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#304807
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pick your top ridley scott movies
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yes, the theatrical release of KoH was a travesty and that was purely down to bean counter studios looking at it and saying (and this is true by the way) hmmm, you know, if we cut 30 minutes out of this, we can have three showings a day instead of 2 which will get us more money.

so they got ridley to cut it down, cutting out the whole sybilla child subplot.

big mistake.

one thing though, the number of directors cut ridley does, really shows how much the studios meddle with his movies. you'd have thought they'd have learned by now not to tamper, the man can consistently deliver. in fact, I can't think of another director who has done so many films that I like, maybe speilberg but ridley has a more gritty edge than speilberg.

1492 is out R2. has been for ages. in fact Play 247 have it for about £3 at the moment.

the duellists is a fabulous film to those who haven't seen it. it was very limited release when it first came out but ridley worked wonders with such a small budget and it's one of the few films from the napoleonic period which is one of my favourites anyway. harvey keitel is fantastic too.

I think GI Jane is okay. for me to like a film with demi moore in is really saying something, but I think it tackled the subject matter quite well until the last half hour when it got a bit too hollywood for me, probably signs of more hollywood tampering to be honest, but I thought the guy that played the master chief in that was good (struggling to remember if that was viggo mortensen off the top of my head)

from the sounds of it, 1492 I think is one of those films that again needs a directors cut, either by re-editing, or adding to it, or even a fan edit to turn it into a better film.

I love Blade Runner but I also think it becoming too much of a monster off its own reputation. loads of people talk about it and I know some of them ain't seen it at work, but its all hushed whispers. blade runners this, blade runners that. I think it is a seminal work, it clearly influenced other directors to a large degree, in fact, look at Ridleys films. can't knock the 5 disc set though. masterful piece of production work.

Alien re-defined space/space horror.
blade runner re-defined sci fi (star wars made it popular, blade runner made it serious)
gladitaor re-defined sword and sandal epics
kingdom of heaven DC re-defined that further (believe me, it will be reevaluated in time and seen for the gem it is), (still wish it was someone other than orlando bloom though)

The duellists is a good piece that a lot of directors should study to find out how to get the best out of things. and one thing I do love about all of ridleys discs, is when they include a commentary, there is so much value there. as a film buff, I love it, but it really makes me dream of someone handing me £10 million to make a film with.

is 1492 worth getting at all, or is it really that bad? I like Karyo and Depardieu anyway, but I know the columbus films in 92 were generally poorly recieved.
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#304721
Topic
pick your top ridley scott movies
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I'm putting together a collected DVD set of what I consider the best Ridley Scott movies.

now my personal list is below, but here is the full list of Ridley films below that.

I realise American Gangster isn't out on DVD yet, but it will feature on my list. I haven't seen matchstick men, a good year ( but I heard it's a dog), Hannibal (awful), white squall (interesting but a flawed indulgent project), Thelma & Louise (an atrocious movie), someone to watch over me (well shot but boring and predictable), anyone seen 1492 : conquest of paradise? (I've heard varied on this one)

anyone care to offer some opinions on the above options as to whether to include or not?

My List
American Gangster
Kingdom of Heaven
Black Hawk Down
Gladiator
G.I. Jane
1492: Conquest of Paradise
Black Rain
Legend
Blade Runner
Alien
The Duellists

Ridleys Full List
American Gangster
A Good Year
All the Invisible Children
Kingdom of Heaven
Matchstick Men
Cinema16: British Short Films
Black Hawk Down
Hannibal
Gladiator
G.I. Jane
White Squall
1492: Conquest of Paradise
Thelma & Louise
Black Rain
Someone to Watch Over Me
Legend
Blade Runner
Alien
The Duellists
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#298640
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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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ady said
The background as it stands is totally black and matting out the cockpit where no information exists & then tracking its motion for the matte is bloody difficult.


suggestion for this.

if I'm right, I think the other cockpit shots which DO feature the trench rushing by are from the same camera angle.

so, instead of making it hard to mask, you can use the other shots to establish a seperate mask for the cockpit frames you can't see at the back of the cockpit. then you can use the foreground cockpit frames that are visible to keep the whole mask lined up right. might make it a bit easier.
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#298628
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.: The Lancer DVD Project :. (* unfinished project *)
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nothing new I'm afraid. the wife moved out last week but we are currently in peace talks to get back together. so ongoing heartache and god knows what else round the corner.

I've picked and pawed at it a little in the last few weeks just to keep occupied and keep my sanity but basically it's on hold at the moment until my personal life sorts itself out. sorry guys, you'll have to content yourself with Ady's edit until mine comes along and blows his away. (tongue firmly in cheek)
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#297471
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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I wouldn't say Luke's reaction leaves something to be desired in the trench when biggs gets killed.

he's shocked. and all other dialogue regarding biggs in the final battle or comments made by luke about Tatooine can just be ascribed to radio chatter.

I've had lengthy discussions with ady about the hangar scene. personally I don't think it works without the precursor on tatooine. but I digress.
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#295355
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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well not strictly true marco.

uncompressing a 5.1 track to then edit and recompress back to 5.1 digital is going to lose you some quality. if you could compress the new master track into DTS you would less, but like you say, it won't be 'better' than the original source material.

ady, I actually have a DTS encoder if you're interested.
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#295107
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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hey ady, sounds like things are progressing well. while I'm waiting for your animatics, I'm diddling about with the TIE sequence from the final battle.

it's a short shot and one that is a damn sight easier to render out than the x-wings. will send you something when I've got something I think measures up.
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#294356
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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ady, love the new final battle bits to the trailer. some of the background stuff is really subtle, lik when red leader is talking and its going hell to breakfast behind him.

would it be possible to shunt over your hyperspace tunnel??

both of them? that's something I've having real trouble getting sorted but I now have access to a film quality millennium falcon mesh from a guy in the industry (he works on battlestar) so it means I can redo the shot of the falcon in the tunnel, going away from the camera as per the film, but with a properly tracked engine glow etc.

that would be much appreciated.

props, ady, the standard is high as always and impressive; most impressive.
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#292700
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
Time
Q]Forgive me if this has already been asked, but on the Tantive after the Stormtroopers stun Leia the one that's standing directly over her doesn't have the stripes on the sides of his helmet. Is that something you have fixed or plan on fixing?

do you have any idea how hard that is? that is a depth tracking shot across all three planes, horizontal vertical and depth, not including a twist in perspective on the helmet. that would take an inordinate amount of time to sort in comparison to the payoff.
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#292169
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.: The Lancer DVD Project :. (* unfinished project *)
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thanks guys. that's what everyone at work is saying. it will get better. you might not think so now, but it will get better etc.

vaguely reassuring, it's just hard to see light at end of tunnel etc.

got sell the house before she is out of my face. the stick of it is, she sees things as over and this has hit me like bolt from blue so I don't feel like that. yet.

its tough but I just got to keep on plugging away.
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#292036
Topic
.: The Lancer DVD Project :. (* unfinished project *)
Time
well two developments fellas

1.) the anims are coming
2.) my wife just filed for divorce. (non star wars related) the only consolation is there are no kids in the middle of this.

sooooo updates may be a bit thin on the ground for the next few months. I'm a bit of a mess at the moment.

tech question

adobe premier is having trouble importing video files with lagarith codec. is there are plugin required?
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#290514
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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hey ady.

Jesus, the pair of us just don't seem to have had any luck with hardware have we?

after my last drive smash I bought a reserve drive and it has a direct duplicate of the project on it. whenever I alter or save anything. I run a script file and it copies the changes over. it is such a ball ache that you've lost this stuff.

my sincerest sympathies on this.
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#290245
Topic
STAR WARS: EP IV 2004 <strong>REVISITED</strong> ADYWAN *<em>720p HD VERSION NOW IN PRODUCTION</em>
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ady, mail me to talk turkey over any 3D work you need.

star wars tiles is not an issue, but it'll take a bit to create. the shot is simple but the tiles need to be replicated which takes a bit of actual manual time to make it random in layout.

after all, all it is, is a background shot moving over the DS surface fast and then you comp in your laser blasts and explosion. of course, you'll need to post process a pseudo eplosion lighting effect. I could diddle that a bit by hiding a light under the surface of the tiles and then at the moment we want to explosion to light things up, we raise the light up so it illuminates the surface. then comp an explosion over it.