Merriman and Fitzroy

The New England Institute of Art

Real-Time Filmmaking on OS X
103 minutes, 47.2mb, recorded 2004-10-27
Topics: Apple Media
Sean Fitzroy and Vikki Merriman, winners of the 2003 Boston 48 Hour Film Project competition, explain the role of Mac OS X and Apple software and hardware in making an award-winning short film in just 48 hours.

The presentation will begin with a viewing of Pie in the Sky, an 8-minute long mockumentary short about a dot-com that tries to start an automated online pizza delivery service. The filmmakers will discuss the media management and work flow techniques that enabled collaboration between multiple editors and compositors, a composer, and a sound recordist that needed to quickly manipulate and exchange and work with large audio and video files.

Learn about the technologies that enabled the filmmakers to log and capture on the set, collaboratively edit the film and create animations on three networked laptops, record music directly into Final Cut Pro in real time, and even create a "mobile unit" so that the film could be output to tape in the car on the way to the drop-off point. The Mac OS X voice "Bruce" even has a supporting role!

Vikki Merriman is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of Digital Loom, a multimedia design firm in Camrbidge, MA. She is currently directing Gone Silent, a documentary about the life and work of Gnutella pioneer Gene Kan. Vikki holds a degree in Visual Arts from Harvard University and is currently on faculty at the New England Institute of Art.

Sean Fitzroy is an award-winning filmmaker, video editor and technical consultant. He is currently a member of the full-time faculty in the Multimedia and Web Design Department at The New England Institute of Art, where he designed the curriculum for the baccalaureate concentration in Digital Video.

This session is one of many from the IT Conversations archives of the Mac OS X Conference presented by O'Reilly Media, October 25-28, 2004.

This free podcast is from our Max OS X Conference series.