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2015 - AFTER ALL THE BRIGHT LIGHTS...

Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

I've gone off grid à la Bourne for a while due to work and personal affairs. However, I try to stay updated on my tumblr. Jay Z's Holy Grail track contains a repetitive sound snippet that goes "Thanks for warning." There is a logic behind that warning. Here are some of them.

So, after all the bright lights,  set food,  client meetings,  hair pulling arguments,  convincing clients to take risks,  political emails,  congratulatory emails,  betrayal emails,  congratulatory in person yet the same individual betraying on your back emails,  frightening pitch meetings,  finger crossings for pitch approvals,  legs crossing for budget approvals,  drafting contracts,  preparing invoices,  sending diplomatic emails to collect outstanding balances,  stealth sneaking by the landlord's office because you ran out of excuses to the overdue rent because the client haven't wired you the funds yet,  system failures,  gear malfunctions,  talent arriving late,  unpredictable weather,  unpredictable unpredictabilities,  pulling a one night stand,  pulling a two nights stand,  pulling a three nights stand,  pulling an all weeker,  get infected with racoon eye socket syndrome,  eating overpriced food at a hipster joint with a cool name and logo,  drinking overpriced green bio shit at a hipster joint with a cool name and logo,  one eye twitching due to lack of caffeine, both eyes twitching due to overdose of caffeine,  sleeping in a sofa,  sleeping on the editing desk, drooling on the keyboard,  editing software crash causing a day worth of cuts unrecoverable,  at that very moment - thoughts of performing a seppuku,  then realizing you don't own a sword,  two hours of render only to crash at the last two minutes,  finding creative solutions to stall the client on delivery,  apologizing to the client,  apologizing to the producers,  apologizing to the directors,  apologizing to my mother for missing dinner,  apologizing to my sister for missing breakfast,  apologizing to my daughter for not slaying the dragon before saving the princess,  apologizing to my lover over emails,  apologizing to my lover over voicemails,  apologizing to my lover over facetime,  apologizing to my lover over phone calls and the list goes on.

So, why I do this? Because at the end of all the headaches, I can proudly say - I MADE THAT!

Thank you to all the producers, directors and agencies for giving me the opportunity to play a vital role in bringing their projects and vision to life. To my family, thank you for putting with my sometime pragmatic, otherwise unrealistic mooning behavior. And thanks for my amour for simply; putting up with me.

Thank you!

ROAD TRIP

Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

I've been working nonstop for the past 15 months or so. I mean, round the clock with zombie eye socket syndrome. It was time to take a break and enjoy it with my girl who is been there through my thick and thin. Especially, during the thin times. I'm talking major slim thin slices.

We ditched the regular 401 and drove along the rural King's Highway 2 from Toronto to Montreal and stopped in between to discover local food, coffee and farming land.

MOZILLA FIREFOX

Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

If you recently updated to the latest version of Firefox browser, you may have noticed the following video part of #Foxyeah campaign. I was commissioned to edit the Firefox's new ad campaign. Every prop is hand crafted by the awesome team at Vallée Duhamel. Each cut is seamlessly blend thanks to the preciseness of the motion controlled rig. Watch the making of video at the end of the post.

Special thanks to Josh Sherrett, Julien Vallée, Dave & Paula at Mono.

Client : Mozilla Firefox / Agency : Mono / Directors : Julien Vallée & Eve Duhamel / Assistant Director : Anabelle Berkani / Production Manager : Inès Steinmetzer / Coordinator : Faye Duhamel / DOP : SPG / Art Director : Louisa Schabas / Art Department : Alex Hercule, Catherine Portvin, Antonin Sorel, Frédéric Bouin, Simon Besré, Ismael Tremblay / Prop : Carl Pépin / Hair and Make-up Artist : Léonie Lévesque / Stylist : Very Much / Choreographer : Steve Bolton / Editor: Vinoth Varatharajan at The Workshop / Post-production & Color grading: The Workshop / Music : XS Music / Making-Of : Cedric Laurenty

A nonprofit, independent browser built by thousands of die-hard volunteers all over the world who wholeheartedly believe in privacy and personal freedom on the Web. In an age where big data is invading our lives, this isn’t just a campaign to help Firefox gain millions of new downloads. This is personal. 

Words by Mono.

Shot on Red Dragon.

The good folks from Mono agency and Mozilla. The orange shirt dude is a huge Jay Z fan!

Scene 5.

Scene 5.

Hand cut html codes...

Hand cut html codes...

Drop the sky.

Drop the sky.

Mr.Julien Vallée.

Mr.Julien Vallée.

Papa Josh!

Papa Josh!

The Persian cat was cut out from the final draft. Also, my first time editing online on set.

The Persian cat was cut out from the final draft. Also, my first time editing online on set.

Editing while surrounded by the director and the agency folks is quite nerve-racking...

Editing while surrounded by the director and the agency folks is quite nerve-racking...

Here is the making of shot by Cédric Laurenty.