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 11:
Watching For Inspiration

September 13, 2019

What inspires trailer editors? This time on the Cutdown we dive into the trailers for Bad Boys For Life and Joker, and talk about finding inspiration in unlikely places, and how to keep your work fresh.

Trailers Discussed: Bad Boys For Life, Bad Boys II Teaser, Bad Boys II Trailer, Joker, Star Trek, Waves, Prometheus, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Blindspotting, Little Children, Madeline’s Madeline, Hard Candy, The Social Network, Alien, Dr. Strangelove

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August 30, 2019

In this episode we discuss one of the most important aspects of trailer creation - motion graphics. From The Blob to The Da Vinci Code, we discuss what graphics add to the trailer process and talk about a number of our favorite examples. We also speak to professional motion graphics artist Hal Forsstrom about where the industry is going and how to break in.

Links: Netflix plans to use AI to help make trailers.

Trailers Discussed: Morgan, Bombshell, Marriage Story (What I Love About Nicole), Marriage Story (What I Love About Charlie), Man of Steel (Jonathan Kent), Man of Steel (Jor-El), Thor Ragnarok Teaser, Guardians of the Galaxy, Suicide Squad, Mad Max Fury Road, The Blob, West Side Story, A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove, South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, Star Trek First Contact Teaser, The Da Vinci Code, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, Avengers Endgame Teaser, The Matrix, 300 Teaser, Kingsman The Golden Circle, Godzilla, In Bruges, Madeline's Madeline, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rocknrolla, The Lighthouse.

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August 16, 2019

In this episode we discuss the subtle differences between the 2nd domestic trailer for Gemini Man and its international counterpart. Also the practical and very specific cultural considerations which need to be made when editing trailers for international markets. For more about international trailers watch Ric's LACPUG talk!

Trailers Discussed: Gemini Man Trailer 1, Gemini Man Trailer 2, Gemini Man International Trailer, Central Intelligence, The Matrix Revolutions International Trailer, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull International Trailer, Captain America: Civil War, Men in Black International International Trailer.

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August 2, 2019

In this episode we discuss the internet destroying trailer for the live-action version of CATS, as well as the trailer for Top Gun: Maverick. And we answer your questions about our favorite trailers, and the future of the movie and game trailer industry.

Trailers Discussed: CATS, Sweeney Todd, Top Gun: Maverick, IT: Chapter Two, The Fountain, Fifty Shades of Grey, Across the Universe, Sin City, Quadrilateral Cowboy, Firewatch, Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists!, London Has Fallen Teaser, The Walk VR trailer, IT Chapter 1 VR trailer.

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