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