Derek

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  1. Bahahaha, that took me aback too XD
  2. Kert Gartner & VR Game Trailers Kert Gartner loves making VR game trailers, and he's constantly breaking new ground in virtual cinematography and mixed reality. He's been making indie game trailers for about 10 years, and with his years of experience in the feature film VFX industry, he's most comfortable making trailers in After Effects. We discuss how the heck that works, why he wouldn't have it any other way, how he got into making game trailers, and what interests him most about the work. Trailers Discussed: Gato Roboto, Canabalt, Nidhogg, Serious Sam: Random Encounter, Hotline Miami, IceBurgers, Space Channel 5 VR, Museum of Other Realities, Genital Jousting, Minit, Dungeon Hearts, Vacation Simulator, Eighth Grade, Whiplash, Neverending Nightmares, Snow Runner, Fantastic Contraption. Links: Virtual Cinematography For VR Trailers, Plugin Everything. If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen in iTunes
  3. Christopher Nolan Trailers The Tenet trailer is the starting point of this week's discussion. Derek and Ric dive into the trailers for all his films and look for the common threads in the marketing of this master of secrets. Trailers Discussed: Tenet, Dunkirk Teaser, Dunkirk Trailer 1, Dunkirk Trailer 2, Inception Teaser, Inception Teaser 2 Inception Trailer, Interstellar Teaser, Interstellar Trailer, Interstellar Trailer 3, Interstellar Trailer 4, The Dark Knight Teaser, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises Teaser, The Dark Knight Rises Trailer 2, The Dark Knight Rises Trailer 3, The Dark Knight Rises Trailer 4, The Prestige, Insomnia, Memento. If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen in iTunes
  4. Interview With Hammer Creative Editor Elisha Male In this week's episode we have an interview with AAA game trailer editor Elisha Male. We talk about her journey from editing emo Kingdom Hearts music videos to editing trailers for AAA games like DOOM Eternal, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Shadow of the Tomb Raider and more! Trailers Discussed: DOOM Eternal, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Elder Scrolls Legends - Heroes of Skyrim, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Neo Cab, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, The Green Knight, The Lighthouse, Parasite. Links: Hammer Creative, Virtual Cinematography For VR Trailers, Derek-Lieu.com. If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen in iTunes
  5. Working From Home 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. If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen in iTunes
  6. A24 Trailers 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. If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Join us in the Idle Forums to discuss this week's episode! Listen on the Episode Page Listen in iTunes
  7. Super Bowl 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. If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  8. Meta trailers In this episode Ric and Derek discuss meta trailers, trailers which are self referential either to the movie, game or the trailer itself. What makes these trailers so much fun? When are they the most effectively used? And how long did it take for the trailer industry to start referencing how formulaic they were being? Trailers Discussed: Comedian, 6 Underground Whisper Trailer, Jumanji the Next Level ASMR Trailer, Inception Acapella Re-dub, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, BattleBlock Theater Steam Trailer, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists UK Trailer, The Stanley Parable Raphael Trailer, Muppets Most Wanted, Toys, Miracle on 34th st (1947) Trailer 1 Trailer 2, The Birds, Psycho, Real Life, Mother, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Gone in 60 Seconds, Gemini Man, Deadpool 2, Detective Pikachu, Free Guy, Mighty No. 9 Masterclass Trailer, Kingsman the Golden Circle. If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  9. The Cutdown Episode 19: Sequels

    Haha, looking at that trailer all I can think of is what the trailer-ized cover version of "Gonna Go Back in Time" would be if the film was rebooted
  10. Sequels In this episode Derek and Ric are talking trailers for sequels, and different approaches to that difficult second launch. Along those lines, we dive into the trailer for A Quiet Place: Part II. Trailers Discussed: A Quiet Place: Part II, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Magic Mike XXL, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, No Time To Die, Grown Ups 2, Half Life: Alyx, Thor: Ragnarok, Cloverfield, It: Chapter 2, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Happy Death Day 2 U, Frozen 2, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  11. The Cutdown Episode 14: Horror

    Hahaha, being a trailer editor can be a very conflicting experience. We know what it takes to get people interested in something, but we are also consumers of the media we make trailers for, so we'll also find ourselves sometimes getting spoiled by trailers! I will say that I've never met a trailer editor who didn't have any misgivings about showing things which might be considered spoilery, but it's ultimately not always up to the editor or creative director because especially with movie trailers there are so many people involved in the process.
  12. Horror Happy Halloween! In this episode we dive into horror trailers and talk to producer Amanda Pulver and editor Matthew Merenda about about the challenges of scaring people out of their seats and into theaters! Trailers Discussed: Lights Out, It Follows, White Noise, Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project, Hereditary, Antlers, Alien, The Evil Dead, A Quiet Place, The Conjuring, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Strangers, It Comes at Night, Mother, It: Chapter 1 If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  13. Ooo, thanks for that. I'll definitely take a listen!
  14. 2019 Trailer Recap In this episode Derek and Ric talk about their favorite movie and game trailers from 2019, personal works of the year, and trailers of the decade! Trailers Discussed: Kerbal Space Program 2, Astroneer Release Trailer, Wilmot's Warehouse, The Last of Us: Remastered - From the Beginning, My Friend Pedro Full Throttle Trailer, Knives Out, Waves, Joker, IT: Chapter 2 Teaser, Bombshell, CATS, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Mulan Trailers 1 & 2, The Lighthouse Trailer 1 & 2, Love, Death and Robots, Wonder Woman 1984, John Wick Parabellum, Ghostbusters Afterlife, Ghostbusters (2016), Detective Pikachu Leak, 6 Underground ( The Process - Aviation Gin, Samsung QLED, Explore Italy), Midsommer ( Bear in a Cage, Couples Therapy), Jurassic World Battle at Big Rock, Katana Zero Therapy Session Trailer, A Star is Born, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Hereditary, Mad Max Fury Road Teaser & Trailer, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Social Network, Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Kong: Skull Island, The Handmaiden, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Suicide Squad, Man of Steel. If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  15. The Cutdown 11: Watching For Inspiration 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 If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen in iTunes
  16. Trailer Sound Design In this episode Derek and Ric talk about the unique sound design of trailers! Everything from rises to bass drops and Henry Cavill reloading his fists. You'll never listen to trailers in the same way again. Ric also dives deep into the moment to moment sound design of the new Black Widow Trailer. Trailers Discussed or Clipped: London Has Fallen, Crank, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Fountain, The Matrix, Battleship Trailer 2, The Bourne Supremacy, Black Widow, The Fate of the Furious, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Jason Bourne, Mission Impossible Fallout, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Dark Knight, Antlers. Links: Trailer Music Weekly, Score a Score, Montage MX, Robert Etoll, Boom Library, Big Fish Audio Blockbuster Trailer, Big Fish Cinematic Sound Design, Video Copilot Motionpulse, Bing Bang Boom. If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  17. Trailers For Turkeys In this episode Derek and Ric are talking good trailers for bad movies. Also, everyone's favourite blue hedgehog is back to break the internet again and so we dive into Trailer 2 for Sonic... Trailers Discussed: Sonic the Hedgehog, Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever, Ultraviolet, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, Prometheus Teaser Trailer, Silent Hill, Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer 1, Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer 2, Godzilla: King of the Monsters Final Trailer. If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  18. Game Trailers What makes a great game trailer? In this episode Derek and Ric discuss making game trailers, capturing footage, storytelling and how best to represent an interactive experience... Trailers Discussed: Firewatch, BioShock Infinite E3 Demo, Dante's Inferno. Links: Biffa Plays Indie Games, Trailers of the Week If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  19. Funny enough, Jessica is a former colleague of mine. We were assistant editors at the movie trailer house I got my start in. Small world! No really, it’s a very small industry (though bigger than most people would think)
  20. The Cutdown Episode 14: Horror

    Thanks! I rather like the interviews Ric does because then I get to just be a listener. The bumper bit is definitely stolen from Idle Thumbs and also the podcast Design Life, but yeah it's totally the same philosophy as the thumbstopper bits
  21. Oooh yeah, that Face/Off teaser is a really good one! I have no idea what Tenet is about, though I just saw the teaser in theaters again recently, and the copy essentially says "A new original protagonist from Christopher Nolan." We'll have to wait and see for the next trailer to know more!
  22. Teaser Trailers In this episode we discuss what we think makes an effective teaser trailer, and how they differ from full trailers which reveal more of the story. We also talk about a LOT of our favorite teasers and how they successfully tease the audience using entirely different philosophies and editing techniques. We also touch on the teasers for Tenet and Birds of Prey which the studios released exclusively in theaters, and the new Jurassic World short film which acts as a teaser trailer itself. Trailers Discussed: Tenet, Birds of Prey, Battle at Big Rock (Jurassic World Short), Alien, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Godzilla (1998) Museum, Godzilla (1998) - Fishing, Terminator 2, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings BTS teaser, Lord of the Rings Teaser, Cloverfield, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Monsters Inc., Monsters Inc Charades, The Incredibles, Battleship, Inception, Layer Cake, Back to the Future, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Battle: Los Angeles, Toys, Transformers, The Addams Family, Where the Wild Things Are, The Exorcist, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Rebel Assault II, Dead Island. If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  23. Assistant Editors In this episode we discuss the job of the trailer assistant editor, and the many things we learned on the job. What does an assistant editor do? What are their day to day tasks, and how many varieties of tea do they need to keep track of? We also discuss the trailers for 6 Underground, The Gentlemen and Free Guy. Trailers Discussed: 6 Underground, The Gentlemen, Free Guy, 1917 Featurette, Russian Ark, They Shall Not Grow Old, Boyhood, The King's Man. If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen on Soundcloud Listen in iTunes
  24. The Cutdown 8: CATS out of the Mailbag 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. If you have questions or comments please send them to cutdown@idlethumbs.net. Listen on the Episode Page Listen in iTunes
  25. Yeah, those are the ones we were talking about. I think there were two Sin City trailers, but they both used the same music. The Watchmen teaser cut to music from Koyaanisquatsi was also very good, again because of the practically made-for-trailer shots from the movie. The trailer naming scheme is very inconsistent. Sometimes on the Apple site they even use letters and numbers which look like they're taken straight from the production designations, so you could even have a trailer 1, 3 and 4 but no 2. Or sometimes they're A, B and C. There doesn't seem to be a hard and fast industry standard rule, and sometimes I think letters or numbers got skipped because a trailer got very far, but was then never released, in favor of a new one which was a number higher