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Brass Knuckles Uses eQ to Create Trailers For Dallas 362

Award-winning Indy film gets Quantel boost (May 12, 2005)

Venice, California-based post production company, Brass Knuckles Editorial, recently put the final touches on two trailers for Dallas 362, an independent feature film written and directed by Scott Caan. The film had such a strong run on the festival circuit that Caan, together with producer Greg Sabatino, took action to make a limited release this spring.

Editor Doobie White worked with eQ artist Wren Waters to put creative muscle behind the two trailers that were finished in HD 1080 24P. The project has also seamlessly ushered in new opportunities for Brass Knuckles due in part to the flexibility of the eQ and its ability to open up new workflows, markets and opportunities whether the job calls for SD, HD or mixed resolutions.

The trailer highlights the storys characters, Dallas and his best friend Rusty, and their struggles along the path to young adulthood through bar brawls, drinking, smoking, and dating all the while trying to figure out where in life theyre headed.

Doobies unique style of editing easily lent itself to bringing out the films grittiness, with his choice of extremely quick edits setting the pace and creating staccato-like character interaction. The trailer literally takes you for a wild ride and drops you in your tracks, only to leave you waiting for the movie to open.

After a couple of weeks Doobies cuts were locked and Wren stepped in to begin the online edit, which can often be a long and tedious process. ?I dont mind leaving creative decisions for Wren to make because hes a talented artist and I trust his instincts, which is important for a project this ambitious, said Doobie.

Along with conforming a project edited in 30fps to a 24fps sequence, Wren had to complete graphics, composite images and add final creative touches to the trailer. ?By using tools in the eQ I brought in film grain, created scratches and film noise to spice up the promo, said Wren. ?The piece called for a multitude of very flashy edits and quick transitions. In addition, I did the titles and designs on the QScribe. Everyone was blown away by the quality of the end result.

Wren said the producers anticipated that the trailer would take up to one week to complete because of the number of shots and the conversion from 30fps to 24fps. Even he was surprised when, in his words, he was able to ?crank it out over a weekend.

Wren credits a portion of the success of the teasers to eQs stability. Today hes not only integrating work from other systems like After Effects but finds himself originating work inside the eQ jobs otherwise done on other design and editing systems. Likewise, Wren said he enjoys utilizing the eQs powerful color controls to complete corrections on the fly.

?Once you start working on the eQ its tough to go back, Wren said. ?The system not only makes the more technical aspects of onlining easier to handle, it also makes the creative aspects of my career more accessible.

Studio: THINKfilm
Release Date: April 1, 2005
Director: Scott Caan
Cast: Scott Caan, Jeff Goldblum, Shawn Hatosy, Kelly Lynch, Heavy D, Bob Gunton, Marley Shelton, Val Lauren, Selma Blair
Plot: Rusty starts to pursue a path to a more meaningful life, thanks to his connection to Bob, the boyfriend of his mother, Mary. His new take on life causes friction with his best friend, Dallas, and both men find their friendship pushed to its breaking point, causing them to make life-changing decisions.

Brass Knuckles contact - phone: (310) 452 0019, website:

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