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In Color Grading

By vashi

MAD MAX: Fury Road trailer

On 10, Dec 2014 | No Comments | In Color Grading, Editing | By vashi

Cinematic insanity and Verdi’s Requiem (Dies irae) make MAD MAX: Fury Road one of the most viscerally assaulting and effective trailers I’ve ever seen.
Kudos to the editor and creative team that crafted this masterpiece.


Cinematic and sonic perfection in this trailer



Clear and understandable action with classically framed shots pushed to the limit using saturated colors…mixed with a sonic barrage of classical music elevates this trailer to bombastic heights. The pacing is also epic with a slow start and long dramatic shots which lead into a frantic second half that cascades shot after shot upon the viewer. It is controlled chaos…kinetic yet beautiful.

The trailer is 140 seconds long. (1.57 seconds per shot)
23 shots in the first 80 seconds.
(3.48 seconds per shot)
66 in the final 54 seconds.
(.82 seconds per shot)

This trailer achieves the rare feat of showing what looks like most of the major action scenes yet leaves the narrative untouched so the viewer still has the desire to go see the film. Tough to pull off but in my opinion they totally nailed it.



Coming to theaters Summer of 2015.


More images from Mad Max Fury Road



Until next time…


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In Editing
One Sheets

By vashi

Sam O’Steen on Film Editing

On 01, Dec 2014 | No Comments | In Editing, One Sheets | By vashi

Sam O’Steen has edited some of the most memorable films in Cinema history. CHINATOWN, ROSEMARY’S BABY, THE GRADUATE and COOL HAND LUKE are just some of the classic films he crafted shot by shot. Both Sam and I follow the practice that there is a hierarchy of importance that should be followed when editing a film. A single, great edit that calls attention to itself, does not help tell the story. It calls attention to the film editor in a masturbatory way…LOOK AT ME! LOOK WHAT I DID! The invisible art of film editing must carry the audience on a journey for the length of the film like a leaf on the wind. It should feel effortless and not reveal the manipulations and decisions made shot by shot to achieve the final film.


The 3 rules of film editing by Sam O'Steen

The film editing philosophy of Sam O’Steen

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