Honda Commercial “The Other Side” a Tour de Force for Team, Final Cut Pro X

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Latest in our series entitled “We’re not worthy,” here’s a look at two wonderful pieces of work – the interactive commercial “Honda Presents The Other Side,” and the behind-the-scenes write-up of how and why they pulled it together on Final Cut Pro X by editor Thomas Grove Carter.

On first blush, it looked like it might be hokey: an interactive commercial? Feh.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Be prepared to be blown away not only by the concept and execution – happy family sensibility on one side, Luc Besson car chase on the other – but by the thoroughness with which Thomas Grover Carter shares how he handled the editing.

Awesome is a terribly over-used word (my 8th grade English teacher Mr. Lamm scolded us that it was to be applied only to truly awesome things like the Grand Canyon – he must be turning over in his grave), but in the narrow context of commercial filmmaking, “The Other Side” is awesome.

As a recent arrival to the filmmaking community who happens to use Final Cut Pro X myself, I can only add: right on. Final Cut Pro X is incredibly powerful and wonderfully affordable.

And — as The Other Side and Thomas demonstrate — nose bleed high beyond my current capabilities.

Truly inspiring. [bctt tweet=”Final Cut Pro X shows its power in Honda interactive commercial The Other Side”]

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How Honda's interactive commercial ‘The Other Side' was edited in Final Cut Pro X


A great FCPX user story from Thomas Grove Carter. This time he shows us how the new Honda commercial got the diptych treatment in Final Cut Pro X.

A superb story on how a very different and very cool commercial for Honda got cut. Thomas takes us through the process in creating this uniquely interwoven story. As you will understand, we cannot embed the commercial here, so please follow Thomas' link and instructions:

The Editor

I’m an editor at Trim Editing in London. I cut music videos and commercials like this and this. I’ve cut plenty of work in Avid, and Final Cut Classic. But I am an editor who uses Final Cut Pro X. The following is meant to shine a little light on how an application I love is the best choice for an odd workflow and a brutal deadline on a very big job.

Honda commercial edited in FCPX

The Job

‘The Other Side’ is a double sided interactive film which follows a humble dad by day or a member of a criminal underworld by night, depending on how the viewer interacts with it. The user can press, hold or jab the R button on their keyboard as much as they like to flick between the two parallel narratives.

It was directed by visionary filmmaker Daniel Wolfe, who made this mark in music videos and commercials before his blistering debut feature Catch Me Daddy. It was shot on 35mm in Slovenia and Croatia over 6 days and nights by the outrageously talented Robbie Ryan.

The advertising agency was Wieden+Kennedy London.

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