I wonder if it would be a good idea to show Luke’s lightsaber retracting in the final Academy flashback. To make the point of the scene more clear and dispel the misreading of the movie of Luke trying to kill Ben for having a bad dream. He’d have to re-ignite it when Ben attacks him, too, of course.
Had a go at making it. It’s a little rough and I think someone who’s more skilled (and also has access to better toys) than me might be able to do better. I just kinda cut out a shot to avoid the problem of the glow. It makes the continuity a little weird but it’s not so bad.
I painted out the green reflection in Kylo’s eyes but not from Luke’s eyes. To be honest, it’s because I didn’t notice you could really see it in Luke’s eyes that late in the shot until after I uploaded the youtube video and I didn’t take it down because I can’t guarantee I’ll have the same fixation on this when I got home from work tomorrow to fix it and reupload lol. Doing it would probably sell the retraction more, though.
I used EBSynth because painting out the reflection for 78 frames would be tedious, and I feel like there was a bit of a drop in quality because of that? But it’s probably no longer even visible thanks to youtube compression. Regardless, I’d probably do them all manually before ever putting them in a finished fanedit.
Speaking of which, I never noticed it before, but the sound in this scene is great.