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Idea: AOTC "mechanical hand" shot reconstruction

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To make an AOTC theatrical version, the original marriage shot is needed (more info here: http://www.dvdactive.com/editorial/articles/star-wars-the-changes-part-four.html) - Centropy SVCD seems the only available source, and it’s really terrible - not possible to use it in any project, I suppose.

So, I thought that, with a lot of patience and good skills, it’s possible to make a reconstruction - well, sort of… I tried with just MSpaint and a picture of the actual mechanical hand used on the set; result is nice, even if not perfect and different from the theatrical version, but it’s a start…
comparison

comparison: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/191552 - note that I moved (badly) a bit the floor, as it’s clear that it was changed during the “restoration”…

It’s always possible to find another image to use, or adapt the existing ones; for the rest of the shot - where there is the pan, Padmé’s hand could be “cut&pasted” from previous frames, or use the actual frame, select and rotate it… well, a good graphic designer surely knows how to do it!

The thing I can do to help is to provide the PNG images of the mixed HDTV versions - that should be better than the BD; the original shot for reference; some mech hand images of the actual prop used on the set.

Anyone crazy enough to accept the mission?

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This is very intriguing. Is there an SVCD clip of this full shot to examine?

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I made a quick resize and color correction just to see what it looks like.

[top - Centropy SVCD] . . [middle - Centropy fixed up] . . [bottom - HDTV test]

It looks do-able, but it looks like to be a Disney-style locked & filled-in background plate. Movement of the “hand” from set photos might be done link-by-link (twists, turns, perspectives), frame-by-frame. That would take quite a long time, unless someone figures an acceptably looking shortcut.

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Point me to the right timecode, and I’ll cut it.

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Spaced Ranger said: Movement of the “hand” from set photos might be done link-by-link (twists, turns, perspectives), frame-by-frame. That would take quite a long time, unless someone figures an acceptably looking shortcut.

As there are “only” 150 frames to correct, it could be a possible task for a very skilled graphic editor… who has some time to spare, obviously, and devoted to the cause!

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