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is a project I have been slowly working on over the last few years with the goal of ultimately replacing many of the "outdated" special effects shots in David Lynch's 1984 version of Dune.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, March 28, 2010


Well now that I finally have enough hard drive space, and my the latest version of the editing software I am using will directly load .vob (DVD video files), I have been able to actually start editing the movie and cutting in my new visual effects.

I am using the DUNE: Third Stage Edition fanedit by PhineasBG and Nighthawks as a base since it contains all the deleted scenes though this edit also needs a good deal of tightening up in places.

The first thing I did was to replace the old 80's Universal logo with the current one since that was an easy fix and then add in my "Secret Report Within the Guild" shot.
I then moved the extended shot where Duke Leto talks to Duncan to a more sensible place (That allows for Duncan to be in the palace during the attack).
I am still trying to determine the best place for the discussion between Duke Leto and Thufir about what the locals called Paul - I was going to put it after the assassination attempt on Paul, but it may have to go elsewhere.
I recut the part where Alia attacks the Baron - the placing of the shot where she holds up the gom jabbar has always bothered me, so I moved to to directly after the Baron's reaction to being sliced, cutting his reaction into two. Also edited out the close up shot of Kyle MacLachlan "falling" down the cliff - that was always just a BAD effect.
Last night I went through and cut out all the effects shots and put them on a separate video track for easy identification - gonna be a lot of work - though obviously I am not going to replace every effect!!! LOL

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