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#1237324
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Empire Strikes back 35mm restoration feedback thread (POUT)
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AWESOME! That is what we call in the prop community a Graflex 3 cell Folmer. Only the Folmers had the “New York” stamping on the bottom of the flashgun all the later models had “N.Y.” A very special prop right there gentlemen, just revealed by Poita!

This is what it looked like before the D-ring and Kobold installation: https://bit.ly/2PkPT7c

This is what it looked like before grips and clamp card were installed: https://bit.ly/2MDKISV

Cheers, Poita!

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#1237301
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Empire Strikes back 35mm restoration feedback thread (POUT)
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Oh, my gosh that’s an unbelievable result, Poita! Out of curiosity, would you be able to do a quick grain management and clean-up on frame 14988 of the lightsaber in the snow? Have always wanted to see what details on the hilt are laying behind the grain/dirt. Thanks!

http://i1011.photobucket.com/albums/af237/SonoftheKing_91/Star Wars Screenshots/ESB Poita Frame 14988.png

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#1222139
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4k77 - shot by shot color grading
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DrDre said:

Here’s the thing with white though, it reflects other colors. Stormtroopers are only white in white light, and if the light reflected back at them from walls and such is white. If I put a stormtrooper in a room with green walls, the stormtrooper will be green(ish). In the case of Tantive IV, the walls are slightly bluish green, there’s red light coming from the walls, and the lighting is yellowish, so the stormtroopers won’t be white ever. They will be more yellowish, if they are directly under a light, they will be more pink if they are standing near one of the wall lights, and they will be more bluish green everywhere else.

While I dislike the result those variables cause, I understand what you’re saying. 😃

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#1222126
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4k77 - shot by shot color grading
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DrDre said:

The walls weren’t white, so how are they supposed to look a true white on set?

Dre, we all know stormtrooper armor is pure white. In the YouTube link, one can see the walls are not perfectly white and neither are the stormtroopers—they look the same. It seems to follow then that if one were standing in person on set that both the stormtroopers and the walls would have been a truer white than what is portrayed in the YouTube video and stormtrooper production photo. That being said, I would say your color grading is not as extreme as these examples (which is a good thing). 😃

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#1222075
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4k77 - shot by shot color grading
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Collipso said:

isn’t it overall too bright? and aren’t some specific shots a bit too bright? for example, from the second to the third shots in the bottom row there’s a big difference, and the third shot looks a bit too bright, imo. you may even be losing some detail. or is it supposed to be that way?

If it were darkened I have a feeling the blacks and shadow details in Vader’s costume might be crushed/clipped. Plus, the set IS all white so light reflection would be considerable making it seem too bright. Also, we have grown accustomed to the dark blu-ray color grade.

I’m interested to hear what Dre thinks, but what if the 1st and 2nd shot on the 4th row were slightly lightened and the last shot was slightly darkened in order to arrive at a happy medium? Again, hard to say for sure if it even needs adjusting since I’m not seeing Dre’s color grade in live-action.

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#1220697
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LOTR EE color re-grade
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Dwalin, I recently re-watched your 1st, 2nd and 3rd color regrades, and I have some thoughts to share with you. I own both the EE DVD trilogy and the 2009 theatrical (non-EE) blu-ray trilogy. I have compared numerous screen shots between the DVD and Blu-ray, and there is very little (if any) differences between the two. I did notice that the DVD seems to be cropped tighter on the sides than the Blu-ray. They are the same frame just a different crop factor. See the screen shot comparison below:

EE DVD vs. Theatrical (non-EE) Blu-ray: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/115898

Since the Blu-ray and DVD seemed to be similar in their color grade, I proceeded to use the Blu-ray to compare to your color grading since they are closer in sharpness. Regarding your 1+2 grade, in the first shot of “The Lord of the Rings” title just before the words fade into view, you can see a darkish-yellow color appear and then the title fades in. Immediately after the title fades out but before it goes completely black, you can see the darkish-yellow remnants of the color and then it goes completely black. See the following screen shot comparison:

Blu-ray vs. Dwalin grade: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/115899

As I proceeded to compare my Blu-ray to your color grades, I seemed to see a consistent slight brightness and yellow tone all throughout your 1st, 2nd and 3rd color grades. See some screen shot comparisons below:

  1. Bushes are too yellow—Blu-ray vs. Dwalin grade: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/115903
  2. Grass is too yellow—Blu-ray vs. Dwalin grade: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/115905
  3. Differences in waistcoat colors—DVD vs. Dwalin grade: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/115906
  4. Bag End grass is too yellow—Blu-ray vs. Dwalin grade:http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/115907
  5. Yellow Bilbo—Blu-ray vs. Dwalin grade: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/115910

Other than the overall slight brightness and yellowishness in your grades, I can definitely see that your video files are much sharper than my theatrical Blu-ray. Well done! Let me know your thoughts on this when you can. Cheers!

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#1220108
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4k77 - shot by shot color grading
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The Leia interrogation shots look wonderful, Dre, as does the new Antilles interrogation. I realize I am at a disadvantage seeing the shots static as apposed to live action and thus my shared thoughts may not necessarily be accurate to what is actually the case. My photography requires me to have my screen properly calibrated, so I do trust what I’m seeing to a degree.

Upon a second examination of your June 14th base grade compared to your newest base grade above, I do recognize the slight pinkish cast you mentioned in the original and do see the wisdom in removing it. And I do agree with your sentiments on NeverarGreat’s technicolor grade compared to your base grade—yours is indeed warmer and less green.

A few thoughts if I may:

What do you think about the screenshot comparison in the link below? It compares your June 14th base grade with your new June 25th base grade. Does it seem to you that the darkest parts of Vader’s costume and the shadows on him are perhaps too dark/black? I can’t seem to see the detail in the shadows of his costume quite as well as I can in your June 14th grade. Also, you may notice in the last shot of Leia holding her blaster that she seems to be darker in the new grade compared to your former grade. Again, I might be wrong since I’m not seeing these shots in live action, but what do you think? Many thanks!

Set 2: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/115775
Set 1: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/115776

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#1219223
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4k77 - shot by shot color grading
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Dre,

Your “base grade” from June 14th was so legit (as was your “base with 70s light”). Those are my faves. Your newest iteration of the 70s light is noticeably more green by comparison and I would say is thus not as “true” as your June 14th 70s grade. Actually, your new 70s grade is closer to your June 14th green grade, but this new grade is now even greener/yellowish than the June 14th green grade. I’m just not a fan of any green—it seems to come across as “sickly” to my eye.

Your GOUT grades I’m definitely not a fan of. They look underexposed, washed-out, and grayish in comparison to your previous excellent work.

Your new “base grade” is noticeably more green than your June 14th base grade. I would say the new base grade is closer to your green grade of June 14th but that one had more of the 70s light than this one does.

When all is said and done, I say: “Long live the base grade of June 14th.” It can’t get any better than that because it simply is the most honest coloration balance you can get—it is that good. The colors are just SO balanced and even. It really does please the eye. The June 14th 70s light is simply a warmer version of the base which is great, too. If we can go back to those two versions, that would make my day. If you HAVE to have a green grade, as well, I would say go with your new “base grade” with the green cast.

P.S. I like the new removal of the green cast from the underside of the star destroyer when it reels in Tantive IV.

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#1217940
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LOTR EE color re-grade
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No, I do not believe there were different color graded versions of the EE DVDs. The color grade in the HDTV EE looks similar to your re-grade, but your work is producing a better product. Whoever created that HDTV torrent did not rip the disc at a sharp resolution either. Your finished product, by comparison, is sharper and better colorized. Keep up the good work! 😃