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Lunch with Terry Curren

The latest episode of Lunch with Philip and Greg is with Terry Curren, recorded during the Blackmagic Design Open Day in August 2014. Terry Curren is Founder and President of Alpha Dogs. Terry has had a passion for filmed entertainment since the age of 12, when he began creating home movies with an old eight-millimeter camera.

Lunch with Terry CurrenHe began his career in the early 1980s by directing, editing and producing music videos and a direct-to-video feature film. In 1986, he spearheaded the evolution of a major post-production facility’s edit bays, where he became senior editor in short order. His reviews and tutorials of emerging post technologies have appeared in Post, DV Magazine and other publications.

His extensive knowledge of the Avid along with his rich editorial and color-correction experience, has earned him the recognition of his peers and a legion of loyal clients. Visit Terry’s IMDB page.


OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” is about to be released to the public. All the Intelligent Assistance apps required updates to support the new OS, so be sure to update your apps in the App Store before you upgrade to El Capitan!

Apps from our own store have also been updated. Each of the non-App Store apps has a Check for Updates… item under the app’s main menu. If there’s a new version available it’ll download and install itself for you.

Lumberjack System’s Lumberyard and backLogger apps have been updated for El Capitan. Download from within the app before upgrading to El Capitan. The iOS Logger app has been tested against iOS 9 and requires no updating.



Lunch with Jerry Hofmann

Our next lunch guest was recorded in Estes Park, Colorado, during a recent trip to visit with Jerry Hofmann. During his 33-year professional show business career, he has become an award winning theatrical actor, TV and film editor, writer, director and producer. Over the years, he has produced hundreds of TV commercials, and industrial films for Fortune 500 companies, Hollywood studios and advertising agencies.

Jerry would like everyone to know that he forgot he had the sunglasses on, as we were outside.

Jerry would like everyone to know that he forgot he had the sunglasses on, as we were outside.

A true pioneer in the technology, Jerry received one of the first Avid non-linear disk based editors in Los Angeles. He now teaches part-time at the Colorado Film and Video Instructional Studios. He is a team leader in the Final Cut Pro forum at, and is the leading contributor to Apple Computer’s own discussion group for Final Cut Pro and is a frequent visitor of 2-Pop’s discussion groups. He also has his own company, jlh productions, and he is a partner in Bat-Mann Productions, both located in Denver, Colorado


Thomas Quinn is a writer/producer/editor for documentary and historic re-enactment productions for cable TV, mostly Discovery. He specializes in production in exotic and remote locales. You can find his quite impressive body of work on IMDB.

Thomas Quinn for opening



If it’s September, it’s time for IBC – the kinder, gentler, European version of NAB! In 2013 I made my first exploratory trip to see if we should attend IBC and had few commitments. Second trip last year and Lumberjack shared a table at the Supermeet with FCPWORKS.

This year we’re once again teaming with FCPWORKS and Soho Editors by being part of the FCP X Expo. It’s a short walk from the RAI and Greg, Cirina and I will be there most of Saturday and Sunday, until we head to the Supermeet.

If you’re at IBC, come say hello at the FCP X Expo which will be the center of all things Final Cut Pro X at IBC, or at the Supermeet. We’re happy to talk about Lumberjack System, or any of our Intelligent Assistance tools. I’ll be helping Sam Westman with his Feature Film Workflows session at 12:50 on Saturday the 12th September.

Join FCPWORKS’ Sam Mestman on a crash course in feature film metadata prep and on-set workflows. Sam will also co-present an enhanced documentary feature workflow with Lumberjack System’s Philip Hodgetts. Shoot for the edit and maximize the potential under-the-hood of Final Cut Pro X

I’ll be focusing on how Chuck Braverman Productions used the transcription feature we built into Lumberjack System on their two OJ Simpson documentaries for the A&E Network. We announced Lumberjack’s ability to import transcripts into Final Cut Pro X at NAB. In fact we had worked closely with Braverman Productions to make that feature work for them. I’ll be sharing their story.

Grab a Lumberjack pouch from us there, or stop by our table at the Supermeet and we’ll give you one of these usual little pouches there.

Throw in at least three Lunch with Philip and Greg recordings while we’re there (although I think one will be an evening “lunch”) and it’ll be a busy week.

Particularly since I also want to record a couple of The semiSerious Foodies episodes (coming soon) in Amsterdam (Dutch pancakes and Filet American) as well as in Barcelona where we’re heading first.

All with my “fits over my shoulder” production kit!


Our next lunch is with Gordon Burkell, founder of Art of the Guillotine. is a site where post professionals a film professionals can share and discuss content that they find from around the web that is post production related, with other post professionals.

Gordon key image for openingGordon has worked in the film industry and as a film editor for 10 years. He 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 to improve the art form. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada where he edits and teaches film editing at Ryerson University.




Lunch with Cirina Catania

Cirina Catania is Writer, Director, Journalist and former marketing executive with a long history of success in both the major studio and independent film environment. She is one of the co-founders and former director of the Sundance Film Festival. Her popular tech podcast, “The Digital Production BuZZ,” with host Larry Jordan and Michael Horton, airs every Thursday at and is heard in 156 countries in the world. Cirina writes for on gadgets, software, tech business and the latest films. She is a futurist and a digital distribution specialist.

Her full bio is available and you can also check out her IMDB credits




Lunch with Alex Gollner

The latest episode of Lunch with Philip and Greg  features Alex Gollner who was in the USA for the Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit and subsequently we caught up with him in LA.

Alex Gollner has been in visual arts for over twenty years, starting as a graphic designer.

In October 2008 he discovered a fault in one of Final Cut Pro 6’s video effects and found a way to fix the text bug. He uploaded a fixed version of the effect to his blog. This was the first of many free Final Cut Pro add-ons he donated to the editing community since then.

In June 2011 he turned his attention to Final Cut Pro X. Since then Alex has made over 60 Alex4D Final Cut Pro X plugins available for free on his old blog and his Alex4D website.

He works as a freelance editor in London, England on projects ranging from dramatic shorts to films for corporations and charities.


Episode 69 of The Terence and Philip Show has us discussing how we adapt to change, as change is inevitable.

Peter Wiggins is a freelance editor who has been using Final Cut Pro for broadcast since 2003. He runs the successful FCP plugin website iDustrial Revolution and he is the force behind

Peter WigginsPeter joined us for lunch in San Jose during the recent FCP X Creative Summit. (more…)

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