If you have been following the progress of "Off the Tracks", the documentary film about the birth of Final Cut Pro X, you will be interested in hearing from the film's producer, Brad Olsen. He takes us through 2 years of hard work on the film, from the initial idea up to the imminent premiere at LACPUG.


Remember that Conan sketch about Final Cut Pro X? Brad Olsen does. Having tired of false claims about FCPX, Brad decided to make a documentary. In the doc, he would explore why FCPX failed at launch, and why it is worth re-considering. With that in mind, he called Sam Mestman. He wanted to see if Sam could help him get a few key interviews. Instead, Sam helped set up multiple interviews at the Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit in Cupertino.

From those interviews, Brad was able to create a trailer. The trailer lead to interest from others. Brad landed more interviews. He showed the first 15 minutes to a packed room at the Faster, Together Stage in 2017. The reception was good. However, the room full of editors had a few notes. Brad refined the cut.

Along the way, Randy Ubillos agreed to an interview. Having an interview with one of the lead designers of FCPX lead to a complete re-cut. Thankfully, Richard Taylor and Alan Seawright were there to help. Brad showed the new cut to the attendees of the 2017 Creative Summit. Again, it was well received.

"Off the Tracks" is now in it's final stages. Brad recently released a cut to his Kickstarter supporters. However, final distribution is still being negotiated. On June 27th, "Off the Tracks" will officially debut at the Los Angels Creative Pro User Group. You can register to attend at http://www.lafcpug.org/.


patrick southernPatrick taught FCPX as a Trainer at an Apple Store in Tulsa, Oklahoma when it came out in 2011. He in now an Editor and Assistant Editor in Los Angeles and is Chief Workflow Officer at LumaForge.

You can follow him on Twitter @jpsouthern


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