This is how the colour grading for ROTJ:R is getting on. This really does show just how bad the grading of the official Blu-Ray for this film is. It goes from having magenta tint/ over saturated reds to a heavy blue/ cyan cast that, in the opening shot of the TIE’s approaching the Death Star, has completely wiped out any of the other colours that should be there. The swicthes to oversaturated blues and a heavy cyan tint that makes the stormtroopers etc no longer their true white colour. Cyan Scoutroopers?
The official blu-ray of ROTJ, although people seem to think this one has the better colour grading than the other two in the OT, probably has the most problems. From the heavy magenta tone throughout, to boosted reds in the dark areas, green imperial uniforms in places and, where the others suffered with heavy blue tints and over saturated colours, ROTJ seems to be lacking some of the blue tones in the film. There are also shots where most of the colour is missing in favour of a blue/ magenta shift.
This film seems like it’s going to take the most work to try and fix or improve the colour problems.
Here is a sample that really shows how screwed the colours for ROTJ really are. Green uniforms? Really? The opening shot of the hangar is an example of missing colour. It’s so desaturated but given colour by the overall blue tint. Almost gone are the yellow floor lights.
Then we have Luke’s holographic message in which the blue is completely missing in the official version.
The section in this preview alone took over a month to re-grade the colour.
Another comparison preview, this time featuring Han’s unthawing and the Rancor battle will be uploaded later in the week.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.