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David Roth Weiss
David Roth Weiss
www.drwfilms.com
Los Angeles, California USA
Los Angeles, California USA

David Roth Weiss is an independent producer, director, editor, and colorist, based in Los Angeles, with a broad range of creative and technical expertise. He is also a leading industry consultant and a well-known writer of popular articles and reviews drawn from his industry experience. 

David’s professional credits include: broadcast documentaries, corporate communications, feature films, commercials, network sports and promos, medical videos, and reality TV series. His award-winning documentary films have aired on National Geographic Explorer, Discovery, PBS, and the BBC. 

An accomplished colorist, David's recent work includes behind the scenes documentaries for the major studios on films such as the multiple Academy Award nominated, UP IN THE AIR, and on many BluRay extra features, such as: The making of Final Destination 4, and Gangsta Vision: Making Menace II Society. He was also the colorist on several additional documentaries, including the feature-length DVD release of BLESSINGS: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet; and SEX AND THE CINEMA, a one-hour TV special on the Starz Entertainment Network.                 

David began his professional career on the documentary camera crew at the CBS affiliate, WNAC-TV in Boston, while studying Broadcasting & Film at the Boston University School of Public Communications. After graduating, and stints at both CBS Sports and ABC Sports, he relocated to L.A., where he spent several years as a sound mixer and sound designer on hundreds of TV commercials. After his acceptance as a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute, he turned his attention to producing, directing, and later editing, which ultimately became his specialty.

In 1983 he founded David Weiss Productions, Inc., which is still going strong today, specializing in High Definition post-production, color correction, and complete film and video creative services on a wide variety of different projects, with a focus on historical, political, and environmental documentaries, and corporate communications. Additional company services include technology-related consulting and problem solving for film and television clientele around the world.

David produced, directed, and shot the 1987 oceanographic documentary, AN INCIDENTAL KILL, which received the prestigious Genesis Award from The Fund For Animals and won prizes for Best Professional Film, Best Underwater Cinematography, and Best Investigative Journalism at the International Wildlife Film Festival. An Incidental Kill initially aired on National Geographic Explorer and was also one of the first films featured on Discovery's Shark Week. Scenes from the film can be seen on permanent display at Disney's Epcot Center, Seaworld, and Marineland. 

David's passions are historical, political, and environmental documentaries; true crime; his dog Augie; and of course, his golf game. David plays golf to a 5-handicap, so consider yourself forewarned. His favorite recent project was editing the 2007 feature-length documentary, Rush to War, about the war in Iraq and the history of American foreign policy.


You can find David Roth Weiss hosting in Creative COW's and Apple Final Cut Pro Legacy Forum.

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Articles by David Roth Weiss

Creative COW podcasts
Creative COW Podcasts: Bringing The Whale to the Big Screen - Part 1

Creative COW Podcasts: Bringing The Whale to the Big Screen - Part 1

Our guests on this Creative COW podcast are the talented husband and wife filmmaking team from Canada, producer Suzanne Chisholm and writer/editor Michael Parfit, creators of the new documentary motion picture, "The Whale."

Feature, People / Interview
David Roth Weiss
Creative COW podcasts
Creative COW Podcasts: Bringing The Whale to the Big Screen - Part 2

Creative COW Podcasts: Bringing The Whale to the Big Screen - Part 2

In Part 2 of my interview with producer Suzanne Chisholm and writer/editor Michael Parfit, creators of the new documentary motion picture, “The Whale,” we discuss the many technical challenges Michael and Suzanne faced during their two-years of filming and post, and the solutions they discovered along the way, including the invaluable help they received on the Creative COW forums.

Feature, People / Interview
David Roth Weiss
Creative COW podcasts
Creative COW Podcasts: Bringing The Whale to the Big Screen - Part 3

Creative COW Podcasts: Bringing The Whale to the Big Screen - Part 3

In Part 3 of my interview with producer Suzanne Chisholm and writer/editor Michael Parfit, creators of the new documentary motion picture, "The Whale," we discuss the filmmaker's stylistic approach to the material, and Mike and Suzanne reveal how they managed to land the participation of Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson, whose efforts and contributions ultimately proved invaluable in getting "The Whale" onto the big screen.

Feature, People / Interview
David Roth Weiss
Creative COW podcasts
Creative COW Podcast: Producing Episodic TV with Hollywood Producer Michael Klick

Creative COW Podcast: Producing Episodic TV with Hollywood Producer Michael Klick

Our guest on this Creative COW podcast is producer Michael J. Klick, of Los Angeles, California, producer of the long-running hit TV series "24," on the FOX Television Network. Join us for an informative look behind the scenes and learn what it takes, week in and week out, to produce the complex, action-packed series that are Michael's specialty.

People / Interview
David Roth Weiss
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
Apple's Final Cut Pro X: One BIG Love/Hate Relationship Part 3 - What's at Stake - A Community Divided

Apple's Final Cut Pro X: One BIG Love/Hate Relationship Part 3 - What's at Stake - A Community Divided

In Part-3 of this three part investigative series, Contributing Editor and Final Cut Pro forum leader David Roth Weiss and his guest, digital media specialist David H. Lawrence discuss the reason why Apple’s recent roll out of FCP X may well be most the contentious and divisive software release ever.

People / Interview
David Roth Weiss
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
Apple's Final Cut Pro X: One BIG Love/Hate Relationship Part 2

Apple's Final Cut Pro X: One BIG Love/Hate Relationship Part 2

In Part-2 of this three part investigative series, Contributing Editor and Final Cut Pro forum leader David Roth Weiss and his guest David H. Lawrence look even deeper into Final Cut Pro X as he reveals more of what’s under the hood and why you’ll either love it or hate it.

People / Interview
David Roth Weiss
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
Apple's Final Cut Pro X: One BIG Love/Hate Relationship Part 1

Apple's Final Cut Pro X: One BIG Love/Hate Relationship Part 1

In this three part investigative series, we take a hard look at Final Cut Pro X, Apple’s newest and most controversial software release ever. Contributing Editor and Final Cut Pro forum leader David Roth Weiss introduces pioneering digital media expert, David H. Lawrence, whose unique wealth of expertise and experience has people listening to his outspoken and incisive observations. Listen in as David Lawrence tells you what makes FCP X tick, and why you’ll either love it or hate it.

People / Interview
David Roth Weiss
Stardom Storage
The Stardom Pro Drive PD2510: A dedicated 2.5-inch dual-drive RAID 1 enclosure for the MacPro

The Stardom Pro Drive PD2510: A dedicated 2.5-inch dual-drive RAID 1 enclosure for the MacPro

In this review, Creative Cow Contributing Editor and Final Cut Pro forum leader David Roth Weiss will show you a cool piece of gear for your MacPro that probably should be one of the “must have” items on your wish list.

Review
David Roth Weiss
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
GET READY TO RUMBLE: Perfect setup for a seamless transition to FCP X and OS X Lion

GET READY TO RUMBLE: Perfect setup for a seamless transition to FCP X and OS X Lion
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Forget all the rumors and speculation about Final Cut Pro X, Creative Cow Contributing Editor David Roth Weiss delivers nothing but facts as he guides you through the steps necessary to partition your Mac system drive with a cool multi-boot setup that will allow you to easily and efficiently switch back and forth between different versions of Final Cut Pro, FCPX, between different operating systems, or all of the above.

Editorial, Tutorial, Video Tutorial, Feature
David Roth Weiss
Apple Final Cut Pro
Get: Dialog and metadata search for Final Cut Pro editors

Get: Dialog and metadata search for Final Cut Pro editors

In this review, Los Angeles based director, editor, colorist, and Creative Cow Contributing Editor, David Roth Weiss, takes a look at a product aptly named "Get," from AV3 Software. It's a speech recognition search app for Final Cut Pro editors that will undoubtedly help get your projects completed faster and on the screen sooner.

Review
David Roth Weiss
CalDigit
The New CalDigit HDPro2 Product Review

The New CalDigit HDPro2 Product Review

Buckle your seatbelts. In this review COW leader David Roth Weiss, an L.A. based director, editor, and colorist takes you inside CalDigit's brand new HDPro2; an advanced 8-drive video storage solution that will absolutely rock you with blistering performance and sustained video throughput unlike anything you've ever experienced before.

Review
David Roth Weiss
Stereoscopic 3D
Under the Hood & Behind the Scenes: Masters of Stereoscopic 3D Storytelling

Under the Hood & Behind the Scenes: Masters of Stereoscopic 3D Storytelling

Writer and contributing editor, David Roth Weiss, takes us takes us Behind The Scenes in Hollywood to the DreamWorks Animation Studios, where the masterminds behind the new hit film, Monsters vs. Aliens, are reinventing the art of storytelling using new state of the art 3D stereoscopic filmmaking techniques and technologies.

Review, People / Interview
David Roth Weiss
Windows Hardware & Software
HP Unveils The Future:The New Z-Series Workstations

HP Unveils The Future:The New Z-Series Workstations

Writer and contributing editor, David Roth Weiss, takes us UNDER THE HOOD of HP's powerful new Z800 workstations. With a radical new design inside and out, created in collaboration with the BWM Designworks global design consultancy, the new Z800 is HP's most powerful workstation ever for image and processor-intensive tasks, such as: HD video editing, composting, and 3D animation. As an added bonus, David takes us BEHIND THE SCENES with HP to DreamWorks Animation Studios, where the masterminds behind the incredible new hit film, Monsters vs. Aliens, are reinventing the art of storytelling using exciting new state of the art 3D stereoscopic filmmaking techniques and technologies.

Feature
David Roth Weiss
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Speech Search

Adobe Speech Search

In this second installment in his series of articles on Adobes latest post-production powerhouse, CS4 Production Premium, veteran editor David Roth Weiss takes closer look at Adobe Speech Search, a new speech recognition and transcription feature in both Premiere Pro CS4 and Soundbooth CS4. Speech Search is one the most exciting and eagerly anticipated new features to hit the editing world in a long time. So, if youve been wondering about it, read on, as David tells us what Speech Search is all about, how it works, and if it truly makes the grade.

Review
David Roth Weiss
CalDigit
CalDigit HDOneCalDigit HDOne

Los Angeles Director and Editor David Roth Weiss finally takes the plunge and tests CalDigits new HDOne, an affordable turnkey RAID-5 protected video storage system.

Review
David Roth Weiss
Adobe After Effects
David Roth Weiss: An Editor Looks at CS4

David Roth Weiss: An Editor Looks at CS4

This is the first in a series of articles in which veteran editor David Roth Weiss dives head first into, what are for him, the uncharted waters of Adobes latest release, CS4 Production Premium, including the updated and cross-platform OnLocation, and advanced metadata creation and tracking.

Feature
David Roth Weiss
DVD Authoring
ILY SpartanProILY SpartanPro

Recently, CreativeCOW leader, David Roth Weiss purchased his very first CD and DVD duplicator. After a lot of research he chose the ILY SpartanPro, and it did not take him long to realize that he should not have gone so long without one.

Review
David Roth Weiss
DVD Authoring
Authoring 5.1 Surround DVDsAuthoring 5.1 Surround DVDs

You may not sell a million copies of your DVD... but at least it will sound like a million bucks. In this DVD authoring tutorial, David Roth Weiss explains how to author 5.1 surround DVDs with Compressor and Soundtrack Pro 2.

Tutorial
David Roth Weiss
Motion Graphics - How Do I?
The World of Post ProductionThe World of Post Production

The old adage says 'cheaper, faster, better - pick any two.' But is it still true? David Roth Weiss isn't sure anymore. Still, there's something clearly missing in production circles. Veteran director/editor David Roth Weiss looks at what's changing in the world of post production - and what's not.

Editorial
David Roth Weiss
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