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Editing Ninja begins Editing Abandoned

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Jason Paluck has begun editing Abandoned.

Writer-Producer-Director Terry R. Wickham talks about watching the first 6 minutes of footage so far on Abandoned, “Jason started putting together the movie from Scene 3 going forward 6 minutes.  What really strikes me about it is how clean, fluid and economical the film plays.

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That was the approach that DP Adrian Popescu and I took.  It’s tremendously cinematic and at the same time there’s no wasted shots.

I actually can’t stand watching movies that are all covered the same way.  To me those are directors that don’t know what they want (i.e. don’t have a vision) and try to find their movies in the editing room.  I don’t believe it that clueless approach.

I also didn’t have any extra time or money to squander time shooting unnecessarily, so Abandoned is very precise.

My favorite directors John Carpenter, James Cameron and Michael Mann all bring a super strong vision for what they want and I subscribe to their tactical way of thinking. ”

 

Abandoned Edit Log/Plan turned over to Editor Jason Paluck

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Today Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham turned over his Edit Log/Plan for Abandoned to Editor Jason Paluck.  With so many projects on Wickham’s plate, it took a while.

For those who might be interested Abandoned is made up of 33 total shots.  The average take count was 4.66 takes per shot.  The most takes for one shot was 14 takes.  The least was 1 take.

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The Director shares some thoughts, “The footage is incredible.  Between the acting, legendary locations and camerawork we’ve got something really strong.

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There’s a sure-handedness to the direction I really strived to achieve.  Aaron Mathias is frigging amazing in the film and Siakie Tetteh comes across very natural and believable.

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The movie is captured by Adrian Popescu ‘s silky smooth cinematography.  He did astounding things with lens length and light to generate short depth of field, where our characters are surrounded by blurred foreground and background.   We wanted to draw you to the characters.

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Leftonred Atanycorner’s Steadicam work definitely is an attribute in the film, though I wouldn’t say it’s ever done in a show-off way.  It’s grounded to the purpose of what is happening in the scenes and sometimes you might not ever guess it’s Steadicam.

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I also feel there’s a visual economy to the movie that probably comes from what I’ve picked up from John Carpenter’s directorial approach.  I think it’s something Carpenter is a master at doing and missing in much of today’s film making.

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Now I can’t wait to see how it all comes together in the hands of Editor Jason Paluck.  I know this movie means a lot to him because he played integral role in getting Abandoned made.”

Chris Blake Sasser joins filmmakers to appear in Edwin M Figueroa’s Choke

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Choke Writer/Director Edwin M Figueroa is sure to love this picture of Chris Blake Sasser on The Exorcist steps, because it’s his favorite movie and the inspiration for Choke.

 

When not battling the forces of darkness, Chris Blake Sasser finds himself engaged in all kinds of artistic pursuits including and not limited to drawing, writing, womanizing, and film making.

Sasser wrote, produced and edited and directed his first feature length motion picture as a senior in high school. That film, a micro-budgeted vampire epic entitled BLOODTHIRSTY was ahead of its time with its tongue-in-cheek, ironic humor.

Next, Sasser brought the shocking true biography of New Jersey’s most infamous resident, The Jersey Devil, to the screen with DEVILTRY (click here to see the trailer for DEVILTRY)

Currently, Mr. Sasser is at work on a collection of short fiction. He also hates hair on soap.

Choke Producer Terry R. Wickham is really happy his pal will be joining the real filmmakers appearing in the movie.  Wickham talks about his friend, “Chris and I go all the way back to I believe 1995, when Reggie (“Phantasm“) Bannister introduced us at the Chiller Convention that year.  Reggie knew we were both filmmakers who loved John Carpenter movies.

I remember one of the first things Chris did on that day was challenge me to ask actor James (Return of the Living Dead) Karen who actually directed Poltergeist.  Not one to turn down such a challenge, I had to ask him, which predictably caused him to nearly explode defending Tobe Hooper as the Director.  Chris got a good laugh out of that and we hit it off as friends ever since.

I gotta tell you Chris is a very talented screenwriter.  We always share each other’s scripts to get feedback from one another.  He is exceptionally good at making things humorous and he wrote this one little ghost story involving kids in a haunted house that is just brilliant.  I hope he makes that film one day because I’m dying to see it as a movie.”