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#1414294
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Episode I: The Eyepainter Fanedit * V2 NOW AVAILABLE * (Trailer online)
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Color grading is about 25% complete as of this posting. My mind is still on Episode II right now (although it’s almost done).

However, there’s something that’s been on my mind with my episode I edit lately, and it’s the ending. For the three of you who don’t want spoilers, I’ve placed the big stuff down in the expand tab below.

When I started work on episode I, I didn’t know how to rearrange scenes. However, with episode II, I got myself quite an education in rearrangement. I bring this up because as of v2, the ending to episode I is arranged just as it was theatrically, with no alterations to the timeline of the four plotlines (except when something was cut out, of course). This is especially true when the sequence is Anakin destroying the droid control ship, the gungans celebrating, and Obi-Wan killing darth maul. However, I mentioned that my main influence on episode I was l8wrtr’s edit, and for those of you who need a refresher, the sequence in l8wrtr’s edit is Obi-Wan killing Darth maul, anakin destroying the control ship, and the gungans celebrating, which to me, is a far superior sequence.

All of this is to say that I’m thinking of going back and redoing the ending. I know it’s late, but knowing what I know now, I’d like to get the four endings rearranged in a more complete fashion. My mind is still preoccupied with episodes II and III, but I will most likely change the sequencing of the ending to episode I (in addition to the color grading and audio commentary track) in future versions.

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#1414016
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Episode II: The Eyepainter Fanedit (a WIP)(Changes announced)
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Just finished the subwoofer and left surround channels. Now I only have one channel left to take care of, and then sound editing will be complete. I will then get to the headache inducing process of testing and exporting it online.

I’m thinking I might do a trailer for this edit just like I did for episode I while working on the export. We’re getting close to completion now.

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#1413447
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Episode II: The Eyepainter Fanedit (a WIP)(Changes announced)
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Ran into a technical hiccup. My editing software updated to Davinci Resolve 17, but my computer couldn’t handle its full capabilities and refused to take the software past the title screen. I’m going to make the unwise choice of reinstalling resolve 16.2.8, since I know that version works fine. However, this whole update business is causing a small delay. I will get back to the sound editing as soon as I’ve gotten this taken care of.

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#1411036
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Episode II: The Eyepainter Fanedit (a WIP)(Changes announced)
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Opening crawl is done. Unless something else pops up, I think sound editing is going to be the final stage before I release it. My job has kept me really busy lately, so I don’t know how long it will take me to complete, but given that episode I’s sound editing took a week to finish, my guesstimate is that episode II’s sound will take two.

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#1408850
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Episode II: The Eyepainter Fanedit (a WIP)(Changes announced)
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I’m about 20-25% of the way through the color grading for Episode II. After getting a lot of negative feedback over the green tint I applied to Episode I v2, I’ve decided to remove the blue tint I was applying over Episode II and go for a more desaturated look instead. I intend to apply this new color grade to Episode I in the future as well.

The more technical explanation: I’m starting with increasing the yellows, cyans, and magentas, and reducing the reds, blues, and greens in the hue vs. sat curves. I’m then reducing the black areas to 0 in the lum vs. sat curves. I follow this up by adjusting the custom RGB curves, but only to reduce clipping rather than to adjust it to however I want. I’m then finishing it off by reducing the dynamic range of the blue color channel. That is, lowering the brightest blues and raising the darkest blues.

The less technical explanation: I’m going for an even more film-like appearance by saturating yellow, cyan and magenta hues while removing luminance from the black areas. Then, I’m topping it off by lowering the contrast of the blue channel while increasing the contrast of the red and green channel, giving the film a more yellowish glow. On occasion, I’m making a few adjustments here and there to ensure that the whites and blacks stay within the constraints of HD.

Click on the expand tab for samples of the color grading I’ve done for Episode II so far.

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#1407110
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Episode I: The Eyepainter Fanedit * V2 NOW AVAILABLE * (Trailer online)
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I’ve been getting a few negative responses to the color grading on v2 so far, and I suppose I need to address the elephant in the room. Namely the green tint.

My reasoning behind the decision to give Episode I a green hue was more or less a reaction to the overuse of reds on the blu-ray releases. I have no idea why George Lucas is so insistent on making everyone’s faces sunburned, but whatever the reason, I wasn’t satisfied with it. So when I did the color grading for Episode I, I wanted to reduce those reds as much as possible. I also went ahead and increased the blues and greens, with green being slightly more saturated than blue.

However, as someone else has said to me, this doesn’t work so well in certain areas of the film. Namely the Tattooine scenes, since the planet doesn’t look right with a greenish tint on it. So I’ve come to the difficult decision of going back and taking care of the color grading again. My main focus is still going to be on Episodes II and III for now, but I’m going to work on changing the color grading for Episode I on the side (or at least, when I have the time).

So, I’m bringing the reds back again, but since I still hate those reds, my strategy is to desaturate the color this time around. I’m still going to keep the yellow, cyan and magenta adjustments I made to the hue vs. sat controls, but I’m also going to adjust the lum vs. sat controls and desaturating the shadows as well, giving an even more film-like image. I will also be keeping my fancy-schmancy tinting to a minimum, only adjusting the red, green, and blue channels to keep the image broadcast safe. And I’m topping it all off by lowering the dynamic range on the blue channel, reducing the brightest blues while raising the darkest blues. Here’s what v2 looks like now:

v2 Comparison 1_1 5 1

And here’s my new adjustments for the moment:

v2 Comparison 2_1 5 2

I’m also thinking of using these new adjustments for my edit of Episode II as well.