I recently had the opportunity to edit the theatrical trailer for the award-winning feature film, Jack of the Red Hearts, starring Famke Janssen (X-Men) and AnnaSophia Robb (Mercy Street, The Carrie Diaries). Directed by Janet Grillo and written by Jennifer Deaton, it’s a beautifully told story about a troubled teenager who cons and stumbles her way into a job caring for a young autistic child.
Update February 26, 2016
Jack of the Red Hearts is now playing in AMC Theatres across the United States.
The trailer has 1,131,192 plays and thousands of shares, likes, and comments on YouTube and the official JOTRH Facebook page.
EW.com: AnnaSophia Robb stars in autism drama Jack of the Red Hearts
Directed by Janet Grillo
Written by Jennifer Deaton
Director of Photography: Hillary Spera
Produced by Sundial Pictures:
Stefan Nowicki, Joey Carey, Morgan White
Produced by Lucy Mukerjee-Brown
Starring AnnaSophia Robb, Famke Janssen
Scott Cohen, Israel Broussard, Taylor Richardson, John D’Leo
Drena De Niro, Maria Rivera, Sophia Anne Caruso, Tonye Patano
My thanks to Susan Corbin at Kickstart Entertainment for hiring me, to Matt Eppedio for his referral, and to Cameron Pearce of Cross Tier Media for mixing the 5.1 surround sound.
Note for editors
I began cutting this trailer in Adobe Premiere Pro CC but switched to my favorite NLE, Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 12, not for color correction, mind you, but for editing and delivery.
My endless frustrations with Premiere Pro are well documented on this blog, and many of the usual nuisances were getting to me. The only reason I began the project in Premiere was because my audio engineer was planning to work in Premiere. Ironically, the reason I later took the drastic step of switching mid-project, however, was that Premiere Pro can’t export multichannel audio QuickTime files without a convoluted workaround. Moving the whole project into Resolve, where exporting 5.1 is just a matter of adjusting one setting, was less frustrating than fighting with Premiere.
Adobe Creative Cloud membership, your days are numbered.