First off i would like to thank everyone for your supportive comments/ messages during this difficult time. And to those that sent a donation & offered help i can’t thank you enough. I had a lot of messages/ comments asking how they could help with a donation (sorry to those that i haven’t replied to but i am limiting my internet time to once a week at the moment) , well the easiest way would be through the original donation Paypal money pool. This is the link.
In other news, i have been able to check out the new Blu-Ray for ROTJ. Wow, what a difference. The picture is much sharper than the original blu-rays and the grading is also much better. It does still have its problems though. Static grain being the main one. The image has too much Digital noise reduction applied in places causing the image to look unnatural and soft. I think i have a way of minimising the static grain, but i won’t know until i can get back to work on the edits. The grading is good for the most part but it does need some work, but nowhere near as much as the 2011 blu-rays did.
While editing work is at a halt , i thought i might do a Q&A session where i can answer questions you have about ROTJ:R or the Revisited saga in general. So, if you post your questions in the comments on Facebook, i will try to answer as many as i can in a video that i will post in a week or two’s time.
Well, the world really has gone to sh*t hasn’t it…
This will be my last update for a while. I’ll explain the reasons why further on.
So ANH:R has been coming along nicely. Apart from about 12 FX shots, I’ve now completed up to the escape from the Death Star. That’s 1hr 30mins of the film completed. But , as usual, something had to put a spanner in the works…
A few weeks ago, my wife lost her job. It came completely out of the blue. As the sole bread winner of the family this was going to hit us hard. But we were optimistic of her finding a new job in no time. Plenty of interviews lined up. And then the coronavirus pandemic hit our country. Every single interview cancelled within a week. Recruitment halted and places started ton close down. And then the lockdown happens. within a few weeks our life had turned upside down. But we are not the only ones as almost everyone is suffering through this crisis and there are people a lot worse off than we are.
Trying to get financial help off the government is proving to be very difficult. They have said it is unlikely we would qualify for Universal Credit, but we are still awaiting on the decision. So we are having to make a lot of financial changes to our lives until this pandemic blows over and things can hopefully return to normal and places start recruiting again. So, at the moment, we are surviving on her final wage packet. Things like TV services, internet, phones etc have all got to go until normality returns. But a huge reduction has to be our electric consumption. Just got our latest bill and that was over £160 solely for electric. So i have no other choice but to halt work on Revisited because i HAVE to stop using this computer completely to drastically reduce our consumption. When it on at least 14 hours a day it really does eat up the electric.
So it’s highly likely there won’t be any updates from me for a while.
I was going to schedule some screenshots to be posted over the next few weeks but i thought, what the hell. Forget screenshots, why not post a video showing these shots in action instead. those that can remember the very first video i ever posted when i began working on Revisited will get the homage to that with the disco soundtrack. Hopefully they won’t block this video.
Oh, and for those that noticed the 8 minute preview had been removed from Vimeo, well it seems that they are clamping down on there too now. This doesn’t mean that the project is dead. Just that a request to remove it was placed.
I hope everyone can understand why i have to stop work on Revisited for now.
Hope you enjoy the video
Stay safe everyone. And see you all on the other side…
Merry Christmas everyone. Here is a 13 minute clip from the HD version of ANH:Revisited. The audio was taken from the original SD version of ANH:R, so this won’t be how the final version will sound. But the video side of things is 100% complete. See how many changes you can spot 🙂
Sorry things have been quiet here lately. But it’s that time of the year when i concentrate more on getting things needed to be done at home to be ready for Christmas and work on the edits take more of a back seat. Plus i seem to have been getting every single damn bug that’s been going around here in the UK lately, so have been quite ill. Still haven’t fully recovered. But they weren’t the only reasons why i have been so quiet
There has been a major development that has altered plans for these edits somewhat…. Disney+.
There had been rumours, prior to the streaming service going live, that there would be brand new 4k scans of the OT and now we know this came to be true. Unfortunately we don;t have access to Disney+ in the UK so i was unable to check out these new scans until recently. Well they have turned out to be a game changer. While ANH and ESB seem to suffer with some grading problems in places, ROTJ looks beautiful for the most part and would need minimal work to enhance the grading, unlike the amount of work needed to fix the current blu-rays. This was the film that had so many problems with grading and having a whole reel scanned out of focus on the Blu-Ray releases. So the rumours of a 4k set of the saga being released in 2020 are looking much more likely now.
While i won’t be using the streaming versions for my edits, because of compression etc, i will be using official physical releases for ROTJ:R. Which has changed plans significantly. I have stopped work on the grading of ROTJ as i will no longer be using the current blu-rays for that film. This means stopping work on the film until an official Blu-Ray release of the new versions. It would be madness for me to continue when there is going to be something much better to use at some point. This also means not working on any effects shots that incorporate parts of the blu-ray picture ( like fixes, matte enhancements etc). I will, however, be continuing work on models and shots that will be used as a complete replacement for existing ones. This will all start after Christmas now i have all the supplies needed. But just because i will be using the new 4k transfers of ROTJ, this doesn’t mean that it will be in 4k. The saga will still be 720p
So i’m going to concentrate mainly on ANH:R HD. I’m happy with the completed colour grading i did for that film and having already completed the first quarter of the film it wouldn’t be worth scrapping everything just to use the new versions.
I’m off now to down another Lemsip and try to recover from this damn ilness
Here are a few screenshots comparing the official blu-ray, the original SD version of ANH:R and the new HD version. As you can see i’m sticking pretty close to the shots in the original SD version of ANH:R (impossible to exactly recreate the shots without all the original elements and project files). Some shots though will be different . This will be due to a few reasons, but mainly because i wasn’t able to do / fix something when i first worked on the edit or because the original elements used just don’t look very good in HD. In the case of the R2 canyon shot, for example, the AOTC Blu-ray is so soft and digitally scrubbed ( not to mention the new awful colour grade used), the Tatooine elements that i originally used just don’t look to good and pretty fake/ cartoony. Plus i was never really happy with that shot in the first place.
Battle Droid has been re-added to the shot from ANHR.
The Special Edition skyline has been replaced.
New sandcrawler (actually a shot of the sandcrawler that was replaced for the Special Edition)
The Special Edition skyline has been replaced.
This shot was recomposited with new suns elements.
The Special Edition skyline has been replaced.
The Blockade Runner is deeper in the docking bay and grasped by the pincers.
Sorry for the lack of updates. I took a few weeks off from social media because i needed a bit of a break and concentrate on a few things i needed to do around the house and garden and spend some time with family.
Well i was about to make a post announcing that we have made it past the donation total. But the past couple of days i’ve been dealing with Paypal. We reached the total on Tuesday, actually going £5 over. But then i got multiple emails informing me that they had received 5 , in total, charge backs from people who had donated , not through the money pool, but through the wordpress link in US dollars. It seemed strange to me that i would get these all on the same day. When looking through my account i could see they were all supposedly from all different people. But each email they donated using ended in .de and these 5 donations all happened within a few days of each other. Now that is suspicious. But sadly there is nothing i can do about this as Paypal are backing the people who asked for their money back. Thankfully this can’t happen through the money pool donations. So i will be disabling the donation links on the wordpress site and any future donations will only be taken through the money pool option. Luckily this time it wasn’t a credit card charge back so i didn’t end up losing much more money that they originally donated ( even though they used todays exchange rate instead of the better exchange rate when they first donated) . But it still has left me £346 away from the drive total. So close , yet so far.
So this is the only link to make a donation to now:
Anyway, on to some better news. The first 20 minutes of video for ANH:R HD, up to the Leia Hologram scene in Luke’s garage, is 100% completed. That’s over 150 shots finished just for that section. But thats not the total number i have completed for the movie as i don’t do things in order. It’s over double that so far in total. I have tried to keep it as close to the original DVD version as possible, but as you can understand, it’s not going to be 100% faithful without having all the original project files etc. There are a few extra fixes that i have been able to do that i wasn’t able to do originally and a few minor changes FX wise ( mattes etc).
I’ll post some pics in the next few days
Here is a quick look at the opening shot of ANH:RHD. The one good thing about having to start everything from scratch is that i am able to utilize sources that were not available at the time, like HD scans of many of the original Matte Paintings. Plus i have learned a great deal since i completed ANH:R, so i am able to fix a few things that i wasn’t able to fix first time around. It would have been impossible to accurately recreate the original version anyway.
Fixed the misaligned flash effect on the Stardestroyer…
And fixed the background issue with the trooper…