Chicago Editors: Alex Vinje & Chris Shegich

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August 30, 2016 | 1-Exposing The Crew, Editors


Schorem: The Scumbag Barbers of Rotterdam




Alex Vinje & Chris Shegich

An “Editor” is a person who aligns the better parts of captured film footage in a way to tell the story effectively while accurately showing a directors vision. Editors also remove an unneeded/unwanted footage. An editor works closely with cinematographers, sound editors, and directors.

Hi everyone and thanks for joining us here at Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

This weeks ETC HIGHLIGHT focuses on the editing of the short docu-style film, Schorem: The Scumbag Barbers of Rotterdam.

“Barbering is a lost profession. For being a barber is about taking care of the people. You work for your patrons, not for your ego.”

– Bertus (Co-Founder of Schorem)

Now, upon first look [of the title], you might not think that a 10-minute informative documentary style film would be your cup of tea, but Alex Vinje & Chris Shegich of Odd Machine make this piece both entertaining and informative in a very unique way.

Following a barber shop in Rotterdam, Netherlands, this director captures the essence of a booming South Holland barber shop that strives on the “old-school” way of doing things. Not only do they bring back the stylistic options for clients with the whole “if-we-don’t-have-it-we-don’t-do-it” attitude, but they really place a lot of focus on the culture and iconic aspects of the old school barber shop. Dressing as old school barbers, offering free alcoholic beverages, and only taking men as clients, they really keep the atmosphere at a peak.

The editing alone makes this film very pleasing to the eye as well as the notion of fluidity between scenes, interviews, b-roll, and more. Due to the very confined space it might be hard to show much of the atmosphere and environment that Schorem has to offer but editors Alex & Chris make this small shop seem as if this place is way bigger than the 14 staff members they have on hand.

But it’s not only the way that they [the editors] make this film “larger-than-life” but how they seamlessly blend a busy work day with the interviews and b-roll of the various tasks performed by the barbers or slow moving frames of the tools of the trade. Though this is a modern day film, editors Alex & Chris do a phenomenal job dating this film back to the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s by the use of aging photographs, generational music, and stylistic video effects that keeps viewers captivated from beginning to end.

“Editing is all about timing. With only a very few visual assets to work with, the editor kept me well entertained for the entire 10 minutes.”

– Justin Jackola (Director at JJack Productions)

Thank you Alex Vinje & Chris Shegich of Odd Machine and Midwest Film Festival for allowing us to talk about your film.

Be sure to check out Odd Machines’ website for more projects!

Check out future festivals submissions and dates for the Midwest Film Festival on their website!

Also be on the look out for Seth Renriksons’ (Director) upcoming feature film POTTERSVILLE — read more about it here.

Thank you for watching this week’s “EXPOSED” short film, and reading our blog Exposing the Crew: A Place for Chicago-made Short Films!

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