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03

Jul
2017

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In Low Budget Filmmaking

By vashi

The Filmmaking Journey – Vashi Nedomansky

On 03, Jul 2017 | No Comments | In Low Budget Filmmaking | By vashi

 

I recently visited ADOBE headquarters in San Francisco to film an episode of their new show “Make It” hosted by my friend Jason Levine.

 

Filming MAKE IT at Adobe headquarters in San Francisco

 

We discussed my journey from professional hockey player to editing 11 feature films in Hollywood and the creative process that spans both worlds.

I share how I starting shooting and editing films with a VHS cameras and decks in the 1980’s all the way up to working on: Deadpool, Gone Girl, 6 Below and Sharknado 2 and more.

Here’s the 16-minute video:

 

 

Here’s a bonus shot of me directing Jason in a short film a couple years ago in the same room we shot this interview.

 

Green screen madness on the set of THE CLUB BOAT

Green screen madness on the set of THE CLUB BOAT

 

Until next time…

vashivisuals.com

@vashikoo

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19

Jun
2017

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In 1-Page Film School

By vashi

2010: The Year We Make Contact BTS

On 19, Jun 2017 | No Comments | In 1-Page Film School | By vashi

 

2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984) was the sequel to
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and based on the book 2010: Odyssey Two written by Arthur C Clarke.

Director Peter Hyams had experience in Sci-Fi with Capricorn One (1977) and Outland (1981) but bravely took on the unenviable task of following in Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic footsteps. Hyam asked for and received Kubrick’s blessing to direct the sequel…”Don’t be afraid. Just go do your own movie.”

 

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Hyams and Clarke wrote the script in 1983 on different continents using cutting edge e-mail, Kaypro II computers and dial-up modems.

Shot in 71 days, the special effects included extensive spacecraft models and early CGI all captured with 65mm film.

The original Discovery One 50-foot model from “2001” was destroyed by Kubrick and he kept the original model designs under lock and key. Entertainment Effects Group (EEG) led by Richard Edlund used a 70mm copy of “2001” to analyze, copy and create a new Discovery One model.

 

Read the script:

LINK BELOW TO SCRIPT

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Odyssey Archive has extensive pages devoted to “2010”.

CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW ALBUMS

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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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16

Aug
2016

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In Cinematography

By vashi

Split Diopter Shots in THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN

On 16, Aug 2016 | No Comments | In Cinematography | By vashi

 

A Split Focus Diopter is a half convex piece of glass that attaches to the front of a camera’s main lens to make half the lens nearsighted. This lens can focus on a plane in the background and on a foreground element at the same time. To effectively apply this cinematographer’s tool a filmmaker has to plan out each shot so that both the foreground and background elements will be in focus.

 

Split Focus Diopter

Split Focus Diopter

 

The Spilt Focus Diopter creates a hyper-real visual effect that logically shouldn’t happen but somehow it magically delivers a striking and visceral image that resonates in the mind of the viewer.

SPLIT DIOPTER shots are most often attributed to Brian De Palma but director Robert Wise incorporated them into many of his films as a visual style and storytelling device, often using them more than 100 times in one film.

His split diopter shots became an integral part of the story and not just a stand-alone visual trick. In THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, Robert Wise used 206 split diopter shots…the most in any feature film I’ve researched.

 

Director Robert Wise and DP Richard H. Kline created 206 split diopter shots

Director Robert Wise and DP Richard H. Kline created 206 split diopter shots

 

Robert Wise edited Citizen Kane. That alone is most impressive. He then went on to direct: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Run Silent Run Deep, West Side Story, The Haunting, The Sound of Music, Star Trek: The Motion Picture and 35 other feature films. On THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, Wise teamed up again with DP Richard H. Kline, one his favorite cinematographers. They went on to film Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979 which had over 100 split diopter shots as well.
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14

Aug
2016

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In Cinemash

By vashi

CINEMASH #5 – Aliens and Rogue One

On 14, Aug 2016 | No Comments | In Cinemash | By vashi

 

CINEMASH – A video essay that points out similarities in cinema.
These similarities can be visual, sonic, story or thematic.
No text or VO allowed. Maximum length of 24 seconds.

 

 

A visual homage to ALIENS (1986) in ROGUE ONE (2016)
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06

Feb
2016

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In Editing
Production

By vashi

SHOOTING RATIOS OF FEATURE FILMS

On 06, Feb 2016 | 2 Comments | In Editing, Production | By vashi

 

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The Shooting Ratio in filmmaking and television production is the ratio between the total duration of its footage created for possible use in a project and that which appears in its final cut. In the Golden Age of Hollywood (1930-1959), it was normal to have a 10:1 ratio. A 90 minute feature film would have have shot roughly 25 hours of film. Certain directors like Alfred Hitchcock were known to have a 3:1 ratio so he could control the edit by leaving the studio no other options.

The shooting ratio has skyrocketed over the last 20 years. Due to the relative inexpensive nature of digital filmmaking, cameras often shoot for extended periods that cover several takes, resets and everything in-between. Film has always been associated with a more disciplined style of shooting with the camera rolling only between “Action” and “Cut”…well technically between “Speed” and “Cut”!

I have edited 9 feature films over the last 15 years and I can attest to the fact of getting more and more footage into the edit bay on every project. Here’s an infographic that compares 8 films shot over the last 35 years to give you an idea of the actual numbers and ratios.

 

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Until next time…

 

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22

Jan
2016

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In Cinemash

By vashi

CINEMASH #4 – The Revenant & The Hateful Eight

On 22, Jan 2016 | One Comment | In Cinemash | By vashi

 

CINEMASH – A video essay that points out similarities in cinema.
These similarities can be visual, sonic, story or thematic.
No text or VO allowed. Maximum length of 24 seconds.

 

 

The Revenant & The Hateful Eight both featured snowflakes on your tongue.

Until next time…

 

vashivisuals.com

@vashikoo

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20

Jan
2016

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In Cinematography

By vashi

Dramatic Filmmaking With A 2000mm Lens

On 20, Jan 2016 | No Comments | In Cinematography | By vashi

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) directed by Tomas Alfredson

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) directed by Tomas Alfredson

 

This beautifully executed shot from Tinker Tailor Solider Spy by DP Hoyte van Hoytema was filmed with a 2000mm lens. This massive telephoto lens compresses the foreground and background so they appear to be very close together. The mile long runway allows the approaching plane to act as the agent of impending doom as a critical secret is revealed in the plot. The 2000mm lens keeps the actors and the plane at relatively the same size and adds incredible tension to the scene.

 

 

I don’t know exactly which lens was used…but here’s a Nikon 2000mm f11 lens from 1970 as an example.

 

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Nikon 2000mm f11 telephoto lens

 

It is 2 feet long and weights 39 pounds. This one sold for $32,777 on eBay.

 

2000mm lens shot from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

2000mm lens shot from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Creating tension and dramatic moments in filmmaking can be accomplished in many different ways. Lens choice and cinematography are the tools used in this specific example. The take-away is to put some extra forethought into your own choices before you shoot…so on the day you can confidently create impactful shots, story points and dramatic moments.

 

Until next time…

 

vashivisuals.com

@vashikoo

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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…

vashivisuals.com

@vashikoo

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16

Dec
2015

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In Cinemash

By vashi

CINEMASH #3 – Video Essay

On 16, Dec 2015 | No Comments | In Cinemash | By vashi

 

CINEMASH – A video essay that points out similarities in cinema.
These similarities can be visual, sonic, story or thematic.
No text or VO allowed. Maximum length of 24 seconds.

 

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Star Wars IV

Star Wars VII

THX 1138

 

More coming soon!

Feel free to make your own and share with the tag #cinemash

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