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Laughter, Pain & Indie Filmmaking: An Interview with Kevin Pollak

Best known for his roles in films like The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men, and Casino, actor and comedian Kevin Pollak is a born entertainer, having perfected his first standup routine when he was just ten years old. And for the past six years, when not putting the real William Shatner or Christopher Walken to shame with his truer-than-life impressions, Pollak has been busy persuading celebrities to tell all on his wildly successful—and hilarious—online chat show.

But now Pollak can add film director and editor to his long list of talents. He just finished editing his first feature-length film, Misery Loves Comedy, using Adobe Premiere Pro CC, which we recently had the opportunity to speak with him about. Debuting at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival later this month, the film explores the less humorous side of being a professional comedian, featuring the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, Christopher Guest, Martin Short, Jon Favreau, and many others. Despite the pensive theme, Pollak assured us, the film remains highly entertaining and should be widely available later this year.

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Story of daredevil legend Evel Knievel premieres at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Editor Davis Coombe takes on ambitious editing project for larger-than-life documentary using Adobe Premiere Pro CC 

Screening at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Being Evel recounts the true story behind American icon Robert “Evel” Knievel. The feature documentary, co-produced by A&E IndieFilms, History Films, and  HēLō, with post production by Milkhaus, goes behind the scenes to reveal the dramatic life and lasting legacy of one of the world’s most famous daredevils. Davis Coombe, the creative director at Milkhaus, cut the film in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, with extensive visual effects created and composited using Adobe After Effects CC.

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“Things of the Aimless Wanderer” finds its way to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

New feature film from award-winning director/editor duo edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Kivu Ruhorahoza and Antonio Rui Ribeiro are best known for their collaboration on the feature film Grey Matter, winner of—among many other awards—the Jury Special Mention for Best Emerging Filmmaker at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2014, they teamed up for Things of the Aimless Wanderer, premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Ruhorahoza directed the film and Ribeiro edited it with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

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“Cop Car” starring Kevin Bacon delivers drama and humor at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Editors use Adobe Creative Cloud for editing and visual effects on Park City At Midnight premiere

The Park City At Midnight film lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival comprises fun genre movies that most festival goers can’t wait to see. Among this year’s highlights: Cop Car, a thriller/comedy starring Kevin Bacon, directed by Jon Watts and co-written by Watts and Christopher D. Ford. Andrew Hasse and Megan Brooks teamed up to edit the film using Adobe Premiere Pro CC, with visual effects generated in Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Photoshop CC.

Adobe: Tell us more about Cop Car.

Hasse: Shot in Colorado on ARRI ALEXA cameras, Cop Car is a “Coen-esque” thriller that has a ton of humor as well as dramatic action. Bacon stars as a sheriff whose car is stolen by two kids who take it on a joy ride. He delivers a great performance—Bacon is perfect as the center of the film. The film is fun, and was even more fun to work on.

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“Fresh Dressed” break-dances onto the big screen at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Editor Andrea B. Scott cuts hip-hop fashion documentary using Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Hip-hop is more than a musical genre, it is an entire subculture that includes unique musical and vocal styles, dance moves, and distinctive fashion. Director Sacha Jenkins created Fresh Dressed, screening at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, to document the history of hip-hop fashion from its birth in the South Bronx to its rise as a billion-dollar industry. The film is produced by CNN Films and accomplished editor Andrea B. Scott cut the film using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Adobe: What is Fresh Dressed about?

Scott: Fresh Dressed outlines the evolution of hip hop fashion, featuring in-depth interviews with people crucial to its evolution, supported by a lot of great archival materials. The vibe is thought-provoking while still being fun and energetic. Viewers will recognize familiar faces and musical tracks.


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Bringing “The Stanford Prison Experiment” to the big screen

Kyle Patrick Alvarez returns to the Sundance Film Festival with his latest feature film edited using Adobe Premiere Pro CC

The Stanford prison experiment is one of the most famous psychological experiments of modern times, playing a significant influence in academic and popular culture. Filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez, known for his work directing Easier with Practice and C.O.G., brings the experiment to theater audiences in the upcoming feature film The Stanford Prison Experiment. With a strong ensemble cast including Billy Cruddup, Ezra Miller, and Olivia Thirlby, The Stanford Prison Experiment is slated to compete in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Competition

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Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (Photo by Steve Dietl, courtesy of Sundance Institute)

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“Advantageous” puts futuristic lens on modern struggles

Award-winning director’s feature-length film edited using Adobe Premiere Pro CC premieres at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Writer and director Jennifer Phang caught the attention of movie aficionados with her award-winning feature film Half-Life, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Now, with several more directing, writing, and producing credits under her belt, Phang is back at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with her dystopian mother-daughter story, Advantageous. Phang and her co-editor Sean Gillane edited the film using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.


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Sundance Film Festival ’15 sees a 130%+ increase in films edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC


A hub of creativity, the Sundance Film Festival features filmmakers who aren’t afraid to break new ground. While much attention is paid to how the stories unfold in front of the camera, filmmakers continue to innovate and push creative boundaries after filming wraps.

Adobe is proud to report that 21 films debuting at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were cut with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, more than doubling the number of films edited on Premiere Pro from last year’s festival. The seamless integration with Adobe After Effects CC, as well as the native editing, speed, and affordability of Premiere Pro make it an ideal choice for both up-and-coming and experienced filmmakers. read more…

Really Creative Media adds visual pop to Queen + Adam Lambert tour

Combining theatrical sensibilities with digital video to deliver stunning live events with Adobe Creative Cloud

From musical performances to runway shows, more and more live events are incorporating high-tech video displays to take the experience to the next level. Nick Dew and Jack James combined their video and theater backgrounds to found Really Creative Media, a London-based agency that specializes in digital and live production. The company uses Adobe Creative Cloud to craft video, lighting, and audio content that helps pop stars, fashion houses, and film premieres shine. Recently, the team brought their magic to the Queen + Adam Lambert tour, allowing the rock legends to honor their late band mate Freddie Mercury.


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RocketJump practices and teaches next-generation filmmaking

Makers of Video Game High School tackle 4K and connect with aspiring filmmakers with help from Adobe Creative Cloud

Millions of subscribers to the web show Video Game High School are a testament to the idea that if you produce it, they will come. In 2010, University of Southern California graduate Freddie Wong began making the kinds of videos he wanted to watch and posting them on YouTube. More than one billion views later, RocketJump, the production company he co-founded with partners Dez Dolly and Matthew Arnold, is showing no signs of slowing down. In addition to securing a content deal with Lionsgate, Wong and his Co-Producer Ben Waller are paying it forward by launching RocketJump Film School to teach aspiring filmmakers the tricks of the trade.

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SPECIAL EVENT: Blurring the Line Between Indie & Hollywood - a panel featuring Rob Legato, Dave Ginsberg & Kyle Alvarez; moderated by Meagan Keane. This event will be streamed LIVE from Sundance Film Festival 2015

Friday, January 23rd |3pm MT

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