Dan Lebental has cut all of Jon Favreau‘s films since Zathura and the two will be working again on the upcoming About A Boy TV pilot and whatever feature film it is Favreau gets out of the traps next.
But they won’t be working quite the same way they did so far.
Lebental has designed and released a new bit of editing kit for the iPad. He tells The Hollywood Reporter that TouchEdit is his attempt to seek out:
a more efficient way to make movies
…which he also pledges to use on his next assignments with Favreau.
The interface harkens back to the hands-on, real-world way of cutting film physically. There’s a slightly retro look to thing and it works, to a large extent, like a virtual Moviola.
Of course, there’s a lot that it can’t do, once you get into more specific editing needs but TouchEdit seems like a brilliant sketch pad, something to rough up an assembly with.
And then, as the official TouchEdit tutorial videos reveal, it’s actually pretty easy to export to Avid Media Composer where things can be finished up.
The interface is the thing, here. I think Lebental has lit a beacon on the way forward with editing. We probably need integration of tablet touch interfaces into Avid or Final Cut before they can really become fully practical, but this is a great first step and I do think I’m going to get myself a copy.
Here’s the first tutorial video to give you some idea of how fluid it all looks.