The Adventures of Håkon Håkonsen

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The Adventures of Håkon Håkonsen is my upcoming fanfix of the 1990 Disney classic Shipwrecked directed by Nils Gaup and starring Gabriel Byrne and Stian Smestad.

Check it out at imdb.

I completed this fanfix some time ago, but after reading about PAL conversion and proper DVD ripping over at fanedit.org, I’ve decided that my version needs a remaster. I’ll be naming it The Adventures of Håkon Håkonsen. This edition will feature the PAL widescreen edition (NTSC is 4:3) with the main cut being the removal of the gorilla from the island.

 

I will be using a modified version of the international poster for the dvd case and poster art. Here’s a slightly altered international poster for my upcoming Håkon Håkonsen fanfix. Stay tuned for updates.

Coming Q1 2017

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Star Wars Episode VII: Heir to the Force

A new title, thanks to TM2YC :), requires some upkeep on my Star Wars Episode VII edit. Here are the new remastered trailer and updated poster and Blu Ray case. Hope you enjoy.

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The most recent Edit list:

Objective: prolong Kylo Ren’s reveal, tighten up scenes by removing some dialogue and antics, and fix the ending.

  1. Added New Fanedit.org title card based on current logo
  2. Added custom ROTJ style disclaimer
  3. Added DigModiFicaTion Logo
  4. Added Custom Walt Disney 20th Century Fox title card with 20th Century Fox fanfare
  5. Replaced opening crawl music with opening crawl music from Episode IV
  6. Replaced crawl with custom “Heir to the Force” crawl
  7. Removed Poe’s “so who talks first…..” lines
  8. Clipped Poe’s line as he is forcefully picked up, now it sounds like he was going to start saying something but the jolt of being hoisted up stops him.
  9. Replaced Video when Kylo Ren says “put him on board”; Video is a slightly cropped/zoomed shot where Kylo Ren is standing still vs the movement in the theatrical cut
  10. Removed Kylo Ren’s “comfortable?” line and Poe’s response during Poe’s interrogation scene
  11. Transition to next scene before Unkar Plott pulls down the window on his other customers
  12. Cut Poe and Finn’s conversation after Finn says “Because it’s the right thing to do”
  13. Removed Finn firing on and killing Stormtroopers and the traffic control room
  14. Cut Finn and Poe’s celebration after blowing up a turret
  15. Cut Kylo Ren saying “FN-2187” (even for a Sith lord, that is unbelievable)
  16. Moved “Sir, ventral cannons hot” further up in the audio mix of the scene and cut the Star Trek-esque turret scene down. Now they just fire
  17. Cut the tie fighter blowing up after sinking in the sand
  18. Cut Finn’s “this is what we look like, some of us” lines
  19. Cut Rey’s “No” when responding to Finn’s “You ever fly this thing?” line
  20. Cut Finn and Rey’s “I can do this” lines when they first get into the Falcon
  21. Removed the Falcon taking a nose dive into the sand upon take off
  22. Cut Rey’s line “I’m going low”
  23. Replaced new Millennium Falcon turret sfx with OT turret sfx in chase scene
  24. Replaced audio of Finn cursing after the impact with a grunt (yes I know the originals had cursing, but this is just a personal preference)
  25. Cut scenes of scavengers when the first tie fighter is shot down
  26. Cut the JJ Abrams zoom when the Falcon flies into the downed Star Destroyer’s engines
  27. Cut Finn and Rey’s excessive teenage celebration after they make it to space
  28. Reworked scene in order to remove Kylo Ren’s tantrum when the officer reports on not getting the droid
  29. Cut Finn’s line “you got a boyfriend?”
  30. Cut scene of Finn childishly pushing down on Rey’s head
  31. Added Red Gradient glow to mimic the overhead light and connect the edited scene visually
  32. Cut down the Rathtar scene; Han and Chewie run down a corridor, they turn, Chewie is hit, hand blasts the raiders, Rey and Finn pop up from the hatch, Han shoots the door and yells “come on!”
  33. Cut mention of Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon from Snoke’s dialogue
  34. Added hologram effect to Snoke
  35. Cut scene of Ren standing up after talking to Vader’s mask in order to use it later in film.
  36. Added Darth Vader breathing sfx when his mask is revealed after Ren talks to it.
  37. Cut down Chewie grabbing Finn and Finn saying “but that’s ok”
  38. Added lightsaber sfx and enhanced (echo & reverb) Vader lines “You are not a Jedi yet” and “You don’t know the power of the dark side” along with the Emperor’s laugh to Rey’s force vision
  39. Added SWTFUII Terror on the Salvation cue to Hux’s speech
  40. Cut Han’s no look shot and use of Chewbacca’s crossbow and subsequent “I like this” line
  41. Cut the continuous pan of Poe’s X-Wing flying, now cuts to Rey right after Finn blasts the second Stormtrooper.
  42. Cut Han’s lines about seeing their son; he now says “I saw him, he was here”
  43. Cut Poe’s references to his jacket when talking to Finn
  44. Cut scenes with the nurse and Chewbacca
  45. Added R2-D2 visually to the checking the map sequence; also added Artoo beeps and sad sounds; he is now seen, heard, active and present
  46. Cut scene where Artoo is uncovered by 3P0 and all dialogue about Artoo being asleep.
  47. Edited Han to say “I know everytime you think about Lukeyou’re reminded of him”
  48. Cut Leia’s lines about their son’s training, Snoke, and Han being able to help because he’s Ben’s father.
  49. Cut Kylo Ren’s “you’re my guest” line, now he just coldly stares at Rey
  50. Repurposed shots of helmeted Kylo Ren and composited/combined others in order to have Ren Masked.
  51. Edited audio to simulate Ren’s helmeted voice.
  52. Added subtle audio of Vader breathing when Rey reveals that Kylo Ren is afraid and the connection is severed
  53. Repurposed and replaced shots (cropped and speed) during Snoke conversation as to have Kylo Ren hooded and masked.
  54. Digitally painted hooded and masked Kylo Ren into the far shots when Hux is walking away.
  55. Removed Han’s “so it’s big” line
  56. Removed Han’s “there’s always a way to do that” line after asking how to blow it up. Removed Leia’s “Han’s right” line
  57. Removed Leia’s lines about bringing their son home; inserted shot of Han’s face when she would have been talking
  58. Horizontally flipped the scene where the stormtroopers are looking for Rey and everyone is obviously left handed
  59. Cut scene where Han asks Finn what his job was and their verbal altercation; it’s a gag to set up a later gag and slows down the movement of the narrative
  60. Cut Finn’s “you remember me” lines and scene with Phasma; took Han’s advice and brought it down 😉
  61. Cut Rey crawling into the space that soon will squash her; now she just begins to descend down the wall
  62. Cut Finn threatening to blow Phasma’s bucket off
  63. Reinstated the Kylo visits the Falcon deleted scene (cropped out timestamps) and added the “The Bombing Run” cue from the FYC version of the soundtrack.
  64. Cut Finn’s lines about not being ready and his head nod “what’s that” lines
  65. Horizontally flipped scene where x-wing crashes into the snow and Han, Fin, Rey, and Chewie run into the frame and stop. (The next scene contradicts the placement of the characters)
  66. Added a combination of the cue Finn’s Trek and Finn and Poe Reunited from the FYC Star Wars TFA soundtrack along with the Han and Leia cue to the Catwalk scene
  67. Added The Force Unleashed (Infiltrating the Junk Temple) during Finn and Kylo Ren’s duel
  68. Removed the ground ripping apart separating Rey and Kylo Ren; superimposed same shot of Rey and Kylo Ren when Rey shuts down her light saber looking across ravine at Kylo Ren. Now the two cropped images meet removing the gaping hole.
  69. Cut first order officer going AWOL, the scene cuts to Hux and Snoke before the officer speaks
  70. Added hologram effect to Snoke
  71. Cropped video to exclude Chewbacca from the background when Leia walks towards Rey; we can imply that Chewbacca hugged her or whatever
  72. Leia’s hug with Rey stays; it’s easy to explain, Leia knows how much Han meant to her, “Han told me about the girl” (Rey) and she (Rey) needed that one person who understood to be there for her
  73. Added composite of Artoo’s eye being active when he is supposed to be waking up.
  74. Cut 3P0’s line “R2-D2 you’ve come back!” when approaching R2; he now says “Come along you two” (taken from the 2016 Oscars speech)
  75. Edited 3P0’s lines to say “Artoo may contain some much needed good news” instead of “Artoo D2 may…”
  76. Cut 3P0’s line “how I’ve missed you”
  77. Cut scenes of Rey arriving on planet to find Luke; I used the force theme from the end of the movie to make the famous iris ending and fanfare occur right as the Millennium Falcon enters hyperspace; also added various sound effects for the Millennium Falcon, crowd, and Chewbacca during takeoff.
    (The reason for this particular decision was to mirror the OT in how they end. The OT trilogy ended two ways, a victorious celebration (IV and VI) or an adventurous plan set in motion (V). Showing Luke at the end of the movie is like showing scenes of Han frozen in carbonite in the trunk of Slave I. The scene with Luke doesn’t really advance the story and it removes the sense of episodic closure the OT accomplished with each episode. We know that there will be a Star Wars VIII, we know that Luke will be in it, we didn’t see Luke the entire movie, why not just wait? He was in the movie to sell the movie. I’m already sold on the movie, so out he goes so that we can focus on Rey, Ren, and Fin.)
  78. Revised “edited by” credits to add Fanedited by DigModiFicaTion
  79. Added “A DigModiFicaTion” after “A Bad Robot Production”
  80. Added Fanedit.org logo, DigModiFicaTion logo, and special thanks section to credits

Original Run Time 2:18:06
Edit Run Time 2:08:23

Special Thanks (in alphabetical order):
Anakin5kwalker
Canon Editor
Force Ghost Recon
Imperial Fighter
ironman23
Kexikus
LastImpressions
Moe_Syzlak
Original Trilogy Fan
revel911
RougeLeader
Smithers
ssj
That OT Ruler
thecuddlyninja
ThrowgnCpr
TM2YC
Zarius

Walt Disney and LucasFilms ltd
the fanedit.org and originaltrilogy.com communities

and my family, who put up with me through this whole process

Custom Crawl Creator

It has arrived! Here is the template that you were looking for, I hope.

While working on my edit of The Force Awakens, I needed to create a custom crawl and found it extremely difficult to produce anything that was close to the look of the official versions using Vegas and other NLE’s. I did some research into Blender and found that it would be the best free alternative to create a good looking crawl. The following template and guide is meant to help any PC fan editor who is looking for a free option to produce a custom crawl for their Star Wars edits. I hope you enjoy this template. Thanks to everyone who has been supportive in the production of my TFA crawl that lead to this template. This one is for you 😀

 

 

How to use the Template
Preparation:
  1. Go HERE to obtain the Custom Crawl Creator template pack
  2. Go to https://www.blender.org/download/ and download the latest version of Blender
  3. Go to http://www.theforce.net/fanfilms/postproduction/crawl/opening.asp and click on the SW Crawl Title download and install the swcrawltitle font (a copy of this free font is located in the Custom Crawl Creator pack)
  4. Make sure that you have the FRADM.TTF font file installed in C:\Windows\Fonts\
    Most windows PC’s come with this font preinstalled.
    If you don’t have it you can get the SWCrawlBody font from the link in preparation 3
  5. Go to https://handbrake.fr/downloads.php and download and install OR make sure that you have a transcoder of your choice installed
Blender Notes:
  • When using blender, enable your NumLock and use the number keys to change your view for easier working
  • Make sure that the mouse is hovering over the previewer screen in the center when using the keys
  • The default view for the template is the camera view
  • Num5 will take you to an editing friendly zoomed out screen (press Num5 repeatedly to toggle between a flat view or a camera rotated view
  • Num0 will return you to camera view (some computers assign a Fn function to the Num0, so you may need to disable FnLock to make this work)
About the crawl:
The crawl in this template is created in much the same way that the Original Trilogy crawls were made in that the text itself does not move. This template rotates the camera to 70° and then animates the Camera movement to create the iconic crawl look.
Development of this crawl included countless hours of learning how to use Blender via Blender wiki’s, forums, and youtube videos. While I don’t have specifics for all of the information I mined in order to create this template, major thanks goes out to Chipper Videos’s “Blender Beginners Tutorial: Create A Star Wars Title Crawl That Looks More Like The Original Complete” video found on YouTube
Now you’re ready to begin.

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Creating the Custom Crawl:
      _Episode
  1. Open the “Custom Crawl Creator” blender file located in the download folder
  2. Right click on the “Episode” text (text should be outlined in green once right clicked)
  3. Set font to “FRADM.TTF” which should be located in your C:\Windows\Fonts\
    make sure to press “open font” when it is selected.
  4. Then press “tab” to enter into text editing mode and enter your episode # use ctrl+a to highlight the text and then ctrl+c to copy in your  custom crawl
  5. Adjust justified text spacing as needed
  6. Press “tab” to exit text editing mode

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_Title
  1. Right click on the “CUSTOM CRAWL CREATOR” text (text should be outlined in green once right clicked)
  2. Set font to “SW Crawl Title.TTF” which is located in the download folder
    make sure to press “open font” when it is selected
  3. Then press “tab” to enter into text editing mode and enter your title
    NOTE: the SW Crawl Title font automatically capitalizes the text; capital “S” creates the SW Logo, capital “L” creates the “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away….” text which can be useful for custom opening cards
  4. Adjust justified text as needed
  5. Press “tab” to exit text editing mode

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_Body

  1. Right click on the body text (text should be outlined in green once right clicked)
  2. Set font to “FRADM.TTF” which should be located in your C:\Windows\Fonts\
    make sure to press “open font” when it is selected
  3. Then press “tab” to enter into text editing mode and enter your crawl paragraphs;
    use ctrl+a to highlight the text and then ctrl+c to copy in your custom crawl
  4. Adjust justified text spacing as needed (adding spaces at the end of paragraphs reduces the gaps between letters and words)
    *NOTE: SW crawl usually hold to 30-34 words per paragraph with 4-6 words per line
  5. Press “tab” to exit text editing mode

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      _Render
  1. Set the appropriate download location (see “Output Location” visual guide)
  2. Click “Animation” to render file (the file name will be “1280-3680”)
  3. If needed, transcode file using Handbrake or your preferred transcoder (Sony Vegas users will need to do this)
    I would suggest a lossless transcoding setting in order to preserve the highest quality for your custom crawl
Creating the SW Logo Zoom Out Fade:
*NOTE: This rendered file is already located in the download folder
  1. Open the “SW Zoom Out Logo” blender file located in the download folder
  2. Set font to “SWCrawlTitle.TTF” found in the download folder; you may need to install the font prior to this step by copying it into your C:\Windows\Fonts\
    make sure to press “open font”when it is selected
    *NOTE: You will see a single “S” in the blender preview screen until you change the font; this is not an error
  3. Set the appropriate download location
  4. Click “Animation” to render file (the file name will be “790-1180”)
  5. If needed, transcode file (Sony Vegas users will need to do this)

Inserting the Logo and Crawl into your NLE:

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  1. Open your NLE software and set settings to 1920 x 1080 and 23.976 fps
  2. Insert the “Border” png file found in the download folder; make sure to put this file above/higher than the rest of the video files and extend approximately 1:40
    This acts as a mask that prevents the text of the crawl from showing up out of the video frame as it crawls into the viewing area.
  3. Depending on your project, place the “790-1180” SW Logo Zoom out video file in the timeline when the logo naturally appears.
  4. Extend the file for ~13 seconds and 10 frames
  5. Set a linear fade out for the last 3 seconds
  6. Apply chroma key filter to file to remove the gray background
  7. Move forward 9 seconds and 10 frames from the point the Logo begins and insert the “1280-3680” Crawl video file in the video timeline just below the logo timeline.
  8. Adjust the crawl video file so that it runs approximately 1:15 and 16 frames
  9. Set a gradual fade to the last 10 seconds and 9 frames of the adjusted crawl length
  10. Apply chroma key filter to file to remove the gray background
  11. Insert starfield still from your SW source below the other video files (I would suggest taking a full HD screen capture of the final still shot before the camera pans down at the conclusion of the original crawl)
  12. Extend starfield to match length of Border (this should extend past the fade out of the crawl)
  13. Adjust as desired
  14. Set color to Studio RGB to match video source
  15. Watch preview and/or render custom crawl
  16. Smile 😀
*please note that the Zoomed out SW Logo is produced using text and so the text will appear hollow when applying a chroma key later on.
This is not technically accurate, but I was unable to make blender recognize the image during rendering, so you may chose to use another source for the logo if desired.
I will attempt to rectify this problem for future updates.

There are accompanying pictures located in the “Visual Guides” folder that describe some of the Blender Navigations as outlined in the above steps.

If at any time you find yourself confused with using either the SW Zoom Out Logo and Custom Crawl Creator, please go to fanedit.org and search the forum and/or contact DigModiFicaTion for further assistance.

Happy Crawling! 😀

DigMod

Blender: A Star Wars Crawl

While working on my edit of The Force Awakens, I was challenged to make a new crawl that acted to summarize the past 30 years. I had attempted to make crawls in the past, but ultimately was disappointed in the outcomes. Most programs were unable to preserve an infinite horizon for the text as it moved up and backwards in the frame and resulted in premature fading of the text. I was determined to find a solution to this problem. Not wanting to shell out any extra money to do so, I looked into the free program called Blender. This program is primarily used for 3D modeling, but I hoped to use it’s vertices to create a custom 2-dimensional crawl in a 3D environment. I happened upon this wonderful tutorial and was able to pick up some basic blender skills.

Many thanks to Chipper Videos for this basic tutorial that got me started.

While this tutorial was invaluable with introducing me to the idea of the crawl, It ultimately was overwhelming and so I took a solo approach and applied trial and error. After numerous youtube videos and reading multiple blogs, I was able to produce this:

This crawl was rendered with Blender’s default grey background and so it required some chroma key work (green screen). I set the appropriate chromo color, added a screen capture of the star field and was able to have a custom crawl. As you can see in the video, the text prematurely faded as it reached the upper regions of the screen. This particular crawl utilized animated text with a static camera. Upon reflection, I thought it might be easier to animate the camera rather than each segment of the text. It then occurred to me that the original crawl did just that, move the along a plan at an inverted angle. So I made some adjustments to the text size and spacing and then animated the camera and voila!

Many thanks go out to friends at fanedit.org for spurring me on to achieve this. I am currently working on a template to share with the fan editing community in order to give a free professional looking option for space opera fans around the globe to utilize in their custom creations. For obvious reasons, the template will not include the Zoom out Star Wars logo, as I don’t own, or pretend to own it. Click over to fanedit.org in the coming week(s) to look for the custom crawl creator utilizing the free program Blender.

As always, credit is due and given to LucasFilm ltd. for producing such an iconic introduction to film.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens – Specters of The Past

For the past few months, I have been working on a fan edit of the new Star Wars movie. The idea of this edit is to prolong the reveal of Kylo Ren’s parentage. While some have gone so far as to remove any mention of parental content until the later scenes, I have opted to edit bits and pieces that result in ambiguous hints in order to create a mystery for the first time viewer. This edit is meant to imply without revealing. The ultimate reveal is given by Kylo’s father himself. This mirrors the themes of earlier Star Wars adventures and hopefully acts to enhance the mystery of Kylo Ren.

Another focus of this edit was to bring the tone closer to the original films. There is humor, but some of the more over the top moments have been dialed back and trimmed to keep the movie from feeling overly silly at times.

This edit has required a crash course of implementing new skills, learning new programs, and most of all collaborative thought. Many thanks go out to the fanedit.org and originaltrilogy.com community members. In particular, a huge thanks to ssj, Zarius, Smithers, ironman23, Canon Editor, and revel911 for their active ongoing support.

Once accepted and approved by the fanedit.org academy, the project will be released as a 1080p Blu Ray, 1080p MP4, and 720p MP4.

Here is a preview for this project:

 

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