Searching: Creating Cinematic Drama From Small Screen Trauma

On the feature film Searching, editors Nick Johnson and Will Merrick were tasked with some hefty new challenges: a film shot almost entirely on GoPro (with a little dash of iPhone and MiniDV) requiring thousands of layers of continuously rasterizing vector files — which takes place entirely on computer screens, in application windows that were meticulously created and animated, rather than screen-capped.

And in its original form (and original title Search), cut under crushing deadlines to meet its Sundance Film Festival debut in January 2018. Acquired by Sony Pictures in one of the festival’s biggest deals, Searching opens worldwide this month.

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