B U I L D I N G E M P I R E
JULY 2005 - 'The Empire Strikes Back: Audio/Visual Commentary' project underway
OCT 2005 - UPDATE - This project is now called 'BUILDING EMPIRE'
DEC 2005 - UPDATE - Version 1.0 is finished
JAN 2006 - UPDATE - Version 1.1, Spelling mistakes corrected (thanks oojason)
JAN 2006 - UPDATE - Version 1.2, Now 16:9 Anamorphic (aspect ration problem corrected)
JAN 2006 - UPDATE - Version 2.0 (final version) to be finished by Feb 2006
02 MARCH 2006 - UPDATE - Final Version Complete and ready to go.
FEB 2007 - NTSC Version complete and now available on torrent sites.
MARCH 2008 - Updated version shown at Miami Underground Film Festival
01 DEC 2008 - Miami Underground film Festival Edition uploaded to alt.binaries (by Mothr)
Duration: 2hrs 11m (main doco)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Format: MPEG2 Video, 720 x 576 Anamorphic, PAL UK, 25fps,
DVD: Single Layer 4.7GB
Data Rate: 3509.02 kbits/sec
Special Features Include:
Restored Music Sequences
Contains: Building Empire Feature and DVD-ROM Extras:
ESB Radio Drama
ESB 'Story Of' Album
Mark Hamill 1979 Audio Interview
A List of some of the resources used:
- Empire of Dreams
- Featurettes on 2004 DVD
- Clapperboard: ESB
- Laser Disc Supplementals
- Deleted Magic
- When Star Wars Ruled the World
- AOTC Webdocs (thanks to babyhum for the heads up)
- 20/20 John Williams (thanks ocpmovie!)
- THX Soundtrack
- 'Story of' Album
- Behind the Masks
- The Stars of Star Wars
- Moth3r ESB (PAL)
- Skywalker, BBC Radio 1 programme 1996
- 1979/80 Interviews with cast
- Super 8mm 2 reel Version
Thanks so much to everyone who supported and provided during the making of this project.
Q: What did you use to create the project?
A: I used a dual 1GHz G4 Powermac with Final Cut Pro 4.5, DVD Studio Pro 3, A.Pack, Photoshop 7 and Cinematize.
Q: What inspired you to create this project?
A: Firstly a love of the film, but I always thought that audio commentaries could be expanded somewhat to make them Audio and Visual commentaries. And of course Deleted Magic was a big catalyst.
Q: How long did it take to make from start to finish?
A: I started in July 05 and finished in March 06, so about 7 or 8 months.
Q: What sources did you use?
A: Too many to mention, but there is a condensed list above.
Q: How can I get a copy?
A: I am unable to send any more out at present. My advice is to beg a fellow forum member or download it from myspleen.net.
Q: Can I send you some money on Paypal to get a copy?
A: Absolutely not! Money has not been involved in the creation or distribution of this project and it NEVER will.
Q: Are there plans for a NTSC version?
A: The NTSC version has just been completed by caligulathegod and will be available soon.
Q: So, how can I watch a PAL disc in an NTSC country? (see above)
A: Get yourself a new cheapy DVD player, most of them play PAL discs these days. The disc is also region free so your computer's DVD player should play it just fine. For futher details read this page (a few posts down).
Q: Why are there some clips with bars down the sides?
A: I wanted to include both 16:9 clips and 4:3 clips in the project in their original form but given that this is an a/v commentary, I was intent on allowing the viewer the ability to watch the film in the best possible quality. So I plumbed for 16:9. Furthermore, if you don't have a 16:9 TV in the 21st century....
Q: Where can I get a DVD cover for this project?
A: Check in the DVD-ROM folder for some great covers designed by members of this very forum. Also you can now download artwork Cover Art Page
Q: Are there plans for a sequel/prequel?
A: 'Returning to Jedi' is complete. My final chapter "Star Wars Begins' is currently in production.
Q: What is the Miami Underground Film Festival version?
A: On the request of the organiser I was asked to submit both BE and RTJ to the M.U.F.F. I updated both with corrections and some additional footage that had surfaced since the original release.
Creator of Star Wars Begins, Building Empire and Returning to Jedi
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