Chase Adams said:
Yeahh!! change the direction of the eyes, as you suggested 😃
I just noticed this, but in the part with the four jedi standing behind Rey, is that ROTJ footage reused of Obi-Wan? Maybe that could be too recognisable for some people since it’s such a familar shot.
Jonh - All of the ‘tests’ you have shared are just such good quality and the fact you try so many versions is very impressive.
Could I offer some suggestions:
Firstly, if the scene is roughly: Rey with saber, force ghosts appear behind her, then some close ups, then Rey wins. Would it be possible, after the more recognisable ghosts appear, we see that behind them more ghosts arrive, with Qui Gon almost leading them?
I would say the second wave of ghosts would be the others whose voices we heard moments before. And my reasoning is that we’ve just heard them so why not (it would be cool). Also if it’s a more distant shot the footage doesn’t need to be amazing quality so that might make it easier - think glowing silhouettes for the most distant ones. It would add a few more seconds to the scene, which in a film where so many edits want to cut so much, every addition is helpful. And from a story point of view, it shows that in a galaxy full of dead jedi, they’re all coming back to support Rey, not just the best friends.
Secondly, I’d second the idea someone suggested about changing the lightning to show the actual force ghost intervention. Normally I’d think this too heavy handed, but the idea of the shield or glow affect shows that it can work. Also this idea is trying to add a little sense to a scene which didn’t make much sense but really needed to. Would it be possible to make the lightning which Palpatine fires at first slightly greener, and then when Rey (and the ghosts) push it back have it be whiter? Not a full colour change but just a subtle shift in each direction from the starting colour to add another subtle suggestion the ghosts are responsible for the success too and it isn’t just Palpatine clumsily burning his own face off again.
Anyway, great work and I look forward to seeing your next videos, whatever they might be.