Studio Visit: Allison Greenwood
Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist. Today, The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli chats with video editor Allison Greenwood, 24, Champaign.
Q: When did you start working as an editor at Shatterglass Studios?
A: The end of February 2013.
Q: Do you edit just video? Do you edit any film?
A: Just video. We've only shot digitally. Everything now is digital. I kind of missed that wave of film. I know digital is much easier to work with.
Q: What programs do you use?
A: Adobe Suite. I worked in Avid in Chicago, and I was taught Final Cut at DePaul.
Q: Did you study video editing in school or pick it up on your own?
A: I went to DePaul, and I graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in digital cinema. My concentration was in post-production.
Q: Why did you decide to major in that?
A: When I was younger I made movies constantly with my friends. I did the little Claymation thing. It was just something natural for me, and it was always something I wanted to do.
I never thought of it as a career until I went to DePaul and I was taking classes and thought, "Yes, this is exactly what I wanted to do, and I love it and editing, too."
I love how it's very artistic but at the same time very formulated. It's a science, but at the same time it's an art.
It's just something I love doing. I never get sick of it.
Q: Do you do Claymation anymore?
A: No. I wish I did. It takes a lot of time, and not a lot of people are wanting Claymation videos right now.
Q: What did you do after graduating?
A: I had interned at Cimaglia Productions in Chicago, and when I was in my junior year I was hired full time as an editor. Cimaglia was in the Hancock building, which was kind of cool. So I had to lighten my load at school, but all I had left was gen ed courses.
I worked there for two or so years. My boyfriend, Mitch Holmer, who is actually from Champaign, and I were both kind of wanting to get out of the city. It was expensive, and we were working a ton and not enjoying the city, so we came down here. Most of his family is here.
Q: Does Mitch work in movies, too?
A: No. Actually he's a controller for a nonprofit here in town.
Q: Where are you from? Is your family into movies?
A: Minnesota — Minnetonka. I was born and raised there. My dad is a doctor, an anesthesiologist, and my mom's a medical librarian.
Movies run in the family, though. My brother worked in various aspects of movies and was an assistant in casting extras for "A Serious Man." After he and his wife had a baby he went another route and became an X-ray technician.
My mother saw an ad in a newspaper looking for someone who was around 5 feet 7 inches to be the stand-in for Frances McDormand in "Fargo." She got the job. So we have a cutting board as a gift and a thank-you letter from Frances McDormand.
Q: How did you end up at Shatterglass?
A: I had heard about Shatterglass winning the Small-Business of the Year Award (from the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce). I had met Brett (Hays, producer at Shatterglass) before we came down here. They were thinking about hiring someone because they had a lot of projects coming up. So it worked out perfectly.
Q: What do you do here?
A: I do pretty much everything that comes to Shatterglass. Luke (Boyce, director) will handle something himself if it's a personal project.
We do a wide variety of things: commercials, promotional videos, movies. We do a lot with the University of Illinois, and we're currently working with the Unit 4 (Champaign) school district.
Right now I'm finishing the last color correction for the short Ebertfest documentary that we shot last year.