Buddha Jones

Buddha Jones is the design house behind countless trailers for a variety of films including Inglourious Basterds, Kung Fu Panda and Repo Men. In this extended interview, designers Jason Liwag and Kim Tang share insights into what it’s like to work on movie trailers. Jason and Kim discuss the benefits of working as a team and the importance of graphics, edit and sound working together and understanding each other’s roles and areas of expertise. We also talk about what it takes to create a trailer, including the pros and cons of sourcing original content as opposed to using stock imagery. Plus an interesting insight into how the Inglourious Basterds trailer was created.

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  1. Nawaz Alamgir
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    Great Interview John, I myself am looking to move from a Web/Interactive field to the Motion Graphics area and in particular movie trailers, this interview helped alot. Also saw a lot of similarities in the the way i approach projects, especially if i have to work with Movie with a video game tie-in (im a designer for a video games company)

  2. Nawaz Alamgir
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    Great Interview John, I myself am looking to move from a Web/Interactive field to the Motion Graphics area and in particular movie trailers, this interview helped alot. Also saw a lot of similarities in the the way i approach projects, especially if i have to work with Movie with a video game tie-in (im a designer for a video games company) my site: http://www.nawazalamgir.co.uk

    • John Dickinson
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      Thanks for the link Nawaz. Beest wishes, John.

  3. Bryan C
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    Way to go, guys! Great interview. Y’all are brilliant, but… you already know that.

  4. Alexander Alexandrov
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    Super ultra mega fresh interview.
    Jason & Kim so nice & fresh.
    John, perfect choice!

    • John Dickinson
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      Thanks Alexander. Best wishes, John.

  5. Storm
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    Excellent interview. Very interesting. You look tired though John so I guess you were up at 3am or something awful to talk to them.

    • John Dickinson
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      Ha, it was actually midday! That’s what you get for working full time and running Motionworks in between… oh and having young kids 😉 Best wishes, John.

  6. D
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    John,

    You look tired for sure.

    Thanks for your effort with doing this interview.

    Excellent choice.

    D

    • John Dickinson
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      Thanks D. Best wishes, John.

  7. Olli Huttunen
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    Hi John!

    greets from Finland!

    This was again very valuable interview. I was very pleased when you talked with Kim and Jason about that subject when is it useful to use stock footage and when it is handy to make your own. I’d say it’s definitely huge reward, when you manage to use your own material, texture and stuff. Also working in teams and sharing skills and ideas are really really important.

    This remind me about one 48hrs contest which I took apart in 2008. The idea was make 4 to 8 minute long short film only in one weekend in 48hrs. Everything in the film should be build up by you self during that time. Script, shooting, editing. Animation was also allowed. Sadly I didn’t manage to get my own team together, so I took this crazy challenge and tried it just by my self.

    If you are interested you can check out the result from here: http://www.b-effective.fi/flash/SV/
    (Sorry, site is in Finnish, but you can watch the short with english subtitles. There is also little making of gallery)

    All that was made in 48hrs (except music, It’s from stock). Tragically I was late 15 minutes from returning the work, so I was unable to take part to main contest. But at the end it turn out nice. My short was rewarded on best latecomer category.

    I used AE, 3ds Max, PS. And when I couldn’t animate everything I grabbed a videocamera and piece of green cloth and shot some my own acting at outside. It was quite experience. It ended so that in the end I was 64hrs wake straight. Longest time I have ever been up.

    On those lonely hours what I really missed was team. Someone to change ideas. I think end result could be very different if I’d had help. But it was great self study by this way also. Very extreme.

    48hrs Film contest is quite popular around world. Have you noticed is same contest going on in your country as well?

    • John Dickinson
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      Hi Olli, thanks for the link. I haven’t seen the 48 hour format in Australia. Best wishes, John.

  8. John Stanowski
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    That was great. John, you rock. Thanks for bringing this stuff to us. I would really like to see more like this. Stuff that lets us peek into these mainstream companies. I just felt good after watching this. I work at home and at one company that’s not full out motion graphics and I have no idea whatsoever what it’s like out there. Thank you.

  9. Nicole Barnett
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    Wow this is excellent! Thank you so much John. I am a current film student aspiring to become a trailer editor and this is absolutely great insight for me. All the questions are very helpful and inspire me more and more. It’s especially great for I use Final Cut Pro at college (here in Australia) and am constantly learning more and more in After Effects – as you said an editor who knows After Effects :D. Having the motion graphics skills as well as editing is my main aim and this has just made me even more passionate and determined to fulfill my goal. I am constantly looking for information on the trailer making business but have trouble finding some so this is just perfect. Thank you, not only for this video but for all the tutorial etc. my teachers and fellow students gain a lot form them.

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