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6 Below

27

Mar
2016

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In 6 Below
Editing

By vashi

6 BELOW: FILM EDITING IN 6K

On 27, Mar 2016 | 20 Comments | In 6 Below, Editing | By vashi

 

Photos courtesy of: Scotty Waugh, Mike Svitak and Derek Edwards

Photos courtesy of: Scotty Waugh, Mike Svitak and Derek Edwards

 

I’ve just finished editorial on the feature film 6 BELOW starring Josh Hartnett and directed by Scotty Waugh (Need for Speed, Act of Valor). This is my 10th feature film as an editor and a very welcome challenge both creatively and technically. It’s also the first feature film to be edited natively in 6K. I’m cutting the original RED 6K Dragon files (R3D) with no transcoding or proxies in Adobe Premiere Pro. We are framing for a 2.76:1 aspect ratio like The Hateful Eight and using Panavision Primo 70 lenses.

 

 

Vashi Nedomansky in the 6 Below editing suite.

Vashi Nedomansky in the 6 Below editing suite. Photo by Jon Carr

 

I have cut many music videos and short films in native 4K (RED, Samsung, Canon, Sony) but the challenge of 6K is a brand new beast! 6K files are nine times larger than HD. To handle the pixel pushing power we need for real-time playback, we are using custom made DELL Precision Tower 7910 Series workstations with 20-core processors. These are outfitted with 128GB of RAM and NVIDIA Quadro M6000 12GB video cards. The 6K frame is 6144 x 3160 pixels and needs massive power to push it around smoothly. 64TB of RAID 5 storage is shared across 10GB ethernet.

 

http://artbyphil.com/phfx/red/dragon/images/phfx_redDragon_whatIs6K.jpg

http://artbyphil.com/phfx/red/dragon/images/phfx_redDragon_whatIs6K.jpg

 

I will be sharing my experiences on this ground breaking project and document the post production process and workflow I have designed specifically for 6 BELOW. Since it has never been done before at this level, I look forward to the challenge of editing in a 6K native workflow and will keep you in the loop on our 20-week editorial run.

 

Editing notes and script for 6 BELOW

 

 

We are shooting 6 weeks in Salt Lake City and the mountains of Park City right next to the Sundance Film Festival. We then return to Los Angeles where we will have an additional 14 weeks of editorial. We are looking at a late 2016 release date for this dramatic winter survival story. 6 BELOW is based on the true story of Eric LeMarque, an Olympic hockey player that got stranded for 8 days in the mountains while snowboarding. Coincidentally, I’ve known Eric for almost 20 years, played hockey and trained with him in California before his ordeal. The personal responsibility to best tell his tale is always in the back of my mind….

 

Here’s the first official image of Josh Hartnett in 6 BELOW

Josh Hartnett in the survival thriller 6 BELOW

 

 

6 BELOW production and editing office in Salt Lake City

 

We have an amazing team of filmmakers on this film. A common bond is that most of us have worked at the production company Bandito Brothers over the years. Scotty Waugh was one its founders and he has hand picked the crew for 6 BELOW. We all hope to chip in with our skills, passion and energy to help cross the finish line with the best film possible.

Lastly…this is also the first narrative feature film that will be presented in the BARCO ESCAPE format. It has a 7:1 aspect ratio and covers 3 screens horizontally to give an immersive, panoramic and next level experience. To give you a taste of what the Barco Escape frame projection looks like…it is the yellow section in the image below.

 

The Barco Escape 7:1 aspect ratio

The Barco Escape 7:1 aspect ratio

 

 

The 6K Barco Escape Theater

The 6K Barco Escape Theater

 

 

Editing in 6K. What’s next…

 

The 6K Premiere Pro edit bay

 

 

UPDATE #1 – The Scene Board. How I organize and keep my scenes current.

All 140 scenes from 6 BELOW and their current status during editorial.

All 140 scenes from 6 BELOW and their current status during editorial.

 

UPDATE #2 – The Film Information and Inspiration Board.

The shooting schedule, crew list and inspiration art. Also the code word to enter the edit bay.

The shooting schedule, crew list and inspiration art. Also the code word to enter the edit bay.

 

UPDATE #3 – 6K RED Dragon Native Pancake Timeline

7-minute timeline using the Pancake Timeline editing 6 BELOW in native 6K

Editing with The Pancake Timeline in native 6K with a 34″ Dell curved widescreen monitor.

 

UPDATE #4 – Organization of my Premiere Pro Project

3 of the many Premiere Pro panels I use to organize my film projects.

3 of the many Premiere Pro panels I use to organize my film projects.

 

UPDATE #5 – Timeline Tuesday after 4 Weeks

Click to Enlarge

Click to Enlarge

 

UPDATE #6 – 24 Hours of Dailies on One Timeline

24 hours of footage represents the first 9 days of filming on 6 BELOW.

24 hours of footage represents the first 9 days of filming on 6 BELOW.

 

UPDATE #7 – The Edit after 5 Weeks (68 minutes)

I don't edit assemblies. I edit complete scenes that play.

I don’t edit assemblies. I edit complete scenes that play.

 

UPDATE #8 – My Office after 5 Weeks of Crushing the Edit

My work station after 5 weeks of editing 6 Below

My work station after 5 weeks of editing 6 Below

 

UPDATE #9 – Back in Los Angeles Editing with Scott Waugh

Editing in native #6K with 6 Below director Scott Waugh

Editing in native #6K with 6 Below director Scott Waugh

 

UPDATE #10 – Comparison of the Raw and Deliverable Footage

The original 6K and editing formats

The original 6K and editing formats

 

UPDATE #11 – First Full Cut is done after 10 Weeks

The importance and impact of every cut affects the film.

The importance and impact of every cut affects the film.

 

UPDATE #12 – Screening 6 BELOW with the director after 11 weeks of editing

2 hours 20 minutes is the running time of the first official edit.

2 hours 20 minutes is the running time of the first official edit.

 

UPDATE #13 – Frame.io on my iPhone

64TB of footage accessible at any time on my iPhone thanks to Frame.io

64TB of footage accessible at any time on my iPhone thanks to Frame.io

 

UPDATE #14 – Full 6K frame from 6 BELOW

Full 6K R3D Dragon image shot with 70mm Panavision Primo lens

Full 6K R3D Dragon image shot with 70mm Panavision Primo lens

 

UPDATE #15 – The Notes Process

Notes from the director that must be addressed. Fine tuning at it's finest!

Notes from the director that must be addressed. Fine tuning at it’s finest!

 

UPDATE #16 – 6K VFX in After Effects and Mocha

All the VFX is done at 6K inside After Effects and Mocha

All 300+ VFX shots are done at 6K inside After Effects and Mocha

 

One of 300 VFX shots. This will require Rotoscoping, Keying and a sky replacement

One of 300 VFX shots. This will require Rotoscoping, Keying and a sky replacement

 

UPDATE #17 – Frame.io interview about 6 BELOW is available HERE

The 4 man post production team of 6Below

The 6 BELOW post production team. All 4 of us.

 

UPDATE #18 – The First Cut and Final Cut

The first and final cut of 6 Below

The first and final cut of 6 Below

 

 

UPDATE #19 – PICTURE IS LOCKED. 20 WEEKS of editorial.

The edit is done. Picture LOCKED.

The edit is done. Picture LOCKED.

 

 

UPDATE #20 – Reframing 6 BELOW for BARCO ESCAPE in the Edit Bay

3 Sony 4K TV Barco viewing edit bay

3 Sony 4K TV Barco viewing edit bay

 

UPDATE #21 – Screened the 4K DCP in Spielberg’s theater at Amblin 

4K DCP screening in Spielberg's Theater at Amblin

4K DCP screening in Spielberg’s Theater at Amblin

 

It’s in theaters October 12th and available to stream in HD on October 13th.

Until next time…

vashivisuals.com

@vashikoo

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Comments

  1. Is it the barco format that inspired editing in 6k? How are you previewing that experience while cutting? Do you have three screens set up or an extra wide monitor?

  2. Hey Vashi,

    Ive been following your posts for a while and I really like the content you are providing!

    I had a question, I am about to cut a feature that will be in 4k. I was wondering how many features you have cut natively in 4k.

    I have a late 2013 mac pro (trash can), 32gb ram, d700 gpu card, 6 cores, 24tb thunderbolt raid.

    Do you think my system can handle a native 4k workflow without transcoding?

    Also since you have a PC, do you ever have issues with Mac formatted hard drives when you are receiving media?

    Thanks! Keep up to the cool work!

    -James

  3. Thanks for all your posts that helps the film community see into the world of editing. Keep it uo bro and all the best on this 6k project.

  4. How is this going? Interested to hear/see the functionality of Adobe Suite and your backend setup on 10GbE. What redcode are you running? How many editors accessing that 48TB? Are you running block or file level on the backend setup?

    What, if any, has been your bottlenecks?

    Regards,

    Ryan

  5. How are you able to keep the audio file name (e.g. 4AT02), when
    merged with the video clip? Or are you not merging them?

    When I sync a film the file that was recorded from dual system, and
    place it into a bin, I’m forced to merge the file and then
    the audio file takes on the video clip name.

  6. Vashi, we have been contracted to finish several Barco Escape features. Was wondering if my tech, Trevor Bennett could pick your brain? Would love to talk to you about all this.

    Jack Tunnicliffe
    Java Post Production
    306-536-4321
    jack@javapost.ca

  7. Thanks for this article. I shot a music video with the dragon in January, 6k to finish in 4K. We still aren’t done because he 6k has completely trashed all graphics cards in its way. My iMac, a buddy’s Hackintosh and a robust mac tower have all fallen to the beast hat is 6k. The guys at RED like to say you can easily cut r3ds in 6k but I argue strong lt against this unless you have the gear and resources to make it work. Thanks for your article, nice to see what it takes to really finish in 6k.

    Rob Lambert

  8. “So my rambling question is – if you can edit and playback 6K footage with a current new mac pro, what extra does more budget give you with a PC?”

  9. Wow this is amazing! thanks for sharing to us… i really admire you

    • vashi

      Thanks for the kind words Franco!

  10. Hey.

    Thanks for the interesting article. I am just about to start an edit for a feaute doc I directed and shot on the red weapon mainly in 6k. How was your experience editing natively?

    I am still trying ti make a decision on weether to conform the footage for editing and relink raw files later or if i should go native. It seems like a mission to conform the whole now during post production (didnt have a DIT) but it may apeed ipnthe process??

    Any pointers on this qould be much appreciated.

    Congrats on getting the job done.

    Regards

    Maek

    • vashi

      Sorry for the late response Mark! Finally time to go through my comments. In my experience, if you can build an edit bay that’s powerful enough…you will save time and storage by not transcoding and doing the whole project as an online. It will require a beefy system but you will always be able to make changes on the fly and be ready to deliver assets as you go.

  11. Hi Vashi,
    Long time listener, first time caller…
    Simple question for you that I haven’t been able to find a clear answer on (if you would be so kind):
    I’m just about to start work on feature and am planning on cutting in premiere (cc2017). The film was shot 5 & 6K on the RED. It’s my understanding that ‘merged clips’ within Premiere cause a great deal of havoc when it comes time to turn over to sound mixer & colorist. So what is the preferred method for syncing picture and sound in the premiere raw/native workflow?
    Thanks very much!
    Rob

    • vashi

      Sorry for the late response! Finally responding and hope you worked it out. In my experience…using Multi-Cam to sync any video and audio is the most efficient and safe way to work. Even if it’s just one video and audio clip…it will preserve the downstream info that everyone else will use.

  12. I’m new here to this website and I wanna learn more about the movie “6 Below.” and the story about Eric Lemarque I think it could be a No. 1 hit movie of all time for all the people Josh Hartnett is great I’ve seen his movies, I’ve seen his pictures and I’ve seen his No. 1 hit TV show called “Penny Dreadful.” I respect all of you guys doing the movie called “6 Below.” And I respect Josh Hartnett and most of all I respect his fans that’s all i’m gonna say and Josh Hartnett keep up the good work and all of you guys including Josh Hartnett grab yourselves a cup of Hot Chocolate because it’s going to be freezing out there.

    • vashi

      Thanks for the kind words Taylor! 6 Below will be in theaters on October 12th and available to stream or download on October 13th. Go see it if you can!

  13. Hy Vashi,

    I see you switched to windows from your mac environment.
    How was that change for you?
    Did everything run smoothly on the pc, as it did on a mac?

    Regards
    Hendrik

    • vashi

      Hi Hendrik! The change was very smooth. For 6 Below there was no other solution as no MAC system had the power to handle 100 hours of 6K Red RAW footage at the same time and give us real-time playback. Even with 4K files the MAC trash cans we used on DEADPOOL burned up and we went through 10 systems that overheated and had to be replaced. Until Apple releases new MAC pro towers I’m very happy with the power and expandability of my DELL tower.

  14. Magnificent! Splendid! You are in the forefront,
    and my hat is off to you. Thank you for posting these,
    and I hope to assimilatel this good information from you,
    in the fullness of time.

    All success to you,

    Sam Longoria
    Producer-Director
    Hollywood CA USA

    • vashi

      Thank you for the very kind comments Sam. Much appreciated! Much more to come in the future. Love sharing the journey…

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