Producing effective learning materials for such an advanced technology is a team effort. Friends, colleagues, fellow filmmakers, and technology experts have all contributed to this book. There are too many names to mention, but let’s say this: I have often joked that in Britain we don’t say “awesome.” Instead, we say “perfectly acceptable.” On this occasion, “perfectly acceptable” isn’t enough. Rather, I will have to say our British equivalent of “super awesome”: Those people who make this world better by sharing, nurturing, caring, showing, telling, demonstrating, making, and helping are all “definitely more than acceptable.”
Everything on these pages was inspected by a team of experienced editors who checked and corrected typos, spelling errors, naming errors, false attributions, suspect grammar, unhelpful phrasing, and inconsistent descriptions. This wonderful team didn’t just highlight text that needed correcting. They offered positive alternatives that I could simply agree to, so in a literal sense, this book is the product of many people’s contributions. I’d like to thank the teams at Peachpit and Adobe Press, who made it possible to produce such a beautifully finessed work.
As each draft lesson was completed, and with the helpful guidance of Laura Norman, the most amazing and highly experienced Victor Gavenda checked over the text to make sure it was ideally accessible for learners, and all references to the technology were reviewed by the remarkable media technology expert Jarle Leirpoll, who has an incredible depth of knowledge of Premiere Pro. I tip my hat to Linda Laflamme for spotting typos we would otherwise have missed.
Some of the content of this book is derived from material originally written by the world-renowned media trainer Richard Harrington. The original table of contents was worked out by the two of us, and though I have updated Richard’s lessons, rephrased, and reworded them, a substantial amount remains unchanged or is significantly informed by his great original work.
Finally, let’s not forget Adobe. The passion and enthusiasm demonstrated by those wonderful individuals, who are so committed to creatives like you and me, qualifies as “the most acceptable of all.” They are, indeed, extraordinarily awesome!