Honestly, not sure there is a way to make Yarell Poof more visible, the pre existing bloom and low quality of the DVD I use as a source kinda doom him to an eternity of being impossible to make out if I even think about touching the highlights, lol.
Update, still working on the project. Received some great feedback from a few others on the thread, and have begun re editing scenes to improve flow, missing plot points, things of that nature.
One of the first things I’ve began to adjust however is the color grading because the initial cut was a bit… rough in that area.
First, let’s look at the original grade from The Phantom Menace:
There are, in my opinion, a few very distracting flaws with the currently available color grading that really irk me.
For one, ever since the DVD release there has been an ugly pink tint over the entire film. When you notice it, it just makes the entire thing look ugly in my eyes.
Another thing is, there’s a large lack of contrast through the whole thing, the picture feels a fair bit flat and dull in that area.
So, I tried to correct it in my initial grade, but, as a wise man once said, I went a bit too far in places.
For one, upon rewatching it, it seems I had overcorrected and made the entire film pretty grey/green, which doesn’t really fit Star Wars.
And another, more important one, I upped the contrast wayyyy too high. As pointed out by someone in this thread, in scenes with especially bright areas, too much got lost in the high lights And the blacks.
I’m currently trying to reach a happy medium of these extremes, I lowered the contrast and re saturated the footage to a point where I think it’s the best of all worlds, though of course criticism is always welcomed.
The inferiority of the federation has always been a tough one for us faneditors, including myself. I ended up keeping the scene where Nute Gunray threatens the governor in my fanedit. It’s not because it was a good scene, but because it was one of the few scenes that showed the sinister side of Gunray. My logic being that anything that shows this side of Gunray is necessary to understand why the federation is a threat to the Naboo.
One of the biggest and most unavoidable downsides of Episode I is the fact that there is no footage of the actual conflict on Naboo. I ended up having to find ways to work around that problem, and I still have no idea if I succeeded on that front. Just the reality that I tried.
Bottom line, don’t beat yourself up too much over it. It’s always been a tough issue for every fan edit.
Eh, I guess. It’s been pretty much the biggest thorn in TPM really, we never really have any reason to fear the Trade Federation, we never really have any reason to fear the Battle Droids. I think I might have some ideas for how I could potentially manipulate footage from the cut first act, though not certain how well it’d work.
Something I have briefly considered is using my limited Blender knowledge to do the scenes myself, but environments aren’t quite my forte, and I don’t quite have the tools to replicate Battle Droids’ movement (They appear to be primarily motion captured in TPM)
A little something on my mind. Rewatching the edit so far, we hardly get a taste of the might of the Federation until the final act. I’m wanting to add a scene earlier of the film showing the droid army ravaging the streets of Theed, but there’s one issue: There’s not really much usable footage of their occupation (most have Padme or her entourage in it, which wouldn’t make sense as they’re with the Jedi).
Is there perhaps some footage from some sort of commercial, series, or whatever of Battle Droids roaming the streets of a city that could pass for Theed, blasting people? The closest thing I can think of is The Mandalorian, but those are Super Battle Droids.
As of now, an hour and 25 minutes. Though I haven’t quite looked it completely over for pacing, continuity errors, all that stuff, that’s how it is as of now.
On a somewhat related topic, I think I’m about comfortable with sending the edit over to a few people for feedback, if anyone’s interested, shoot me a PM, I’ll try rendering it out here in a bit.
I’m not exactly sure if it’s relevant to the thread, but something that’s been unfixed since 77: The laser blasts and lightsabers don’t mesh with the rest of the saga, as well as the noticeable jumpcuts and lack of startup for lightsabers, as well as the saber wobbling all about in one scene during Luke’s training aboard the Falcon during the Disturbance in the Force scene (It even appears to be misaligned with the handle).
One set of edits I’m really curious about is TMBTM’s Silent Serial Editions. I’m currently doing a sorta similar “black and white/silent” version of the PT and want to see his renditions.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFPMh8gfYMM Finished the new sound mix for the intro! My first time really doing it, and there are a fair few inaccuracies from the original, but I think it works.
Another clip of a reworked intro. Wanted to intercut a bit between the Federation and the protagonists. Sound mix isn’t final (had to completely redo since the Federation scenes had completely different music) https://youtu.be/5PVM3-232I4
So I’ve been considering whether or not I should obscure Sidious’ face when talking with the Federation. Since it’d make sense for him to hide his identity from them incase one babbles. I’ve had a few thoughts on how I should go about it:
- Pixelate his face
- Blur his face
(Original for comparison)
I’d like to hear what everyone else thinks would be best
I’m trying to think of a better title for this edit currently, “The Phantom Menace Silent Fan Edit” is a bit of a mouthful, and pretty… bland.
My current thoughts for the actual film are to not have a subtitle, instead just calling it “Star Wars”, but it’d be nice to have something to call it.
If anyone has any ideas, feel free to drop them!
Count Dooku is gonna be in your edit ?
Most likely no, I don’t really have a place for him, and the sentence mixing/rotoscoping needed would most likely be a bit too much for my current skill level.
Was finally able to see v1 of this edit, gotta say it’s one of my favorite TPM edits! The Trade Federation were actually pretty intimidating in their early speeches, and I really liked the rearranged opening (which sadly seems like it’ll be nixed in v2). Most of the Sentence mixing is also surprisingly well, and the addition of Dooku ties things alot better.
My biggest issues were probably in the latter half, (especially the final battle), some of the rearranged parts felt a bit odd, a few plot holes came up, and some minor inconsistencies in what was seen before (Sidious suddenly not having his face blurred in the latter half), as well as the occasional shoddy grammar or weird subtitled line, and a fair amount of overlapping music sorta took me out at times sadly. And a really, REALLY minor nitpick: the subtitles aren’t in the font used in ANH, or the theatrical versions of the PT.
I really look forward to v2, seeing as almost all of my big issues look like they’ll be tweaked. Despite it all it’s probably one of the most impressive, and one of my favorite TPM edits!
Also I really dig Qui-Gon’s new purple saber.
Started back up on this, revisited the opening, adding some more scenes before the blockade run and rewriting the crawl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2XsYDdG9Dw
After a PC change, I finally went back to continue this! Have a clip of Jar Jar’s new intro
Just saw the trailers, I am so looking forward to this! This feels like if Adywan decided to do the PT! Love it!
Just an idea I had for an edit that I’ve started on, and will probably finish since I have a few good ideas. It’s The Phantom Menace, but with a slightly adjusted story, a silent film look, and a soundtrack made primarily of OT music
Here’s a preview of it so far (Note, haven’t rewritten the crawl yet): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0w3fR63UZA
Some minor changes:
-Padme is the Princess, not the Queen
-Naboo is Alderaan
-A few things have been renamed (The Jedi Council is now the Jedi High Council, thought it sounded more fantasy/cheesy. For the same reason the Galactic Republic is the Republic Galactica now.)
-The Trade Federation have become The Galactic Federation, an organization of disgruntled slave traders after Alderaan’s push to outlaw slavery
I have a few ideas in mind for new character arcs/twists, but for now I’m trying to think of how I should handle the Gungans.
Update: After a bit of a break, I have continued work on the edit. Currently still replacing the French audio with the new “Alien Language”. About halfway done with that. In the meantime, I’ve done a quick edit for a “what if?” of the Negotiations part, which I have cut in the actual edit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK4TcTqIFMs
Yo, I’d like a link too!
That’s fine! Thanks for the suggestion to reverse the audio, think it’ll work much better than the previous approach
https://youtu.be/_H7EbJVeU6s tried reversing Jar Jar’s voice, not sure I’m as happy with it as I am the Federation. I also decided to pitch it down, to make it a bit less annoying.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alqgpID8mX8 Tested out the reversing idea, works really well actually (luckily, since I have the 5.1 surround audio, it’s a bit less jarring than I expected). Also did a minor change with the color grade, removing the overly blue tint on the Federation’s ship.
Ok in vegas, you just use the slicer to isolate a small portion of audio. Then right click the clip and click reverse. The audio will play in reverse. Might be interesting. And good luck with finishing the edit however you want to do it!
uh, I know how to reverse audio, I’ve been using VEGAS for a good couple years now. Just mainly worried about the results, how obvious it could be and all that. Though I will try a quick test to see if it’d be workable.
Did you plan to do trailer to your edit ?
eh, probably not, I’m not quite experienced in making trailers. I did plan on pairing the release with a video breaking down/explaining the changes I made for the edit though. (Though, not even sure if I’ll do that. who knows, it still isn’t done yet, lol)
Vegas Pro 14