I'm trying to make an "Ultimate Edition" of Star Wars IV V VI. With the release of the deleted scenes released on Blu-Ray and Harmy's Despecialized Editions, I want to make an HD, Extended, Fully Restored version of the Theatrical Star Wars Trilogy (Plus The Star Wars Holiday Special). I'm a little new to most of this and will try my best but need some help.
My process of restoring the footage is slow and is essentially doing a frame-by-frame clean up and coloring of the scenes in Adobe PhotoShop, Simply by using the Clone Stamp Tool, Sharpen, and De-Graining Tools. Is there a better more efficient way to do any of this? My computer can definitely handle this.
For cleaner audio I will basically use the Star Wars Radio Drama if I can.
To make it HD is the biggest problem. Is it even possible? If so, how? I would like this to be more of a hobby I do in my freetime, so it would be nice if these techniques were free or cheap.
Some of the other issues I have is what to do with the Jabba the Hutt scene in IV (Since this is still supposed to be "George Lucas Free") and any incomplete effects shots (such as Luke when he almost runs the lady over in IV) should I exclude these shots, try to finish them, or include them as is. For the Jabba Scene I was probably going to use the un-edited scene with the fat stand in in the fur (the alternative would be a stop motion Jabba since that was Lucas' original plan).
I would love input and help. If there is any resources you guys might think I'd find useful, feel free. Like I said, this will be a leisure hobby, so don't expect too much (at least for now). I'm busy with lots of other things, so it'll happen when it happens.
Thanks in advance.
Pain is temporary, film is forever!
- John Milius