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#883066
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Star Wars: Episode VII to be directed by J.J. Abrams **NON SPOILER THREAD**
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After successfully avoiding the final trailer for over a month, I was dragged to see the Hunger Games in the theatre and couldn’t bring myself to sprint out of the theatre or pull my hoodie over my head when the TFA trailer played.

I’m so glad I avoided up until that point so I could experience it for the first time on the big screen. It was the first time that I can remember where I saw a trailer for a movie that I was eagerly anticipating on a big screen in a long time. So much more incredible than it would have been on Monday Night Football or a computer screen.

I sat there with a big dumb smile on my face the entire time while the my friends and family glanced over to me, knowing that I hadn’t seen the trailer before.

Even if the movie is garbage (I can’t imagine it will be), I’ll forever remember the joy that this trailer brought me when I had no idea what to expect.

So for those of you who still haven’t seen anything from the film, keep it up! It will be so goddamn worth it.

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#881936
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Episode II has the best story of the prequels. Discuss.
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“Similar to Story and Plot, there’s a clear difference between Mystery and Suspense, but basically Suspense > Mystery. Why? Suspense also has to do with emotion while Mystery is just something you don’t know. Oh my god there’s a green cat for some reason. Such mystery. Call Sherlock Holmes.”

-Is it really necessary to point out the flaw in this logic? Suspense and mystery are not comparable concepts, and you negated your own definition of Mystery as ‘something you don’t know’ with a reference to Sherlock Holmes – titular character of some of the the most famous mysteries in literature that were astronomically more sophisticated than ‘something you don’t know’. A large part of that was suspense, as in consequences for not solving the mystery or a ticking clock. Just to show that suspense is a means of driving mystery.

“Let’s me give you Alfredo’s favorite example. Say there’s two people sitting and talking. Under them is a bomb that will blow up at 2 o clock. Neither the audience nor the characters know this. Bomb blows up. Two seconds of tension. Let’s redo it. We tell the audience there’s a bomb under the two people. Through the conversation, you begin to care about them. You wanna scream at them “THERE’S A BOMB! GET OUT!”. They keep talking. It’s 2:00. Don’t show the bomb blowing up. Up to 10 minutes of tension. THAT’S suspense.”

-Hitchcock was describing the difference between SURPRISE and SUSPENSE in this example. Mystery is not present here except for if the audience is meant to wonder who placed the bomb under the table and why. Or if the mystery a detective was solving elsewhere could prevent the bomb from detonating.

"The other main PLOT is the romance, and of course we know that was masterful sarcasm. "

-This is not plot. This is STORY. The plot is Anakin and Padmé hide on Naboo from Padmé’s attackers.

—I agree with a lot of what you’re saying in general terms but someone needed to take you down a peg, you’ve been wrong about almost everything you’ve said so arrogantly.

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#785984
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Star Wars: Episode VII to be directed by J.J. Abrams **NON SPOILER THREAD**
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Cheer up, people just want to discuss about something they love, that's exactly what Disney expect us to do right now. It's an opportunity for everyone, after all. Don't worry: every fan will give the movie a chance one way or another, me too, even if by now I have mixed opinions.

P.S.: If Hollywood need to rob a bank to make a movie, it's their fault: people I know ask for good stories, not bigger budgets, as far as I know.

I didn't mean to sound so negative. I have no problew with civil discussion. It's just when people have set criteria in their head that will make or break the movie for them beforehand. That's not how I think movies should work. Let the theatrical experience speak for itself.

And people may not be asking for bigger budgets but the reality is that movies are ridiculously expensive to produce, there's no getting around that.

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#785971
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Star Wars: Episode VII to be directed by J.J. Abrams **NON SPOILER THREAD**
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This is why Hollywood can't take risks any more. Every movie is analyzed to death before it comes out ("it'll suck if X character is in it" or "X thing will happen so it's going to be the best movie ever!"). With the cost of producing a blockbuster movie, would you blame them from pandering as much as possible to the fans? This film will be guilty of it, to be sure. But pre-judging it on those merits is perpetuating the problem, if you as me. 

Some 'fans' are stupid, why set up such specific criteria for a film before it is even released? It doesn't make sense to me, that's why I've chosen to avoid spoilers and trailers going forward for the Force Awakens. Because I love Star Wars and want to experience a Star Wars movie as a theatrical experience (was born after the OT was released). I may not end up enjoying the movie, but I'll be glad to give it a chance. 

It's really sad that some people can't do something as simple as that.

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#778499
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California
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: one of the last great oceanside amusement parks. If you're looking for some good food in that area, try Phil's Fish Market in Moss Landing (local favorite/hole in the wall but featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay) or any of a number of restaurants at Capitola Beach (great place to walk around/people watch). Monterrey and Carmel are also really nice, Monterrey Bay Aquarium is one of the finest in the world. 

I have plenty more recommendations for the San Francisco/Silicon Valley/Monterrey area if you'd like them. And it would help to know what you would like to do.

I also have (less) knowledge about the LA area.

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#774952
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The Star Wars: The Lost Workprint (* unfinished project - lots of info *)
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Looks awesome! I think with panning/zooming/focusing it will be even better. The only potentially helpful thought I can share is that you might want to animate the Star Destroyer as traveling faster than the Tantive. In the preview they appear to be going the same speed.

Really excited about this project. Amazing work so far!

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#767279
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Star Wars: The 1970s TV Series
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regularjoe said:

I watched the cantina draft scene and liked what I watched.  The volume of the music is too loud and after a while I turned it off due to that.  The intention of the clip was great but the music overpowered it so much that it undermined what you're trying to do.  You're off to a great start and I think that sort of thing will be easily conquered by you.  

 For the record, that clip was for a different project I sorta started a few months ago (turning the OT into a single western-type film win Han Solo as the main character), where I got similar feedback. But thanks for the kind words of support otherwise!

Also, does anyone know where I could find a high quality picture of concept art for the imperial castle that was in the early drafts of either ESB or ROTJ? I know the picture exists, because it's one of the final properties on the pre-SE SW Monopoly that I have lol.

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#767107
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Star Wars: The 1970s TV Series
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I've started editing the Original Trilogy into about 6-8 episodes of a late 1970s TV series. My goal here isn't to make an awesome TV series -- because the films are awesome enough on their own. Believe it or not, my plan for this edit is to be able to include the best parts of the Holiday Special as an episode in this series and have it match the rest (in terms of apparent budget, cheesiness and AV quality). I'll be using the Despecialized versions as a basis and try to work in as many deleted/alternate scenes as possible. There will also be numerous story changes that I have already planned, but would like to keep secret for now :)

Ideas similar to this have been tossed around on this forum plenty of times, but to my knowledge no one has actually attempted it.

I'm still very new to editing, so work on this might be slow, but once I have the majority of work done on these episodes, the plan is to release them once per week on Vimeo.

Check out the title sequence I've created so far:

http://vimeo.com/126467504

(Password: OT)

*I haven't yet started to degrade the film footage to Holiday Special quality, maybe someone with Vegas experience could provide some tips on the subject?

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#765715
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ROTJ is the best Star Wars film... discuss!
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Just read through all 24 pages of this thread after rewatching ROTJ and thought it would be worth resurrecting to make a major point in the film's favor. 

In ROTJ we get to see all of the major characters (Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie and the droids) in the same location embarking on an adventure together! This really hadn't happened since SW! (not counting the Holiday Special or dialogue towards the beginning of ESB referencing three years of awesome adventures we'll never get to see :( 

Am I wrong or was the Hoth medical center the only time all three of our main human characters shared a scene together in ESB? I think that's my sole complaint about that film, that they had to split the stories between training on Dagobah and hiding in the asteroid field. And then when they're stories are about to intersect near the end of the film, that darn Darth Vader has to have Han frozen and shipped away. 

I think the beginning of the Endor section on the film (and I suppose the end of the Jabba sequence) elevate the whole film, just for being an honest-to-goodness adventure involving all of our main characters. 

So, while I wouldn't say ROTJ is my favorite of the three, it gets bonus points in my book for doing the one thing that I missed in ESB. 

*On a side note, I wish they hadn't deleted the sandstorm scene or the shots of those guys running around the Falcon during the battle of Endor. They would have given our favorite bucket of bolts a little more of a presence in the film.

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#764566
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The Prequel Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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I had a very exciting idea for a 3-in-1 Prequel Edit last night. I was thinking about how Sophocles' three Theban plays and how they are only tangentially related to each other. So how about a 3-in-1 Prequel Edit that actually contains three separate but related stories in a 3ish hour runtime? The edit would be broken into three parts, each about one hour in length and each with a different main character. 

Pulp Fiction's non-linear structure is also an influence in this outline, as the second story takes place chronologically last:

Story One: Obi-Wan is the focus. We follow him as he tries to protect Senator Padme from harm and then tracks down the evil Count Dooku.

Story Two: Young Luke Skywalker (portrayed by Jake Lloyd) is the focus. We see him growing up on Tatooine. He races pods through the desert for fun, works of Watto and get's into a fight with young Greedo. A mysterious man named Qui-Gon Jinn enters Watto's shop one day. Watto suspects he is a Jedi and has young Luke follow him. Watto reports this Jedi to Darth Vader, who is busy hunting Jedi elsewhere and sends his henchman Maul. Maul and Qui-Gon fight and Qui-Gon is defeated. Years pass and Luke remains on Tatooine. An adult Luke looks to the stars longingly and talks with his friend Biggs who is going to join the rebellion. 

Story Three: Darth Vader is the focus. Fully grown Anakin lives on Tatooine with Cliegg, Owen and his mother. When he and his girlfriend return from a trip to Mos Espa to watch the Boonta Eve classic, he discovers that his mother is missing. After finding her dead, he kills a camp of Tusken Raiders and confesses to his brother Owen. Anakin leaves to fight in the Clone War and is driven to the dark side by Palpatine's dark influence until he becomes Darth Vader.

I might try to do this one myself eventually but I probably won't get around to it for a while. If someone (more competent) wants to give it a shot in the meantime, I wouldn't mind. 

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#756590
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Humor vs. Humour
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Thanks for the suggestions, Ryan. I have seen a few bits of Father Ted -- my parents were into British TV for a period when I was growing up, but I think it's worth a revisit. I'll definitely check out the other shows soon. Limmy's Show sounds right up my alley, I love shows that aren't afraid to get bizarre. I'm a fan of Portlandia, a sketch show set in Oregon that does a pretty great job of satirizing west coast Americans as far as I'm concerned but it does sometimes feel as though it lacks a certain bite that I've seen more often in British TV.

Post Praetorian, I find your description of Canadian humor interesting because that seems to be the stereotypical view of Canada here in the U.S. But I totally dig that kind of humor too. That was me in high school, not worried about making big changes in the world, more focused on cracking jokes with a few close friends. I see the appeal of that kind of mindset. 

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#756568
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Humor vs. Humour
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Ah yes, forgive me for completing forgetting Canadian humor from the OP, but that's another interesting angle for this discussion. I've seen a few episodes of Trailer Park Boys, but that is about the extent of my knowledge. Maybe you could elaborate a bit on differences you have seen between the three countries?

And I'm with you in terms of 70's and 80's as far as British television goes. I enjoy Fawlty Towers and Blackadder a lot more than anything more recent that I have seen from across the pond. Maybe I'm just watching the wrong shows?

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#756489
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Humor vs. Humour
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I’m a very rare poster here, but I’ve noticed through years of lurking that many of the site’s members are from either the United States or the United Kingdom. I thought this would be a great place to start a discussion about the differences between the senses of humor of the two cultures.

 

I’ve always enjoyed the dryness and sarcasm that characterizes a lot of British comedy because I’m generally less inclined to be overly sentimental than some of my American peers. But there are still some things in British comedy that don’t translate for me: references to British history/ current events, and the lack of unconditional optimism that is common in the American public. For this reason, I tend to prefer American cable comedies the most (Louie, Curb Your Enthusiasm) because I find them relatable and not artificially sappy.

 

As an American college student studying TV and Film Production with an emphasis on screenwriting who is planning to study a semester in England, I’m very interested in hearing from people on both sides of the pond on the subject of television and film specifically. In addition to the content of comedies it is worth noting the differences in format as well. Do you prefer the British format of six episodes generally written by one or two people or the American format of up to twenty-six episodes written by a staff of writers.

 

Here are a couple of links to articles written by Ricky Gervais and Simon Pegg about the subject:

 

http://time.com/3720218/difference-between-american-british-humour/


http://www.theguardian.com/film/2007/feb/10/comedy.television

So go ahead and comment on the relationship between American Humor and British Humour / argue for your preferred flavor / share your favorite (favourite) shows from either side of the pond / whatever...

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#718841
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Underrated Sequels/Prequels
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"A Shot in the Dark" is one of my favorite films. And I was born in the 90s!

"Son of Kong", released less than a year after the 1933 original, is definitely worth a watch. I didnt even know it existed until recently, but it is enjoyable for its lighter, comedic tone and the interesting way the story is driven by the aftermath of the first film. 

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#698793
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Do you think Disney will release the unaltered versions for DVD and blue ray?
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I just sat in on a business lunch at Lucasfilm in san francisco with a marketing agent.  The topic of rights to Star Wars films came up and she confirmed that Fox owns episodes I-V until 2020 and episode IV forever.  She seemed to believe that as of now, disney receives no income from the current home releases.  When Fox's rights expire in 2020 she mentioned that disney will probably rerelease the movies under their own banner but made it pretty clear that there are no advantages to doing it earlier.  Even when they are released again, it seems unlikely that disney would put in the effort to make the original versions available in high quality.  From a business stand point there is simply no reason to do this.  They are more focused on moving forward with the new movies and Rebels it seems.  This is all speculation from a semi-reliable source so I am taking this info with a grain of salt.  Of course there are other people in the company that have much more information than she does but the possibility of a release seem even more unlikely to me now :(

I did see John Knoll and Dave Filloni in the cafeteria while I was at Lucasfilm So that was Kind of exciting!

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#698764
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Media from Rinzler "Making Of" Books
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I know this has been discussed on this forum before, but I could not find the thread anywhere.

I own all three "Making Of" iBooks and would very much like to have access to the videos and audio on computer for editing. 

I downloaded a software called Syncios that allowed me to access the media from my iPad and even appeared to let me rip them to my computer in m4v files.  I then attempted to convert these m4v files to another form of video file, but was unsuccessful with more than one conversion software. 

My skills in this subject are not nearly as strong as most of the rest of the people on this site, so I would greatly appreciate anyone who would be willing to help me out with this.

Alternatively, if someone already has the media files and would like to point me in the direction of finding them, I would appreciate that too. 

Thanks, in advance :)

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#695736
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Radical Attack of the Clones Edit - by 13las (* unfinished project *)
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Oh yes I will keep editing this and the other two prequels for sure.  I was just saying that I don't have the software to edit in 5.1 Sound and do minor compositing stuff yet so a final and releasable product is still a ways away.  But editing is too much fun to stop! I'm sure most people on this forum would understand how the hours can just slip away when you're editing :)

By the way, just wanted to let you know how awesome your project is.  Very inspiring work!

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#695698
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Radical Attack of the Clones Edit - by 13las (* unfinished project *)
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Ok I guess it's time for an update on this.  As I have said before, I don't have access to any sophisticated video editing software. I'm also going to be starting college in a few months which means money and time will be at an all time low :) 

What I'm trying to say is that the final product of this edit won't begin to take shape for at least a year or two.  I have finished a work print but it's more of a feature length mockup of how a rearranged order might play out.  I haven't bothered to make the cuts very smooth or work with the best quality footage available.  Eventually, I'd like to complete this edit using Emanswfan's Filmized prequels as a base.  from what he's said on that thread, that project will take a while, so maybe by the time they are done, I'll be ready to get started for real.

However, I am still very interested in keeping this topic alive to discuss ideas related to radically reshaping this second prequel (and the others).  

In my work print, I have put the geonosis battle at around the 1 hour point.  Then after yoda says "begun the clone war has", and we see the clones marching and boarding the starships, I would like to have some clips of other battles taking place.  I truly believe that the Clone Wars tv series has some shots of battle that look as good as the cgi in attack of the clones.  this additional footage wouldn't have to be much, I'm imagining just wiping from planet to planet in order to get a glimpse of the scope of this grand war (sort of like the order 66 sequence).  I'm still debating if this would be enough to cut to in between the main narrative (anakin and padme on tatooine) that takes place after geonosis in my edit -- or is tatooine would be more effective to play out uninterripted. 

I suppose this stuff should probably be in the Radical Prequel thread, but I do plan to undertake this edit eventually, so for now id love to hear any ideas that people have in this one.  

Have a nice day :)