Evolving Along with the Evolving Production Industry

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I’m a Post Production producer. This isn’t the career I thought I would have, but it’s one I’m grateful to have found. In my 20’s I pursued acting in New York. I worked more than most, but I still needed a support job to help pay the bills. By the time I turned 30, I found my cater/waiter support job had inadvertently developed into a full time management position. Unfortunately, that industry wasn’t where I wanted to be. Something had to change. I had to rethink how to better use my skills.

I moved out to LA, and eventually was fortunate enough to land a job as an assistant to Producer Rob Tapert, partnered with Sam Raimi at Renaissance Pictures. They had just begun making “Hercules: Legendary Journeys, soon followed by “Xena: Warrior Princess.” At Renaissance I began learning how to make the stuff that employed actors. And it was fun. For the first time, the job that paid me became my passion.

Over the years I watched the television landscape change before my very eyes. During my years on “Sex and the City” I saw the genesis of cable networks as a provider of premium original content. Success could be counted with a much smaller specialized audience. But as other cable networks began following suit, the audience began to splinter. The costs of making television were still high, but now there would be less viewership to pay for it. Long before the recent economic crash, television had been keeping an eye on the ever-changing bottom line.

As a Post Production Producer, it’s my job to make sure that the show ultimately looks and sounds great. And if I do my job right, you’ll be swept into the world of the show without noticing I’ve even been there. After the material is shot, there’s an involved editorial process, picture finish, including color correction and some careful invisible VFX to fix the stuff you shouldn’t see, as well extensive sound and music design. I have to get each episode to the Network in time for it to air each week, and I have to find creative ways to make it happen for less. Fortunately, I’m also an admitted geek when it comes to new technology, so as each new tool becomes available, I’m eager to incorporate it into my arsenal.

On Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” we shoot in High Definition video instead of film. There are cost savings, but happily there are creative benefits as well. When HBO hired me to run Post for “Bored To Death,” my previous experience with HD was crucial. My growing experience with changing technology had become an important asset.

Producing may stress me out from time to time, (as my husband will attest!), but I love my job and the constant growth that comes with it. Over the years, I’ve realized that my most valuable skills are my abilities to learn and adapt. As my industry evolves and economic landscapes change, I intend to change with them.

Photo:Brad with Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)

About The Author

I was raised in the Des Moines, Iowa, and had the good fortune to come out during my early days at Stanford University, which meant that I came of age in the San Francisco Bay Area, circa 1978! (That deserves two - !! ) I was thrilled to finally understand that piece of myself, and found many inspiring members within the gay community that helped me feel great about who I was. After college I moved out to New York to pursue a career as an actor. My 20's were fairly eventful (it was the 80's in New York, mind you) but by the end of that period in my life, I was looking for a more satisfying way to work and live. When my agent and manager both started moving clients to LA, I went, happily. Eventually I found my way into Renaissance Pictures, the production company run by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, where I worked on "Hercules" and "Xena." After several very cool years with them, I headed back to New York, motivated by a possible position on a gay cable network (that never happened) and a new love (that most definitely did!). 13 years later I find myself happily married to my husband Chris, working on two cool shows ("Nurse Jackie" and "Bored To Death"), and living in Chelsea with our golden retriever Jezebel. During the summer we're lucky enough to balance our time between the Pines on Fire Island, and Ptown on Cape Cod. During those visits, Jezebel loves nothing more than to jump the waves after a ball, or chase seagulls along the beach. She's a good role model on how best to enjoy the simple pleasures, and as easy a child to raise and love as ever there was! (She is a golden, after all!) You can reach Brad at carpenterbrad@me.com.

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