FaZe Full Throttle – Episode 2: CJ Wilson

Here’s the second episode of Faze Full Throttle featuring former MLB All Star and current race car driver C.J. Wilson.

This was actually the first episode I cut and it turned out to be a good entry point into the group dynamics of FaZe. When I first saw Apex introducing C.J. in the first scene, I thought he was a host that had been hired to introduce each episode; just another example of how good these guys are at being on camera. Having worked with actors, I know how hard it is to make on camera banter not feel phony and if there’s one thing FaZe Fans know it’s when someone is not being authentic. Seriously, this generation was born with a built-in bullshit meter and I think that’s one reason why this series works so well: the guys all love fast cars and they admire people who are good at driving. So because their admiration is real, we’re drawn into their excitement which is more than evident during the driving sequences.

Working on this episode also helped orient me to all the different toys I would get to play with: three different camera angles for the On The Fly interviews and B-roll, at least two GoPro cameras in the car during each drive and one amazing drone camera operated by a professional who definitely knew what they were doing. All I can say is, thank god for Premiere’s multi-camera editing function, although that was not always reliable. I’ll discuss that in more detail later.

Another fun challenge for editing this series was the music. Fortunately, we had access to an excellent music library, Jingle Punks, which had a great selection of Hip Hop, EDM and Trap music samples to choose from – the Clan’s preferred genres. It was a fun challenge to find a different track for each rider in each episode. I had to dig deep into the song catalog in order not to repeat a theme. In the end, I didn’t end up using any track more than once and I was lucky that the genres they chose go well with race car footage. I confess, I’m a little disappointed that each ride’s music is often interrupted with the commentaries that appear in the upper left corner during the rides, but that was the deal from the very beginning, so I’ve come to accept it.

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