Free video conference slated for Thursday, Mach 3 at 4:00pm EST

NEW YORK CITY—The next edition of Post Break, the free webinar series from Post New York Alliance (PNYA) will feature the first in a series of three in-depth conversations about the role of the assistant editor. Nice Shoes DI Finishing Artist Alex Hartley and freelance Assistant Editor Max Berger will talk with moderator Ben Baker, Partner at Next Gen Production, about the interaction between assistant editors and conform editors. The session is slated for Thursday, March 3 at 4:00 p.m. EST. Registration is available here.

Hartley and Berger will offer advice on how to organize projects and manage turnover in a manner best suited to individual productions. They will describe what, how and when to deliver media to a digital intermediate post-production house for finishing. They will also provide guidance on how to ensure everything on an edit timeline transfers directly to the colorist’s timeline. If you are an assistant editor, or aspire to work in a New York editorial department on television or feature projects, this session will tell you everything you need to know to nail this crucial part of the editorial process.

Guest Speakers:

Alex Hartley is a DI finishing artist in the film and episodic team at Nice Shoes, a multifaceted creative studio and post-production company with offices across the United States and Canada. He specializes in online conform, color pipeline management and other finishing methodologies used in narrative and documentary projects produced for streaming and theatrical deliveries. His recent credits include The Lost Daughter, The Year of the Everlasting Storm, Couples Therapy, and Sirens.

Max Berger is a freelance film editor, and has served as an assistant editor on several theatrically-released motion pictures. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2010 and has been a member of The Motion Pictures Editors Guild since 2017. Berger is currently working as the 1st AE on Ari Aster’s film Disappointment Blvd.


Ben Baker has more than 22 years of experience in VFX and post-production in Australia, the UK and, for the last 12 years, the United States. He has experience as a post producer, onset supervisor, and head of department at Framestore, London, and as a VP at Vice and at HBO. Aways working at the bleeding-edge production technology (with the scars to prove it), he is also a board member of Post New York Alliance.

For the last 18 months, Baker has focused on virtual production, finishing the Epic Games Unreal Fellowship in March 2021, consulting for studios, networks and construction clients through Next Gen Production. He is currently serving as Executive Producer of the Entertainment Technology Center@USC’s latest R&D short, FATHEAD, in production on a volume stage in LA.

When:  Thursday, March 3, 2021, 4:00pm EST

Title:  Turnover to Picture, Part 1


Sound recordings of past Post Break sessions are available here: 

Past Post Break sessions in video blog format are available here:

About Post New York Alliance (PNYA)

The Post New York Alliance (PNYA) is an association of film and television post-production facilities, labor unions and post professionals operating in New York State.  The PNYA’s objective is to create jobs by: 1) extending and improving the New York State Tax Incentive Program; 2) advancing the services the New York Post Production industry provides; and 3) creating avenues for a diverse talent pool to enter into The Industry.

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