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Superman by Taolar (Formally: Son of Jorel) WORKPRINT AVAILABLE — Page 9

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OMG, I completely forgot about this edit.

Dr. M

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WheresBlackhawk said:

Soooooooo...

It's mid October...

Any news?

I haven't found much time to work on this, unfortunately.  Between keeping my small business afloat, and spending time with my 5 year old, there's been almost no progress on SoJ in the last few months.  And by the looks of it, I'm not going to have much more time available in the forseeable future.  

But I've sat on this thing long enough.  I am going to announce now that I'm going to release this edit on December 15th, the 30 year anniversary of "Superman: the Movie," in whatever state it's in by then.  At the very least I should have the essential FX scenes done and an adequate stereo mix.  It probably won't be the exact movie that I wanted to release, but by that point I would have already spent 2 1/2 years working on it, and I can't justify to myself, my wife, and you fine folks delaying release any more.

This will be a DIVX/Xvid, NTSC, stereo, no frills v0.9 release.  If it's received well enough, in the future I might hire a few people to complete my want list and release a v1.0 in NTSC and PAL DVD format, 5.1 audio, with extras.  And I've been working with HD files whenever available, so if WB ever releases the original Superman 2 in HiDef, I should be able to do an HD release. But the only guarantee at this point is that December 15th will see SoJ v0.9 released.

 

lorang said:

It would be cool to have some more teasers of work completed just to keep us at bay!

 

Sorry, you'll have to wait two more months...

 

Doctor M said:

OMG, I completely forgot about this edit.

 

OMG, me too!  LOL  J/K

-T

 

Working on: Superman: Son of Jorel

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It's great to hear that it will finally get a release, as I have been looking forward to this for a while. I was very impressed with your early teasers, and I can't wait to see it. Is there no chance for you to release it in just a basic, no-frills DVD, even just the DVD files with no menu, for quality sake? I'm really not a huge divx fan, myself, and divx movies always look terrible when I play them on my TV. Of course, the decision is yours, and either way, I'll be glad to see this, but I think this project deserves DVD quality, even if just a barebones one, just so people can really enjoy all the hard work that has gone into this. Please give this some consideration, and thanks either way for giving us the update!

 

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Thanks for the interest.  I'm sure I'll release a DVD version at some point, even if I decide I'm not going to "fully" complete the edit.  I have deleted scenes that I'd like to release, and maybe a commentary track.  But I like the route that Adywan took: Divx release, consider all the critiques, then DVD release with fixes.

-T

Working on: Superman: Son of Jorel

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Well, when you put it like that, it makes sense. Indeed, that is how Adywan did it. I'll certainly be looking forward to it! Glad to hear a DVD will happen eventually. Thanks for replying.

 

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Any News?

December 1st and now I'm getting excited.

Thanx in advance.

 

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Wow, since I announced my deadline, I have had a rough couple of months.  My business has all but flatlined.  Other than having Aftereffects completely crap out on me two weeks ago (and still not working after re-install), I have spent ZERO time on this project.  All time has been spent keeping business afloat and family happy and fed.

 

Wife and kid leaving town this weekend means I will work on this project Friday night and all Saturday, and hope to have a version that I'm not embarrassed by done by December 15th.  I hate missing deadlines.

 

Thanks for the interest.  Wish I had the spare time to work on this.  This economy blows.  I hope everyone else is doing well.

 

-M

Working on: Superman: Son of Jorel

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I worked on getting After Effects and Premiere working last night.  No luck whatsoever.  So I copied all my files to another drive and reformatted the hard drive and spent until midnight reinstalling windows, then my internet connection went down, before I could download audio and video drivers.  So that's what I'm doing this right now.

Man, I can't say enough bad things about Windows.  For the last 6 months or so I've had a dual boot Ubuntu/XP system, and I'm loving almost everything about Ubuntu.  One of the only reasons I kept XP was to run Premiere and After Effects, but when this project is over I'm switching over to open source video software, and hopefully will be rid of Windows once and forever.

I'll keep this page updated with my progress with SoJ.

-T

 

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Could be worse, you could be running Vista.

Dr. M

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I've worked on it for about 7 hours today.  I have a list of 64 issues that I'd like to fix before release.  The majority are audio related and most of those should be relatively easy to fix.  8 are FX related, 4 of which will be labor intensive.  

I'll see how many I can get done tomorrow.  :)

 

Working on: Superman: Son of Jorel

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Taolar said:

I've worked on it for about 7 hours today.  I have a list of 64 issues that I'd like to fix before release.  The majority are audio related and most of those should be relatively easy to fix.  8 are FX related, 4 of which will be labor intensive.  

I'll see how many I can get done tomorrow.  :)

 

Awesome man! looking forward to it ;-)

 

Remember, Highlander, you’ve both still got your full measure of life. Use it well, and your future will be glorious.

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I crossed off 9 items this morning.  But found a couple more FX shots that I forgot to add to the list.

Should have some time tomorrow to continue.

-T

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I just wanted to express my support for this project. I think I've posted before, but in anycase I am looking forward to seeing what you have come up with. Don't feel the pressure of time, take as long as you feel you need to, or want to.

 

Cheers mate! :)

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Don't feel the pressure of time, take as long as you feel you need to, or want to.

 

Thanks for the support!  I think the pressure of a deadline is the only thing that keeps me going.  I'd actually much rather be playing Rock Band, or enjoying an intoxicant   Setting the 15th as a deadline has put my butt in gear. I've got more done this weekend than in the past 9 months.

I didn't think I was going to work on this tonight, but I muscled through some FX work over the last couple hours.  It was a few shots, but amounted to only one item on my list.  Turned out pretty good though, especially for a rush job.  I don't think most people will even notice that they're FX shots.

I'm taking tomorrow off, and should be able to work on this for a few hours in the morning.

-T

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Definitely looking forward to this...it'll be slightly after my birthday but I'll be looking forward to it nonetheless. It's been a long time coming, but as with most things worth waiting for, this will be worth the wait. 

(I apologise if I've come across all rambly and nonsense...I've just got back from the Far East, so on top of a 13 hour flight and an 8 hour time difference to overcome, I've had about 6 hours sleep at best over the entire day and a half and went straight back to work this morning...!)

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Been a big supporter of this from the get go and tried to give Toalar an old deleted scene a while back, From some of the teasers Toalar has released in the past the FX shots were flawless, like wiping out an actor from the background of scenes to the normal naked eye you would never know.

Only wish I had to experience as Toalar most certainly has.

Waiting with baited breath....

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Spent way too much time last night (until 1:30a) and this morning trying to fix the last only remaining shot in part 1.  This was a shot that derailed my progress months ago, because I just couldn't figure out how to get it done without looking like total garbage, and I ended up losing enthusiasm for the project.  Its by far the most labor intensive shot I've done yet, and was absolutely necessary for the release.  It's a little frustrating to put this much effort into a shot, that if done right, won't be noticed as an FX shot at all. 

Last night I had a bright idea, and it seemed to work when previewing it, but whenever I actually rendered it to file, everything was screwed up.  I was pulling my hair out, easily wasting 3 hours on it, and it was all fixed this morning by one check box (preserve framerate in rendering). And now it looks great.  Not perfect, but good enough for the Divx release.  All audio mixing is done on part 1, and now that I have inserted that last shot, it's complete (except for the titles, which I'm putting off until the DVD release).

So, now I'm going to work on the audio mix of Part 2, and a few FX shots, and I should be done.  I expect/hope to finish today, as planned.

-T

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Sweet!  Thanks so much for working on this with such dedication!

By the way, what open-source video software are you planning to change over to?

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Have you give thought to a 'making of' featurette?

I'd love to see some before and afters strung together so we can marvel at your genius.

Dr. M