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Jade Raymond - Future of Storytelling

Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

Here is a piece I directed/edited for Future Of Storytelling. Thanks to Luke Jarvis, Carolyn Merriman, Jeremy Boxer at Melcher Media for this incredible oppurtunity and Angele Lapointe, Cornelia Brumarescu at EA Studios and Jade Raymond!

I always idolized her ever since I started to play Assassin's Creed and getting an opportunity to explore her way of thinking was literally a once in a lifetime moment. This project was a bit surreal to me and I'm working on a "making of" of how all of this came together with filmmaking tips and insights for those who regularly inquires me about my workflow. Stay tuned!

Future of Storytelling - Jade Raymond, Group General Manager for Electronic Arts, has overseen the development of some of the gaming world’s most successful franchises, including Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs, and Star Wars.

As Raymond points out, video games have come a long way from their pixelated beginnings but are still evolving as a medium. With that evolution comes new opportunities for different models of storytelling and engagement: most notably, the development of what Raymond dubs the “ecosystem model,” in which players, viewers, co-creators, broadcasters, commentators, and others can all play a role in expanding the story line of a video game together. 

Raymond explores what it means to blur the line between creator and audience, and how to create a story that will live on through its fans.

Client: Melcher Media & Future Of StoryTelling | Director / Editor:Vinoth Varatharajan | Director of PhotographyAlexandre De Bellefeuille | Producer:Virginie Tremblay | Creative Producer: Jeremy Boxer | Producer at Melcher: Luke JarvisSound techIlya Pauly | Sound Mix: Vision Sonique | Special ConsultantJean-François Tremblay | Music by: Marmoset

Couple of BTS.

19-2 // Season 3 Promo Shorts

Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

I was commissioned to edit 13 shorts to promote the 3rd season of the police drama 19-2 airing on Bravo. I worked alongside with the series director Lynne Kamm to create the promo snippets. Such a cool human being to work with in this industry. 

You can view all the episodes on the series Facebook page or by downloading the Bravo app. Below are some photos taken during the process of making these shorts. 

Ben Up - The Posterz Music Video

Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

We shot the music video within a span of 6 hours in an underground parking lot. To add some flavour, we tied a transparent shower curtain onto the led pipes and my buddy was fanning with a piece of cardboard to give a practical wind effect. We wrapped up the film with some live concert footage to tie-in the release of the video with The Posterz performance at SXSW 2016.

On their most recent EP Junga, Montreal trio The Posterz rap about navigating life in the city, or what they call the “concrete jungle.” In their new music video for EP standout “Ben Up,” Kris the $pirit gives us a tutorial on how to stay up by staying true to yourself, accompanied by a melodic hook from Husser and guest backing vocalist Kali Pop. Using live drums, guitars, and a wild vocal effect, in-house producer Joey Sherrett cooks up the eerie instrumental that ultimately inspired the gloomy, pensive clip.

“Despite our hardships, we handle them the only way we know how,” The Posterz told Complex via email. “Sometimes life doesn’t always give you the best situations, and you can get ‘ben’ out of shape. But we rise above it and continue.”

You can watch the Vinoth Varatharajan-directed visual for “Ben Up” above.
— Complex
Although the settings of underground parking garage and Glad bag-wallpapered murder room are miles away from the vibrant excursion of “Bulalay (Welcome To Junga),” both clips draw the viewer in with an impressive cinematic edge. As a tune, “Ben Up” is as grey and disorienting as its visuals in its movement from smoke-stacked turn-up to ‘90s alt-rock fade-out. It’s not a soca anthem, but it’ll still compel you to move.
— Fader

Client: The Posterz
Director, DP, Editor, Grade : Vinoth Varatharajan
Post-production: The Workshop
Stylist : Kruger

Behind the scenes...

Woulg - A Short Doc

Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

I was commissioned by Greg Debicki to shoot a short film documenting his glitch music performance art. This piece is very special to me as it marks my first project to have music and sound both composed and designed for the film. 

Check out Greg's work here.

Some production stills. 

Calvin Harris - Coachella 2016 Stage Visuals Edit

Added on by Vinoth Varatharajan.

A little stage visuals I edited for Calvin Harris’ Coachella 2016 performance for Silent Partners in collaboration with The WorkshopYou can see the track I worked on in frame 26…31…35. It was for a track called “Outside”. Whoever took this video, thank you. 

Here is a quick technical breakdown behind the stage visuals.

The frame is a direct screen grab from the editing suite measuring an unusual size of 4876 x 2374. This is due to the projected stage wall size of around 200 feet in width [see at 0:31 mark in the video]. On top of that, there is a moving DJ booth in the middle and on top of that, there is this God's eye type of solaris triangle that emits eye blinding strobes at one eights of a second and to top it all off, fireworks!!

Back to the tech stuff. The edit was a combination of two layers. One being the x-ray vision blue tone and the other being the filler to certain parts of the x-ray visions to act as a full injected tone of red. In basic, I played with both tones to build the hype and the drop for the track. 

The whole reason behind these two tone edit is to have control over the colors once it's synced into the lighting system. Once synced, the tones can be manipulated into various colors via dmx or Digital MultipleX.

Softwares  - The x-ray machine parts were created in Maya, edited in Premiere Pro and composited in After Effects at The Workshop.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you!