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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.
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.
Until next time…
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.
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?’
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!
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.
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…
SHARKNADO 2: The Second One really amplified the creative ways in which both sharks and humans could be killed in a movie. The original SHARKNADO was no slouch at gruesome deaths but there was room for improvement. Almost 4 million people watched the sequel on July 30th. The next day it aired in 86 countries around the world. The numbers are not in but I’m sure that The Asylum and SyFy shared their special brand of film with millions more…
In the Super Death Cut below…I’ve condensed every shark and human death into a 3 minute blood orgy that serves no other purpose than to put a smile on your face and a tongue in your cheek. Enjoy!
Next week I will be posting an in-depth breakdown showcasing the edit and post production workflow I employed in cutting SHARKNADO 2. Check back then for an exclusive behind the scenes look into how it was done!
Until next time…
FURY is coming. The raw and gritty WWII film directed by David Ayer that stars Brad Pitt will be released November 14, 2014. CREATE Advertising cut this trailer that sets the tone for one of the most anticipated films of 2014.
They used Adobe Premiere Pro CC to cut this spot and all the trailers they edit in their Culver City offices. Here’s the view from their client screening room on their 90″ plasma display. Wicked fucking epic experience to sit in and watch them work. By the way…it’s 25 feet from the edit station to the screen. BOOM!
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The last time I hung out with Kiefer Sutherland we were playing hockey together in Los Angeles. He’s the most gracious and sensitive man in real life…but on the screen he is Jack Bauer…the ruthless man of principle who does whatever it takes to get things done. Tonight was the series finale of 24 and this epic TV show went out in a blaze of glory. Jack Bauer exacted ultimate revenge upon an evil foe then sacrificed himself to save a true friend. It was an emotional and logically satisfying end to a ground-breaking TV series.
The rampage that Jack Bauer carries out in the last few minutes of 24:LAD is monumental. Fueled by the loss of his true love…he goes ballistic. It reminded me of playing QUAKE and going shit house crazy upon getting the Quad Damage Power Up.
I decided to merge the worlds of Cinema and Video Games into this 2 minute video. I’m sure that soon…this level of realism will be commonplace and executable by everyone with a gaming device. It’s the years of investment into the characters and story that makes this rampage extra special as 24 exits stage right and into the pantheon of exceptional television history. It’s been a hell of a ride…
Until next time…