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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI "REVISITED EDITION"ADYWAN - NOW IN PRODUCTION

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ROTJ: REVISITED – PRODUCTION BEGINS & DONATION DRIVE

After a very short break (well, almost) from completing ESB:R, I will now be starting work on ROTJ:R . Although the full list of fixes and changes will still take time to compile, here are some of the things I have planned so far :- ( A full list will be updated in this post at a later date)

Add more B-Wings/ Pilots to Endor Space battle
Replace the lower quality matte painting with miniatures/ digitally enhanced versions
Remove the slapstick Ewok moments during the battle.
Add more rebel troop action to Endor ground battle
Remove the 2011 addition of Vader saying “No” during the climactic scene.
Remove “Jedi Rocks” and the additions of the Special Edition in that scene
Remove the Sarlaac SE beak
Add female pilots
Replace the Tydirium shuttle with a more cargo based shuttle (new design)
Re-rotoscope the lightsabers
Larger ground and space battle
New super-stardestroyer destruction.
Complete new colour grade
And more…

Thanks to all the things I learned doing ESB:R, with the miniatures etc., I now know what can and can’t be done, so things can now move faster.

The first part of the production will be the live action shoots. This includes the B-Wing pilots and the Endor ground action. While we’re pretty much covered for costumes for the California shoot for Endor (apart from some props) , the B-wing pilots costumes and Cockpits need to be made from scratch. This will include 4 costumes and the same number of helmets and 1 full size cockpit, with interchangeable parts that can swapped around so that it doesn’t look like the same set used for all 4 pilots. Auditions for the needed pilots will be opening up shortly, but more on that once the time comes. Although there are costumers already out there with B-wing costumes that people have made themselves, It would be impossible to utilise what’s already out there because I need to have them identical and also because It would be a logistical nightmare to find people close to where I live that have the costume and can also act. So the only course of action is to create them myself. Another thing is the helmets. The original B-wing helmets are probably the worse helmet in the entire series. They’re not even helmets, just ear muffs. So these are getting a tweak. And, as we don;'t see the original helmets close up in the film anyway, redesigning them is no problem.

There are also a few props that will need to be made for the Endor shoot and ship them to California.

The second part will be the Miniatures. The main Matte paintings being replaced are the Home One Hangar scenes. The paintings just don’t hold up well and the scenes with Lando and Han have never looked any good. So a 1/48 scale miniature is being created for these shots. Luckily there are some X-wing, Y-wing and B-wing kits available in that scale, but the A-wings will need to be made from scratch by the looks of things. For the Falcon I will be using the 1/48 scale Hasbro hero play-set. That thing is a great little toy. Very close to the 32” inch studio model in terms of size, but perfect to be in scale with the other ships for the miniature. We will be 3D printing parts and scratch building other bits to kit out this Falcon to make it fit for filming. People that have already modified this toy know just how amazing this can look.

Now the shuttle Tydirium is going to be changed. One thing that has always bugged me is that the same model ship that is used for dignitaries, is also being used to transport cargo and troops. This ship needs to be a different model. More in line with a cargo shuttle, similar to what was seen in Rogue One and the troop transport in the SE ANH. So a 1/48 scale ship needs to be built and then it’s digital double for the flying scenes.

Now this unfortunately isn’t going to be cheap, so I really need your help. There will be some items that was used for ESB:R coming up for sale soon (Hangar set pieces, model ships etc.) , but this will only cover a small percentage of what is needed to accomplish this. (The Blueprints book posted earlier on the page is our 3rd unity directors own personally purchased copy that was used for reference until I managed to pick up a copy myself, so the funds he raises from the sale of that won’t be going towards Revisited as there may only be need to the first and second units this time around). While I have a small amount of materials left over from ESB:R, I don;t have anywhere near enough to be able to start.

The things I will need the funds for will include:

Lot’s of silicone and various resins, wood, electrics for the cockpit, material for costumes, vaccum-formed helmet goggles, fibreglass, set dressings, lots of various styrene sheets and pieces etc. etc. Now every penny raised goes into the cost of the materials. None of it ever goes to anything other than this. Everything ranging from travel expenses to the added cost of electric bills etc. comes out of our own pockets. We do not take a penny of donations for personal use or for anything outside of the cost of materials. Never have, never will.

So the ROTJ Donation Drive is now officially open…

If you can donate then you can donate through Paypal. You can visit the wordpress site and follow the links on the right of the page to the paypal donations page from there :

https://swrevisited.wordpress.com/

Now, after completing ESB:R, I didn’t fully take a break. I started work on the colour correction side of things for ANH:R HD. I will post some screenshots of its progress over the coming weeks. I can only do so much at the moment thought because all the hard drives are almost full. With all the extra content for the ESB:R Blu-ray to sort out before I can even start that, I can’t wipe them to clear up some space. So I will have to get some extra drives/ replacements. The PC is also playing up, but I didn’t want to mention that because this started late last year while completing ESB. I was preying it would last and luckily is did. I don;t know how much longer its going to be any good to use. Lots of crashing in after effects. A complete system wipe didn’t clear that up though, so its looking hardware based. Add to that, the on-board USB ports are buggy, with the USB3 ones failed completely. Damn Asus board. So part of the donations may need to go towards new board, memory and processor along with large capacity drives. Luckily the power supply seems fine, and I recently upgraded the graphics card to a much better one that helps with speeding the rendering. It’s annoying that the new revision of the 2011 sockets won’t accept the 6 core i7 that I have presently, so I have no choice but to get a new 6 core (higher cores are way too expensive) to go with the new board/ memory. But the drives will be one the first things out of all the materials/ parts for me to be able to start ROTJ:R

I will post a progress bar for donations on regular intervals so you will be able to see how things are going. Once the donation target is reached and all the materials are purchased , then donations will be closed. After working out the cost of materials for the live action and model shoots, it’s looking like just shy of £6,000 needed in addition to what I can raise myself at the moment 😦 . So, if you can help, then it would be greatly appreciated.

So it all starts now. On Force Friday…

ROTJ:R & ANH:R HD are now in production. Let’s hope this time things go more smoothly…

And now onto the last thing…

This will be my last edit. It’s obvious to me now that it is likely not possible to do all of the things I wanted to do to the prequels. Not without a huge budget. I don;t have the funds myself to do these projects, and I don’t want to keep having to rely on the generosity of others. I also just don’t have the love for those films, that I have with the OT, for me to spend years working on. So the Revisited saga will be episodes 4-6. These edits take up so much of my life as it is. To end up working on 3 more after this one (and recreating ANH in HD too) would take me another decade at least. It’s time for me to know when to stop. And that time is as soon as ROTJ:R & ANH:R HD are complete and all formats released.

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Good luck on this most massive endeavor!

I’m sure there will be suggestions aplenty in this thread, so let me just say that your (relatively) few substantial, well considered changes are worth more than many hundreds of small cosmetic alterations. I’m glad that this edit seems focused on those big changes. Don’t sweat the small stuff. 😃

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I just want to tell you good luck, Adywan. We’re all counting on you.

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Very sad to hear you won’t be doing the prequels, but completely understandable. Of course, never say never… but yeah, makes sense.

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Again, amazing projects for the original Trilogy, if you need any help Ady, SW fans will be there.
Good luck and MTFBWY.

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As much a would have liked to have seen you version of the prequels for curiosity’s sake i’m glad you sticking with the original trilogy.

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We’re with you Adywan! Here’s to endeavor being a rewarding one!

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Get Dave Prowse & reshoot the end of RotJ with HIM! Right the original wrong. Shaw yeah fine, better than nothing but Dave earned that reveal big time.

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Troy said:

Get Dave Prowse & reshoot the end of RotJ with HIM! Right the original wrong. Shaw yeah fine, better than nothing but Dave earned that reveal big time.

Someone did this already. The problem would be getting the go-ahead to release the footage.

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NeverarGreat said:

Troy said:

Get Dave Prowse & reshoot the end of RotJ with HIM! Right the original wrong. Shaw yeah fine, better than nothing but Dave earned that reveal big time.

Someone did this already. The problem would be getting the go-ahead to release the footage.

How do you mean?

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Troy said:

NeverarGreat said:

Troy said:

Get Dave Prowse & reshoot the end of RotJ with HIM! Right the original wrong. Shaw yeah fine, better than nothing but Dave earned that reveal big time.

Someone did this already. The problem would be getting the go-ahead to release the footage.

How do you mean?

It’s in a documentary on Netflix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbExdNBjOfQ

The guy shot the footage, and the behind the scenes stuff is in the documentary, but for legal reasons he couldn’t release the actual scene.

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“Re-rotoscope the lightsabers”

In a way, this one intrigues me the most from the initial list. They went NUTS with the brightness and such, especially on Luke’s, in some scenes and I’m looking forward to seeing them at a more normal size. (and such) 😃

Looking forward to following the progress and maybe making some suggestions! Oh, and as with the first two, I’ll be sure and help a bit on the monetary end as well.

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ANH:R and ESB:R are both towering achievements of fan-editing; easily the best ever made. I’m thrilled to know that this project is underway, and I look forward to seeing you make your way toward the finish line over the next however-long-it-takes, Adywan.

Regarding your decision not to devote years of your life to working on the Prequels, I think any rational person will understand and respect you for it. I was always intrigued to know what you might do on them, but I can see how not having a passion for those films would make the idea rather… off-putting? The younger set seem to love the Prequels in a way those of us north of forty don’t – perhaps there’s a twenty-something Adywan, with a lot of capital and even more time, waiting in the wings.

Best of luck on ROTJ:R, Adywan.

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A quick suggestion for ROTJ:R, maybe throw in a reference to Thrawn in the background displays or see if you can add the Rebel’s Ghost ship in the Battle of Endor. It would be quite a treat for fans of Star Wars Rebels. ESB:R is a masterpiece. Wishing you all the best on ROTJ:R Ady!

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DZ-330 said:

A quick suggestion for ROTJ:R, maybe throw in a reference to Thrawn in the background displays or see if you can add the Rebel’s Ghost ship in the Battle of Endor. It would be quite a treat for fans of Star Wars Rebels. ESB:R is a masterpiece. Wishing you all the best on ROTJ:R Ady!

Ady really isn’t into adding things from the EU, and I personally wouldn’t want him to step on the new canon by assuming either of those things survive to RotJ!

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doubleofive said:

I asked and Ady is going to share what his plans were for the prequels sometime in the future. We’ll have a record of what could have been, or rather, what he imagined could have been.

Good to know. I’m sure some will review what he says and start a feasibility list, if you will. 😉 Someone may just create the best PT edits to date because of it. (I’m still waiting for someone to do a big sound effects overhaul on them. It’s an area that has been almost untouched so far, but has always been one of my biggest gripes!)

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Here’s my list of suggestions:

  1. Maybe one less use of “my master” during the scene when Vader tells Palpatine about Luke being on Endor. To me, it sounds a little repetitive to hear him say that for two sentences in a row.
  2. Either shorten or remove the scene with the scout troopers chasing the Ewok on speeder bikes.
  3. Reanimate Palpatine’s Force lightning, and don’t give it as much of a glow.
  4. When Luke takes Vader’s mask off, make the top of Anakin’s head less egg-shaped, but keep his blue eyes and leave the eyebrows off as shown in the official 2004 DVD onwards.
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adywan said:

DZ-330 said:

A quick suggestion for ROTJ:R, maybe throw in a reference to Thrawn in the background displays or see if you can add the Rebel’s Ghost ship in the Battle of Endor. It would be quite a treat for fans of Star Wars Rebels. ESB:R is a masterpiece. Wishing you all the best on ROTJ:R Ady!

Chopper is already in ESB:R 😉

Where?? What scene?

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