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James Avery has passed away. I had the honor of working with the Gentle Giant on a feature film I produced, shot and edited. The director Jhon Doria got James for 2 shooting days, but his role and scenes were critical to the story. James was the consummate professional, physically imposing (6 foot 5 inches) and the owner of a booming laugh that erupted frequently between takes. It was during these breaks in shooting that he regaled us with tales of his 4-year stint in the US Navy during the Vietnam War and for his love of Shakespeare and poetry. Warmth and kindness radiated out from him in waves. Even whilst confined to a wheelchair for his role…he owned the set and our hearts.
On the last day of shooting, out of nowhere, James launched into ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and became the Prince of Morocco. I was luckily rolling camera and captured an intimate moment – a moment I have not shared with anyone. Now seems like the best time to share it and show a side of James Avery you might not have been familiar with. He was a classically trained actor and a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Read more…
POINT BLANK (1967) is a perfect revenge crime thriller set in Los Angeles. It can be argued that Lee Marvin’s portrayal of Walker is not that far removed from Schwarzenegger’s turn in THE TERMINATOR (1984). Both characters are single-minded in their quest and will stop at nothing to achieve their goal. In both films, there is a mechanical efficiency to how they approach their tasks. They both speak only when necessary…and even then it is an exercise in minimalism. Lee Marvin is a physical force as terrifying as Arnold…and this is clearly displayed as he takes “The 160 Angriest Steps in Cinema History” to begin his revenge on those who wronged him. Watch and listen as his unbroken, unstoppable momentum drives the story forward…
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Today (June 22, 2013), I shot these photos at the New Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX Appreciation Day. It was opened to the public and to the numerous groups involved in the terminal’s design, construction and installation of the 10 art displays inside the terminal. Here are my photos of the still unfinished Antonio Villaraigosa Pavillion. The New Tom Bradley International Terminal is the largest public works project in Los Angeles City history.
Keith Urban shot his music video “For You” on the same salt desert flats that Bandito Brothers shot the feature film “Act of Valor”. Scott Waugh directed both the film and this music video. Shane Hurlbut, ASC was the director of photography on both as well. Julien Lasseur was tasked with shooting the BTS of the filmmakers’ reunion at this epic location. Julien, a budding director, was given the golden opportunity to work with the likes of Scott, Shane and Keith. Based on my extensive editing history with Bandito Brothers and Shane…Julien asked me to cut the BTS and I very gladly accepted.
I wanted to share a quick 30 second shot from the beach next to LAX.
Caught a helicopter, car and plane. Canon 5Dmkii with a Helios 58mm f2 lens.
The VisionColor picture style (http://vision-color.com/) was applied with
recommended settings: Sharpness +1, Contrast -4, Saturation -2, Color tone -1.
The VisionColor picture was not graded or sharpened for this test.
FilmConvert (http://www.filmconvert.com/) was then applied using 3 Fuji film
stock looks (FJ 8563, FJ Super X 400, FJ Velv 100) with identical settings of:
Camera: Canon 5Dmkii VisionColor
Film color: 100%
Film grain: 100% using 35mm full frame grain.
The clip is played 4 times in a row showing each “look” then a split screen
with all 4 shots in it. FilmConvert creates a very pleasing and authentic film
look in my opinion. Let me know your thoughts!
2 young skateboarders (Oliver and Cyrus) bought the cork car for $750.
I came home and saw it parked in front of my home in Santa Monica.
I grabbed my Canon 5Dmkii, a Nikon 20mm f2.8 lens and snapped some shots.
Here are the results… (click to enlarge)
Welcome to the launch of my first official info packed blog post for my new site! My name is Vashi Nedomansky and I’m a feature film editor based in Los Angeles who embraces filmmaking, technology, life and all things that put a smile on my face. I’ve cut films for David Zucker, Vincent Laforet and edited more than 25 projects for Shane Hurlbut ASC…all after I played 10 years of professional hockey. I love a good challenge, a great meal and a cold vodka gimlet at day’s end.