Apple FCPX and the Making Of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

“There are 1200 visual effects shots in this movie.

No, we’re not talking about the latest comic book adaptation or fantasy epic. We’re talking about Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, an action-comedy starring Tina Fey as a journalist covering the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the fourth and latest film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.

I was pleased to speak to Glenn, as well as First Assistant Editor Kevin Bailey, about the this one, but just before we began, I told Glenn that I was surprised to learn that there were 400 VFX shots in the previous film that he and John directed together, Focus, which they’d also written.

(They’ve written 6 films together, including the cult favorite Bad Santa, which they didn’t direct. Whiskey Tango Foxtrotand Crazy, Stupid, Love are the two they’ve directed but not written.)

To the postproduction world at large, Focus was most notable as the first major studio feature to be edited with Final Cut Pro X. Looking at it more broadly, though, I was struck by how much VFX work had been done on it. That’s when Glenn told me: 400 VFX shots may sound like a lot to you, but there are 1200 VFX shots in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” – Tim Wilson

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