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10

Dec
2014

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In Color Grading
Editing

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

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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

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Until next time…

vashivisuals.com

@vashikoo

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01

Dec
2014

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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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PENTATONIX – Mary Did You Know?

On 22, Nov 2014 | No Comments | In Color Grading, Editing, Low Budget Filmmaking | By vashi

The first week of November, director Laura Merians asked me to edit and color grade a music video. I had a week available in-between projects so I jumped in with both feet. 6 days later I finished post production and we put it on YouTube.

It had 8 million views in the first week. It struck a nerve with people all over the planet and went viral. Here is PENTATONIX’s ‘Mary Did You Know?’

 

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THAT WHICH I LOVE DESTROYS ME

On 21, Oct 2014 | No Comments | In Editing, Low Budget Filmmaking, Production | By vashi

directed by Ric Roman Waugh

 

THAT WHICH I LOVE DESTROYS ME is a documentary film focusing on PTSD that I edited for director Ric Roman Waugh. On October 25th 2014, The Austin Film Festival hosted the first public screening of the film. Read more…

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David Fincher – PANIC ROOM 1-Page Film School

On 04, Oct 2014 | 2 Comments | In 1-Page Film School, Production | By vashi

With the release of GONE GIRL this weekend, many filmmakers and film fans want to learn more about David Fincher and his filmmaking style. His precision, artistry and impeccable style of storytelling is the result of decades of fine-tuning the filmmaking craft. He started his career at Industrial LIght and Magic (ILM) in 1983 and worked on Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Enjoy my 1-Page Film School on PANIC ROOM.

Title image from PANIC ROOM

The floating title sequence of PANIC ROOM (2002)

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The ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ 1-Page Film School

On 28, Sep 2014 | No Comments | In 1-Page Film School, Raiders of the Lost Ark | By vashi

Raiders of the Lost Ark is a glorious obsession of mine. I have watched it close to 100 times and always glean a new detail or filmmaking tidbit on each viewing. As a child I looked up to Indy, now as a filmmaker I look up to Spielberg. Raiders of the Lost Ark is a masterpiece that fires on all cylinders with equal parts: adventure, comedy, action, thriller, love story and the supernatural. I’ve scoured the internet for rare content and also created my own video essays in order to assemble this ’1-Page Film School’.

The included resources are: 17 embedded Videos and 9 downloadable PDFs. They are all compiled below to create a detailed and informative database showcasing Raiders of the Lost Ark’s intricate components. It covers: Directing, Film Editing, Cinematography, Screenwritiing, Sound Design and Music. It’s not something that can be consumed in one sitting…so take your time and chunk away when you can. Please enjoy my first ’1-Page Film School’ with its amazing insights into the Craft of Filmmaking!

 

Original 1981 theatrical poster for Raiders of the Lost Ark

The original 1981 theatrical one-sheet for Raiders of the Lost Ark

 

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22

Sep
2014

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In Editing
One Sheets

By vashi

What does the Film Editor do?

On 22, Sep 2014 | No Comments | In Editing, One Sheets | By vashi

Film Editing is much more than “cutting out all the bad parts” whilst sitting in a dark room pushing buttons. Here’s 3 thoughts on what it means to me…

 

3 components of film editing

3 components of film editing

 

 

Vashi's quote on film editing

Vashi Nedomansky on film editing

 

 

editor must protect

Critical jobs of the film editor

 

 

Non technical film editing rules

Non-technical rules for Film Editors you must know

 

The Film Editor

Until next time…

vashivisuals.com

@vashikoo

08

Sep
2014

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In Editing

By vashi

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014.1 (8.1 Update)

On 08, Sep 2014 | 2 Comments | In Editing | By vashi

Adobe just revealed some of the newest features in the upcoming Premiere Pro CC 2014.1 (8.1 Update). They include many improvements to both the GUI and organizational options plus severe boosting of power under the hood. I’ve been lucky enough to have used this release on a couple professional jobs already and wanted to share some project screen grabs showing these updates in action!

 

The latest update to Premiere Pro CC 2014

My custom workspace template in Premiere Pro CC 2014

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SHARKNADO 2 – Editing the Chaos

On 12, Aug 2014 | 2 Comments | In Editing, Low Budget Filmmaking, sharknado | By vashi

In late 2013, David Rimawi (co-founder of The Asylum) told me that they were making Sharknado 2. I responded by telling him I was going to edit it. A very cocky answer indeed…but I really wanted to cut Sharknado 2…so I rolled the dice. I never brought it up again and 3 months later he called me and offered me the job. I accepted.

My Adobe Premiere Pro Sharknado 2 project

JAWS was the first film I ever saw. It was at a drive-in theater with my parents in the back of our convertible VW bug. The last 30 minutes, I hid in the backseat under a blanket…scared shitless. Since then I have been obsessed and petrified with sharks. Since beginning to edit film at the age of 13, I’ve always wanted to edit a shark movie. Well…I got my wish and would love to share the process of how I edited Sharknado 2 with you. Read more…

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08

Aug
2014

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In Average Shot Length

By vashi

ALFRED HITCHCOCK – Average Shot Length

On 08, Aug 2014 | No Comments | In Average Shot Length | By vashi

Average Shot Length from 7 Hitchcock films

Surprisingly similar during these 20 years

 

More Average Shot Lengths HERE

 

Until next time…

Vashi Nedomansky

vashivisuals.com

@vashikoo

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