Welcome to the Dune Special Edition Project

This is a project I have been slowly working on over the last few years with the goal of ultimately replacing many of the "outdated" special effects shots in David Lynch's 1984 version of Dune.
The project initially began as an endeavor to build a "proper" ornithopter - one with flapping wings, that neither the movie or the mini-series managed to achieve. However, with the advent of the "fan-edit" the scope of the project has expanded with the goal of updating the effects in all those places in the movie where I feel things could be significantly "improved."
Although I am currently working on this by Myself, it's a large undertaking and if there is anyone interested in helping this project along, feel free to contact Me - We might actually be able to get this project completed with a few more skilled and enthusiastic people!

Sasha Burrow

If you are curious about My professional work, I have been working as a VFX artist (Among other things) at The Asylum for the past 6 years, including visual effects on all 4 Sharknado films (Mainly stuff blowing up!).

DUNE Special Edition: Showreel March 2010

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Well, as you may have noticed, the poll "What scene in the movie would you most like to see "redone"?" has closed and the results are in!

32%: Final battle vs Sardaukar
25%: Atreides frigates dock with guild heighliner above Caladan
14%: Folding Space
14%: Emperor's Arrival / Landsraad above Arrakis
10%: Worm chase + Paul falling from cliff
  3%: Piter's arrival by tram on Geidi Prime
  0%: Harkonnen ornithopter flight & crash

I find the results interesting, simply because I would have had a completely different order! Though I do agree with the top two results.. but surely that horrible greenscreen shot of Paul "Falling" down the cliff would be higher up the list! LOL
Sadly, I am nowhere near being able to tackle the final the final battle - would have to spend a lot of time making new assests (Fremen, Sardaukar etc) in order for that to happen.
However, on a more positive note, I have already spent some time working on a new animation for the Atreides ships docking with the Guild ship and I think that will be the next sequence I tackle once I get the Duke's spice harvesting inspection (Version 1) completed.

Happy holidays all and thanks for reading!
Hopefully the job market will pick up in the new year and I will at last be able to find work!


1 comment:

  1. I voted for the final battle like most people did, but in retrospect I don't believe I should. This was before I accepted the Weirding Modules as a legitimate choice for the film over the novel... Before, I would have preferred a more typical, pre-industrial war of martial arts and swords you might see in any epic historical, but now I feel that the switch is acceptable and doesn't undermine the film at all.

    I think now I'd rather see the special effects involving space done over, since feasibly they'd be "easier", but effect the atmosphere of the film much more.

    In the end, I hope you'll work on all these points in some way or another, since it wouldn't pay to leave the job half-done, but at least you have some impression of what matters most to your viewers.