Re: The Thief and the Cobbler: Recobbled Cut Mark 4
Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:46 am
Fred Calvert included this shot in Princess and the Cobbler, but it was cut from Arabian Knight. This is also true of quite a bit of material in the Witch and War Machine sequences. Since Princess and the Cobbler was never released on DVD in widescreen, this material is extremely difficult to restore. We have a 4x3, heavily cropped DVD from Australia, and a widescreen VHS with timecode over the picture at center bottom. Christoph Nass filtered and restored the 4x3 DVD quite cleverly, to remove some strange digital ghosting that appears around the edges of lines. He also filtered the timecoded VHS. Being an NTSC VHS, it's not terrific quality and suffers from ghosting and loss of lowlight detail. The 4x3 DVD was very carefully warped in After Effects to match the timecoded VHS source, or Arabian Knight, or the workprint, as needed from shot to shot. The VHS source was then color corrected to match the DVD as closely as possible, often requiring frame by frame attention to an extent. For the center bottom of the screen, which is missing due to the timecode on the VHS, I used the workprint, which also had to be color corrected to match. The workprint version of this shot is also an earlier take of it which doesn't quite match the version as reshot and appearing in Princess and the Cobbler. This is one of very few shots where the timecoded VHS of Princess and the Cobbler is actually higher quality than the PAL VHS of the workprint. This shot required some frame by frame attention and cleanup in Photoshop, as well as endless color correction trickery, and some motion keyframing to make the workprint material match the Princess and the Cobbler version, with its slightly different camerawork.
Certain iconic shots of Zigzag will appear in HD in the Mark 4.
Filtered workprint by Christoph Nass.
Motion estimation in After Effects puts this Calvert shot on “ones” with smoother motion than previously.
All storyboards have Dirt Remover applied and splices edited out. Some storyboards have not previously appeared in a Recobbled Cut, like this one of Tack.
A surprisingly difficult shot to recreate, this shot appears only in Princess and the Cobbler (and the workprint), not in Arabian Knight. It shows the flies hanging round the top of a tent The Thief is in. Since nearly all the moving parts of the image are contained in the cropped 4x3 PAL DVD of Princess and the Cobbler, I decided to recreate the rest of the shot in Photoshop, for a very clear background and result. This may have been a mistake, as it took hours and tons of motion keyframing in FCP to get a result which wasn't completely horrible. The deceptively simple shot was a ton of work, and the results aren't perfect either.