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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 21 Jun 2022 13:57 #120991

When Italian director Leonardo Dalessandri published Watchtower of Turkey in October 2014, his work created a tidal wave among content creators worldwide. Millions of people watched and applauded this stunning production on Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook and famous Youtubers made breakdown videos to analyze how he created this masterpiece.

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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 22 Jun 2022 01:00 #120992

Ronny thanks for this wonderful write up! Looking forward to watching this and learning from it.

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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 22 Jun 2022 03:37 #120993

Thanks, Tangier.

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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 22 Jun 2022 18:51 #121013

Amazing masterpiece and an excellent breakdown.

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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 22 Jun 2022 18:52 #121014

Thanks, Mark. Much appreciated!

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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 23 Jun 2022 02:36 #121022

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GREAT Interview, Ronny! Really well put together to lead the reader through his process -- really enjoyed reading it.

How can anyone not be inspired by him and his films???

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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 23 Jun 2022 04:31 #121025

Thank you. I have known Leo for a very long time. He is a wonderful person and very dedicated to his work. Leo is an old soul. A breath of fresh air compared to all the content creators you see today who just want things to be done quickly and with the least possible effort.

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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 29 Jun 2022 17:03 #121106

Thanks Ronny for such a meticulous article. It's always a pleasure to catch up with you and the guys at fcp.co!

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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 29 Jun 2022 20:49 #121107

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The adventurous side of me says, "Shooting 9 months over 3 years in 72 cities... Why not?"

The practical side of me questions, "Shooting 9 months over 3 years in 72 cities with a tribe of 20 people... Who bankrolled the project and is the ROI written in red or black?"

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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 30 Jun 2022 12:01 #121115

This is a work of love. Money has no meaning in such projects.

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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 30 Jun 2022 12:04 #121117

Always a pleasure to see more of your work, Leo. I look forward to seeing you in Istanbul soon!

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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 30 Jun 2022 18:09 #121140

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This is a work of love. Money has no meaning in such projects.
That's more a Utopian calibre statement than a realistic one. Unless everyone involved is Musk level rich there's no amount of love that negates the freight of travel, food, housing, not to mention hours of planning, acquiring, editing that's required to pull it off. I’m universally admired but I doubt any of them would take 3 months off following me around if it was on their own nickle.

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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 30 Jun 2022 18:55 #121145

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The thing catching my eye about the project was the comment:

"You cannot imagine how many private message and emails I get from people asking me where they can buy my package of transition plugins. There is no such thing. My style is based around creating cinematic cuts that are driven by matching camera movements or matching content between shots."

The bane of today is editors looking for accessories / plugins / tricks to slap onto their clips because they lack the skill or insight on how to capture compelling footage to begin with.
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I have a 97 minute loop of 26 shoots compiled playing in the lobby. None of them planned. Ordinary things I've stumbled across that inspired a different way to appreciate events so commonplace their beauty goes unnoticed... Twelve empty cabs of 1940s era ferris wheel at sunset, some morning freight train at a crossing, street vendor creating burritos during virus lockdown, removing a gigantic iconic Sears sign of 67 years on the roof, breaking down a construction crane to load on trucks. There's even one of a clear plastic bag caught in an updraft then following it through an intersection and across a busy street. All quite pointless by conventional standards, still they're compelling to watch because of the camerawork, pacing, if not downright artistry and not because of an editors sleight of hand pulling fancy effects from a folder filled with plugins.

Just my stuff. Just for me. A self imposed limit of 2-3 hours to edit the NonRev video (non-revenue) keeps me nimble at making decisions and not over thinking the choices made. When someone asked why I shot one bird bullying another bird as it chased the other across a parking lot (both hopping along, mind you, neither taking flight which was the reason behind filming this oddity) I informed them I did it for me. I might even show them the cartoon I recreated from one I came across reading a Playboy in my youth. Most of the edits will never be seen but they were done... to... satisfy... me.



In effect I'm simply a Man with a Movie Camera.




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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 30 Jun 2022 19:07 #121146

"That's more a Utopian calibre statement than a realistic one. "

It's a very realistic one. Because know it for a fact that the crew has volunteered to help out without any financial compensation.

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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 10 Jul 2022 16:09 #121300

Speechless just amazing work.!!!
Congratulations to the fcp.com page as well for this excellent article.

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Watchtower of China: Leonardo Dalessandri Releases Another Cinematic Masterpiece, Entirely Created in Final Cut Pro 11 Jul 2022 08:35 #121309

Thank you, much appreciated!

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