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07

Aug
2017

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In Cinematography

By vashi

The American – Anton Corbijn

On 07, Aug 2017 | No Comments | In Cinematography | By vashi

 

Photographer Anton Corbijn photographed the famous U2 album cover of The Joshua Tree and so much more than I could ever mention in this article.

 

The iconic album cover photographed by Anton Corbijn

The iconic album cover photographed by Anton Corbijn

 

His second feature film as a director was The American starring George Clooney. The story of an assassin hiding out in Italy for one last assignment is the short version of a much more layered tale.

 

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Corbijn chose to use epic wide shots to help balance the internal conflict of the lead character and at the same time show his place in the greater scheme of things as microscopic. One of my favorite cuts as a film editor is to go from a close up to a majestic wide shot. It signals a change. Often it is a dramatic change of thought / point of view / location or story point. When done purely through visual means it creates a moment so that you can absorb what just occurred and prepare you for what may yet come.

 

Corbijn uses wide shots as connective tissue to bridge scenes but to also release tension and remind the audience of the beauty of the Italian locations. Here are all his massive vista wide shots in chronological order:

 

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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 | One Comment | 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:
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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.

 

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08

Dec
2016

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In Screenplay

By vashi

HEAT – Script to Screen

On 08, Dec 2016 | No Comments | In Screenplay | By vashi

 

HEAT - Script to Screen

HEAT – Script to Screen

The 4K restoration of Michael Mann’s seminal Los Angeles crime film HEAT (1995) is on the verge of being released. I wanted to revisit the titanic acting showdown between Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in their first ever on-screen scene. The two legends square off in a 6-minute and 17-second scene that alternates between only two over-the-shoulder close-ups. Michael Mann shot a wide profile shot with both actors in frame…but chose to stay within the intimate close proximity the close-ups provided.

Michael Mann’s attention to detail is clearly visible in his annotated script that stresses the importance of this pivotal scene. I have merged the written page with the film footage so you can analyze and learn what made the final cut, what was improvised and what was left out. I’ve also added some trivia nuggets into the video from the production of the scene. Enjoy HEAT – Script to Screen.

 

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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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26

Oct
2016

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In Editing

By vashi

THE SHINING – Forwards and Backwards

On 26, Oct 2016 | One Comment | In Editing | By vashi

On 3/9/2011, John Fell Ryan and Akiva Saunders produced the first screening of
THE SHINING FORWARDS AND BACKWARDS, SIMULTANEOUSLY, SUPERIMPOSED. In their experimental film, they digitally re-edited THE SHINING so it plays both forward and backwards at the same time. By keeping the opacity of the top layer at 50%, the two versions are superimposed equally on top of each other. Only the audio from the forwards playing version is heard so that pure sonic chaos doesn’t overwhelm the viewers.

Somewhat shockingly, the visual symmetry of certain critical story points seemed to be more than just a coincidence.
The screen position of the actors during pivotal scenes also seem to flawlessly interweave in a graphically pleasing way. Was this planned by Kubrick (as presupposed by some) or is this just a curious by-product of happenstance and wishful thinking? Either way, the visuals speak for themselves and the viewer can see whatever they want to see within the imagery.

 

The Shining Forwards and Backwards

9 shots from THE SHINING FORWARDS AND BACKWARDS

 

A selection of scenes were featured in the 2012 documentary ROOM 237 but there hasn’t been a public screening of the experimental film in several years. There is not a full version in HD available on the internet as far as I know.
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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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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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