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The Filmmaking Strategy of HELL OR HIGH WATER

On 19, Nov 2016 | No Comments | In Low Budget Filmmaking, One Sheets | By vashi

The Filmmaking Strategy of HELL OR HIGH WATER




INTERVIEW with Director David Mackenzie


Until next time…


My First After Effects VFX Shot (2003)

On 15, Nov 2016 | No Comments | In After Effects, Low Budget Filmmaking | By vashi

I have been editing film and video since the age of 12. Cutting footage, crafting performances and telling stories with VCRs, Steenbecks and NLEs. In 2003, I started expanding my filmmaking skill set and began experimenting with Adobe After Effects 5.5. The first time I opened it up…I expected to see explosion buttons, lightsaber buttons and muzzle flash buttons. Unfortunately not the case at all! This was a brave new world where everything had to be created from scratch so I dove in.


The first of many books I've bought written by Mark Christiansen

One of many After Effects books written by Mark Christiansen (2002)


I designed a one-take shot in my apartment so I could practice my non-existent After Effects skills. With a locked off DVX-100 and some amazing acting skills (!) I filmed myself and imported the Mini-DV footage into After Effects. I grabbed some free explosions and sparks from Detonation Films and started compositing.


I present to you GOOD MORNING…a 35-second VFX extravaganza from 2003 for your enjoyment!


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The Hateful Eight – Ultra Panavision 70

On 29, Dec 2015 | No Comments | In Low Budget Filmmaking, Uncategorized | By vashi


The Hateful Eight (2015)

The Hateful Eight (2015)


The Hateful Eight resurrects the glorious Ultra Panavision 70 format with the uber-wide 2:76 aspect ratio. The 65mm film used to capture the format combined with 1.25x anamorphic lenses creates the final wide image projected at 70mm. Most of us have never and probably will never shoot in the Ultra Panavision 70 format but that doesn’t mean we can’t replicate the aspect ratio.


The claustrophobic cabin

The claustrophobic cabin


In my Ultimate Aspect Ratio Guide post I gave examples of 70 different film formats and aspect ratios. I included 72 FREE aspect ratios templates.

In honor of the glorious return of the Ultra Panavision 70 aspect ratio…

I’ve packaged the 2:76 templates in all 8 resolutions for your next project.

These PNGs (HD/2K/3K/UHD/4K/5K/6K) will work in any NLE or VFX software.

Just drag and drop above your footage.


Download: 276_Ultra70mm


Apply the PNG template above your footage.

Apply the PNG template above your footage.


Even dialog sounds better in 70mm

Even dialog sounds better in 70mm


Until next time…


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Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts:
The Ultimate Layout

On 27, Nov 2015 | No Comments | In Editing, Low Budget Filmmaking | By vashi


300+ keyboard shortcuts in this free Premiere Pro CC layout

300+ keyboard shortcuts in this free Premiere Pro CC layout


Keyboard shortcuts allow the film editor to cut faster and more efficiently. By mapping the most frequently used commands to specific keystrokes…the editor can focus on the storytelling and not waste time mousing all over the screen.

Editing requires repeating actions thousands of times a day so why not make it as easy as possible for yourself? All NLEs come with built in keyboard layouts but each one is different and none of them include ALL the possible commands. Thankfully, my good friend and Emmy-winning editor Dylan Osborn has created two FREE custom Premiere Pro layouts that cover all the bases! Read more…

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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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Steven Soderbergh Slap Shot 4

On 16, Nov 2015 | No Comments | In Low Budget Filmmaking | By vashi


From sources unnamed and unconfirmed…I have heard semi-coherent rumblings that Steven Soderbergh is coming out of feature film directing retirement to tackle the next SLAP SHOT hockey film. He will also star as the fourth Hanson Brother.


The return of feature film director Steven Soderbergh

The return of feature film director Steven Soderbergh


The original SLAP SHOT (1977) starred Paul Newman and he called it his favorite film experience ever. Directed by Oscar winning director George Roy Hill (The Sting) he had previously directed Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969. It goes down in film history as one of the greatest sports films ever. Profane, violent, hilarious and as accurate to a minor league professional sport as has been. As a 10-year veteran of professional hockey I can attest to have seen or lived through every event in the original film.

In SLAP SHOT 4: THE LOST BROTHER…Seven Soderbergh will produce, write, direct, shoot, edit, cater and star as the long lost 4th Hanson Brother.


Steven Soderbergh will play the long lost Hanson Brother.

Steven Soderbergh will play the long lost Hanson Brother.


If the scuttlebutt on the cold ice sheets of Minnesota is correct…Slap Shot 4 will position Steven Soderbergh into the driver’s seat of redefining the hockey film genre. The spectre and stench of Stephen Baldwin’s Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice looms ominously above the 4th iteration of the franchise like an old, wet jockstrap. But Hollywood and hockey fans around the world have faith that Soderbergh can re-invigorate this tale of ice warriors with violence, humor, hijinks and Singani 63.

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A Summer Film Internship with
Vashi Nedomansky

On 25, Oct 2015 | 2 Comments | In Film Internships, Low Budget Filmmaking | By vashi


Guest post by Samson Pojdl. 17-year-old filmmaker & VashiVisuals film intern.



In the words of Steven Spielberg, “When you have a dream, it often doesn’t come at you screaming in your face, ‘This is who you are, this is who you must be for the rest of your life.’ Sometimes a dream almost whispers. And I’ve always said to my kids: the hardest thing to listen to — your instincts, your human personal intuition — always whispers; it never shouts… So you have to, every day of your lives, be ready to hear what whispers in your ear… And if you can listen to the whisper… and it’s something you think you want to do for the rest of your life, then that is going to be what you do for the rest of your life, and we will benefit from everything you do.”


Filmmaking intern Samson Pojdl

Here I am filming a scene in the Mojave desert for the short film THE SEED shot and directed by
Vashi Nedomansky


My name is Samson Pojdl and I was born and grew up in London, England. When I was 8-years-old, I moved to Switzerland because of my dad’s work. When I was 12-years-old, I moved to America to better my education. I am now a 17 year-old high school senior in Florida studying film and video. Read more…

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Powerful Flexibility in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

On 09, May 2015 | No Comments | In Editing, Low Budget Filmmaking, sharknado | By vashi

The film editor can most often be found in a dark cave, crafting a story as deadlines loom. Sometimes we emerge out into the light and get to interact with other human beings. At NAB 2015 in Las Vegas this year, I was invited to speak at the Adobe booth to discuss 3 projects I recently edited.


Premiere Pro CC presentation at NAB 2015


The 24-minute video below breaks down my technical and creative process for feature films, documentaries and music videos. Hopefully you will find some good nuggets in my babbling!



Links to in-depth articles on the 3 projects I edited with Premiere Pro:

Sharknado 2 (feature film)
That Which I Love Destroys Me (documentary)
Mary Did You Know – Pentatonix (music video)

Quick interview on my favorite new features in Premiere Pro CC from NAB 2015:


Until next time…



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3K 4K 5K 6K Aspect Ratio Free Templates

On 07, Apr 2015 | 2 Comments | In Editing, Low Budget Filmmaking | By vashi

One of the most post popular posts on VashiVisuals over the last 2 years is
The Ultimate Aspect Ratio Guide which shows 70 film frame sizes covering the history of cinema. It also includes 70 FREE widescreen templates in 1080 and 720 resolutions for filmmakers. HERE’s THE 2015 UPDATE…


56 FREE widescreen templates


In the past few years, 2K / 3K / 4K / 5K / 6K cameras have surged onto the filmmaking scene, so I have created 56 FREE templates (available to download below) to cover all these new frame sizes and resolutions. They are all PNG files (with transparencies) that can be imported into any NLE/VFX software and then dropped onto your full resolution footage to create cinematic framings.

Here are the 8 aspect ratios I’ve chosen: Read more…

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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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