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This is the Wilhelm scream of movie trailers. I was commissioned to put this little piece together for a talk that composer Mark Petrie gave recently. He wanted to highlight the ubiquitous BRAAAM sound that was popularized by the trailer for Inception and has since gone on to appear in dozens of trailers. It started out as a two-minute piece, but we had to whittle it down to around 30 seconds.
Imagine a tiny empire in the palm of your hands, just like one in a video game. I set this award-winning short film from Digital Corridor to the epic music of Thomas Bergersen. Every other video I’ve ever edited has between a few dozen and several dozen cuts; this one has four. Serendipitous is the word that comes to mind.
Last night, Spot (my cat) kept me company while I was sick. I was having severe chills and curled up in the fetal position. She deliberately laid down on the pillow next to me, inches away from my face, and watched me until I fell asleep. An hour later, I woke up and laid there motionless, no longer overcome with chills. After a few moments, she got up and left the room. I’ve known that girl all 13 years of her life, so I know her pretty well. And I can tell you with total confidence that the only reason she stayed on that pillow that whole time was to comfort me.
This delightfully dark short was created by students, believe it or not. Because of this, I had to tweak a couple things with the animation to make it flow a little better. But thankfully the rest of it is beautiful and well animated. I don’t point this out because I think they had sub-par animation, only that it’s one of the rare times when I actually fix something within the original edit.
Video: “Ouro” by Eva Jiahui Gao & Pierre-Jean le Moel
It’s hard to believe that such a powerful trailer is meant for a glorified mobile game, but who am I to complain? The song and the video have nearly identical rises and falls, so they fit together nicely here. My favorite aspect of it is watching the ending slip into slow motion right as the music reaches its peak.
Video: Shadow Fight 3 from Nekki
This haunting short film is a variation on another film by the same creator. It imagines the world after war has been completely automated for decades, and war machines are all that’s left of humanity. The soundtrack is equally haunting in its ethereal nature and almost lackadaisical meandering through what appears to be a melody trying to form and re-form itself. Collectively, these two pieces come together beautifully.
Video: “Fortress” by Dimitriy Fedotov
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