The Cutdown

A podcast about making trailers

Trailers are one of the most popular forms of media on the Internet, but few people know who makes them, and how much work goes into those 1-3 minutes of footage. The Cutdown is a podcast about making trailers, the people working behind the scenes of this unique industry, and the latest news in movie and game trailers. Hosted by Hollywood trailer editor Ric Thomas and indie game trailer maker Derek Lieu.


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Episode 24:
Working From Home

April 3, 2020

In this week's episode Derek and Ric discuss working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, and how it's affected the industry. We also discuss the brilliantly cut trailer for season 3 of Killing Eve.

Trailers Discussed: Killing Eve Season 3, Kong: Skull Island.

Links: Derek's post about working from home.

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March 13, 2020

In this episode Derek and Ric dive into various trailers for movies from A24 and try to pin down what exactly an ‘A24’ trailer is. From Hereditary to The Green Knight these trailers frequently get held up as an example of restraint and confidence, so we discuss why that might be…

Trailers Discussed: The Green Knight, Skin, Hereditary, Midsommar, First Cow, Waves, The Kill Team, Green Room, Saint Maud, In Fabric, A Ghost Story, The Disaster Artist, Under the Silver Lake, Laggies, Under the Skin, Swiss Army Man.

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February 28, 2020

This week Derek and Ric discuss the Instagram account taking the trailer industry by storm, and the trailers for The Invisible Man. For the main topic, we get super into the weeds discussing their best trailer editing tips for sound editing, eye-trace, project management and loads of other geeky tips which editors will love!

Trailers Discussed: The Invisible Man Trailer 1, The Invisible Man Trailer 2, S ucker Punch Teaser

Links: RedbandGreenband Instagram, Derek’s YouTube tutorials, Derek’s Avid Transition button feature request.

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February 7, 2020

Time is money! It's the biggest TV Spot event of the year, and Derek and Ric are breaking down all the big game spots including F9, Sonic, Top Gun Maverick and Minions. They also talk about what makes TV Spots a unique thing to create.

Trailers Discussed: Sonic the Hedgehog, Independence Day: Resurgence, The Twilight Zone, Minions: The Rise of Gru, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, Top Gun: Maverick, Black Widow, Marvel Studios Disney+, Never Say Die, The Invisible Man, A Quiet Place Part II, F9: Fast and Furious 9.

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