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An Informational Interview with an Editor; Matt Kendrick – Jacob Adams

“Well you are in film school, you are working always for free… You could work on a film every weekend. “

-Matt Kendrick

“I like editing because I’m making a movie. Everything before it, like the shooting, the acting, and the prop design isn’t who actually makes the movie… Someone gives me a hard drive and I slowly start making a movie. Or the director comes, sits on my couch and then we are making a movie together.”

Matt Kendrick is a video editor and sound recordist in the Los Angeles area. He graduated from Chapman University’s film school in 2011, and since then has been working on a variety of films. Some of his larger credits have been Internet Famous and the remastered X-files. I was connected to him and got the chance to pick his mind as he was related to one of my past Cross Country Coaches.

For a quick background, he spoke about his time at Chapman University. Where he was taught by Michael Stevens, grandson of George Stevens. Michael was an associate producer on “The Thin Red Line,” and the director/producer of the TV movie “Thurgood,” on which he won an NAACP award.

Matt told me about the importance of working on as many films as possible, while in school. This will allow you to meet more people and gain knowledge of filmmaking. “Well you’re in film school, you’re working always for free…” He remarks. “You could work on a film every weekend. I didn’t, I probably worked half of the weekends.” He tried multiple things, from the producer, on which he hated, to on set sound recordist, which he found he enjoyed. “I like sound recording because I like to be on set. Be in the action, meet cool people…” He found off set, he also enjoyed editing. “Producers, directors… They all have to come up with the business, either coming up with the ideas or finding them; good editors will always have work through people they know. I can literally trace every job back to Chapman and who I was connected with.”

When he graduated, he had knowledge of video editing and on set sound recording. Because of this, he was approached by someone who, he had worked for during school. “Hey, you do sound editing?”, he remembers them saying. He got paid no money but that was a start. His first production paid him 1500 dollars for 3 weeks and there were 6 weeks in all. With equipment cost at $500 every 3 weeks, he got away with 2000 for the 6 weeks. “I remember the first time getting paid over 200 a day” he joked, “I was like “Wamh, making big money.” His longest position was at Illuminate, a post house, working there from 2012 to 2014. He worked on remastering the X-files and Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Shot in the 90s, these films were filmed on actual film. So to remaster them, they had to re-scan them and re-edit them. Matt did 100 episodes of editing, to exactly the same edits as the past versions. “I know everything about every frame of those episodes”, he remarked. From 2014, until now he has been doing freelance work.

His largest budget film he edited was Internet Famous. Released in 2016, Internet Famous had a million dollar budget and told a story of talents on the internet. He started out his career as an assistant editor but he got to lead the full edit for this film. Some of his friends have their names connected to Saturday Night Live, Gone Girl, Shades of Blue, and the Hunger Games. “You don’t really know who might make it big.” He does not have a portfolio or even a reel because of his connections gained back in school. These give him business through simple word of mouth.

This wasn’t all of what we spoke about during this interview. If you would like a more in-depth look into Matt Kendrick’s journey from Chapman University to what he is doing now, please feel free to get in contact with me.

-Thanks, Matt for being a part of this interview. Good luck with your future productions.

Some of his work done back in 2011, during his time in Chapman University’s film school, or just funny videos; can be found on his youtube channel:

Matt Kendrick on YouTube

Here’s that Post House he spoke about:

Illuminate Hollywood

His latest film on which he is the sound recordist is a Sci-Fi short:

The Tangle (Coming Soon)

Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBChYvGhSbo

And his first big budget film… Super cringy but well edited:

Internet Famous (2016)

Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfPkNGh_gaw

Project Yellow Light – Jacob Adams


“Before we start today, I would like to introduce what I was going for during this project. This is a Public Service Announcement I made…”

Sounds Used: Texting / Tape Deck / Car Passing

Project Yellow Light is a scholarship that I have been trying to get to apply. Project Yellow Light has three scholarships available for future and present, college students to apply for. There are three different scholarships that can be applied for: a radio short, a video short, and a billboard. Each is judged on accuracy and creativity as well as how well it portrays the reasons not to text while you drive. I imagine this radio commercial would be mostly heard while you are driving, on your car radio. So I played off of that, but it also works well if you heard it outside of your car.  

The story goes like this, imagine you are driving in your car and the radio is on. You are listening to your favorite station. Suddenly the radio goes silent, just as you pick up your phone to send a text. But instead of your next song playing, this radio short/PSA plays, alarming you. This, of course, would work without you sending a text but all is the same. Do keep in mind that the scholarship has a limit of 20 seconds so I added an intro and outro. Hope you enjoy it.

Check Out My Other Works Here: JacobdAdams.com

Taking on a New Take – Jacob Adams

“Today, I take a look at one of my favorite filmmaker; and his blog that tells his story.”

Take a Look at it Here!

Simon Cade, a filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide has been producing films since the age of 11. I have been following Simon’s work for as long as I also have been producing films. On YouTube, I watched his channel grow from 50 thousand subscribers to well over 800k at the time of writing this. From simple audio recording tips to professional cinematic color grades. His blog and youtube channel are some of my favorite places to learn about filmmaking. One of my favorite posts is “How to Make a Dramatic Movie Trailer” but with a catch, he couldn’t film any of the footage he used. This meant he had to use stock footage, forcing him to focus on the edit and how the clips tied together. I learned a lot from Simon as I too grew through my filmmaking journey.
Even something as simple as an introduction to filmmaking for beginners takes on a cinematic feeling as Simon tells how a film should be made with several scrabble pieces, aligning to form words. Each blog post covers the behind the scenes of the video, “…literally hundreds of tiny sounds, from the ‘click’ sound of two pieces hitting each other, to the sound of every piece scraping the table as it moved…”  His young age brings on a great contrast to the sometimes older age, boring industry but through it, he stays professional and serious.

“I want to congratulate Simon on his work, his work attitude, and his great knowledge; having never gone to school for film. “

Here are some of my favorite works of Simon Cade of DSLRguide as well as the blog linked to each of them:

-How to Make a Dramatic Movie Trailer-

Blog: http://dslrguide.tv/how-to-make-a-dramatic-movie-trailer/

-Introduction to Filmmaking for Beginners-

Blog: http://dslrguide.tv/filmmaking-for-beginners/

-Color Grading in Filmmaking-

Blog: http://dslrguide.tv/color-grading-in-filmmaking/

-a film is…-

Blog: http://dslrguide.tv/a-film-is/

-Why I Won’t Buy a New Camera-

Blog: http://dslrguide.tv/why-i-wont-buy-a-new-camera/

-How to Make a Music Video- Blog: http://dslrguide.tv/music-video/

Exploring The Media Arts Resources at LCC with Jacob Adams

This Lane Community original series has Jacob Adams traveling to extraordinary locations around the campus to sample what Lane has to offer their Media Arts Students.

1) Equipment checkout counter

In building 18, Jacob gets to work with advanced equipment as part of the media program.

2) The Blue Cyc Wall

Jacob makes a stop at production studio A to take a look at the infamous “Blue Cyc Wall”.

3) Center for Student Engagement

Jacob a student himself engages with fellow students at the Center for Student Engagement.

4) The Main Art Gallery

On a daily trip through Lane’s campus, Jacob explores the local artists featured in the main Art Gallery.

5) The Art-O-Mat

In a return trip to the main Art Gallery, Jacob looks through the Art-O-Mat vending machine.

6) The Reference Counter

Jacob makes an eye-opening stop at the Reference counter in the Library.

7) Lane’s Large Silver Sculpture

On another trip through Lane’s campus, Jacob takes a look at a large silver sculpture sitting outside of the Health & Wellness building.

8) Cas’s Office (LCC Arts Division)

Jacob meets with Cas at the Arts division Offices from within the Building 11.

9) Media Creation Lab

Jacob tests his creative skills from within the Media Creation Lab located in the Center building.

10) Nathan Roberts’ Office

Jacob speaks about his media classes with Nathan Roberts, the new advisor for the Media Arts program.

11) Teresa’s Office

In building 18, Jacob looks for Teresa at her office but later converses about upcoming media events with fellow MUL 101 students.

12) The Students First Building

During his return trip from his travels, Jacob starts a scholarship, reviews his financial statements, and speaks with a financial advisor from within The Students First building.

13) A Creative Shot

Jacob’s adventure through the Lane Community College campus was one to remember and hopefully opened the eyes of the students around him.

Turning a Passion into a Career – Jacob Adams

Hello, I’m Jacob Adams an 18-year-old Cinematographer & Website Designer from North Bend, Oregon. I’m currently studying multimedia here at Lane to improve my portfolio to show clients as well as gain knowledge on the given subject. My main hope for this course as an introduction to multimedia is to improve the way I interact with clients and how I form connections in the media environment. Then in exchange, I hope to contribute to the class a different enthusiasm for entrepreneurship in the digital world.

Some of my work can be seen in my online portfolio, (www.jacobdadams.com). Mainly film is my passion. Through this, I have led a production team of four students who were going to high school with me. Since graduating we each have followed different paths, some going to school for film, others persuading different lines of education. Through this team, I got to produce 30 different films. These films ranged from Mental Health public service announcements, to what makes the perfect mayor. Recently, Lane Community College approached me to produce a short promo film for the cross country team. This helped present the team to potential athletes as well as be featured on the Lane CC website.

The main thing I stand for on every project I produce is that each should tell a story. I hope to turn this passion into a career by going to school and later working with companies and organizations to produce advertisements. With that said, I also have the ambition to be a part of the production of a full-length documentary feature, later in life. In all, I have high hopes for this course and the individuals connected to it.