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#1489564
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STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - ** PRODUCTION HAS NOW RESTARTED **
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I believe he’s just commenting on the fact these movies, especially the OT, were geared towards entertaining & engaging children with straightforward and uncomplicated plot & thematic elements. They were built for kids specifically, but done with enough care & sophistication that adults can enjoy them too. Which isn’t necessarily the same thing as they’re built for everyone.

So the first poster saying or implying that these films are brought closer to their original intent or appeal by automatically reducing or jettisoning kid-friendly elements is setting themselves up for a sarcastic response.

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#1489539
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The Blackened Mantle (3-in-1 Prequel Trilogy Fan Edit) is finally back on YouTube!
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Octorox said:

That said, this edit is a bit rough around the edges. Rough in terms of video quality, and inn terms of some of the edits. I really feel like if someone recreated this edit from scratch with blu-ray quality footage, smoother editing and a few minor story tweaks here and there (Some of the flashbacks like the Coruscant city chase run a little longer than they need to), I would never want to watch the prequels any other way.

Since I’m using this as the basis for one of the edits in my own SW film saga, I’m doing a full HD recreation of this edit as another training exercise right now actually. Hoping to end up with high-quality 1080p and maybe a 4K version of this by the time I’m done. Using 4K/5.1 rips of the films and not going to do any extra modding of that material other than cutting & fading/blending like Darth Lunar, so hopefully it works out!

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#1489406
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Japanese Star Wars Saga (WiP) (1st Film WP Now Available!)
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I’ve been doing some behind-the-scenes work updating/replacing my source files from 1080p to 4K, and in the process have noticed that these new 4K files are a few frames off from the 1080 ones, which means any render I do will now have a ton of non-matched cuts until I fix them.

(I know that if I trim off the excess frames (or add blank frames), I can get the 4K source files to line back up with my edit cuts. But I’m also realizing that I would like to include closed caption info as a captions track. The workflow I’ve come up with for doing both is juuuuuuust easy enough to justify going back & doing it as basically another quality control pass.)

Since that will take a while and be quite the ton of gruntwork to accomplish, I figure my latest WP render before that point will just have to suffice as the WP render that I make available for comments!

The EPISODE V file is about 15gb and is uploading to Mega as I type this. Feel free to PM me if you’d like a link!

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#1488559
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Japanese Star Wars Saga (WiP) (1st Film WP Now Available!)
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Jumping over to a different movie for a change of pace, I’ve been tinkering with the idea of tinting each of the different eras shown in my Prequels 3-in-1 movie THE TRAGEDY OF ANAKIN SKYWALKER. I’ve tried not to have any color in the series other than Force-related instances, and I don’t want to use tinting to denote flashbacks when I use them in other places, BUT I feel like its a necessary evil here to help guide/ease the first-time viewer through the narrative as Darth Lunar set it up and as I’m following it for the most part. Thoughts?


(ROTS era / TPM era / AOTC era / Present day)

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#1488370
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Japanese Star Wars Saga (WiP) (1st Film WP Now Available!)
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Eyepainter said:

Glad to see that you’re still at work on this! Hope things are going well for you!

They are! Thanks!

Work is surprisingly progressing on pace to hit the July 1 workprint deadline I mentioned earlier, which is kinda unexpected and actually exciting.

I think I’ll do a new thread for each film/season to have a release’s particular comments on their thread, and leave this one for the overall project.

I’m also heavily considering changing the name of this particular film from THE NEW ORDER to something else because I just found out that’s the title FixingDisneySW is giving their edit and I want to avoid confusion (among other reasons).

I’m currently temping in FLASHPOINT or OUT OF THE SHADOWS as substitutes, but they probably won’t make it to the end. Titles are hard in general, and SW more specifically. I feel I lean a little closer to old school SW/sci-fi titles in my preference of more punchy (like the radio dramas or comic scripts) than grandiose, so that might give me more leeway than usual, but a lot of really good ones are already taken!

Back to the drawing board…

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#1487587
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Star Wars Episode I: The Rise of Naboo (v3 released)(v3.5 a WIP)
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Eyepainter said:

The bottom one is different from the previous grade in that it’s done via adjustment layers instead of timelines. This makes the bottom grade more time-consuming, but on the plus side, it means that the grading is customized for every scene. So in this instance, the greenish effect you’re referring to is only during the droid control ship scenes.

That’s what I was hoping!

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#1487562
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Star Wars Episode I: The Rise of Naboo (v3 released)(v3.5 a WIP)
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I think the bottom is my fave of the three as well. It certainly has the most detail revealed. It almost looks a little too green (or well in the yellow range and heading towards green) that I’d keep an eye out to make sure it didn’t go any further in that direction. Nearly-yellow green has a kinda sickly feel to it that something closer to the bluer end of the spectrum doesn’t, at least for me.

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#1487189
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Japanese Star Wars Saga (WiP) (1st Film WP Now Available!)
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Thanks for checking in!

And I have!

One of the reasons for the break was computer upgrades, which got held up about an extra month thanks to supply chain issues. But that has now been resolved and work has started up again.

I’m holding myself to a very soft July 1 deadline for putting out THE NEW ORDER’S workprint.

  • The only real FX work is the basic masking of the Tarkin scene mentioned above, which is 6 shots I’m about 20% thru right now. (And let me take this opportunity to again say how bullshit rotoscoping is. Every time I feel like I had a good run of adjusting keyframes on a mask, I play it through and realize I forget a whole section of the shape for half the runtime…)

  • The next heaviest load is making or setting audio for 3 scenes I’ve rewritten dialogue subtitles for. Part of that is manipulating audio from named characters (Galen in one scene & Maz in another), while the other is an extended version of the “droid stole a freighter” scene from TFA with different context. That should be easier if I can squeeze out audio from an online translator service. Fingers crossed.

  • Last is a general cleanup pass for subtitles, title cards, jump cuts, bad audio fades, etc.

So fingers crossed for a July 1 (or thereabouts) for a release!

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#1480809
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Community Focus Thread 2: Return of the Jedi
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EddieDean said:

I spotted in Faraday’s TROS novelisation thread something worth considering here:

In the original draft of ROTJ, the forest moon of Endor was orbiting Coruscant as a kind of nature sanctuary, hence the ‘sanctuary moon’. I wonder if there’s a value add by revisiting that idea, which you could potentially achieve via the crawl, some C-3PO dialogue, and VFX to add the planet in the background.

Pros would be that it’d bring the climax nearer to the heart of the galaxy, increase the jeopardy, contrast Coruscant’s industrialisation with Endor’s nature, and add some nice options for visuals and alternate options regarding the location of the Emperor’s throne room and the way the SSD/DS2 are destroyed.

Cons would be that it might bring the fleet strengths into question (you’d expect a lot more defence above Coruscant, and a more likely pincer trap), and it might conflict with other movies which feature Coruscant or the DS2 wreckage.

I think the credibility cons outweigh the pros for this, but I could be wrong.

I don’t buy (1) the Empire building the DSII in such plain sight and (2) nobody taking a shot at it sooner. BUT if they had been building it somewhere in secrecy and it’s now finished enough to be moved to Endor over Coruscant (like Yavin IV with red Yavin in the background somewhere) for some kind of dedication ceremony that Palpatine is planning as a cover story for drawing out the Rebel forces? That idea I would buy much easier.

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#1480664
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The Final Order - A no Leia/Rey Nobody TROS edit by Spence (Completed)
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SpenceEdit said:

Here’s a cool example of a small change making a big impact. Out of curiosity, I reversed the shot of R2 standing over Leia during her death scene, which makes the end of the shot the reveal of her limp hand. Small change, huge difference, and something I only thought of after staring at it for a month wondering why it wasn’t quite working.

https://vimeo.com/700838434

I’m hoping the fact that it’s raining upwards in the background isn’t too noticeable, because I absolutely love this change.

It’s not super noticeable. I was looking for it specifically and there was maybe 20% of that shot where you could tell it was going in the wrong direction. But we’d seen it fall correctly in the last two shots so you would REALLY have to go out of your way to pick that nit.

Good job!

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#1479086
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Community Focus Thread 2: Return of the Jedi
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EddieDean said:

  • Luke does acknowledge on the second Death Star that he expects to die (with the Emperor) as the rebels destroy it, and while this is a noble act, it’s only really touched on by the one line so it’s not delivered as powerfully as it could have been. To me, the tension that’s lost by having the rebels likely to passively kill three main characters is not worth the benefit, so I’ve always preferred Spence’s approach, which places the Emperor’s throne room on the Super Star Destroyer and has the death star float outside his window to make that very clear.

I’ve said this in other places, but I’m a big fan of Spence’s ROTJ edit and will be incorporating a LOT of the execution there into the ROTJ section of my saga edit.

The trick with having Luke/Vader/Palpatine NOT on the Death Star in terms of the larger saga is that in TROS, Rey goes to that exact location of their fight and it’s made very clear that spot is on the Death Star. How do you reconcile that? Here are some possibilities:

  • Swap out the Death Star husk Rey looks at in its TROS establishing shot with a downed Super Star Destroyer, and trim a shot or two of the wreckage as she’s sailing towards it. Once she actually gets inside, there’s nothing we see that couldn’t be on the SSD.

Or

  • Reinstate the “2 Death Stars” concept from the ROTJ planning stages. (You can find info on it from Adywan`s ROTJ Wishlist thread here: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Info-Ideas-ESB-and-ROTJ-Wishlist/id/8826/page/23#345416)

    • Two Death Stars = one larger, still under construction, and serving as a decoy. One smaller, also operational, and sporting Palpatine’s throne room. The rebels are attacking the bigger, shielded one while Palpatine brought Luke to the smaller one.

    • This keeps all the Spence visual ideas of showing the still-under-construction Death Star out the window behind Palpatine intact. It also kinda explains why there’s still so much Death Star left to fall on the forest moon after we see Lando barely escape it atomizing itself in the explosion - because it’s the smaller Death Star knocked into the forest moon by the force of the bigger one’s explosion.

    • You could also incorporate some of the Piett Sacrifice ideas mentioned in the above thread by having Piett slam his SSD into the smaller Death Star to stop it from firing.