What about Rob Ashe, one of the editors for Conan? Well, he would like to “only create and delete four Tumblr accounts; lose 30 pounds; only buy one suite during the yearly Red Giant Software sale; lose 30 more pounds; continue to do DDPYOGA to get back to my previously girly figure; learn more about what the Red Giant Trapcode Suite can do; lose 27.5 final pounds; get more haircuts; only create and delete two Instagram accounts; resist the urge to shave because if I do my wife will proceed to divorce me; get Red Giant to pay me to fawn over them; realize I’m lucky and only deserve what I put in.”
Rob Ashe (@robashejr) is one of three editors working on the Burbank-based Conan O’Brien show on TBS. Duties are typically assigned by speciality, with Ashe doing mock commercials, Dave Grecu working on remote packages and lead editor Dan Dome (pictured with Ashe, below right) doing a little bit of everything and overseeing the workflow.
When I asked Ashe about some tools he just can’t live without, he had some technical offerings and some that were a little more old school.
Being a special needs dad has taught me to expect the unexpected in terms of what life is going to throw out at you and your child. This year, rather than plan a trip to the South to visit the in-laws or an excursion to Disneyland, we planned a six-hour orthopedic surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Mainly, we scheduled the surgery for this time so that I would have two weeks off of work to help out. At 2, my daughter Elliot doesn't understand the concept of Christmas, anyway. Ever since we first heard of this surgery 1.5 years ago, we have been anxiously awaiting the day Elliot could have it. Our hope is that the procedure will be a huge step forward (pun intended) towards her walking independently one day. The six-hour surgery was a success and recovery has been slow and steady. Six hours is a long time to let your mind wander. Like most people these days, I used my smartphone to pass a lot of the time. There are some things that I learned from that experience that I would like to share with you in case you ever have to go through something similar or if you know someone who will.
My name is Rob Ashe. We've never had the pleasure of meeting but I've been a huge admirer of both you and Apple for a very long time. I've worked in film and television for the past fourteen years using Mac products to plan, design, edit, and create works to entertain the viewing public. In my household, you will find Macbook Pros, iPads, iPods, and iPhones used by myself and my wife. One of the biggest things I've always admired about Apple was their commitment to giving people with disabilities access to your equipment. It is because of this fact, that I am writing you today to make one small humble request. I am requesting that you add one word to the Mac's spelling dictionary. That word is Arthrogryposis.
I read a original article on The Huffington Post on special needs parents and was moved to tell my family's story. My child was born with the Amyoplasia form of Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. She has extremely low muscle tone on all four of her limbs, no bicep movement in her arms, her elbows don't bend and her knees don't straighten. She has many weekly therapy appointments and must be stretched throughout the day by us in the hopes that she will one day move enough to become self-sufficient. The stretching is the most painful part of our day because it physically hurts her, and no loving parent wants to hurt his child on purpose.
Lead editor Dan Dome and editors Robert Ashe, Jr., Chris Heller and David Grecu all put together OCCUPY Conan, a fan-sourced episode of the popular late night show. It's harder than it sounds, and that's why the Conan Editing Team is now up for an Emmy for Outstanding Multicam Editing for a Comedy Series.
Editor extraordinaire Rob Ashe talks about the creation of the show's visual style, the idea behind our super special Thursday "Easter Egg" openings, being marked by the great Burt Reynolds, and much more.
Title designer extraordinaire and longtime COW member, Rob Ashe, takes us inside the design of "Conan" on TBS. From the story of Conan's journey to his new TV home, through the show's title design and workflow engineering, here’s a look at Conan's new "beginning." Plus a trip through a single day, from prep, to post, to air.