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07

Aug
2017

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In Average Shot Length

By vashi

Revealing Every Single Shot in “Gone Girl” & “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” in 1 Image

On 07, Aug 2017 | No Comments | In Average Shot Length | By vashi

 

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AVERAGE SHOT LENGTH

Analyzing the average shot length (ASL) of films / TV / music videos can be very telling or completely irrelevant. Taken as its own metric…it is just a number. The supposition that action / thriller / sci-fi films genres have a shorter ASL is statistically accurate but that does not mean a longer ASL means less tension, action, drama or intensity. I have been deep-diving into ASL statistics for several years and shared a lot of SHAREABLES to help filmmakers and cinephiles further comprehend the mystery behind the numbers.

 

Average Shot Length of famous directos

 

David Fincher is a precise and peerless filmmaker that accepts nothing short of perfection. On the spectrum of ASL as attributed to directors…he falls on the quicker end. Fincher’s average ASL for feature films can be calculated at 3.87 seconds. No matter what the number and how it compares with other filmmakers…his films never feel rushed. In my opinion, they bloom and play out at a sublime pace that suits each individual film. The amount of craft and care that goes on behind the scenes (and never seen by the audience) is second to none. I’ve been lucky to see the process first hand and helped create the post production workflow for GONE GIRL as his team made the transition to Adobe Premiere Pro from Final Cut 7.

Stephen Follows has an amazing article that further breaks down ASL by genre and number of shots to further delve into the analytics. Here’s a sneak peak at the ASL Genre Breakdown but please visit his site for the full story.

 

Stephen Follows ASL

 

THE FINCHER NUMBERS

Back to David Fincher, it’s important to note that his films I’ve documented have a higher number of average shots than most films. Combining all genres the average feature film has approximately 1200 individual shots. By importing a full-length feature film into Davinci Resolve and using the Scene Detection function…I have been able to automatically recreate all the separate edits in an entire film. I then removed any edits that were created in dissolves or scenes with flashes that would add false edits to the final count. Here are my results.

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THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – 3.2 AVERAGE SHOT LENGTH

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GONE GIRL – 3.7 AVERAGE SHOT LENGTH

GONE GIRL ASL

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Until next time…

 

vashivisuals.com

@vashikoo

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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

 

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INTERVIEW with Director David Mackenzie

 

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@vashikoo

22

Sep
2016

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In One Sheets

By vashi

Directors That Never Went To Film School

On 22, Sep 2016 | One Comment | In One Sheets | By vashi

 
 

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More Film Facts and Statistics on my ONE SHEET ARCHIVES PAGE
 
 
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24

Aug
2016

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In One Sheets

By vashi

FAMOUS MOVIE TITLES TRANSLATED

On 24, Aug 2016 | 6 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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The Fastest Cut: Furious Film Editing

On 14, Jan 2016 | One Comment | In Average Shot Length, Cinematography, Editing | By vashi

 

 

The Fastest Cut

 

 

The average film has around 1250 individual shots. Action films and Blockbusters often have more than 3000 individual shots. This can be attributed to the ongoing trend of Chaos Cinema and the tendency to create false pace and momentum by simply cutting so frequently that it constantly bombards the viewer with new shots and information. This can become overwhelming and it creates a disconnected and jumbled viewing experience that assaults the audience. The frenetic pace exists but the audience can become exhausted as the eye and brain try to make sense of the imagery.

 

6 extremely quick cut films

6 extremely quick cut films

 

My most popular post of 2015 was MAD MAX: CENTER FRAMED which explained the cinematography and editing techniques used in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Even though it had roughly 3000 individual shots, the action and story is comprehensible and digestible while still viscerally effective. Fast editing and ASLs (Average Shot Length) of around 2 seconds does not have to be a visual debris tornado that hammers the viewer. Properly planned shots and diligent editing can result in an energetic AND quickly paced film that tells a coherent story.

 

 

The AVERAGE SHOT LENGTH (ASL) in seconds

The AVERAGE SHOT LENGTH (ASL) in seconds

 

To make this point even more evident…I have compiled 5 films that average 2 seconds per shot and average 3000 shots per film. They are being played back in their entirety at 12X speed. The resulting video is 10 minutes long. Only one of these films remains comprehensible at this speed. You don’t have to watch the whole video…feel free to scroll through and view different sections and compare the films. You will see that the painstaking craftsmanship of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD survives the massive speed up.

Enjoy the video:

 

 

This bird’s eye view at high speed is something I often use as an editor to help judge the pacing and visual variety of my own work. By pushing the boundary of human information intake, it helps me spot trends, patterns and gives me an overall feeling of the visual mosaic I am creating at that moment. By speeding up the footage I can literally see WHERE¬†in the frame the energy and emphasis exists and I use that information to my advantage.

 

Congratulations to editor Margaret Sixel on her 2016 Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing!

 

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@vashikoo

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01

Dec
2014

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In Editing
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By vashi

Sam O’Steen on Film Editing

On 01, Dec 2014 | No Comments | In Editing, One Sheets | By vashi

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.

 

The 3 rules of film editing by Sam O'Steen

The film editing philosophy of Sam O’Steen

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22

Sep
2014

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In Editing
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By vashi

What does a Film Editor do?

On 22, Sep 2014 | No Comments | In Editing, One Sheets | By vashi

Film Editing is much more than “cutting out all the bad parts” whilst sitting in a dark room pushing buttons. Here’s my thoughts on what it means to me…

 

3 components of film editing

3 components of film editing

 

 

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER...

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER…

 

 

Vashi's quote on film editing

Vashi Nedomansky on film editing

 

 

editor must protect

Critical jobs of the film editor

 

 

Non technical film editing rules

Non-technical rules for Film Editors you must know

 

 

I learned these by doing the opposite just a "couple" times

I learned these by doing the opposite just a “couple” times

 

 

Small decisions have a large impact.

Small decisions have a large impact.

 

 

This has nothing to do with creativity, skill or talent.

This has nothing to do with creativity, skill or talent.

 

 

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The film editor’s most basic rule is to know all the footage.

 

 

 

The Film Editor

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vashivisuals.com

@vashikoo

08

Aug
2014

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In Average Shot Length

By vashi

ALFRED HITCHCOCK – Average Shot Length

On 08, Aug 2014 | No Comments | In Average Shot Length | By vashi

Average Shot Length from 7 Hitchcock films

Surprisingly similar during these 20 years

 

More Average Shot Lengths HERE

 

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Vashi Nedomansky

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20

May
2014

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In One Sheets

By vashi

WARGAMES – Joshua’s 135 War Simulations

On 20, May 2014 | No Comments | In One Sheets | By vashi

All 135 war simulation options from WARGAMES

The only winning move is not to play

 

WARGAMES (1983) directed by John Badham

 

NORAD

WARGAMES (1983)

 

Until next time…

vashivisuals.com

@vashikoo

18

Dec
2013

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In Editing
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By vashi

12 Film Editors that became Film Directors

On 18, Dec 2013 | One Comment | In Editing, One Sheets | By vashi

 

 

 

list of 12 film editors who became film directors

None of these editors used a computer to cut their films!

 

It is often said that film editors most fluidly make the transition into being successful film directors. Maybe it’s because the editor gets to live for so long with all the footage…and this gives us an omniscient view into the entire production. We see the mistakes, the triumphs, the happy accidents and the distinctive approaches used by each director. We see what lenses and what lighting works well to set the mood and tell the story…and what technical decisions ring hollow or fake. We learn how the best directors communicate with the actors and crew to keep the production moving forward and fruitful. We also witness as shots, scenes and relationships fall apart when there are miscommunications or disagreements…

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