FCPX Focus Roundup

March 3, 2015 Tags: , , ,
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Hey folks,

There was a little movie called Focus that just got released which was edited using FCPX. I was lucky enough to be part of the team that made that happen. Just wanted to send out a huge congratulations on the release to Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, Jan Kovac, and Mike Matzdorff (and everyone else who was a part of post). It was a long journey and a fun ride. It’s really rare that you see people with the courage of their own convictions to go against the tide, trust their own instincts, take a risk, and be willing to take the plunge with an unpopular idea… so the real question is… was it worth it and should they have done it?

I think the easiest way to answer that is that the guys are already off making another movie based on the workflow Focus was made with… so obviously it couldn’t have been that bad.

FCPX is ready for prime time, guys… regardless of what some of your friends might tell you. If you want to see some really good reasons why, you’re going to want to check out what we’re doing with the FCPWORKS NAB Suite this year. Among a whole lot of other things, we’ll have Mike Matzdorff in for a session to talk about the workflow from Focus, as well as a whole bunch of other case studies and panels centered around FCPX workflow.

On top of that… things have not stayed the same in the FCPX world. The story of Focus is a snapshot of where workflow was a year and a half ago. A lot of has changed, and if you’re an editor or a facility who’s looking to upgrade your tools and leverage them in the smartest way possible, well, that’s why we exist here at FCPWORKS. Drop us an email at if you want to know more.

Anyway, in the spirit of the release, I figured I’d post a series of relevant links about the movie if you want to get caught up:

Please keep watching this blog for more details about this important milestone in the development of Final Cut Pro X and check out:


Sam Mestman

Sam Mestman, FCPWORKS.

This blog post contains the personal musings of FCPWORKS’ Workflow Architect, Sam Mestman. Sam’s also a regular writer for and MovieMaker Magazine, teaches post workflow at RED’s REDucation classes, and is the founder and CEO of We Make Movies, a film collective in Los Angeles and Toronto which is dedicated to making the movie industry not suck. If you’ve got any FCP X questions or need some help putting together a system, drop him an email at and you can follow him on Facebook or Twitter at @FCPWORKS.


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