Adobe Premiere Pro at Sundance 2017

Sundance 2017 Premiere Pro Highlights

It makes sense that Adobe would be the dominant creative tool used by independent filmmakers. With a dynamically linked ecosystem of creative software that spans the entire post-production process, Creative Cloud is the obvious choice for filmmakers on a shoestring budget. Even with a growing beachhead in Hollywood, Adobe is aggressively campaigning for the trust of the independent market.

And they're winning.

Sundance Film Festival saw an 81% increase in projects that were made with Adobe tools. That includes 97 films (out of 200) edited in Premiere Pro. Below you'll find some Premiere Pro highlights from Sundance 2017.


Premiere Pro and the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Each year, more and more films at the Sundance Film Festival are edited with Adobe Premiere Pro. —Adobe

1:01 - "Everyone is making lower budget films. But the bar for the quality of those films is rising. Everything you need to do fits within the Adobe product." —Sterlin Harjo, Director/Producer, This May Be The Last Time


Lights, Camera, Edit: Directing with an Editorial Eye

This year at Sundance, Adobe hosted a live panel with three Sundance alums on filmmaking with an editor's perspective. Read the Adobe blog post here. Panelists include:

Whether moving from the director's chair to the edit bay or working collaboratively between the two, having an understanding - or even mastery - of more than one filmmaking discipline can deeply enrich the final project. Hear from a panel of Sundance alums on how diverse perspectives influence success in independent, big budget, and serial content. —Adobe

  • 18:27 - Jennifer Phang discusses her transition from Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere Pro CC and how Dynamic Link sped up the post-production VFX workflow on her film Advantageous.
  • 50:57 - Panelists discuss a question from the audience (not a plant) on what influenced them to edit in Premiere Pro CC. Kyle Patrick Alvarez (The Stanford Experiment) it was the pricing structure change from Creative Suite to Creative Cloud.

Sundance 2017 Films Edited in Premiere Pro

Of course, if you watched the video, then you know 97 Sundance films were cut in Premiere Pro. I'm not about to list 97 films. The following films received special mention in Adobe's Pillow Talks series with the filmmakers. All photos are from Sundance and link back to the Sundance website unless otherwise noted. This section will continued to be updated as the festival runs.

A Ghost Story

  • Director: David Lowery
 Lowery's meticulously sparse narrative contemplates a spectral figure who was once a man (Casey Affleck). Prematurely taken from this Earth, he makes his way toward his former home, where he is fated to remain forevermore. Shrouded in a white sheet, he observes the lament of his grief-stricken lover (Rooney Mara). Bearing unseen witness to her pain, the wisp stands sentry for years to come, interacting only with time as it hurtles further and further forward, the remnants of his humanity quietly evaporating.

Lowery's meticulously sparse narrative contemplates a spectral figure who was once a man (Casey Affleck). Prematurely taken from this Earth, he makes his way toward his former home, where he is fated to remain forevermore. Shrouded in a white sheet, he observes the lament of his grief-stricken lover (Rooney Mara). Bearing unseen witness to her pain, the wisp stands sentry for years to come, interacting only with time as it hurtles further and further forward, the remnants of his humanity quietly evaporating.

We're getting up close and personal with a twist. We're in bed with the director, writer, and producer of "A Ghost Story" at the Sundance Film Festival 2017. Join us as we talk to David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks about their work on the film.

Click here to learn more about David Lowery's A Ghost Story and how it was cut in Premiere Pro.

Dolores

  • Director: Peter Bratt
  • Editor: Jessica Congdon
 Peter Bratt’s provocative and energizing documentary challenges an incomplete history. Through beautifully woven archival footage and interviews from contemporaries and from Dolores herself, now an octogenarian, the film sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history.

Peter Bratt’s provocative and energizing documentary challenges an incomplete history. Through beautifully woven archival footage and interviews from contemporaries and from Dolores herself, now an octogenarian, the film sets the record straight on one of the most effective and undervalued civil and labor rights leaders in modern U.S. history.

We're getting up close and personal with a twist. We're in bed with the writer and editors of "Dolores" at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Join us as we talk to Jessica Congdon and Ben Zweig about their work on the film.

American Paradise

  • Director: Joe Talbot
  • Editors: Luis Alfonso De La Parra Joe Talbot
 A desperate man in Trump's America tries to shift his luck with the perfect crime in this story inspired by true events.

A desperate man in Trump's America tries to shift his luck with the perfect crime in this story inspired by true events.

We're getting up close and personal with a twist. We're in bed with the director, writer, producers and actor of "American Paradise" at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Join us as we talk to Joe Talbot - (Director/Writer), Carlton Evans (Producer), Khaliah Neal (Producer) and Sky Elobar (Cast) about their work on the film.

Snatchers

  • Directors: Stephen Cedars / Benji Kleiman
  • Editors: Stephen Cedars / Benji Kleiman / Eric Fisher
 After status-obsessed teen Sara loses her virginity, she wakes up nine months pregnant—with an alien. The only person she can trust, without ruining her newfound popularity, is her nerdy ex-best friend, Hayley. Once the snatcher emerges, carnage ensues, forcing the duo to enlist the help of a conspiracy theory–obsessed alpaca farmer to put an end to it before all hell breaks loose. The Festival will premiere eight short form episodes of this otherworldly horror-comedy series.

After status-obsessed teen Sara loses her virginity, she wakes up nine months pregnant—with an alien. The only person she can trust, without ruining her newfound popularity, is her nerdy ex-best friend, Hayley. Once the snatcher emerges, carnage ensues, forcing the duo to enlist the help of a conspiracy theory–obsessed alpaca farmer to put an end to it before all hell breaks loose. The Festival will premiere eight short form episodes of this otherworldly horror-comedy series.

We're getting up close and personal with a twist. We're in bed with the filmmakers of "Snatchers" at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Join us as we talk to Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman & Scott Yacyshyn about their work on the film.