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It’s his birthday!

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Yup!  That’s our son, Matthew, on his wedding day last year, July 10, 2010.  Today is his 40th birthday, and he is on his delayed honeymoon with his beloved Joan.  They are in Italy!  Yay!  Our family is blessed to have them in our lives!  Happy birthday honey!  xoxo, Mom and Dad

Mr. Popper’s Penguins opening today!!!!!!!!!

Friday, June 17th, 2011

It’s here!  Wow!  I’ve been hearing about this movie since last year, when my wonderful daughter-in-law, Joan, began to work on it.  She loved watching the dailies with Jim Carrey and the penguins – those lovable little creatures who populate this story.  Joan is a post production supervisor, which means she keeps the production work moving along to the conclusion which results in a finished product.

Many people have asked me what exactly IS a post production supervisor, so, I found an article online from, and have posted part of it here….

Post Production Supervisors are responsible for the post production process, during which they maintain clarity of information and good channels of communication between the Producer, Editor, Supervising Sound Editor, the Facilities Companies (such as film labs, CGI studios and negative cutters) and the Production Accountant. Although this is not a creative role, it is pivotal in ensuring that the film’s Post Production budget is manageable and achievable, and that all deadlines are met. Because large amounts of money are involved, and most of a film’s budget is spent during Production, the Post Production period can often be difficult and challenging.

The Post Production Supervisors’ role can be stressful and requires ingenuity, empathy and the ability to make tough decisions under pressure, while working long hours, to tight deadlines. Some Post Production Supervisors may be involved on a number of films at one time, but usually work on 3 or 4 films a year. They are employed on a freelance basis, by the Producer, often also with approval from a Completion Bond Guarantee company. They usually work alone, but on larger productions may employ an Assistant.

What is the job?
The role of the Post Production Supervisor varies according to the type of film and the budget. On big budget films using complex CGI (Computer Generated Images), they start work during pre-production, liaising with the CGI Company and ensuring that the Producer is aware of all the creative and budgetary considerations and how they may impact on the post production period. On smaller budget films they also advise about any limits that may need to be applied to the shoot, as well as providing an overall picture of what can be realistically achieved in post production. Most Post Production Supervisors also liaise with the Editor and Producer (and sometimes the Director), about the hiring of post production personnel (Sound Editors, Titles Designers, Mixers, etc).

During the post production process, they work closely with the Production Accountant, supplying accurate information for the Cost Reports, which are prepared every 3-4 weeks and show how actual expenditure compares to the original budget. Post Production Supervisors work with the Editor, Supervising Sound Editor, and Re-Recording Sound Mixer throughout post production, making sure that each different stage of the process is delivered on time and within budget. They usually continue to work on the production until all the elements needed for the completion of the film are delivered, including the Music and Effects version which allows the dialogue track to be replaced with different languages.

That’s our Joan!  Nearly one year ago, she married our son, Matthew. My husband and I are the most grateful parents in the world!  We love Joan and her family, and they love him.  What could be better than this?

I hope everyone will go to see this film!  Remember to look for Joan’s credit at the end of the film!  It will be:

post production supervisor    Joan Kelly Bierman

Go Joan!  That’s our girl!


Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
their wedding day

their wedding day

This is beautiful!  This warms my heart!  This makes me cry!  Yes, here are Matthew and Joan, moments after the ceremony.  It took place on Saturday, July 10th, and so many of you have been asking about pictures!  Matthew tells me that they are going through three boxes of proofs, and then, of course, there will be the digital proofs as well.   I haven’t seen what must be hundreds of images taken, but this sums it all up for me – the setting, the event, deep and abiding love.

The photo was taken by the son of one of the groomsmen, and I think it captures the essence of the day.  It was a tranquil, private setting in the Santa Monica Mountains at the Ahmanson Ranch.  This parcel of land is part of the California state parks system, and provides a vista which really sets the mood for a wedding.  Joan was radiant in a lovely halter wedding gown, with a small veil over the left eye.  After the ceremony, she removed the veil and wore a jeweled clip – she is class personified!  Matthew, well, what do you say about the son whom you adore?!  I thought I could hold together, until he came out with the guys, and there he was in his tuxedo – tails and striped trousers.  I then cried, momentarily, as I thought about the baby I had held in my arms, the toddler who had stopped breathing, the child who had so many operations on his ears, the teenager who became an Eagle scout, the college student who went on to get his Master’s Degree in film, and the man who now is a successful movie editor in Hollywood.  OH MY!

Matthew has married Joan, the love of his life – a beautiful (inside and out!), talented, accomplished woman who takes such good care of him, and he of her.  She enriches our family life, and her parents are wonderful, nurturing folks.  Her family brings much to our family – the warmth, the friendship, the lasting relationships.  I have so much to be grateful for…..


Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

It seems as though it has been forever since last I posted – that’s because it HAS been a long time!  I need to catch you up…..

My computer began to die on me the evening of July 6, just two days before Harry and I were to leave for our son’s wedding in Malibu!  I couldn’t upload pics to Spookytime Jingles, I couldn’t write anyone to tell of the predicament, so I just shut it down, and the next morning, went to a Mac specialist, and I am now the proud owner of a Mac!  YES!  I just picked it up two days ago – the guy was transferring what he could from my old pc, and now I am trying to learn how to do all of this wonderful stuff on a computer which seems to like me!

We had a lovely trip to California, and the wedding was magical!  So many lovely people to meet, but so little time to spend with everyone!   The wedding was held at the Ahmanson Ranch, which is part of the California parks system.  We traveled up a winding, dusty, bumpy road to reach the ranch house for the rehearsal.  The location is quite remote, peaceful, and perfect for such an event.  After our rehearsal, we all headed back to the Renaissance Hotel in Agoura Hills, where we had a wonderful Mexican buffet for the wedding party and all out-of-town guests.

The morning of the wedding, Joan – now my daughter-in-law!  yay! – had arranged for professionals to do hair and makeup, so the ladies descended on Joan’s suite for the morning.  We all emerged looking pretty classy, if I do say so myself!  About 3 pm, it was off to the ranch, and at 5:30, the wedding began.  Officiating was Joan and Matthew’s yoga instructor, Julian – a delightful, gentle soul.  After the vows to each other, Joan and Matthew were officially Mr. and Mrs. – married under a beautiful tree on the backside of the ranch house.  We then moved right along to a cocktail hour, and then dinner – on the grass, and eventually, under a blanket of stars!  In the distance, you could see the lights from the San Fernando Valley, but we were all to ourselves…..It was magical!

Now that I am back on the East Coast, and slowly returning to reality, I am getting myself in gear for updates and fall shows, so I will be working solidly up to Christmas.  You can go to my Flickr site to see some Santas I am sending to Reasons to Believe, and  please be checking back for more news!  There will be plenty!

Here’s the link to the wedding site- there is one lovely picture which has been posted.  It was taken by Dave Thomas, one of the groom’s men.  The view is what you see just beyond the wedding tree!  Enjoy!

Aren’t they adorable?!?!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Matt and Joan

Oh yes, oh YES!  This is my son, Matthew, and his wonderful fiancee, Joan Kelley Bierman!  They have been together since meeting while they were working on the film  Scooby Doo II, and as Joan’s mother and I love to say – a dog brought them together!  They will be married July 10th of this year, at the Ahmanson Ranch in California – a lovely natural area which is currently owned by the state.  This will be a wedding for the ages – good family, good friends, beautiful setting – I couldn’t be happier for them.  We are head over heels for Joan and her family, and feel so very blessed that she and Matthew have found one another!    Stay tuned – there will plenty of terrific pictures of the BIG DAY!

I wouldn’t be true to myself if…….

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

I wouldn’t be true to myself, and to my son, if I didn’t post something about show biz and upcoming awards for film.  If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know about my son, Matthew, and his fiancee, Joan, and their careers in Hollywood in the film industry.  Well, critics and award nomination associations are beginning the annual rites for the season, and this morning, the Golden Globes announced their offerings.  Follow the link and catch up on all the buzz!  Enjoy!  And, there’s George Clooney!!!!!!!!!!!!    Yay!

It’s my son’s MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Attention everyone!  The Time Traveler’s Wife opens everywhere tomorrow!  Yahoo!  Based upon the wonderful best-seller, the film stars Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, AND it will be a biggy in my house because my son, Matthew, is one of the editors!!!!!!!!    Rounds of applause, please!  It was filmed in Toronto, so that meant that Matthew spent a few months last year in Canada.  Tough duty, huh?!  Then, after the shoot, they all  returned to Los Angeles, where they worked for months to get it juuusssstttt right.  When you edit, you are pulling all of the strands together —  following the outline so that you know which scenes to use (there is always a lot more shot than actually used),  putting in additional dialogue which might have to be re-recorded, putting in the musical score, putting in special effects, etc. etc. etc.  That’s what my son does, and he loves it.  Currently, if you are a reader of my blog, you know that he has been working on Jonah Hex.  I blogged about that a short while back and put up the poster for that movie, due out next year.

OK – so here’s the deal!  The first weekend is the big one for numbers on any film, so I want all of you to go to see it!  Then, write me and share your thoughts!  And, here’s a link to the official website for the film: The Time Traveler’s Wife .

*****At the end of the film, when the credits roll, look for my son.  It will be something like this:  Additional Editor…………………..Matt Diezel   !  That’s my boy!  See you all at the movies!  Enjoy!

Direct from Hollywood!

Friday, July 24th, 2009

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that my son, Matthew, is a film editor in Hollywood.  Last night, he sent me a promo poster image that I can post here – sort of like a Coming Attractions thingy!  Yeah!  Currently, he is working on Jonah Hex – an adaptation of the comic of the same name.  This is a bit of sci-fi, set in the post Civil War West.  Here’s a link to a site which gives you a rundown on the character and how it has evolved with the DC Comics.  Pretty cool stuff!  My insider tells me that it will be released next summer!

Go Matthew!

It’s his birthday!

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

Yes, today is my son’s 38th birthday!  How can this be?  I am SOOOO young, that it just doesn’t seem possible!

Matthew was born on July 3, 1971 in Falls Church, Virginia outside of Washington, DC.  At the time, Harry was a lieutenant in the Fairfax County Fire Service, and we were living in Vienna.  My, how times have changed!  Here is a picture of him, in his patriotic garb, on his first birthday!

Just look at him now!…. well, almost now.  This was taken  nearly two years ago at a wedding reception for a close family friend.  Matthew is a BIT taller than I am!  Is he not a darlin’?!

We are immensely proud of him, and have been from the moment of his birth.   If you follow my blog, you know that he is a film editor in Hollywood, and is now engaged to Joan Kelley Bierman – the love of his life , and the absolute delight of ours!  We are fortunate to have them in our lives.

Hope everyone is having a terrific holiday.  Be safe, relax, think about our freedom and the many blessings we have, and be most grateful for family!

Coming SOON!!!!!!!

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that my son, Matthew, is a film editor in Hollywood.  His latest film to be released August 14th is The Time Traveler’s Wife, based upon the best-seller, and starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.  Follow this link, and you can catch up on movie information, see a trailer and  the beautiful poster, and learn all about this movie which will be in your theaters in less than two months!  Yeow!  This particular film took Matthew to Toronto for several months of shooting, and then back to his homebase in L.A. to complete the editing.  I am certainly anxious to see it, and I hope you will be as well!  Take a look at the site, and let me know what you think!  Enjoy!