Final Cut Pro was introduced by Apple in 1999, and the consumer product opened up the editing market to independent filmmakers, who could now create feature-quality products. However, it would be two years before Hollywood filmmakers caught on. Here’s a look at some of the films that have used the software, from past to present.
- The Rules of Attraction (2002): Roger Avary’s tale of unrequited love at a liberal arts school (based on Bret Easton Ellis’s novel) was the first major film to be edited with the software. Afterwards, he appeared in ads promoting FCP.
- Cold Mountain (2003): Editor and sound designer Walter Murch was inspired by Avary to make the switch to FCP, and his work on Cold Mountain proved them both right. Murch was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Editing, and his efforts were memorialized in the book Behind the Seen: How Walter Murch Edited Cold Mountain Using Apple’s Final Cut Pro and What This Means for Cinema.
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004): This innovative sci-fi film combined CG surroundings with human actors. Director Kerry Conran credits Final Cut Pro with giving them the ability to bring it all together”I don’t know how we would have made this movie otherwise.”
- 300 (2007): Yes, the film which has spawned legions of imitators was edited on Apple’s program. The majority of the film (excluding one scene) was shot on digital backlots, and other programs like Maya and RealFlow were used to add in the blood effects. Again, FCP tied it all together.
- No Country For Old Men (2007): This critically-acclaimed film was nominated for, but did not win, Best Film Editing at the Academy Awards. Nevertheless, the Coen’s ability to work this complex and gritty story of good and evil in the New West into a perfect 2-hour film is perhaps testament enough to what the software can achieve.