This site is devoted to the PUGGO GRANDE.
What is the "Puggo GRANDE"?
It is my telecine transfer and restoration of an old 16mm print of Star Wars.
The film was borrowed from a source who wishes to remain anonymous, and who
for now will go by the name Jaxxon. Actually, Jaxxon provided me
with two prints, both of which have the original crawl. One of the prints
has Swedish subtitles and the mono mix. I used the Swedish version as a
source for the mono mix and for a few video segments when needed to patch
damaged frames. The Swedish print was later restored seperately.
Technical details and cover art available at Fanedits.com.
Puggo Grande discussion thread at originaltrilogy.com.
For the video capture, I used a 16mm Workprinter manufactured
by Roger Evans of Moviestuff.
The Workpriter was further modified to capture more of the frame, to
more effectively capture the scope print. It also needed additional
adjustment of the positioning of the lens to avoid chopping the corners.
For the optical audio tracks, I used an EIKI Slimline 16mm projector.
I used CoolEdit to clean the audio, and Vegas Video to sync the tracks.
For additional post-processing, I used the following:
Virtualdub - CMYK filter (RocketJet4 Tools) for color correction,
Vegas Video - various masking and corrections to reduce edge effects,
PhotoStudio - to build a curved border
Vegas Video - chroma keying the border, resize, and very light sharpening,
TMPGEnc for encoding, and
DVD Lab for authoring.
Note - this project is archival only, and I don't distribute my projects.
Aug 08, 2009 - authored DVD.
Aug 07, 2009 - finished menu.
Jul 31, 2009 - finished short documentary including lead-ins/outs.
Jul 08, 2009 - applied very light sharpening and re-encoded reel 3.
Jul 01, 2009 - applied very light sharpening and re-encoded reel 2.
Jun 02, 2009 - applied very light sharpening and re-encoded reel 1.
Jun 01, 2009 - encoded reel 1.
May 25, 2009 - finished assembly of reel 3, incorporating Swedish sprocket hole segment and curved border.
May 15, 2009 - finished basic cleanup of reel 3. Color correction problems.
Apr 15, 2009 - Redid Greedo subtitle repair, in a completely different way.
Apr 1, 2009 - finished basic cleanup of reel 2, including curved border.
Mar 15, 2009 - finished basic cleanup of reel 1, including curved border.
Mar 1, 2009 - matched newly captured reels to previous sound synch.
Feb 17-19, 2009 - re-captured all three reels, to include outer boundaries.
Feb 12, 2009 - Temporary pulldown of reel 3, sound sync with Mono Mix. Required 1-second patch from 35mm mix (original reel).
Feb 10, 2009 - Temporary pulldown of reel 2, sound sync with Mono Mix. Required 7-second patch from 35mm mix (original reel).
Feb 07, 2009 - Removed Swedish subtitles from Greedo segment. Difficult and result is not entirely satisfactory.
Feb 03, 2009 - Removed Swedish subtitles from sprocket-hole segment.
Feb 01, 2009 - Captured two segments off of the Swedish print: (1) Greedo
scene (the 2-line subtitle), and (2) the segment corresponding to the sprocket
hole damage from reel 3.
Jan 24, 2009 - Captured reel 2. Color not as bad as first thought.
Jan 21, 2009 - Cleaned reel 2.
Jan 20, 2009 - Moved projector lens. Captured reel 1 again.
Cleaned reel 3 and repaired about 5 ft of sprocket hole damage.
Captured reel 3.
Jan 17, 2009 - Spoke with Roger at Moviestuff again. He suggests moving
the lens closer to the projector to correct yellow corners.
Jan 14, 2009 - Temporary pulldown of reel 1, sound sync with Mono mix.
Jan 13, 2009 - Captured reel 1. Now heavy yellowing at corners.
Jan 09, 2009 - Installed new gate. Cleaned reel 1.
Nov 13, 2008 - Received enlarged gate.
Oct 08, 2008 - Shipped Workprinter gate back to Moviestuff to be enlarged.
(Excessive amounts of the image were being cropped).
Oct 07, 2008 - Captured first 30% of reel one. Will need to go back when
done and recapture short piece - jawa transport vehicle chopped off.
Sep 15, 2008 - Transferred audio from Swedish print. Excellent quality original mono mix that will require minimal patching.
Sep 15, 2008 - Reviewed Swedish print. Red shift and many scratches. Reel 3 has several feet of sprocket hole repair.
Sep 03, 2008 - Received second 16mm print. Hereafter refered to as "Swedish".
Aug 24, 2008 - Transferred audio from main print. Will need to redo 5-second portion due to sprocket hole damage.
Aug 24, 2008 - Reviewed main print, repaired splices. Reels 1 and 3 excellent, reel 2 has some red shift.
Aug 15, 2008 - Received first 16mm print. Hereafter refered to as "main".
Selected 16mm frames.
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