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The Hobbit: Roadshow Edition ❖ FIRST TEASER NOW ONLINE ❖ (a WIP) — Page 3

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It’s been on the back burner while I hone my skills on other projects, but it’s definitely still happening! My first fan edit, Scott Pilgrim vs. the Editor, is complete and awaiting review from the Academy folks over at fanedit.org. I’m going to release it via fanedit.info as soon as they give it the OK, alongside a proof-of-concept of The Matrix: Édition Noir et Néon, which I’m going to be working on alongside The Hobbit. I’m aiming to have them both out at some point next year, although depending on how things go with The Matrix it may come out sooner.

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This looks like a fantastic idea. I like what you’re going for here. Any updates on the project as of now? I can’t wait to see the finished edit.

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Been distracted with work and other commitments since the release of Pilgrim, I’m afraid. I picked up Blender to do some VFX for this edit, and ended up being asked to do some animation for a music video (among other distractions)…

However, I’ve done a bit more work on the pacing side of things, especially as concerns Rivendell and the transition from AUJ to DOS. They don’t seem quite so rushed now — ironically in the latter case, cutting a couple of shots achieved this.

I’ll be working on Mirkwood next, which I haven’t done much with yet.

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Take your time. No rush. This is a solid project and I hope it turns out well.

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Really looking forward to this edit.

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Haha! thanks. It’s been a hell of a year for me (as for all of us), but the silver lining is that I now have some free time to work on this. I’ve finally been able to get my head around camera tracking for those epic aerial shots. The rigging and animation for the bird itself was giving me grief because the model I bought wasn’t in a native Blender format, but I think I’ve got the hang of it now. Hopefully I’ll be able to put this little sequence together in the next couple of weeks.

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Just wanted to say I’m still looking forward to this. Hoping you’re well, and indeed have some time to dedicate to this.

Well done. I will disengage self-destruct initiative.

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This edit hasn’t come out yet and I’m already confident I’ve found a new favorite Hobbit fan edit. That new opening alone gets me excited. Keep up the good work.

Drew Bell

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Hey, this looks really cool indeed.

For seventeen years the renegade Pfhor scoutship jumped between the closely packed stars of the galactic core. And all over the ship, dancing through the wreckage of the Pfhor computer core, Durandal was laughing…

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Hey, so a lot of things have happened in the last six months or so, and I’m afraid I’ve not been able to do any editing (or anything creative at all).

I do have an update, though. The Hobbit movies were shot in 5K but mastered with a 2K digital intermediate, meaning all the VFX and colour work was done at (effectively) HD resolution and that any 4K release would have to be a mere upscale. However, it turns out that for the recent 4K disc release they’ve actually re-rendered the VFX and done a new 4K DI, and among other things, the colour looks a lot better than the original versions, more natural and more consistent with the Lord of the Rings films.

So, as you might have guessed, I’ve decided I want to use the 4K release as a base for the Roadshow Edition. I’m not sure that the final release will be available in 4K itself; I may find it too limiting in terms of using additional material.

I won’t have to go quite back to the beginning. I can drop in the new version over the top of the old for much of the picture, and although I expect I’ll have to redo my own colour correction, day-for-night grades and so on, as well as some of the fiddlier transitions, it shouldn’t take too long… once I have the source material, which may take a little while given my present situation, as I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy just yet.

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RoccondilRinon said:

Hey, so a lot of things have happened in the last six months or so, and I’m afraid I’ve not been able to do any editing (or anything creative at all).

I do have an update, though. The Hobbit movies were shot in 5K but mastered with a 2K digital intermediate, meaning all the VFX and colour work was done at (effectively) HD resolution and that any 4K release would have to be a mere upscale. However, it turns out that for the recent 4K disc release they’ve actually re-rendered the VFX and done a new 4K DI, and among other things, the colour looks a lot better than the original versions, more natural and more consistent with the Lord of the Rings films.

So, as you might have guessed, I’ve decided I want to use the 4K release as a base for the Roadshow Edition. I’m not sure that the final release will be available in 4K itself; I may find it too limiting in terms of using additional material.

I won’t have to go quite back to the beginning. I can drop in the new version over the top of the old for much of the picture, and although I expect I’ll have to redo my own colour correction, day-for-night grades and so on, as well as some of the fiddlier transitions, it shouldn’t take too long… once I have the source material, which may take a little while given my present situation, as I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy just yet.

Hey it’s all cool, take all the time you need. And it’s like Shigeru Miyamoto once said-

“A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.”

Drew Bell