(New York--September 28, 2011) Cutting Room, NY editors Chuck Wills and Mike Douglas help noted TV director Daniel Minahan ("True Blood", "Game of Thrones", "Grey’s Anatomy") craft an ambitious, Sopranos-like thrill ride through mob territory in a new, 8-part web and broadcast series, The Untitled Jersey City Project, for Audi, produced by Studio Progress Films in association with FX for Mediacom Content.|
Starting September 25th, the episodes will air two at a time every Sunday on the FX Channel and online at http://www.fxnetworks.com/untitledjerseycityproject/. The work-in-progress television drama series, subtly integrating the sleek new Audi A6, chronicles a Jersey City real estate deal gone bad as two business partners tangle violently with the mob. Cutting Room and their VFX company Light of Day handled nearly every aspect of post from editorial, VFX and color grading to sound design.
Says Cutting Room founder/editor Chuck Willis, “This was a great opportunity to put all my editing skills together in one project, using dialogue, inter-cutting, action cutting, parallel cutting, visual storytelling and cutting to music. It was a very unique and rewarding experience.”
The Untitled Jersey City Project opens on a New Jersey region in disrepair: oil-stained Hudson River property, dated bridges, trashy alleyways. We then see a new waterfront building in development, but the music tells us its existence might not be positive. This is confirmed when we see a man’s body, architect Ray Rahne, falling 20 stories from the top. Before he hits, we cut to black and a super, “One Hour Earlier,” followed by our hero and Ray’s partner, Frank George, waking in bed next to a sexy journalist, Jane Kaplan. Ray’s ambiguous death occurs toward the end of the film, with a majority of the story unfolding in flashback and flash forward. It’s a bloody end to Frank and Ray’s dealings with the secretly mobbed-up city leader, Larry Tyerman.
The duo erected the building as an urban renewal project funded by Tyerman, a well-connected Man of the Year honoree and secret heavy. After pesky journalist Jane and Frank expose Tyerman’s nefarious dealings, people perish and Audi autos race gracefully through Jersey streets.
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Client: Audi and Mediacom
Production Company: Studio Progress Films in association with FX
Director: Dan Minahan
Executive Producer: Adam Pincus
Post Production: Cutting Room, NY
Editors: Chuck Wills, Mike Douglas