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Death Star over San Francisco....

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by todd s, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. todd s

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  2. Scott McGillivray

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    Geepers that was well done. Very creepy and ominous seeing the unfunished Death Star hanging there.

    Makes me wish I had skills like that to produce such cool images!
     
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    Amazing! I want to live in that world. [​IMG]
     
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    That is cool! And I'm always moaning about how my Photoshop skills are so weak...

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    Usually I associate San Fransisco with Dark Star rather than Death Star. [​IMG]
     
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    Um, remember what happend to Alderan?

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    That looks sweet, I like the simple shots of the DS in the sky rather than all the ships etc.
     
  6. Francois Caron

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    I definitely want to know more on how they've accomplished this. I'm seriously considering resurrecting an old Canadian sci-fi series from the seventies, and this is exactly what I need for the exterior shots. It has to be inexpensive to produce, yet remain entirely convincing.
     
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    Stunning work. I've done blue screen home video work that took hours to put together and didn't look anything even close to that. Im inspired to get better.

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    Has to be frame by frame blue screen matting.
     
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    Hopefully George Lucas' lawyers have a sense of humor about this sort of thing.
     
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    Since this is San Francisco, could it be someone from ILM doing a personal side-project?
     
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    Maybe there's a way to automate the process without doing it frame by frame. If the shot is of the same subject, a computer program could theoretically "follow the landmarks" and insert the desired effect at the correct position, even including motion blur where appropriate. If you don't move the camera around too much (as you shouldn't), it could pave the way to cheap yet convincing special effects.

    If anyone's interested, the series I want to bring back is "The Starlost". I'll use actual villages and small towns from around the world as the habitat domes, adding the correct backdrop in the sky and at ground level where appropriate.
     
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    Turned out all right if you were on the Death Star.
     
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    It seems that Lucas has usually been pretty suppotive of fan projects, unless, I suppose it's something being done for profit. I wouldn't think Lucasfilm would have a problem with this.
     
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    Kind of like the "magic wand" function? Hum....

    I finally got to see this on a PC that could play it smoothly (stupid work PC!) and it really is some stunning work. When the flock of birds fly over it seems like that would be hell to reproduce. I'd love to know how it was done. Certainly some software working there that I'll never get a chance to use. *stomps foot really hard in anger* I wonder if you can see anything if you zoom in on the birds. Must be come edging artifacts or something. [​IMG]
     
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    A good hint: composite in higher resolution than the final video. I think a lot of beginners get frustrated at how bad their keying comes off when they try using standard-def blue/green screen footage. DV format is especially tricky because of the lower color resolution.
     
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    You got that right! I used Sony Vegas to put 2 parts of some digitized VHS material together. Vegas has some very nice controls for helping it blend together, like fading the edges where the different videos meet. My problem was it had a clicking-along look that wasn't as smooth as I'd like it since I processed about 25 or 30 frames separately and placed them as a single frame with the blue parts added using a photoshop app.
     
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    A picture from the local terminal:
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