Clayton Condit At All American High School Film Festival

Clayton’s back from NYC, and we’re pleased to announce that his panel discussion at the 2015 All American High School Film Festival was a hit. Moderated by Luke Tristram from Apple, “Final Cut Pro X and the Apple Ecosystem for Film Makers” was held at AMC Times Square and covered how editing and finishing films is rapidly changing with digital technologies from Apple.


“The panel discussed and confirmed the power of the Apple ecosystem,” says Clayton. “We have 4k cameras built into our iPhones now. You can edit and distribute from your phone or laptop. FCPX is a professional application and powering innovation in the editorial software space.”


In addition to Clayton, the panel consisted of editor and filmmaker Devin Tanchum and producer and editor Mike Fernandes. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Tanchum is the editor of the Russian Woodpecker, which won the 2015 Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at Sundance. In 2013 he and his wife, Lauren, founded Last Night On Earth, a multimedia production company which has created short form video, podcasts, novels, and fashion. A three-time Emmy Award winner, Fernandes, who works for NBCUniversal, is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, and his work has covered the spectrum from commercials, music videos, news programming, and reality television.


Says Clayton, “[Devin and Mike] completely validated my point of view on Final Cut X and the workflows we have developed at SPLICE®.”


In the end, it turns out that the stream of enlightenment went both ways, as the panelists found they learned quite a bit about the up and coming crop of filmmakers in attendance. Given the opportunity to speak directly to the three panelists following the main discussion, these talented young creatives were quick to share their unique perspectives on their experiences to-date.


“The next generation of filmmakers is really smart,” states Clayton. “I overheard two conversations where kids have been using Final Cut since they were seven or eight years of age. They will be free to tell unique and compelling stories with no concern of technology as technology becomes easier to use, and it’s completely intuitive to them.”