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ronwlim Ultimate Star Wars boxset, 2.0!

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Hello everyone. I’m excited to share my ultimate Star Wars box set 2.0. It’s even more ambitious than the first version.

As a professional art director, I take the design very seriously. This includes the letter spacing and kerning, matching the original typography, good or bad, as closely as possible. I’m obsessed with it. Sometimes I’ll see someone elese great sleeve design, only to have it wrecked by imperfect kerning or a font which is not true to the original trilogy. I’ve striven to be as close to the original marketing as possible.

Before anyone asks, I will be sharing the sleeve cases only at some point. Without further ado, the pictures…

First, the new slipcase. Unlike version 1.0, it is not a double slipcase. However, I’ve built it on thicker chipboard, so it is more solid and sturdy.

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Next, new & improved sleeves. The cover logos are a bit closer ot the theatrical posters now. Also now feature the official taglines from each film. Printed on a new paper stock, double sided glossy, which holds the fine lines of the text better.

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The new extras include miniature stickers replicating the early pins released 1977. And the big new addition: a reproduction of the original program book at a scaled down size. Tried to match the glossy stock as best as I could as well.

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In the Empire case, I have the returning mini-poster reproductions along with an invite and credit brochure handed out at the advance previews in 1977, including a reproduction of the typewritten invite on Star Wars letterhead. Also, exact copies of the early Star Wars fan club membership cards, one of which was completely recreated from scratch.

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In the Jedi case, we have a reproduction of the cover of Marvel Comics Star Wars #1, along with my original Topps cards featuring myself, Harmy and original poster art.

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And a new addition,a WIP of The Making of Star Wars, based on the cover of the excellent book. Inside this case is a painstaking recreation of the original 1977 press kit, including the typewritten letter and press materials from the studio, tear sheets for the film and all the black & white AND color lobby cards from the movie.

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Again, while I won’t be releasing all the files this time (blame the pirates!!!), expect the sleeves to be posted soon. Enjoy!

-Ron

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How obsessed am I about getting the absolute best box set? Look at this:

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You might be wondering, what’s that? That is my recreation of the sticker attached to the lucite stars that George Lucas gave out to the crew of the original film. I’m going to match the original award as close as I can so I can add it to my ultimate box!

-Ron

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Wow! Inspiring and beautiful work, as always - thanks so much for sharing your progress ronwlim! MTFBWY

"Sometimes themes come very painfully after hours of holding my head in my hands at the piano. Days can go by and I'll think it is never going to come. Then I'll sit down at the piano and it sort of pops into my mind; after two weeks of frustration, it just appears out of nowhere. Other times, I might think about a theme for a character and get it straight off. It is a strange and mysterious and frustrating process, almost impossible to describe." - John Williams (1979)

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Awesome job! This truly is the ultimate box set. It turned out so great! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us!

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ronwlim said:

… Again, while I won’t be releasing all the files this time (blame the pirates!!!) …

Don’t worry. I won’t beg for any files.

But I am curious about the digital material you used for your “Making of Star Wars” Disc.

What documentaries did you use for content?

The NJVC Custom Bluray Set of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions is up on Mega.

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solkap said:

But I am curious about the digital material you used for your “Making of Star Wars” Disc.

What documentaries did you use for content?

Well, that’s the issue. I’ve been having trouble burning the disc. Half the content is HD, the rest SD. I’ve tried burning it several times and the SD content keeps getting stretched across the screen instead of pillboxing the sides. It’s extremely frustrating.

At any rate, here’s the content:

Original Star Wars casting videos (about 90 minutes)
Robert Guenette’s three docs on the three films
From Star Wars to Jedi: the making of a saga
The Star Wars Holiday special
John Williams - Creating the score for ESB
Outtakes from all three films.

I’m also still finetuning the sleeve, which is why I indicated its a WIP.

Best,
Ron

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Gorgeous work! Disney & Lucasfilm would never release anything this spectacular.

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Cool choices! But sorry to hear about your video burning issues!

What disc authoring software are you using?

I’ve found a lot of people are very willing to troubleshoot with you on custom projects here on this forum and in the forum area at videohelp.com.

Maybe start looking there for fixes? I hope you find some solutions!

The NJVC Custom Bluray Set of Harmy’s Despecialized Editions is up on Mega.

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Thanks for the tip Solkap. I’ve been using Roxio Toast on my Macbook Pro. I’ll try poking around videohelp.com.

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ronwlim said:

Thanks for the tip Solkap. I’ve been using Roxio Toast on my Macbook Pro. I’ll try poking around videohelp.com.

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Packaging looks absolutely fantastic Ron, the kind of set this film deserves - like Warners Ultimate Collectors editions of Wizard of Oz, but with the dial turned up to 11!

In terms of pillarboxing, I sometimes find the best option is to hardcode the pillarbox bars into the video so that everything is 16x9 - just removes any doubt that the player / tv is going to try and stretch to fill the sceen.

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DVD-BOY said:
Packaging looks absolutely fantastic Ron, the kind of set this film deserves - like Warners Ultimate Collectors editions of Wizard of Oz, but with the dial turned up to 11!

In terms of pillarboxing, I sometimes find the best option is to hardcode the pillarbox bars into the video so that everything is 16x9 - just removes any doubt that the player / tv is going to try and stretch to fill the sceen.

Thanks. Any idea of how to hardcode a movie file on a Mac?
-Ron

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What kind of sticker paper did you use for the box? When I made mine I used sticker paper with a matte finish, and I like the way it feels, but sometimes the colors aren’t very vibrant. Do you have any suggestions for some better sticker paper? Thanks!

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Looks great, Ron. I get what you mean about being obsessed over every little detail. I’m the same way with my passionate interests as well. (Mostly about music, I’m a professional musician!) I’m sorry so many darn pirates ruin good things for us real fans. This is truly incredible. Should Lucasfilm every actually decide to release something like this, they should call you up!

(Also this thread reminds me that I need to get me a printer 😛)

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JediFan9728 said:

What kind of sticker paper did you use for the box? When I made mine I used sticker paper with a matte finish, and I like the way it feels, but sometimes the colors aren’t very vibrant. Do you have any suggestions for some better sticker paper? Thanks!

I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on glossy sticker paper. None of them work. If the stock looks good, then the adhesive is weak and begins peeling off within hours.

I gave up on adhesive printer paper. I decided to go with regular glossy printer paper and used the rubber cement dry mounting method. You can Google it, but essentially you apply rubber cement to both surfaces, let them both dry. Then the resulting dry mount is SUPER sticky. Only drawback is you have to position perfectly; there’s no re-positioning once the two surfaces touch their adhesives. I have not checked, but I’m sure there are dozens of videos explaining it on youtube.

best,
Ron

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ronwlim said:

solkap said:

But I am curious about the digital material you used for your “Making of Star Wars” Disc.

What documentaries did you use for content?

Well, that’s the issue. I’ve been having trouble burning the disc. Half the content is HD, the rest SD. I’ve tried burning it several times and the SD content keeps getting stretched across the screen instead of pillboxing the sides. It’s extremely frustrating.

At any rate, here’s the content:

Original Star Wars casting videos (about 90 minutes)
Robert Guenette’s three docs on the three films
From Star Wars to Jedi: the making of a saga
The Star Wars Holiday special
John Williams - Creating the score for ESB
Outtakes from all three films.

I’m also still finetuning the sleeve, which is why I indicated its a WIP.

Best,
Ron

Follow up on the making of disc. I was way too ambitious in the content. I ended up culling it down to the auditions along with a great video I found on YouTube of the MidAmerica WorldCon, a panel from a 1976 convention with Gary Kutrz, Mark Hamill and Charles Lipponcott. Really fascinating seeing them explain what a “light sword” is!

-Ron

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skywalkerfan101 said:

How heavy is the card stock use to create the boxes?

If you didn’t have card stock to create the slipcases, what did you use?

It’s not card stock. It’s chip board. This is thick, thick stuff. You can buy it on Amazon…
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C9D3OHG/ref=sxr_rr_xsim_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=3008523062&pd_rd_wg=JRpfn&pf_rd_r=YTHH1PJ62T3Z44FYSMJ9&pf_rd_s=desktop-rhs-carousels&pf_rd_t=301&pd_rd_i=B01C9D3OHG&pd_rd_w=qypn8&pf_rd_i=chip+board&pd_rd_r=362QTGV5SAFFWF3CC471&ie=UTF8&qid=1505527079&sr=1

Best,
Ron

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This is pretty incredibly, might have to take the initiative and start creating my own custom boxes.

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Staggering! Fantastic stuff! How much do you want for one?

Worst May the 4th EVER.

Ol’ George has the GOUT, I see.

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