May 2, 2018, 08:13 AM
Fremont, CA - May 2, 2018 - Blackmagic Design today announced that Editor Alan Edward Bell used its visual effects (VFX) and motion graphics software, Fusion 9 Studio, while editing the film â€œRed Sparrow.â€
â€Red Sparrowâ€ is a new spy thriller from 20th Century Fox about ballerina Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) who is recruited into Sparrow School, a secret Russian intelligence service. On the search for a mole within the Russian government, Dominikaâ€™s first target is an American CIA agent (Joel Edgerton). Also starring Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mary-Louise Parker and more, â€œRed Sparrowâ€ was directed by Francis Lawrence and edited by Alan Edward Bell.
Bell used Fusion Studio as one of his editing tools while cutting the film, using it to create performance enhancing VFX during the editing process. He explained, â€œWith performance enhancing VFX, you merge together editing and compositing to get the best cut, whether youâ€™re heightening actorsâ€™ performances, helping with cohesion, or adding impact. By using Fusion Studio within my editing workflow, I can easily merge together different takes or make subtle changes to help amplify a scene.â€
For example, Bell used Fusion Studio while editing â€œRed Sparrowâ€ to merge together actorsâ€™ performances from different takes when it was needed to preserve the performance or further the story.
â€œThere is a scene after Dominika finishes her Sparrow training and is reunited with her mother. In one take, Jenniferâ€™s performance was very powerful as it showed a sense of dread, however, in another take they added a line that underscored her characterâ€™s determination and furthered her motivation. Instead of compromising on the performance or just slipping in the audio but not the visual, which is what editors have done in the past, I used Fusion Studio to combine the two takes together, layering Jenniferâ€™s performances on top of each other,â€ Bell said. â€œI used Fusion Studioâ€™s new planar tracker to track and stabilize the image. I then composited Jenniferâ€™s mouth out of the first shot, and morphed the mouths together. Dominikaâ€™s motivation for the rest of the film is colored by that line, so it was important that we got it in, and because of Fusion Studio I was able to do it seamlessly.â€
â€œThroughout the film, Dominika goes through varying stages of facial bruising and some hemorrhaging in her eyes,â€ Bell continued. â€œUsing Fusion Studio, I was able to enhance and smooth out the way Jenniferâ€™s bruising looked while editing, so when we previewed the film it was seamless.â€
Bell concluded, â€œWe used a lot of wide shots for this film, which meant that when I needed to rely on performance enhancing VFX, the backgrounds often needed tweaking to get things to line up. I frequently used Fusion Studioâ€™s grid warper to make sure the background would match and that things were cohesive between cuts.â€
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Blackmagic Design today announced that Editor Alan Edward Bell used its visual effects (VFX) and motion graphics software, Fusion 9 Studio, while editing the film “Red Sparrow.”
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