One of the great boons of the digital age of filmmaking has been that everyone with a copy of non-linear editing software can download and tweak their favorite movies to their heart's content, whether to amuse themselves, for educational purposes, or to create mind-bendingly awesome mashups. Belarusian video editor Vadzim Khudabets, 24, has really raised the bar with his 6-minute trailer for the most epic movie of all time -- a compilation of trailers from other epic movies. Click below to watch this amazing viral phenomenon!
Recutting trailers has been going on for a long time, and I can remember watching The Shining for the first time in 2007, when it was recut to look like a family comedy. I'm sure you've probably seen it, but it doesn't hurt to watch again:
With Eterna, Khudabets has done every trailer mashup artist one better by taking 99 trailers (some movies are repeated, and the full list is here) and cutting them together to make one 6-minute trailer for a film that doesn't exist (but it really should.) He had previously received some attention for his first effort, Trailer Cut-Volume 1:
But this time he wanted to give the piece a theme, so he chose the title Eterna, explaining to Time magazine:
This time Khudabets tried to find repeating shots and patterns that would match the music he used, to give meaning to the trailer. He also decided to give his imaginary mega-movie a plot -- Eterna would be about the eternal struggle between good and evil, which is what he believes all the movies included end up focusing on. Despite the time invested and the pain of the technical work required, he says it was worth it to fulfill the goal. “It was one of the works that you are doing for the soul, not for the client,” he says. “Favorite music, favorite movies -- what could be better?”
Check out Khudabets epic trailer below:
What do you think? Have you ever cut together movies for your own purposes, and do you think it's a good educational tool? What are some of your favorite trailer mashups? Let us know in the comments!
[via The Verge]