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#1255328
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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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ChainsawAsh said:

No, all the reference sources (namely the various film prints obtained by Mike Verta, Poita, and Team Negative 1) that have come to light since ANH:R was made have proven pretty conclusively that both of those things were intentional. They were over-exaggerated by the shoddy BR color grade, so early color grades like Adywan’s overcompensated.

Although I think Adywan did say that he made the Death Star’s walls more of a stark gray as an artistic choice even though he was aware of the intentional blue tint, it seems like he’s changed his mind on that in the years since.

Alright, thanks for making that clear. I’m not as familiar with the proper original theatrical colors for the OT as I probably should be.

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#1255259
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STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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I really like the skin tones in the new regrade a lot better, and there’s definitely more refinement in the new grade. That said I’m wondering what’s with the differences in color timing for the binary sunset, the death star interior, and the rebel base interior? In the binary sunset it seems to be more uniform in color, and both the death star interior and rebel base interior have the weird blue tint to the shadows, which I thought was part of the bluray and dvd’s color issues.

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#1254825
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan
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I plan on releasing both 1080p and 4K versions.

I pretty much have very little more work to be done on version 1 of ROTS. I still need to check certain scenes and make some more tweaks.

There’s a lot more things I want to do with this project, which is why I’m planning to release multiple versions over time similar to what Harmy does with despecialized.

First versions will be single pass grades of each of the films, as well as the deleted scenes, hd and upscaled ones.

Later versions will introduce better upscaling and decompression restoration techniques, new “filmizing” techniques, shot by shot color grading and actual changes to the color direction of the films. I also plan on starting HDR10 grades on all the films once I have the proper calibrated equipment.

I also have planned to release higher quality restored versions of all the deleted scenes that have finished or near finished vfx.

Currently I’m on a bit of hold as I’m taking new classes and picked up a new job with more hours. Sundays are pretty much my only free day especially going into the holidays. But rest assured I’ll be back on it as soon as I can be. As much as I love this project, life still has to be priority #1.

When I started this project, I was on Windows and currently now I’m on mac. I plan on returning to a Windows based environment to work once I build a new computer system for myself as a lot of the restoration software I plan on using in later versions is windows-only.

I can render out version 1 of ROTS in January, so look forward to that!

JEDIT: One quick thing also! I will say I’ve had more motivation and drive to work on this project ever since Adywan’s revisited PT was cancelled. I’m a huge fan of his work on the OT, and while don’t think I can ever live up to his work I feel like I have to be the one now to give some of the necessary work to help make the prequels better, at least from a visual standpoint. I hope these releases can be both superior viewing options for the fans of these films and resources to fan editors that are not satisfied with the prequels.

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#1246135
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The Mandalorian - Star Wars Live action TV series
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Well if Greig Fraser is going to be the cinematographer, I wouldn’t doubt this series will look as good as a Star Wars movie. The last thing I want is a low-budget look.

And I like the idea of this being set around a lone character, I really like the idea of smaller scope stories in the Star Wars universe and not having everything overlap so much.

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#1238318
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan
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Chewielewis said:

Sorry nitpicking, but I don’t believe they had slog2 on any Sony cameras back in 2005.

Hmm, yeah I think you’re right. For some reason I thought I remember reading about them in a detailed article that was written about the cinematography behind AOTC and ROTS. Must have been different log curves than slog2.

Either way it doesn’t really matter since it’s not like I’m working with the original source files and I’m just converting back the already graded footage.

Part of the reason I convert to slog3 beyond that the films were shot on Sony cameras, is that I myself use Sony cameras in my video projects and am more familiar with color grading in that space.

Also I forgot to mention that I do still plan to do an HDR10 grade for each of the prequels, but I have yet to purchase the proper monitoring equipment for it so that’ll definitely be the last of the color grades to be completed.

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#1238297
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan
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Rendering is at 90% so clip should be up sometime tonight, or tomorrow morning.

My color grade ended up doing:
-a 4K upsample (4096x1740 via the Instant 4K plugin)
-a rec709 to slog3 conversion (common sony curves which the PT was shot on, well actually it was shot at slog2 I believe but I prefer slog3)
-a slog3 to kodak 5219 cineon emulation (TFA and TLJ were shot on this stock)
-curves adjusments (to brighten up image)
-a cineon to Kodak 2283 print emulation (modern theatrical film prints are printed on this stock)
-levels adjustments (to get pure black and pure white levels)
-white balance (to remove greenish/yellow tint from film emulations)
-a Hue-Saturation-luminance curves adjustments (primarily to make teal colors appear more grey)
-and finally real 4K scans of Kodak 5219 grain overlayed on top

This isn’t the most thorough grade I’ve done, but I think it looks good. I’m debating about darkening/adding more contrast back to make it match the theatrical 35mm prints as shown in the trailers above, as well as adjusting the emulation and conversion curves for more accuracy. I thought I’d release it as it is and get feedback first. I’ll render out a high bitrate x265 4K version once I make some more refinements.

Essentially I wanna release a single pass color grade for each prequel that gives it a filmic look but retains most of the original intentions in color timing. After releasing those, I will begin work on shot-by-shot more radical color regrades that will feature more aesthetic changes some of which I’ve previewed in images I’ve posted before.

I feel good about again sharing what I’ve been working on. The haituses were necessary because of some crazy things going on in my life over the last few years, but I’m glad to be back for a bit.

To note though I will be going on a 2 month vacation starting next month so I will be gone then, but I’m happy to squeeze in some updates and previews before then.

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#1225507
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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Fun little thing, I work part time at my local movie theater, and we do weekly after hours movie showings for staff only and I recently asked my manager if we could show ESB:R and he said that we could sometime in the near future. I’m quite excited at the possibility of watching Revisited on the big screen!

I hope to update you all about what people’s reactions are once it happens.

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#1211789
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Star Wars at box office
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It seems like with the other new Star Wars films they were very front-heavy, but I suspect with Solo this won’t be the case so much and as a result won’t drop as much as usual the second week, given not everyone is rushing to see it right away. I work part-time at my local movie theater (pretty much just so I get free movies, popcorn, and soda), and everyone was being so negative and hating before it came out (didn’t even get to do a private pre-release screening like we did for Avengers 3 and Deadpool 2 cuz no one wanted to), and now like all of them really enjoyed it actually, so I’m kinda hoping good word spreads around about the film, and it does decent enough to warrant sequels.