Solutions

FileMaker Go: An assistant film editor's companion
Assistant editor Jordan Lindblad tracks shots and logs cuts on the move with FileMaker Go for iPhone

Jordan Lindblad

Film editing involves a lot of data—every shot is extensively cataloged to streamline the process. That's why assistant film editor Jordan Lindblad built a FileMaker Pro database to manage it all. And now, thanks to FileMaker Go, he can access that database on his iPhone wherever he is. "Being able to access that information at all times is crucial," he says. "I don't always work on the same editing system or in the same location. Now, with the database on my iPhone, the info is always at my fingertips. If I forget anything, I can look it up. I can answer questions about projects. It saves a lot of time and makes me a more flexible assistant editor."

Overview

  • Film editors manage many data points and flexibility is key
  • Data accessibility is also crucial due to different editing systems and different locations

Industry

  • Creative Services

Solutions

  • Created FileMaker "codebook"
  • Deployed on iPhone

Benefits

  • Data is always accessible
  • Saves time
  • Increases flexibility

I've been using the same FileMaker Pro database for six years in the industry. I basically took that database, threw it on my iPhone and it worked perfectly

— Jordan Lindblad, Assistant Editor

FileMaker 'codebook'

When movies were cut together from reels of film, editors and their assistants kept codebooks—extensive databases that contained info about the shots. "The codebook helped editors keep track of where the footage was, what it contained, and how it could be cut into the movie," says Lindblad.

While movies are now cut on digital editing systems, Lindblad says, "I still keep a codebook, because there are a lot of benefits to being able to quickly find information without having to be on an editing system. I built my codebook in FileMaker Pro so I have access to it regardless of what editing system I'm on."

Going portable with 'amazing' ease

Lindblad needed a portable codebook, one he could access anytime, anywhere. Using FileMaker Go , he deployed his codebook to his iPhone with a few clicks.

"It was easy," he says. "I've been using the same FileMaker Pro database for six years in the industry. I basically took that database, threw it on my iPhone and it worked perfectly. I didn't have to do anything. I was able to access everything that I was able to access on my computer. There was no downtime trying to figure out how to make it work. The ease of loading it on my phone was amazing. I had no issues whatsoever."

Having my codebook on my iPhone has already saved time for me. They (lab technicians) were in Los Angeles and I was in New York. They called very late at night looking for information. I had it right on my iPhone and they were able to go ahead with the job and get the film scanned. I wouldn't have been able to help them without FileMaker Go.

— Jordan Lindblad, Assistant Editor

Saving time and money

With his codebook on his iPhone, Lindblad has access to it anywhere, anytime. "Time is money in the film industry," he says. "Having my codebook on my iPhone has already saved time for me. During a previous project I worked on, there was some confusion at the lab that was scanning the film negative. They were in Los Angeles and I was in New York. They called very late at night looking for information. I had it right on my iPhone and they were able to go ahead with the job and get the film scanned. I wouldn't have been able to help them without FileMaker Go."

The future of editing and FileMaker Go

Lindblad can see many uses for FileMaker Go in the future. "During production it's not uncommon for the editor and assistant to be on the move. We're in screening rooms or on set and often need information from the cutting room with us," he says. "I normally create continuities for screenings in FileMaker. Continuities are a sequential descriptive list of all of the scenes in the cut. There have been times where I am rushing to a screening and it's been so crazy trying to get ready that I've forgotten the continuity in the cutting room. Before I would have to send someone to get it. Now, with the codebook in FileMaker Go on my iPhone, I have it right there.

"That's only one instance where it'll come in handy. It's going to help me tremendously."

For FileMaker:

Kevin Mallon
Public Relations Manager
FileMaker Inc.
408-987-7227
kevin_mallon@filemaker.com
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