Monthly Archives: March 2014

FCG033 – The Organically Grown Career (feat. Alan Brazzell)

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We discuss After Effects, Cinema 4D and Motion and Alan Brazzell goes into great lengths sharing how he made drop zone templates for one of his clients to reduce work load. Looking for work can be hard, Alan talks about how he turned a few strategically chosen jobs into a lucrative and fruitful relationship with his clients.

Chris Fenwick – – @chrisfenwick
Alan Brazzell – @brazzellvideo

Brazzell Video

Helmut Breakdown

Curves in FCPX

Devin Supertramp

Alan’s Workspace


Alan’s Folder Structure


FCG032 – Artist Profile (feat. Tad Wagner)

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Tad Wagner is an artist that inspires me. On this special episode of The Grill we’re going to do something a little different. I want you to meet one of my close friends who has inspired me for nearly 30 years. He’s a musician, a song songwriter, a painter, an editor and a photographer but most importantly he sees the world with a unique vision. We discuss the origins of “art” and find out what inspires my good friend Tad.

Tad’s Website

Tad’s Facebook Page

Tad on Instagram

Tad on Tumblr


Merchants of Cool – Mentioned by Chris about PBS Frontline Episode.

It Might Get Loud

Dennis Miller Quote

“It’s just television, it should be bad sometimes. When it goes wrong it should go really wrong, not just a low level wrong. When it goes wrong it should be horribly wrong and cause you to sit up in bed and say, ‘Honey wake up, Cher just called Letterman an asshole'”

Dennis Miller on “Later with Greg Kinnear”


FCG031 – Shared Responsibility (feat. Stephen Luksic)

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As we wrapped a multi day edit on Kona, The Big Island, Steven Luksic and I decided to chronicle our workflow that neither of us had actually used before. Two guys, two computer, one timeline, and we seamlessly were able to work side by side with Stephen feeding me selects in a fast workflow that allowed me to continue cutting while he was sifting thru 4 cameras worth of material for me. Excuse the audio quality, we only had one mic and had to share it.

Chris Fenwick – – @chrisfenwick
Stephen Luksic –


FCG030 – The Cranky Editor (feat. James Miller)

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This interview was without a doubt the most fun I’ve ever had on The Grill. You may know him as The Cranky Editor, or Chairman Meow. James Miller has been using Final Cut Pro since Version 1 but avoided FCPX until January of this year. He has a very interesting story in which he claims the biggest motivation for jumping the FCPX was actually Premiere Pro. I promise you’ll love this episode.

Chris Fenwick – – @chrisfenwick
James Miller – @thecrankyeditor

Mentioned on the show

Detective Mittens on YouTube

Ultimate Dog Tease on YouTube

Great quotes from the show.

Douglas Adams

“Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.

“Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.

“Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”

Chairman Meow

“You can’t polish a turd but you can roll it in glitter.”

FCG029 – Timeline Kung Fu (feat. Thomas Grove Carter)

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Trim Editing is where Thomas Grove Carter works in East London. In the past year he has began to included FCPX in his workflow when it fits and has learned to really enjoy the application. We discuss our respective ways of watching, sorting, and organizing clips in our workflow.

Chris Fenwick – – @chrisfenwick
Thomas Grove Carter – – @thomasgcarter

Thomas’ suite.