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ROTS regraded

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Does anyone know of an edit of ROTS that has been regraded to make the Emperor look more like the OT Emperor and desaturate the movie overall? It would have to be shot-by-shot. Does this exist? I’m thinking about taking this on. ROTS is one of my favorite SW movies, but suffers from oversaturation and looks overly ‘digital’ as well. I’d love to tone it down a bit. Let me know if you guys know anything! Thanks

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It doesn’t exist to my knowledge. I’m not sure how you’d go about making the Emperor makeup look more like ROTJ - when Adywan did it for ESB, it was mostly still images stitched together, which worked for two static shots, but wouldn’t for all the full-range-of-motion shots of ROTS.

Deepfaking is something that could be looked into, though.

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ChainsawAsh said:

It doesn’t exist to my knowledge. I’m not sure how you’d go about making the Emperor makeup look more like ROTJ - when Adywan did it for ESB, it was mostly still images stitched together, which worked for two static shots, but wouldn’t for all the full-range-of-motion shots of ROTS.

Deepfaking is something that could be looked into, though.

Something like this…
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Oh, you’re talking about overall color grading. I thought you were talking about doing effects work on McDiarmid’s makeup to make it look more like the ROTJ makeup.

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ChainsawAsh said:

Oh, you’re talking about overall color grading. I thought you were talking about doing effects work on McDiarmid’s makeup to make it look more like the ROTJ makeup.

I meant the color grading but now that you mentioned deepfakes, that would be amazing if done right.

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The color change seems to be enough. At first glance it looks like a scene from ROTJ 😁

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I would maybe try a test but don’t have a large amount of faith in a deepfake solution, the emperor is too shrouded in shadow around his face and has very eye catching wrinkles, in my opinion the blending wouldn’t blend and only look more fake than good color correction. Although a tracked roto of his face in the same case would be fairly easy to blend for select shots where you might want the emperor more desaturated without applying to the rest of the frame, examples so far look great!

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Would love to see you export a clip with that grading J! Would also like to see you try this out with Palpatine during Vader’s christening. I’ve always felt the lighting felt pretty bland, so maybe an interesting color grade could give it a different feeling.

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Yeah, the color grading works surprisingly well. I think going a little further and doing some tracking masks and the like to obscure more of his face in shadow might just do the trick if done right.

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RogueLeader said:

Would love to see you export a clip with that grading J! Would also like to see you try this out with Palpatine during Vader’s christening. I’ve always felt the lighting felt pretty bland, so maybe an interesting color grade could give it a different feeling.

I’m still working on the clip. It’s tricky!! I’m still learning color grading and it’s definitely not easy. I actually can’t wait to work on the Vader ‘christening’ clip too. All scenes with Sidious/Palpatine are my priority with this project.

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I use Vegas Pro so unfortunately I can’t help with specifics. I use secondary color correcturn filters to isolate specific colors and color correction filters when color correcting. I’m sure there are some really good regraders here that could offer specific Adobe tips. The samples you shared looked good.

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DigMod said:

I use Vegas Pro so unfortunately I can’t help with specifics. I use secondary color correcturn filters to isolate specific colors and color correction filters when color correcting. I’m sure there are some really good regraders here that could offer specific Adobe tips. The samples you shared looked good.

Thanks! Yea, it’s not easy. I’m playing around with masks at the moment just to test out some ideas I had to make a few scenes look a bit more realistic and dark. Less “cartoony” if that makes any sense.

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Just a quick update on this: i just bought a whole new computer, so then next time we meet, my powers will have doubled…