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Samsung NX1 – Drunk Drive

 

Bokeh Driver

 

Sometimes creativity can be triggered by one seemingly irrelevant thing. Sometimes that one thing can be right in front of you…hidden in plain sight. In my case that one thing was a stretch of winding road by my home that has thousands of reflectors on the median. I’ve driven this road hundreds of times. At night, the reflectors whiz by in a frantic blur and it suddenly reminded me of a video game I played as a youth…Atari’s NIGHT DRIVER. Read more…

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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

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HUGE 3K IMAGE

 

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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PENTATONIX – Mary Did You Know?

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

In November 2014, 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 has over 106 million views and counting. 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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Davinci Resolve – 6776 Color Graded Shots

On 03, Jun 2014 | One Comment | In Color Grading, Low Budget Filmmaking | By vashi

 

Lightbox View of Davinci Resolve for 7 film projects

 

I wanted to share final images from 7 projects that I’ve color graded over the last 2 years. There are more than 14,000+ total shots in all the films. Only about half are displayed above. Some of these films are completed and already released…some are coming soon! The image above represents hundreds of hours of color grading work. Yes…my ass is sore. Here are the 7 projects:

 

THAT WHICH I LOVE DESTROYS ME (2014) – directed by Ric Roman Waugh
ZOMBIE NIGHT (2013) – directed by John Gulager
ME & EWE (2013) – directed by Barry Andersson
ANDROID COP (2014) – directed by Mark Atkins
THE GRIND – directed by Jhon Doria
MY SHANGHAI (2014) – directed by P.H. Wells
THE CLUB BOAT – directed by Vashi Nedomansky

 

LINK to a 4802×3438 JPEG of the 6776 shots

BONUS: Here’s a look at all 2050 color graded shots in ZOMBIE NIGHT

Davinci Resolve gets better and better with every iteration and the

improved editing features are making it a one-stop post-production platform.

 

Until next time…

Vashi Nedomansky

vashivisuals.com

@vashikoo

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Perfecting the Film Post Production Workflow

Self-funded, low budget, indie filmmaking is wonderful for the creative and artistic freedoms you are granted as you strive to tell the story and share it with others. You are the filmmaker, the studio, the investor and the distributor. This great power comes with great responsibility and heavy consequences. I’ve spent the last 5 years of my life working to finish a feature film entitled…THE GRIND. The literal and figurative irony does not go unnoticed…but it also drives me to complete my mission.

One of the famous unwritten rules in “Hollywood” is never invest your own money. I’ve broken that rule for 5 years as I’ve invested both a shit-ton of money and time to finish the film and release it to the world. My roles on this film are: executive producer, DP, editor, colorist, composer and sound mixer. I had been hired to do these jobs on previous feature films, but never all on one film.

Before I dive in, here’s 5 years of editing encapsulated into one image…the final timeline.

The entire 95 minute timeline in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

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ZOMBIE NIGHT: 2050 Davinci Resolve Shots

On 15, Jan 2014 | 2 Comments | In Color Grading, Low Budget Filmmaking | By vashi

 

 

 

 

 

2050 shots from Zombie Nights

I graded this film in 10 days on Davinci Resovle

 

Zombie Night is a horror film directed by John Gulager (Feast, Pirahana 3DD). It stars Anthony Michael Hall and Darryl Hannah as a couple who must survive as the undead roam wild through the streets of Los Angeles. I was the colorist on this film and I wanted to share all 2050 shots I graded chronologically.

All 17 images below can be clicked and viewed at full screen resolution.

By viewing all the shots in their natural story progression…you can visually digest the color palette and patterns used to carry the narrative to its ultimate resolution. Zombie Night was shot on RED cameras and I graded the 4K RAW files in Davinci Resolve. The entire color grade was completed in 10 days. In an upcoming blog…I will share my workflow and tips on how I efficiently managed and graded the 2050 shots below. With hard deadlines and no room for errors…it’s crucial to balance the creative and technical aspects equally. Read more…

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14

Jan
2014

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In Color Grading

By vashi

Davinci Resolve Lightbox #3

On 14, Jan 2014 | One Comment | In Color Grading | By vashi

Davinci Resolve Lightbox

Lightbox view of my grading work for ‘Android Cop’

Android Cop premieres on February 4, 2014.

Here are the 1573 shots I color graded using Davinci Resolve 10.

Until next time…

vashivisuals.com

@vashikoo

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Davinci Resolve Lightbox Looks #2

On 22, Nov 2013 | 2 Comments | In Color Grading, Low Budget Filmmaking, One sheet | By vashi

screenshots from 4 projects using Davinci Resolve

4 projects I have color graded over the last couple months

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