive and from a technical standpoint deserves recognition. From my humble position, I say well done Cloud Nine Creative!

Jan 21, 2010

Film School Lesson: Should You Go?

So by this point you've expressed some interest in filmmaking, hopefully with a general sense of what you might actually like to do. You've made some shorts with your friends, as part of class assignments, or on the other hand, haven't had the opportunity to explore things to your full satisfaction. The question inevitably crosses your mind, should I go to film school?

It's true that one of the biggest lessons regarding film school I can address is whether you should even go in the first place. This is a personal issue that will ultimately be decided by your finances, ambitions, opportunities elsewhere, and (here's hoping) your maturity. While these points may seem self explanatory, in a completely independent frame of thought you need to consider what it is that you want to learn, and even more so, what you're willing to sacrifice to do it. 

No matter what your choice their are immediate obstacles.  There's also a reason why it seems that more than half of the people I went to film school with aren't seriously pursuing a career in video anymore (or have simply relegated it to a hobby).  There are lots of paths, and film may be a springboard to a variety of careers not on a film set. 

Depending on your location, you can always get work as a production assistant on a film set (or similar job) right out of high school.  That's an opportunity to move up the ladder in the time that you'd be spending at school, not to mention a way to avoid potential school debt. On the other hand, if you want to focus on theory, make a lot of connections with other people in your situation quickly, or give yourself some time to experiment and develop confidence in your own skills, then university/film school is a widely accepted (if not obvious) way of doing this. There is no right answer, and at the end of the day, you're still going to be driving what you get out of the experiences that come your way.

I chose to go to film school, because frankly, I didn't think there was any other realistic option for me at the time.  I banked on the fact that it was a foot in the door.

I knew there was a lot I needed to learn, and wanted practical advice on how I could approach movie-making in 'industry' terms. As someone who had played largely by the rules in high school, film school became my opportunity to challenge myself, stretch my boundaries, and really grow up. The decision to go or not is especially contradicting for me as I spent 6 years in production courses and then left without graduating, only a semester remaining, confident that there was nothing else the experience had to offer. I took the journey, but left without the degree.

My foray into post-secondary media production and studies was more valuable for what I achieved outside of the classroom than what I did in it. Ironically, it was my dissatisfaction with what my film courses were providing me that pushed me to take a more independent approach to begin with. I found success in student film festivals and other online competitions that provided some of the greatest lessons and rewards of my academic life. The opportunity for young filmmakers has only increased by using resources like Facebook, YouTube, etc. as a way to market themselves. All of this stuff really took off during my time in film school and I jumped on board in a big way.

Going to film school for me was just as much about going away. I left the city I grew up in for a place that I knew no one. It wasn't the easiest choice, but the decision thickened my skin and put me in a frame of mind that demanded I try new things, question my reasoning, and (in all ways) progress. Your strength as someone who makes a living creatively can easily grow out of a profound sense of self, and in my story this was the case.

Whether you go to film school or not doesn't matter as much as what the reasoning for your decision is. Film school provides a package deal (an expensive one), but the information and tools are widely available to define your terms and gain experience if you so chose. Be warned though, a committed day job (which you'll begin to justify the longer you're there) mixed with real life can easily crush creative ambition and stagnate your dream if you don't have the ability to motivate yourself. I'd argue that most people in fields like this get stuck, give up, and move on (which is fine) but, if you really want anything you can't stop working towards it.

You might not realize it yet, but your time is valuable.

Jan 19, 2010

Worst Video Production Company Promo

I first want to make it abundantly clear that this is not the corporate production company that I work for, haha. This video is in fact produced by a real company offering video services, and from their technical expertise I think it's clear why this video went viral.

This is just further proof that making movies isn't easy. Although the silver lining to this story is that this couple has gained millions of views and a lot of attention by mastering the 'so bad it's good' formula. Truth be told, I love this - and I can't be too harsh, as they've actually found a successful way to get a million views on this video alone. If I were actually making a feature film, I'd jump at the opportunity to have these folks in one of my mockumentaries. They're hilarious.

Jan 18, 2010

Guy With A Library Card: Issue 03

Make It For The Movies
Written by M

I spent a lot of time trying to rack my brain with an idea of a holiday season inspired article for this GWLC. Patience is not my virtue on most days especially when I know something good out there exists, and like a corroded nut I was bound to break the bolt under the force. Then like most moments of greatness and revelation it happened; my daughter asked “When are we gonna go to the library? I want to go before Christmas.” So we made plans to go on the Monday before her holidays from school started. It was a proud moment for me.

Because of her enthusiasm about this, I wanted to do something special for her. In most larger centres there are usually more than one library location. All of which usually have slight differences. At the main branch in downtown Regina, they have what known as the Children's Library. We have talked about the main branch but had never gone there together so I thought this could make the trip a little extra special for her.

We started out going upstairs to the main level to drop off some books. While we were there, the first thing she noticed was the art gallery. At our usual branch, the art gallery is at the entrance and when we see that the exhibit has changed we go in for a look. So when she realized she hadn't seen anything at the main branch before she wanted to explore. As usual, we walked in and browsed the various works in the place. As an additional perk, that I've only ever received at the main branch, a curator came in and started explaining a piece to my daughter. The artist made a small set out of paint. Yes, painting one layer at a time in mold he cast from real materials. She was impressed by the time it would have taken to complete the project. It also was a completely new experience for her to interact with someone in the art gallery. I am pretty sure she didn't expect that it would be the highlight of her trip.

From here, we looked around on the main floor and then headed downstairs to the Children's Library. Oddly, the roles reversed and I was faced with something I did not expect. We went around looking at all the decor of the library from floor mats to fish. As she went looking for books, I went looking for some holiday videos. After a while, I checked in with her to see what she was looking at and to see if I could help her find something a little more specific. Since she was fine on her own, I wandered into the toddler section. I expected the toys and fun decor but while I was looking at a special Crayola computer to help teach kids to type, I noticed a small section for parents.

More specifically, I noticed a book entitled The Parents Guide to the Best Family Videos. I opened the book and inside was a short review of a movie and a rating as to which age group would enjoy the show. The first movie I saw was Ace Ventura. What? I never thought of showing my daughter this film (nor would I, even if a book said it was okay). However, this book raised a very pressing issue I find myself entangled in. I have always struggled with the thought of when my daughter is old enough to see which movie.

This struggle comes mostly from my extensive DVD collection and the fact that she is named after a character from one of these DVD's. She knows where her name comes from and I have shown her the character. My problem is that the movie is very violent so she has only seen a small bit. But it's not just these movies. I want her to enjoy movies that I had seen when I was young. I want her to appreciate them like I did. So most of my battle is trying to remember about each show and whether it is appropriate.

The book helped instantly. I was thinking of getting The Mighty Ducks that was sitting on the shelf so that we could watch it over Christmas. I figured that she seemed more pro-hockey now but I was unsure if it would be too young or too old for her. The book made my mind up fairly easy. Although I forgot about the family issues and love story in the film it all came back to me in a quick read. Not to mention the rating was five star for her age group. I snagged the movie and the book as well as four others that she chose.

Anyway, the book is a little out dated and did not have the movie in which her name comes from, however it still sent some surprises my way and has provided a list of movies that I now want to watch with her. The best part of all is that it eased my mind slightly, knowing that the movies I have been choosing to show her and at what age has be right on according to some one else somewhere. I guess it's just comforting that people are going through the same little struggles and coming to the same conclusion that I am.

So with that, I am going to leave you in the same way the book leaves you, with a few lists.

“Best Movies Ages 7-10;

Ann of Green Gables, The Bad News Bears, The Black Stallion, The Borrowers, ET, The Empire Strikes Back, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Princess Bride, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Toy Story.”

“Movies the Book recommends that I can watch with my daughter right away or in a few years that I am excited about;

The Adventures of Robin Hood, Apollo 13, Back To The Future, Big, The Breakfast Club(I might watch this first again), Charlotte's Web, Clueless, Dumb and Dumber, Star Wars, Karate Kid, Kind Kong, Lassie, A League of their Own, Look Who's Talking, The Mask Of Zorro, The Never Ending Story, Old Yeller, Indiana Jones, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Truman Show.”

I can't wait to watch those and many others. Anyway, I hope everyone had a good holiday and happy movie watching.

Jan 17, 2010

A Christmas Story Leg Lamp

I feel no shame in displaying this treasure year round.  It's one of the most memorable gifts I received on Christmas morning.  As a huge fan of A Christmas Story, I got a big laugh opening up my very own miniature version of the infamous leg lamp. Complete with a fringed lamp shade and a light up leg, this attracts all of the right kinds of attention. It is a major award after all!

New Portfolio Pages

Here's a quick look at the recent updates I've made to the portfolio pages on my site @ www.editingluke.com. In contrast to the previous designs, I wanted something that was a bit more stylized and layouts with stronger punches of colour. The 'Select a Genre' page was also streamlined to reduce the load time. I'm clearly biased, but I think things are getting better and better as I work out exactly how I want things to look and function.

Select a Genre Page

Narrative Page

Experiments Page

Travel Page

Promos Page

Jan 15, 2010

Film School Lesson: Questions to Ask

For years I have asked the question, was film school worth it? I've weighed the financial burden, considered the value in teaching art, and broken down the technical advantages that such a pursuit provides. However, this is a loaded question to begin with and it's only made more difficult by the fact that I really don't know the answer. There are resounding pros and cons, both of which I feel I've experienced the extremes of.

What I have come away with in any case, are a handful of film school lessons.  From tips, general advice, actual projects and assignment descriptions, film theory, critical thinking exercises, and ideas on what to expect both personally and in a real world (job) context, not to mention just the general experience of going from a clueless aspiring filmmaker to a less clueless independent filmmaker.

In moving forward, I'd like to inform, inspire, and fill in a few of the blanks for others trying to make the most of their film experience. I hardly have all the answers, but with film school in my past and an ambitious record of personal/creative growth over the last few years, there are a lot of things that I've picked up on and a lot of things that I think would help any other filmmaker interested in creative challenges. I've found myself inspired just by going through old notes and lessons again.

You have to ask yourself, what is it that you want to achieve with your filmmaking? Do you want to direct, edit, write? Narrow these options down, because even though you'll likely have a hand in a lot of these things, refining a specific skill can be more valuable than just general knowledge in numerous fields. Fight the urge to simply say director, when someone asks you what you want to do. In film school, director is practically a given (and it's really a dodge to the question because it's just another way of saying you want to do everything). Even if that's true, challenge yourself to be specific.

Ultimately you want to have a grasp on what a cinematographer, skilled camera person, or editor can bring to your project and how those skill sets can be relied upon to improve your vision (if you're directing). In the same way, learn how to take direction. Understand that your involvement and support in the role you play can be incredibly instrumental in the success of a project. Often when you're in a position that requires you to focus on specific details you're actually the one who can influence creative direction. Plus, it's just good advice knowing when to step back and step in - nothing worse than a set where everyone wants to play director.

It's never too late to revisit questions of purpose and motivation. Working in a creative field requires you to be open minded, willing to adapt, and confident in the choices you make. There are literally so many options to choose from, that your ability to create your own (initial) boundaries and terms will help to define the type of filmmaker you are and want to become.

Naturally, your style and approach will evolve, but if you're indecisive about the choices you make you'll never really see more than the surface. It's like reading a good book. You can read the cliff notes to understand the basic plot, but without investing time in really getting to know the construction of the story (and the natural emotional response it gives you) you'll miss the subtleties and reasoning behind why things were done the way they were. 

When creating a movie, no matter the size, you're constructing an experience, a series of frames that are meant to engage, question, entertain, and (hopefully) make sense. Unless you want someone else to decide what your work means, you need to appreciate the theory of why things are put together the way they are.

Jan 14, 2010

Revolving Content

Ever since launching Editing Luke: The Portfolio (www.editingluke.com) earlier this month I've still found myself investing a lot of time into how the site is put together. Call it working out the kinks or just my obsessive attention to every detail with this project, but the energy and money I've invested so far in building my own unique online space, feels incredibly rewarding because of the potential it brings.

In just the few weeks since the site has been up I've added a featured video element to each of the 4 genre pages of my portfolio section, have continued to compile edits, completed my interactive archive with a few more never before seen mementos, and most recently have updated my main page to feature revolving content (the 'evolution' banner above features the rotating links). My continued goal with all of this is to make accessing and exploring my work easier, more enjoyable, and expressly original.

The main page is the biggest change from just a few weeks ago. The slide show of banners allows me to highlight numerous posts, series, or videos that I feel are relevant, classic, or still in production. More than just a stylistic change, this format (much like my live blog feed on the main page also) allows people to see what I have going on and get a quick overview of things they may want to explore. As I continue to branch out it also allows me to pull everything together again, highlighting content from across the web in one convenient location. Like I've said so many times throughout this process, the portfolio site is meant to be a hub, and whether someone wants to view my YouTube channel, read my blog, or just get in touch with me, it can all be done from the main page on editingluke.com.

I'm sure there will continue to be some major changes that I'll share with you as I continue to refine the site. The lessons I'm learning from doing this - plus also from working in two uniquely different media jobs during the day - is really giving me the skill to fine tune things to my own tastes. It's exciting to feel in control of something that I've wanted to do for so long.

Be sure to stop by and check out the Archive section on the new site to see interactive materials from letters, notes, posters, and links to other online content - or just get lost in the pages I've created. To get a first hand experience of what I'm rambling on about, visit my portfolio site

Jan 13, 2010

University of Regina Collages (2006-2007)

Created around the end of semester in the spring of 2006 I was going to be saying goodbye to several friends who were graduating. Starting my university career in 2002 I should have been graduating then also, but my evolving plans and a couple wasted classes determined otherwise. As a student I found inspiration in a lot of things outside of the classroom . . . still, with the snow thawing and things rapidly changing that semester, I could appreciate the milestone of how the absence of friends was going to alter my experience and so I thought about making a video.

What I decided to do was collect a few of the home video clips that I'd shot over the semester to include with a photo collage of the university - kind of creating a time capsule on DVD of what the place was like then. You may think that you'd have to wait a decade or so to really see some major changes, but we actually all came to the University of Regina when things were just about to shift.

Regina, Saskatchewan had been awarded the Canada games for 2005 and in 2003, still in my first year, ground had been broken on an expansive new phys. ed building and a set of twin tower residences. Those residences have since become the focal point of the new campus and dramatically altered the green space that the university centered around.

By 2006 the games had passed and the buildings were all in full operation, however, construction had begun on a brand new lab building right next to College West - now the old residence - that we all lived in. It was probably this that inspired the photo collage more than anything. I knew that in just a few years the building would be complete and it would instantly date the footage and remind us all of the semester that that giant crane and construction created so much noise. I even mentioned the new lab building in my retrospective short, Quirks, as the park location we shot at in 2004 was now covered by a lecture hall.

I gave out my DVDs as everything concluded in the winter semester of '06, ending my collage saying 'may our time at the U of R serve as a reminder that we are always working to better ourselves'. A bit cliche perhaps, but true nonetheless.


In 2007 I found myself staying in Regina over the summer for the first time. Not really intending to make a project necessarily, I ended up shooting a lot of pictures of the campus with the weather being so nice. It's worth noting that when you're in Saskatchewan for predominantly winter months it can be tough to fully appreciate your outdoor surroundings. In any case, I created a secondary video of the architectural details of some of the campus buildings - which are actually quite notable, as both the modernist/minimalist library and classroom buildings were designed by Minoru Yamasaki, the architect behind the World Trade Center.

What came out of all these photos was essentially what I had hoped in 2006. Time has passed and with each year the landscape and tone of the university that I attended changes. I'm really happy to have both these videos to remind me of a location that I not only lived in, but experienced in so many ways. Just as the University of Regina evolved so much when I was there, it continues to inspire my nostalgia as it reinvents itself for new students.

It was only a few years ago, but as far as I'm concerned these shorts now represent a completely different time.

Jan 9, 2010

Calgary Zoo: Edits (2005-2006)

Having been to the Calgary Zoo numerous times, I'm almost always surprised by how different your experience can be each time. Short of going on safari, it's actually the next best thing to capturing candid and spontaneous shots of animals that you otherwise can't see in Canada. Over the summers of 2005 and 2006, I made several trips to Calgary and spent the afternoon at the zoo.

There's potentially more footage to be shown here, but I thought it was about time that I at least reorganized the original short edits that I uploaded back in 2007. To refresh the quality of the videos (which were originally quite pixelated) I re-uploaded the three short clips that I had cut from several longer travelog type videos I'd made titled, At the Zoo.

Intended to be slice-of-life, observational type shorts - these mini clips are no different than the longer projects really. What I enjoy about seeing some of this footage now is how my shooting technique still spoke to my style as an editor. You can see by the shots that I was thinking how I'd cut for a transition, for example, how shooting the skylight of the African Savannah exhibit outdoors, and then zooming out from the skylight indoors was a simple way to move through space. Some of these things seem so obvious when watching, but most amateurs (and film students even) don't always think about how their shooting style translates - or that they even have a style for that matter.

There are a lot of clues here to how things have evolved in nearly 5 years time. However, editing aside, these are fairly casual, fun, and upbeat vids. Animals are easy subjects, and certainly energetic enough to make for lively clips. Enjoy.


Jan 7, 2010

Cinematic Acrobatic Presents: Bhaveek Makan

To feature the talents of other artists and gain their unique perspectives has long been the motivation behind a lot of what is posted on Editing Luke. To encourage interaction, involvement, and feedback is vital, and I can think of no better way to do this than to allow other motivated filmmakers to share their views in their own words.

I first came to know Bhaveek through the Yobi.tv Film Contest in early 2009. He had submitted a video project that also became voted through to the semi-finals, and it was there that I got a glimpse of some of his work. Through a series of casual comments on each others videos and over facebook, I came to appreciate his ambition in making himself known to others throughout the contest.

At 18 years old, Bhaveek is just at the beginning of his prospective career in filmmaking and I for one am excited to see where his story will go next. Loyal viewers, Cinematic Acrobatic Presents: Bhaveek Makan.

1. Who is Bhaveek Makan?

I'm a South African born 'brown guy' who loves skateboarding/snowboarding and of course . . . filmmaking.

See Bhaveek and Jashan Makan's YouTube channel for Rendering Glint Films here. View the Rendering Glint Films blog here.

2. What is it about movie-making that interests you most?

Post production like editing is the most interesting part of filmmaking to me. I don't think its as IMPORTANT as the other aspects like scripting/storyboarding(since these elements are vital for editing to even take place) but it is obviously great to see something so simple be put together in the way you imagined the film to be.

3. Passion, Creativity, Drive - choose one.

I pick creativity. Without creativity, there is no passion,
thus no drive. When being creative with something, passion comes automatically.

4. If you had to choose a single project you've done or participated in that best reflects your individual style, which would it be and why?

Probably my film "Eat Ghee" since it really shows a true exaggeration of an Indian boy facing new challenges in a new country. It made me more interested in my own culture as before I made this film. I watched countless amounts of Indian Soap operas and Bollywood movies so I can get a sense of style.

5. Is there a unifying message to the movies you like to make, or is every project a fresh start?

Most my films are never serious. But if they are, there is no "in your face message"...its mostly subtle. SO a fresh start for each project. I like all my films to be insanely different.

6. What is the best piece of advice you've been given or come across?

Best advice would be "avoid shoe leather". Shoe leather meaning if I had to show someone getting from point A to B, I don't show his/hers every move to get there. I found this interesting as most my older films had this which makes things super boring and long.

7. In a utopian world, what would you like to achieve with your work or what would you like it to say about you individually?

I would like to hope that one day, my work is shown to the world. I would want my own Indian community to appreciate my work as well...because most Indians have really the same jobs: Engineer; Doctor; etc. I want to let my people know that there are so many other things out in the world that can be considered as a job. I would want to be known as someone who loves filmmaking.

Jan 5, 2010

Inspired Singles: Issue 05

A single a day keeps your creativity in play.
Join me as I share some of my fav tunes in an effort to pay the inspiration forward.
Inspired Singles: Issue 05 by Luke Fandrich

United State of Pop 2009 by DJEarworm

This infectious mashup featuring the top pop songs of 2009 is already on its way to becoming a hugely successful hit in 2010. With an ingenious and original mix, DJEarworm has created a single that borrows many of the best hooks to come out of last years top music videos - which, if you check out the amazingly edited video (and not just the mp3) you'll further appreciate just how much work this must have been. This is without a doubt one of the best New Years/recap videos I've seen for '09.

Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear

My fav tune off their album, Veckatimest, Two Weeks is a nonchalant, ambient ditty motivated by crisp piano and haunting vocal acce
nts. As complex as that may seem, the track is actually a lot of fun and captures that Indie Rock vibe that in a stereotypical sense makes it seem like this could've been featured in an iTunes commercial - hmmm, was it already?

Fireweed by Patrick Watson

Like entering a fog or dreaming of a distant memory, Fireweed is raw, open, and very mellow. The simple instrumentation builds towards the conclusion, yet the tune never loses its sense of awe and wonderment - a somewhat sad, melancholic piece, but with just the right undertone of uplifting echoes.

Jan 4, 2010


The portfolio site is here! The new Editing Luke is a .com! I feel like I've written enough about why I created this, the time it took, and what this new site means. Let me just say that my first goal for 2010 is now complete.

1. Click on over to explore Editing Luke: The Portfolio for yourself.

2. Visit my sneak peek for a brief overview of the sites features.
3. Be sure to check out the Archive section for interactive highlights (some never seen before).

4. Leave a comment here or in the comments section of my new portfolio site to let me know what you think (the new comments section on editingluke.com could really use some love).

Thanks for checking out the new venue!