The Torture Droid Scene

Looks like i need to clarify my comment where i mentioned that the torture droid shot being removed. No, it has nothing to do with droids not being able to feel pain… The reason that i want to alter this section is down to one thing: the cartoonish slapstick type of thing that started in ROTJ and really plagues the PT. This is a Gonk droid being tortured, so why the hell does it sound like some childish cartoon character? It turns a torture scene into a joke. Same type of thing happens throughout the film. Boba’s cartoonish scream as he flies through the air and into the sarlaac, followed by it burping, the Endor battle is littered with this stuff. A battle that is supposed to be the rebels last big fight loses any sense of tension or dread when slapstick is added by the ewoks. Humour is fine but the way it was added in ROTJ for the most part was tonally mismatching with the scenes happening.

Now we know that droids can feel pain. This is evident when R2 is re-attatching 3P0’s leg in ESB and he zaps him. So there is no problem with droids being tortured. Like i said, it’s the cartoonish nature that i’ve always hated about that scene ever since i first saw it in 1983.

The torture scene will be still there but i’m hoping to alter the audio side of things. One to make it sound more like a Gonk Droid and Two, to remove the cartoonish nature of the scene. As it stands now it sounds more like an old fashioned Disney cartoon character having a wet fish stuck down it’s pants 😉

Anyway, onto other things. Over the next coming weeks i’ll be taking scenes that i plan to alter and go a bit more in-depth on my reasoning as to why i will be altering them.

Also, i’m going to be having a clear out of a few items to help raise cash for the next stage of ROTJ. ( The endor live shoot and the materials needed for models/ miniature sets amongst other things needed to complete the edit.) This will be followed ( once i know how much funds were raised so i will know a total to set the donation drive at). I’ll post some pictures of some of the stuff that will be up for grabs at the weekend and then stick them up for sale in the week.

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ROTJ:R – Oola’s Demise

FIRST CLIP FROM ROTJ:R.

Here is the first clip that has some FX work added and some editing tweaks. Although the torture of the droid at the beginning is likely to be removed in the final version, everything is pretty much as it will appear in ROTJ:R. Tweaks done to Jabba’s & Sy’s mouth, a blink now and then on the creatures ( only one is complete so far in this), re-edited the original, integrating some of the SE shots, and organising shots to sync up better with Sy’s vocals. Using the great 4k83 restorations as a basis for this, along with the blu-ray, some colour grading (which is still in progress) and some more scratch/ speckle clean up work to be done. Some FX work needs to be done on a couple of shots where i need to fix the background ( mainly the side shot of Oola from the SE’s where they shot her against a blue-screen but added a character in the background that isn’t there in the shots before or after). Sound is, as usual, a very rough temp track as the sound side of things won’t start until the visual side of the film is completed.

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Welcome Blue Squadron

The B-wing shoot at the weekend went amazingly well. I can’t thank everyone involved enough for the brilliant job they did. We got all the shots needed and i can’t wait for you to see Blue Squadron in action in the final film. As a small teaser, here is a short video. The clips are randomly sequenced and not how they will appear in the film & NO dialogue ( we don’t want to spoil everything  ) but you can finally get to see the pilots and the cockpit in action.

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February 2019 Donation Drive [GOAL REACHED]

Help needed….

Hi guys. Well everything is pretty much ready for the rescheduled B-wing shoot. All that’s left to do now is make the helmet visors. Unfortunately i tried vacuum forming the visor today and my vacuum former is just a little too small to be able to cope with the size of the visor (It’s just an A4 one). Problem is that i’m completely spent out. This shoot has drained all available fund i had, but i desperately need to get the larger former to be able to complete the helmets. Luckily to get the former and the larger size plastic forming sheets would only cost just over £100, but even this relatively small amount is beyond me at this point in time. So i need to open a small donation drive to raise the needed funds. If you can help in any way then it would be much appreciated. You can donate through paypal using one of the links on the right hand side of this page.

Thanks.

Update:

GOAL REACHED 🙂

Thank you for everyone that donated. I can’t thank you enough for the support you continue to give me and this project. The vacuum former and forming sheets have now been ordered and I should be able to get to work on the visors early next week once they are delivered.

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DONATION DRIVE PRIZE DRAW WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to the winners of our last donation drive prize draw. Chris Attebery & B. Watts are our joint first prize winners who each win the Han Solo & Mark Hamill castings. Josh Douglas is our first runner up, who get first pick of either a Han Solo or a Mark Hamill casting. Jackson Marriott is our second runner up who will be receiving the remaining casting.

I will be contacting all the winners in the next few days , using the email given with the original donation, to arrange shipment.

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February 2019 Update: Shoots & Scams

An update from the Facebook Page:

Sorry for the lack of updates. It’s been a very busy time here.

An update on the B-Wing shoot:

The shoot was originally to have taken place in October. Sadly this had to be cancelled a few weeks prior to the shoot date. The cockpit was all assembled and was ready to add all the detailing etc. Costumes were all completed . All that was left was the Helmets…….

When i was running the last Donation drive, i was contacted by someone who said they had a casting of an original B-wing helmet. They kindly said that they would send me an unpainted cast as long as i paid for the postage. They sent pictures of a cast from the molds they had and we discussed things further. I made it clear that i needed 6 helmets, so i would need to recast the one he sent me and he was fine with that. He said it would be a couple of weeks to get the casting done and ready for postage so i agreed to send him the money for postage once it was ready. A few weeks later he sent me pictures of the casting along with pictures of it in the box ready to ship, with my address clearly written on it. I sent the postage. And waited. And waited. Several emails later he assured me he was posting it, stating he’d just been busy at work so didn’t get the chance to send it. 2 weeks later and still no tracking number or anything from him. It was now getting too close to the shoot.

Then i finally get a reply to the many emails/ messages i sent him. He had decided not to send the helmet until we discussed things further. He knew the shoot was getting close and that i needed time to recast them. But he said he now wanted $400 for the casting on top of the postage i originally sent. He claimed he didn;t know i would be making copies and then probably selling them on after i had finished with them. Even though i showed him our correspondences where it was made perfectly clear about all of this and he was, at the time, more than happy about this because, as he said, ” I loved your Empire so i want to help out in any way i can and i’m fine with you making copies and selling them to raise more funds for Jedi”. It became obvious at this point that he never had any intention of sending me the helmet and was waiting until i was desperate enough to pay him over the odds for the cast . But he was out of luck. All the funds for the shoot were spent. When i informed him of this he stopped all communication and blocked me on facebook. I also lost the money i sent him for postage.

So this one thing screwed everything up. My only option now was to sculpt and make the helmets myself. But this meant cancelling the shoot and rescheduling for a later date as there was not enough time or available funds for me to get this done. So the cockpit had to be dismantled and stored because of christmas coming up.

So i had to now get all the extra materials and equipment to make the helmets. Vacuum former, mini oven, extra silicone etc. So the shoots budget went from £3000 to just over 6. Luckily i was able to make the helmets myself and they are almost complete now. I could have tried to get castings from elsewhere, but to be honest, after what happened, i didn;t want to chance it happening again. The cockpit is completed and has had a good test and works perfectly. We’re hoping to reschedule the shoot for March/ april. It’s just a case of everyone being available at the same time now. I’ll post some pics of the costumes and cockpit set in the near future

Now something i had completely forgotten about and i can only apologise for, and that is the Prize draw for the Solo/ Mark Hamill face castings from the last donation drive. With everything that was going on with the shoot and doing all the colour grading for ANH & ROTJ, it just slipped my mind. This will now be taking place this Saturday or sooner.

Now, after the B-wing shoot is completed, i will be moving on to the Endor Rebels shoot. A final large donation drive will likely take place around April/ May time to raise the funds needed for this and for everything else needed to continue working on the edit ( materials, silicone etc). There will be a lot of items up for grabs to help raise the funds including one of the x-wing models used in ESB:R, the B-wing pilot helmets and more. For the final large donation drive there will be a new prize draw. This time the first prize will be one of the B-wing costumes used for our shoot. There will be a choice in sizes too. But more details about this when the time comes.

Now talking about donations, i’m afraid i can no longer accept donations that are less than £10 or $10. Why you ask, well it seems the last donation drive was targeted by credit card scammers. I was seeing quite a few $1-$5 donations coming in but, as this was quite common in the past, i thought nothing of it. It was only when paypal suddenly took over £400 from my bank account that i found out that they had been using the donations as a way to test to see if the stolen cards worked. Paypal gave no protection for me against this and when the credit card companies demanded a charge back along with the fees and other charges ( which came up to over £30 for a bloody $1 donation). This caused a lot of problems for me as the money was taken out and i had no money to pay some bills. so unfortunately i just can’t risk this happening again.

Well, there you go. So i’m going back now to finish the weathering on the helmets and then have a few days rest.

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Sebastian Shaw Restored

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Adywan has revealed a work-in-progress image of the restored Old Man Anakin ghost in HD, replacing the Hayden Christensen head that was pasted on for the 2004 DVD release.

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