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22

Sep
2016

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In One Sheets

By vashi

Directors That Never Went To Film School

On 22, Sep 2016 | No Comments | In One Sheets | By vashi

 
 

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More Film Facts and Statistics on my ONE SHEET ARCHIVES PAGE
 
 

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11

Sep
2016

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In Photography

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Polaroid SX-70 – The Camera of Artists

On 11, Sep 2016 | No Comments | In Photography | By vashi

 

The SX-70 is more than nostalgia. It’s more than a hipster prop.

It’s amazing technology that gave everyone the freedom to create.

It made everyone an artist with a canvas that developed in their hand.

It taught restraint, patience and decision. 10 shots per pack then. 8 now.

An analog paint brush, futuristic tool, game-changer and camera all in one.

 

1972 - The First SLR Camera

My personal Polaroid SX 70 camera with original leather case and users manual

 

 

THE ORIGIN

In 1972 – Edwin Land created and released the iconic Polaroid SX-70 camera. He claimed 20,000 technological advancements in its design. “The tool for supplying a rich texture for memory…” is what modern architects/designers/filmmakers Charles and Ray Eames said about the Polaroid SX 70 in 1972. They were commissioned by Polaroid to produce an 11-minute film that shared the technical and emotional components to one of the most famous cameras in the history of photography. The film was first shown at a Polaroid shareholders meeting then later used as a sales tool within Polaroid. Legendary film composer Elmer Bernstein wrote the haunting score that merged together the technology and humanity. The film is a fantastic look at how the revolutionary SX-70 works and the creative opportunities it provides its user.

 

 

The official Eames Office video can be found here but it is one-minute shorter for some reason.

 

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24

Aug
2016

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In One Sheets

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FAMOUS MOVIE TITLES TRANSLATED

On 24, Aug 2016 | No Comments | In One Sheets | By vashi

 

When foreign countries release english speaking movies…

they make some adjustments that can be lost in translation.

 

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CZECHOSLOVAKIAN MOVIE POSTERS

 

The good, bad and ugly of famous movie titles translated.

I will try to cover as many countries as possible:

 

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16

Aug
2016

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In Cinematography

By vashi

Split Diopter Shots in THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN

On 16, Aug 2016 | No Comments | In Cinematography | By vashi

 

A Split Focus Diopter is a half convex piece of glass that attaches to the front of a camera’s main lens to make half the lens nearsighted. This lens can focus on a plane in the background and on a foreground element at the same time. To effectively apply this cinematographer’s tool a filmmaker has to plan out each shot so that both the foreground and background elements will be in focus.

 

Split Focus Diopter

Split Focus Diopter

 

The Spilt Focus Diopter creates a hyper-real visual effect that logically shouldn’t happen but somehow it magically delivers a striking and visceral image that resonates in the mind of the viewer.

SPLIT DIOPTER shots are most often attributed to Brian De Palma but director Robert Wise incorporated them into many of his films as a visual style and storytelling device, often using them more than 100 times in one film.

His split diopter shots became an integral part of the story and not just a stand-alone visual trick. In THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, Robert Wise used 206 split diopter shots…the most in any feature film I’ve researched.

 

Director Robert Wise and DP Richard H. Kline created 206 split diopter shots

Director Robert Wise and DP Richard H. Kline created 206 split diopter shots

 

Robert Wise edited Citizen Kane. That alone is most impressive. He then went on to direct: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Run Silent Run Deep, West Side Story, The Haunting, The Sound of Music, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and 35 other feature films. On THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, Wise teamed up again with DP Richard H. Kline, one his favorite cinematographers. They went on to film Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979 which had over 100 split diopter shots as well.

Wise and Kline hid many the split diopter shots that separated the focal planes by utilizing the monochromatic walls of the laboratory. The pure white, orange and gray walls were perfect for blending the in-focus and out of focus splits of the diopter. They also created several Double Split Diopter shots that created 3 zones of focus. I had never seen this technique used before and it created quite striking visuals.

 

Double Split Diopter shots

Double Split Diopter shots

 

I’ve chosen my favorite 71 split diopter shots from THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN and created a chronological video of how they appear in the film. In the pristine and clinical environment of a laboratory, the split diopter really isolates the important elements of the story. With so many computers screens and scientific devices conveying information…this technique accentuates and heightens the drama in one of my favorite sci-fi / virus / government conspiracy films of all time.

Even if you haven’t watched the film, you can still see how this distinctive look is woven into the story and becomes an organic part of The Andromeda Strain. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Behind the scenes of THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN:

 

BONUS: The Andromeda Strain Soundtrack by Gil Melié


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14

Aug
2016

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In Cinemash

By vashi

CINEMASH #5 – Aliens and Rogue One

On 14, Aug 2016 | No Comments | In Cinemash | By vashi

 

CINEMASH – A video essay that points out similarities in cinema.
These similarities can be visual, sonic, story or thematic.
No text or VO allowed. Maximum length of 24 seconds.

 

 

A visual homage to ALIENS (1986) in ROGUE ONE (2016)

 

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12

May
2016

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In 6 Below
Editing

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Extending Premiere Pro Markers

On 12, May 2016 | No Comments | In 6 Below, Editing | By vashi

 

Film Editing begins with organization. A feature film can have anywhere from 77 minutes of footage as in PRIMER to over 500 hours of footage shot on DEADPOOL. On both films…keeping track of the footage and making it all instantly accessible to the editor is paramount to a successful edit. On my current feature film 6 BELOW I am using markers in a new way.

 

Josh Hartnett in the survival thriller 6 BELOW

 

By using MARKERS on timelines and sequences to notate takes, scenes and memorable moments an editor can isolate specific shots or sections that all the filmmakers can use to help wrangle all the footage and help tell a clearer story with all the footage.

All editing software allows for dropping markers on timelines but I utilize one little know function inside Adobe Premiere Pro to help me mark larger groups of shots or sections of similar content. A marker is usually placed on one frame but I like to extend that marker to cover minutes or whole swaths of footage. I then assign a name to the marker and this allows me to visually spot my assets very easily inside my timeline.

Click the image below to see how to extend markers in Premiere Pro.

 

Extending Premiere Pro Markers

Extending Markers in Premiere Pro

 

By double clicking a marker inside Premiere Pro…I can extend the duration of the marker to whatever time period I need to cover a section of my timeline. This allows me to color code and name different assets which makes it easier to share my organizational system with assistants, the director and producers.

You can also grab a marker and ALT-drag to lengthen it right in the timeline.

 

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17

Apr
2016

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In Deadpool

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DEADPOOL at NAB 2016

On 17, Apr 2016 | No Comments | In Deadpool | By vashi

 

On Tuesday April 19th I will be presenting two NAB 2016 sessions. Both will share my work as post production workflow specialist and editorial consultant on the massively successful film. In both presentations I will be sharing the actual Premiere Pro timeline used to edit the film. Here is a sneak peek:

 

The actual Deadpool Premiere Pro Timeline of the Opening Freeway Scene.

The actual Deadpool Premiere Pro Timeline of the Opening Freeway Scene.

 

My first presentation is at 12:30pm Tuesday on the Adobe Stage.

I will also be moderating the Creative Master Series Deadpool panel at 4pm:

 

Tuesday April 19th at 4pm I will be moderating the DEADPOOL presentation.

Tuesday April 19th at 4pm I will be moderating the DEADPOOL presentation.

 

Stop by and say hi if you can!

 

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07

Apr
2016

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In Star Wars

By vashi

Rogue One Rebel Alarm ringtone

On 07, Apr 2016 | No Comments | In Star Wars | By vashi

 

If we want to be extra alerted the next time your phone rings…

Here’s a Rogue One Rebel Alarm ringtone:

 

 

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming this December:

 

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27

Mar
2016

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In 6 Below
Editing

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6 BELOW: FILM EDITING IN 6K

On 27, Mar 2016 | No 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

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18

Mar
2016

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In Big Ned

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BIG NED – The Official Trailer

On 18, Mar 2016 | No Comments | In Big Ned | By vashi

 

Vaclav Nedomansky was the first player to defect and play in the NHL.

 

10 Nedomansky Hockey Facts

10 Nedomansky Hockey Facts

 

My family escaped from communist Czechoslovakia on July 4th, 1974.

Two weeks later we defected to North America.

 

The front page of The Toronto Sun newspaper

The front page of The Toronto Sun newspaper

 

I’ve been lucky enough to group up with the freedom my parents didn’t have for most of their life.

July 4th is a very special day for my family on so many levels. I’m so very grateful and now I can return the favor and tell our story…

 

 

1979 - The first game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit

1979 – The first game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit

 

BIG NED is a feature length documentary film about Vaclav Nedomansky.
He was the first hockey player to defect from a communist country
and play in the NHL. In the middle of the Cold War…
He risked everything for a better life.
He’s also my father…

 

HERE’S THE OFFICIAL TRAILER

 

ESPN wrote a great article about the documentary…

You can follow the making of the film on:

The Official BIG NED Facebook page.

 

The first 21 NHL defectors

The first 21 NHL defectors

 

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