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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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12

May
2016

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In 6 Below
Editing

By vashi

Extending Premiere Pro Markers

On 12, May 2016 | One Comment | In 6 Below, Editing | By vashi

 

Film Editing begins with organization. A feature film can have anywhere from 77 minutes of footage as in PRIMER to over 500 hours of footage shot on DEADPOOL. On both films…keeping track of the footage and making it all instantly accessible to the editor is paramount to a successful edit. On my current feature film 6 BELOW I am using markers in a new way.

 

Josh Hartnett in the survival thriller 6 BELOW

 

By using MARKERS on timelines and sequences to notate takes, scenes and memorable moments an editor can isolate specific shots or sections that all the filmmakers can use to help wrangle all the footage and help tell a clearer story with all the footage.

All editing software allows for dropping markers on timelines but I utilize one little know function inside Adobe Premiere Pro to help me mark larger groups of shots or sections of similar content. A marker is usually placed on one frame but I like to extend that marker to cover minutes or whole swaths of footage. I then assign a name to the marker and this allows me to visually spot my assets very easily inside my timeline.

Click the image below to see how to extend markers in Premiere Pro.

 

Extending Premiere Pro Markers

Extending Markers in Premiere Pro

 
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17

Apr
2016

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In Deadpool

By vashi

DEADPOOL at NAB 2016

On 17, Apr 2016 | No Comments | In Deadpool | By vashi

 

On Tuesday April 19th I will be presenting two NAB 2016 sessions. Both will share my work as post production workflow specialist and editorial consultant on the massively successful film. In both presentations I will be sharing the actual Premiere Pro timeline used to edit the film. Here is a sneak peek:

 

The actual Deadpool Premiere Pro Timeline of the Opening Freeway Scene.

The actual Deadpool Premiere Pro Timeline of the Opening Freeway Scene.

 

My first presentation is at 12:30pm Tuesday on the Adobe Stage.

I will also be moderating the Creative Master Series Deadpool panel at 4pm:

 

Tuesday April 19th at 4pm I will be moderating the DEADPOOL presentation.

Tuesday April 19th at 4pm I will be moderating the DEADPOOL presentation.

 

Stop by and say hi if you can!
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27

Mar
2016

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In 6 Below
Editing

By vashi

6 BELOW: FILM EDITING IN 6K

On 27, Mar 2016 | One Comment | In 6 Below, Editing | By vashi

 

Photos courtesy of: Scotty Waugh, Mike Svitak and Derek Edwards

Photos courtesy of: Scotty Waugh, Mike Svitak and Derek Edwards

 

I’ve just finished editorial on the feature film 6 BELOW starring Josh Hartnett and directed by Scotty Waugh (Need for Speed, Act of Valor). This is my 10th feature film as an editor and a very welcome challenge both creatively and technically. It’s also the first feature film to be edited natively in 6K. I’m cutting the original RED 6K Dragon files (R3D) with no transcoding or proxies in Adobe Premiere Pro. We are framing for a 2.76:1 aspect ratio like The Hateful Eight and using Panavision Primo 70 lenses.

 

 

Vashi Nedomansky in the 6 Below editing suite.

Vashi Nedomansky in the 6 Below editing suite. Photo by Jon Carr

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19

Feb
2016

11 Comments

In Editing

By vashi

DEADPOOL PREMIERE PRO PROJECT TEMPLATE

On 19, Feb 2016 | 11 Comments | In Editing | By vashi

 

Deadpool Vashi

Vashi at FOX Studios in Century City for DEADPOOL screening

 

UPDATE: After I was hired as editorial consultant on DEADPOOL, one of the first things I did was create a custom 2-monitor Premiere Pro template for post production.

This was a solid starting point for all the editors and assistants before they customized it further to their liking. I designed the workspace with THE PANCAKE TIMELINE already active and a basic bin structure to keep the project organized right off the bat.

I also arranged the panels in tabbed groupings that made logical sense for our workflow and it also allowed quick full screen maximization with the tilde (`) key.

There are a limitless choice of options when you set up a workspace…this custom template was the most efficient and nimble option for our specific needs.

You can download the Premiere Pro template we used on the film below…

 

Deadpool-Template

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DOWNLOAD: VASHI’S DEADPOOL PREMIERE PRO TEMPLATE

 

RELATED: DEADPOOL PREMIERE PRO HANDHELD CAMERA PRESETS

 

Until next time…

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@vashikoo
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30

Jan
2016

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In Cinematography

By vashi

THE 6TH STREET BRIDGE
IN HOLLYWOOD FILMS

On 30, Jan 2016 | No Comments | In Cinematography | By vashi

 

6th street bridge

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The 6th Street Bridge was built in 1932 by architect Merrill Butler and is currently the longest bridge (3500 feet) in Los Angeles. On January 27, 2016 it closed down and will be demolished in the upcoming weeks. The concrete has become unstable and for safety’s sake it must be rebuilt. The 6th Street Bridge has been an iconic staple in Los Angeles motion picture history and has been used in hundreds of productions.

The last chance for the public to cross the bridge occurred January 26th.

LA Times article

I had the pleasure of shooting a film on the bridge in 2010 and the visuals and angles of downtown Los Angeles make it evident why so many filmmakers have shot this location.

 

Footage from the film PROWL that I shot in 2010.

Footage from the film PROWL that I shot in 2010.

 

No more films will be shot on the historic bridge. We only have the imagery of films such as: Terminator 2, To Live and Die in L.A., The Mask, Drive, Point Blank, Grease and hundreds of others to remind us of this beautiful bridge.

 

Enjoy this video with my favorite films to feature the 6th Street Bridge.

 

 

Until next time…

 

UPDATE:

Enjoy the experimental film 6 shot exclusively on and under the 6th Street Bridge before it was torn down.

 

6 from Gharnasi on Vimeo.

 

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28

Jan
2016

3 Comments

In Editing

By vashi

EDITING INSIGHTS:
HAIL CAESAR! and DEADPOOL

On 28, Jan 2016 | 3 Comments | In Editing | By vashi

 

Vashi Nedomansky / Tim Miller / Katie McQuerrey / Catherine Farrell

Vashi Nedomansky / Tim Miller / Katie McQuerrey / Catherine Farrell

 

Adobe Premiere Pro was used to edit two of the most anticipated films of 2016. At Sundance 2016, I was part of a panel discussing how we cut HAIL CAESAR! and DEADPOOL.

On January 23rd, 2016 I shared the stage with 3 amazing filmmakers to discuss our films. I worked with Deadpool director Tim Miller for the last 9 months on editorial for the upcoming Marvel Super Hero film. Shot digitally on ARRI, my role as Editorial Consultant was to design the workflow for the post production and train all the editors in properly using Adobe Premiere Pro. With over 1100 VFX shots, the integration between Premiere Pro and After Effects (using Dynamic Link) was critical in keeping the production moving forward.

Hail, Caesar! was shot on film by Roger Deakins and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Editor Katie McQuerrey and Post Production Supervisor Catherine Farrell also used Premiere Pro to edit their film. The Coen brothers have finally transitioned away from Final Cut Pro 7 which they used on the bulk of their previous films.

 

Deadpool Sundance

 

During the 64-minute panel, we discussed our filmmaking experiences with Premiere Pro and shared stories from the trenches in front of a packed house. Enjoy!

 

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CLICK ON IMAGE TO PLAY

 

Until next time…

 

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27

Jan
2016

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In Editing

By vashi

Deadpool Pillow Talk
Sundance Film Festival 2016

On 27, Jan 2016 | No Comments | In Editing | By vashi

 

Pillow Talk with Hyla at Sundance Film Festival 2016

Pillow Talk with Hyla at Sundance Film Festival 2016

 

Super host Hyla and I talked about filmmaking and creativity while laying in a bed at the Airbnb Haus on Main Street during the Sundance Film Festival 2016.

We discussed Deadpool, Sundance, film editing and the best way to work with directors. Enjoy!

 

 

Until next time…

 

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@vashikoo

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19

Jan
2016

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In Editing

By vashi

Editing Deadpool with Adobe Premiere Pro

On 19, Jan 2016 | No Comments | In Editing | By vashi

 

If you’re coming to Sundance 2016 then join me for a free panel discussion on the editing of DEADPOOL and HAIL, CAESAR! using Adobe Premiere Pro.

 

Deadpool Sundance

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The panel is 3:30pm this Saturday, January 23rd at the AirBnB Haus on Main Street in Park City. I will be explaining how we set up and implemented the Premiere Pro workflow with director Tim Miller and how his entire post production team made the switch from Avid Media Composer to Adobe Premiere Pro. Read more…

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