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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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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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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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By vashi


On 30, Jul 2014 | No Comments | In Low Budget Filmmaking | By vashi

Tonight is the world premiere of SHARKNADO 2: The Second One. I spent 6 harrowing and insane weeks editing this beast. Tonight…I get to share the final results of all our hard work. Love it or hate it…SHARKNADO 2 is coming! There will be BLOOD! Here’s a sneak peek at the first previs animatic video I received during editorial. On the left side is the previs and on the right side the final completed visual effect as it will look in the film.




There are over 300 visuals effect shots in SHARKNADO 2. As an editor it’s always nice to have an animatic to judge the timing and length of the shot and how it plays with the shots before and after it. Tonight is the Premiere on the SyFy network. Tomorrow it will air in 86 countries around the world.


Sharknado 2 timeline in Adobe Premiere Pro

Sharknado 2 timeline in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014


Until next time…

Vashi Nedomansky


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4K and Beyond – Video Data Rates

On 27, Jun 2014 | No Comments | In Cinematography, Low Budget Filmmaking, Production | By vashi

Today, Apple released a new video codec into the filmmaking post production world. It’s called ProRes 4444 XQ and it’s a mother-scratching beast.
At 4K (4096 x 2160) it registers 1697 Mbps which equals 764 GB/hour of 4K video footage. A single camera large Hollywood production can often shoot 100 hours of footage. That’s 76 TB of 4K ProRes 4444 XQ footage.

The upcoming David Fincher film GONE GIRL crept up on 500 hours of raw footage during its multi camera 6K RED Dragon production. That equates to roughly 315 TB of RED 6K (4:1) footage. Shit just got real for data management and post production workflows. It’s time to embrace the madness! Read more…

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


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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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