As one of the funniest flicks to hit the big screen in a long time, Ted spurred a lot of buzz this summer about the fast-talking, crude bear walking alongside Mark Wahlberg. Though it may have been Ted’s snarky remarks that had people talking, Dave Eisenberg at BostInno knew that the real story went on behind the scenes, with the tricks used to make Ted come to life. Dave spoke with Editor Jeff Freeman to get the scoop on his unique experience cutting this film, his take on what makes good editing, and why he always sticks with Avid to ensure the best results.
“We shot with a stuffie, a stick and a pair of eyeballs. Seth was very smart, they shot the scenes with Seth off camera, fully miked as if he was an actor in the scene, he still did the voice of Ted.”
“Success in our area is if you don’t notice us.”
“You’re always the audience when you’re cutting a film. I’m always thinking what would I like to see next, what would make me enjoy this movie a little bit more?”
“We’re not just cutting film anymore. We’re doing mixes, importing music, we’re doing so much… Finally they came up with the editing system that could work for editors who had cut on film for so many years. For us, the Avid was film friendly. It thought in frames. Nowadays, you pretty much use seconds and minutes as opposed to film frames.”
A big thank you to Jeff Freeman for sharing his story, and check out what else he had to say on BostInno.