[Podcast] Ep91: Will Your Job Be Replaced By Artificial Intelligence?

Just weeks ago 20th Century Fox released a trailer for the upcoming horror film “Morgan,” and frankly it’s not the best trailer. So then why is it worth talking about? The reason it has made such an impact on our industry is that the trailer was edited partially with the assistance of artificial intelligence, namely the IBM system ‘Watson.’

What does this mean for our future in this industry? And more importantly, what does this mean for your job specifically?

In this episode I have an in-depth conversation with Philip Hodgets and Terence Curren. Philip is the president of both Intelligent Assistance, Inc and Lumberjack System, Inc. He is an expert in pre-post, metadata-assisted editing and metadata-based post production workflows, and he’s also the author of the HD Survival Handbook. Terence is the founder of Alpha Dogs post in Burbank, California a post facility that is founded based on the talent, not the tools.

Listen in to learn what you should be focusing on in your career development if you intend to still have a job in the next 5-10 years that won’t be replaced by artificial intelligence. And if you’re thinking ‘Skynet’ right about now…you’re not far off.

Topics of Conversation:

  • Debunking the myths about the AI-Edited ‘Morgan’ Trailer
  • How the role of the editor will change over the next decade
  • Knowing when to use Script Sync, Phrase Find, and other tools
  • What part about the human component of editing is important?
  • The development of virtual reality and what it means for future narrative storytelling
  • Understanding the technology curve
  • What’s left for society after all jobs are automated?
  • Managing your energy and valuing relational skills above technical knowledge
  • Video games’ effect on the film industry
  • Knowing what your audience is seeing and feeling as an editor

Useful Links:

FiP Amazon Link

Q&A Question Submission

Athletic Greens

Intelligent Assistance, Inc

Lumberjack System, Inc

Metadata Guru

Alpha Dogs

Editors’ Lounge

Terry’s IMDB page

Guest Bios:

President of both Intelligent Assistance, Inc and Lumberjack System, Inc, Philip Hodgetts is an expert in pre-post, metadata-assisted editing and metadata-based post production workflows. As an industry analyst he has had a remarkably accurate track record on predicting developments within technology. An experienced and highly-respected trainer and industry expert, Philip has written extensively online across a wide range of topics: Metadata Guru . He is the author of The HD Survival Handbook and The New Now: How to grow your production or post-production business in a changed and changing world among other titles. Philip has presented at many conferences and seminars around the world.

Terry has had a passion for filmed entertainment since the age of 12, when he began creating home movies with an old 8MM camera. >>
He 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.
In 2002, sending a change in the industry, he started Alpha Dogs, a post production facility based on the talent instead of the gear they used. In 2003 he started Editors’ Lounge, a hip forum for post production professionals.
His extensive knowledge of post production products and workflows 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.

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Jakin Rintelman, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. He helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs DO better and BE better. “Doing” better means learning how to more effectively manage your time, your energy, and your creativity so you can produce higher quality work in less time (and ultimately become a productivity ninja). “Being” better means doing all of the above while still prioritizing the most important people, things, and passions in your life…all without sacrificing your health (or sanity) in the process. Click to download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”