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4K restoration on Star Wars

What’s really weird though is that the creatures look a lot sharper in the D+ version than the Blu-ray. I think you’re right about them using the 1997 version of the buildings and environment, but maybe in the Blu-ray they applied a strong temporal sharpening filter on it so that the stationary objects became super sharp. This would lead to the moving creatures losing detail to blur.

General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread

RogueLeader said:

I like to think of the dark side referencing the unknown or mysteries of the Force. “If one is to understand the great mystery, one must study all its aspects…”
Mysteries that the Jedi are too afraid to explore.

It is more likely the Jedi came up with the terms “light” and “dark” to reference how the two sides relate to positive and negative emotions. But Sith kept using the term in defiance of the Jedi doctrine. Or it could be a combination of both ideas.

But that’s all in-universe.

I think this is the best explanation of the use of ‘Dark Side’, but this would require the context of Sith dropping the term in favor of something else when not in the presence of Jedi. After all, according to Palpatine the Sith use a wider array of emotions (and presumably positive emotions) than can be encapsulated by the term. In this way the Sith’s philosophy would become genuinely seductive because of its all-inclusiveness.

The Scifi Films and Television of 2019

DuracellEnergizer said:

Tobar said:

Added trailer for television:
War of the Worlds

I’m not feeling that tripod design. Otherwise, shut up and take my money!

The Speilberg Tripod design was close to perfect.

It had legs which evoked the shape and power of tornadoes walking in a ballet of haunting sinuous motion, and the alien, hooded head of a venomous snake. The only way it could have been improved is if the legs were longer and joined at a smaller, less mechanical head.

The Force Awakens - The Starlight Project

In a somewhat organized list of things incomplete or entirely missing, not including timecode removal or changes requiring newly recorded dialogue:


-Incomplete: Restructure of opening scene where Poe shoots first, then Tekka is killed. Not sure if this plays better than theatrical, so it may not be used anyway.

-Incomplete: The scene of BB-8 at Rey’s house. I may just have the BB-8 portion as a brief interlude between the interrogation and Poe’s rescue, skipping Rey’s dream.

-Not Started: The activation of the Falcon tracking device when Rey starts the Falcon for the first time in years.


-Incomplete: Finalize new subs for Kanjiklub establishing the First Order more explicitly as a power in the galaxy.

-Not Started: Subtitle Maz Castle aliens and extend their scene.

-Not Started: Lightsaber handed to Leia in Rey’s vision. Probably won’t include due to potential use in TROS.

-Not Started: Rey sees Pirate’s ship when she runs from the castle. Another change I may not implement due to effort/payoff calculation.

-Not Started: Finn runs to Kylo’s shuttle earlier. Done 12-4-19!

-Not Started: RogueLeader’s suggestion of a brief dream sequence before Rey’s interrogation. I like the idea, just haven’t gotten to implementing it yet.

-Incomplete: Clean up stray echoes in the multichannel audio for the second Snoke scene. Done 12-3-19!


-Incomplete: Custom matte of TIE fighters starting up as Rey climbs down the wall in the hangar.

-Incomplete: Foley and flashes of light when Kylo looks towards the Oscillator from the Falcon.

-Incomplete: Foley and audio cleanup to Rey’s vision of Luke/R2 revealing the map.

-Incomplete: Improve final shot of Falcon jumping to hyperspace before the credits.

It feels like a lot, I know. But compared to the changelist on the first page, I’ve actually done most of it. The really tricky stuff would be the 4-5 areas of the film where I would like to include more dialogue, and that will probably not be ready for this workprint version. I will probably also not complete all of the above changes in time, so the workprint will omit any not yet done in time.

Topic - The Official Thread

theprequelsrule said:

timdiggerm said:

2002 was a strange time. But hey, I guess he was just a really early Rose Byrne fan.

Wow, it looks like I am disconnected from most of pop culture these days; I had no idea this actress went on to do anything whatsoever!

She’s good in Sunshine (2007), which happens to be my favorite film. It’s funny, I realized just a year or two ago that she was even in Star Wars.

The Force Awakens - The Starlight Project

My best guess as to what was intended is this:

Finn ejected from the TIE before impact and landed some distance away from the craft. Poe wasn’t able to eject, hence why he said he was ‘thrown from the crash’. The window of the TIE was smashed, so I’m guessing he was thrown through the window some distance and was buried in the spongy sand. The squad did a cursory search and failed to find him, and instead focused on Finn. Then later that night after Finn and Rey escaped Jakku, Poe awoke and got transport off planet.

The Force Awakens - The Starlight Project

Those shots make sense, and would be simpler than creating something from scratch.

As for Poe, I wouldn’t want the scene to heavily imply that he survived since the audience may then fixate on his return to the exclusion of the other characters. The goal with the current dialogue was to establish that the Troopers had written off Poe’s fate too quickly in favor of following Finn, but maybe there’s a better way to hint at Poe’s survival without making it too obvious.

The Force Awakens - The Starlight Project

An idea I’ve been kicking around for a while:
Password: fanedit

It would require some work to clean up and extend the troopers walking and give some life to the desert insert shots, but it might be enough for such a brief scene. The dialogue is an intentional reference to ANH that hopefully foreshadows by the singleminded error of the troopers that Poe’s fate remains unresolved.