As many of you know, tonight was a special night for The Thief. Doors swung at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater as a packed crowd filled i's room from door to door, to see what was heralded as "the first public screening of Williams' master work".
It was around the same time the curtains opened at the Academy - around 6:30 at night - that I received a call from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Since September, various building entrance-ways and classroom halls were adorned with Thief memorabilia, newspaper clippings, and original drawings. After a "successful framing" of said material, it was ready to be returned to me, along with a 2 gig flash drive of every piece, scanned in extremely high resolution, cropped, cleaned up, and ready to be viewed.
For those that have waited, I appreciate your patience. What was meant to be a one-month job was bogged down by dropped calls, unaligning work schedules, and family tragedies.
But it's done. And it's great.
Enormous thanks, and every bit of credit, goes to Stephen Day. He has been unendingly patient, and I thank him for that. As much as I hate to see them go, your pictures will be back home soon.
And of course, thanks to Garrett Gilchrist. We all hope you had the time of your life.
I'm feeling a bit too professional. I just had to turn down a colleague's invitation to attend, as his guest, a presentation by Richard Williams of his restored workprint of The Thief and the Cobbler tonight, at Pixar. My students will be turning in their final films and screening them with the other two Animation 1 classes at about the same time.
Garrett Gilchrist wrote:The production notes just scanned via Dane Becker credit Princess YumYum to Sara Crowe, and The Mighty One Eye to Chris Greenham, "Britain's tallest man."
The workprint that Richard screened on the 10th contained a few more shots - you've already seen most of these in the Mark 4 Recobbled Cut or the Keramidas cut clips, but there were also finished color clouds in the introduction (which had a roughly animated look about them - I don't think they were on ones),
and a more complete scene of Phido attacking Tack in his jail cell - Phido's eye finished in color (as Chris Fern and I had recreated for the Mark 4!) and Tack's two closeups finished as pencil tests. The sound mix to this version was unfortunately missing some important dialogue, music, SFX and audio compared to the familiar workprint, although some scenes had additional sounds.
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