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offline umbroman3 from United Kingdom on 2016-10-06 07:26 [#02504914]
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It amuses me how many of the weapons in Star Wars are
actually remodelled WWI and WWII weapons.
Like Han Solo's blaster is a Mauser C96
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauser_C96
and the Stormtroopers heavy blaster is an MG34
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MG_34
I've also spotted a modified Sterling SMG and even a Lee
Enfield 303.
The mind boggles :D


 

offline freqy on 2016-10-06 13:04 [#02504916]
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ww2 dog fight footage and movie footage was used during
draft editing; and then the animators replaced that footage
with models n stuff.


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2016-10-06 16:08 [#02504926]
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^ yes i think dambusters was a huge influence when it came
to the death star trench run

LAZY_TITLE


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-10-07 01:51 [#02504965]
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more interesting to me is the sound of a tie fighter, which
is: the sound an elephant makes + the sound of tires
screeching on wet tarmac.

it's one of those things that seems totally obvious in
retrospect, but i'd have never figured it out on my own....

i'd also love to have some time on one of those beastly
optical compositing machines they did all the star wars FX
on. they probably cost a half-mil when it was the state of
the art and there probably aren't many of 'em left that
still work. like making tape loops in two dimensions. fuck,
i'd be lucky to turn out a don hertzfeldt kellog's
commercial on one... but that's not the point. it's an evil
beast of a machine and a unique process and i just want to
get the feel


 

offline freqy on 2016-10-07 03:21 [#02504967]
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rotoscoping with lightsabres, was that the same with the
blaster?


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-10-07 04:54 [#02504970]
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In 1977, Star Wars took the world by storm. To deliver the
fast-moving visual effects envisioned by director George
Lucas, the newly-formed Industrial Light & Magic developed a
computer-controlled camera platform known as the
Dykstraflex. The resulting footage was perfect for Lucas’s
needs, but in order to combine the many separate elements
generated by the Dykstraflex into a single image, ILM was
going to need the granddaddy of all optical printers.

To create their complex composites, ILM repurposed an old
VistaVision machine, originally built by Howard Anderson in
the 1950s and used in the production of epics including The
Ten Commandments. Resurrecting the large VistaVision format
was a deliberate choice — the subsequent reduction to 35mm
anamorphic in the “Anderson” optical printer helped
retain the definition and clarity of the original images.

For The Empire Strikes Back, visual effects supervisor
Richard Edlund championed the design and construction of a
brand new aerial image optical printer. The “Quad” had
no less than four projector heads, allowing many shots to be
assembled in a single pass. However, the monster machine’s
complexity made it difficult to load, so when ILM came to
scale the visual effects mountain that was Return of the
Jedi, they took a “divide and conquer” approach and
split the Quad in half. One of the resulting pair of
printers continued to go by the original name, while the
other was christened the “Workhorse”.

yep

saurce

then lucas also developed the first multi-track digital
audio system too, ran on a motorola 68k


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-10-07 04:56 [#02504971]
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ILM, i mean. not lucas. all he invented was ewoks


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-10-07 05:04 [#02504972]
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i can't pin down the thing precisely. i'm pretty sure i was
thinking of SoundDroid, and it was the first hard-disk based
one. i can't find the article. i even remember finding
schematics for the darn thing... then, same deal, can't find
the ghetto page tearing apart a single frame of a space
scene with ~17 composites


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-10-07 05:08 [#02504973]
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well, there you go. it was designed by moorer; same chap
that did the thx deep note.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-10-07 05:12 [#02504974]
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jackpot.

i almost didn't share it. it's like if raymond scott had
electrical computer engineering instead of just electrical
engineering, and then wrote up some PDFs. it also nails the
vague vibe-y memory of a ghetto tripod kinda page, color
feels right.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-10-07 05:22 [#02504975]
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the the motorola 68k:

The audio signal processing station is a semimodular,
self-contained unit composed of several major subassemblies.
The control computer is a Motorola 68000 with Winchester
disk, 1 Mbyte of main memory, and a high-resolution,
bit-map, graphic display screen. The audio signal processor
(ASP) is composed of two parts: the controller and up to
eight digital signal processors (DSPs). The console is a
stand-alone 68000 with a custom-built panel that has various
kinds of control devices, such as slide potentiometers and
knobs (Snell 1982). We al- low up to seven independent
control processors to forward updates (changes to microcode
and param- eter memories) to the ASP simultaneously. There
is a priority system for arbitration of simultaneous re-
quests. The remainder of this article will be con- cerned
with the architecture of the ASP itself, since this is where
any innovation in audio signal pro- cessing is to be found.
Figure 1 shows the block diagram of the entire system.


anorakin


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-10-07 05:29 [#02504976]
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here is the exact page that i was thinking of in the first place,
for optical compositing, before i went off hunting for the
exact PDF with schematics for the ASP, which i would peg as
something i read in 2014.

the winning technique was to give up on keyword search
(mostly) and go to google image search, until,
yes, that's it.

i had a very firm image of that jpeg in my mind, and after a
little fussing, google spat it right out. now i can go to
sleep without this bothering me


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-10-07 05:31 [#02504977]
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bonus that reveals the real secret of creating
industrial-strength light and/or magic


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-10-07 05:38 [#02504978]
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i'd just like to highlight the conflict in my life: an
overpowering urge that i know the thing for this. like, the
perfect thing. then, next, a memory good enough that
this urge never runs dry, and i'm hunting for the right
shitty angelfire page at 12:30am. but, then, shit. that pile
of james moorer PDFs. that was actually worth the half-hour
i spent, i think. i can't very well go around calling myself
dysfunctional if my dysfunctions are functional, can i?


 

offline RussellDust on 2016-10-07 20:00 [#02505021]
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I don't understand what is so "boggling".


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-10-07 20:05 [#02505022]
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i don't understand who you purport to be quoting. nary a
boggle up the whole tangent


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-10-07 20:06 [#02505023]
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oh, freqy, ok.


 

offline RussellDust on 2016-10-07 20:09 [#02505025]
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I'm quoting the author of the original post.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2016-10-07 20:13 [#02505026]
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but you failed to figure out that i figured it out. now i'm
clearing that up. this completes the teardown of yet another
situation in which posting came pre-looking


 

offline freqy on 2016-10-07 20:15 [#02505027]
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wow they painted those storm troopers in !!!

i thought they were real.

nice finds epi.

functionally dysfunctional


 

offline RussellDust on 2016-10-07 20:16 [#02505028]
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Ok.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2017-03-12 00:20 [#02515141]
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is it still ok?


 

offline Portnoy on 2017-03-12 00:26 [#02515144]
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umbroman have u played Star Wars Galaxies?


 


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