Vadzim Khudabets – the name might not ring a bell yet, but give the 24-year-old video editor from Belarus some time. After all, his six-minute movie mashup video "Eterna," has been hailed as the "greatest, most epic movie trailer ever made."
"Eterna," is a movie mashup that combines memorable, dramatic, and explosive scenes from numerous action movies over the past decade and has received more than 170,000 views on the video-sharing website Vimeo, where it is a staff pick.
Praise for the selection and editing job has been widespread with Adweek describing it as a "bone-crushing 6 minutes of awesome" while Crushable writes the video is "so spot-on, you’ll want to watch it twice." Other accolades include Slate calling it the "epic movie mashup to end all movie mashups," while Canada.com labels it the "greatest, most epic movie trailer ever made," notes TIME
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In an interview with TIME, Khudabets, corresponding via email, wrote the six minute "Eterna" trailer had been years in the making.
Khudabets, who initially began by editing video game trailers, found himself drawn to the music from Hollywood trailers.
"I got goosebumps listening to it and began to get [to know] the trailer music," Khudabets told TIME.
Having at first put the music into his gaming projects, the attraction led the young editor releasing his first video mashup in 2009 titled "Trailer Cut – Volume 1."
Despite not being happy with the quality of "Trailer Cut – Volume 1," which he published on YouTube
, the work got him hired to do trailers for several Russian films, TIME notes.
Khudabets says he knew he could create a better video mashup, and so he began collecting video clips from Hollywood movies he watched that held his interest, filing them away to be used at a later time.
"I did not expect success of ‘Trailer Cut – Volume 1′ because I think I made it poorly," Khudabets told TIME, "and I really wanted to make the second part better."
By the spring of 2013, Khudabets says he was ready to create "Eterna," which took him several months to edit. According to the young video editor, he had initially planned on making it a three minute clip, however due to the abundance of material, he decided to make it twice as long.
"Eterna" represents the eternal struggle between good and evil as represented by the heroic and menacing characters featured in the video clips selected, according to Khudabets.
"It was one of the works that you are doing for the soul, not for the client," he tells TIME. "Favorite music, favorite movies—what could be better?"
Khudabets says he hopes his next project will not debut on YouTube or Vimeo, but rather on the big screen.
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