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Old December 22 2012, 05:50 PM   #16
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Re: Missing episodes: a hypothetical question

Option A. I'd rather have fewer complete stories than fragments of multiple stories.
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Old December 27 2012, 02:37 AM   #17
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Re: Missing episodes: a hypothetical question

I'd also prefer option A. I feel that would be ultimately more satisfactory than option B and I also prefer watching complete stories rather than just fragments.

There are more stories I'd like to see completed than the 10 episode limit allows. I'd really want The Tenth Planet to be complete so that's one episode down. The rest I'd split between The Evil of the Daleks and The Ice Warriors which leaves me with one single episode that wouldn't complete any other story and which could go either to The Celestial Toymaker (getting that up to only half of it missing with the two missing episodes possibly getting the animation treatment ), The Moonbase or The Underwater Menace (both of them with then only one episode missing which could be animated).

I didn't include The Invasion and The Reign of Terror in my deliberations because they either have been completed by animation or will be and that's good enough for me.
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Old December 27 2012, 03:36 AM   #18
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Having seen the one surviving episode of "The Celestial Toymaker," I'm not sure that the absence of the rest of it is such a great loss. At least, if we could only get a finite number of episodes back, I wouldn't want to waste one of the slots on that.
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Old December 27 2012, 02:34 PM   #19
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I pick a) and want everything else animated, they have audios it can't be that expensive, the BBC should find some money for it, don't they get billions every year?
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Old December 27 2012, 03:20 PM   #20
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Re: Missing episodes: a hypothetical question

I'd go with B) 10 orphaned episodes. Given that there's 8 stories without anything that might be good odds for reducing that figure.

I'd be happy with anything. But I suppose everyone's first and last episodes would be more pleasing. so

Myth Makers 4, DMP 4, Massacre 4, Savages 4, Tenth Planet 4, Power 1, Highlanders 1, Fury 6, Wheel 2, plus Marco Polo 4, Smugglers 1.

Might of been A) if it was more than 10. I'd love to see Marco Polo and Power Of The Daleks.

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Having seen the one surviving episode of "The Celestial Toymaker," I'm not sure that the absence of the rest of it is such a great loss.
The audio suggests 4 very different episodes, like Space Pirates 2 (without any Space Pirates!) its probably not the best to judge it by.

The few fans who've seen Underwater Menace part 2 have changed their opinion of the story from what they knew about part 3.

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I pick a) and want everything else animated, they have audios it can't be that expensive, the BBC should find some money for it, don't they get billions every year?
The thing is though we've been told (for what that's worth!) they can't afford to do more than 2 episodes a story. So the best chance of a complete Wheel In Space (we have 2/6) would be find another 2. They'd then have the insentive to animate the remainder. Even if they just found 1 that would make it 50% complete, they might budge then.

On the other hand if episodes did start to be found they might thing it wasn't worth the risk! Recovering something just animated would be bittersweet.
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Old December 27 2012, 03:36 PM   #21
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I pick a) and want everything else animated, they have audios it can't be that expensive, the BBC should find some money for it, don't they get billions every year?
I'd go for this, but for animated I'd prefer CGI based on the existing telesnaps. Although it would be too expensive at the moment, affordable photorealistic CGI isn't that far off, and having a guaranteed audience would make it pretty much risk free...
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Old December 27 2012, 03:42 PM   #22
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I don't need photorealistic cgi, they can use flash animation for all I care and they don't have to do everything at once, completing two or three serials (depending on how many episodes are missing) per year would be enough.
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Old December 27 2012, 04:38 PM   #23
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The thing is though we've been told (for what that's worth!) they can't afford to do more than 2 episodes a story. So the best chance of a complete Wheel In Space (we have 2/6) would be find another 2. They'd then have the insentive to animate the remainder. Even if they just found 1 that would make it 50% complete, they might budge then.
Over time, the cost of animation will go down. Eventually, I'm sure all missing episodes will be animated. It might not be for another 10 years. But, someday it will happen as the costs continue to plunge.

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Old December 27 2012, 04:50 PM   #24
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Put it this way - animation is costly and time consuming. Cheaper animation looks, er, cheap.

CGI will continue to get cheaper, especially when used with motion capture. Take the copious amounts of telesnaps, map them into 3D, use motion capture suits to insert the actors and you are there. The very next best thing to finding the episodes, and within a few years, affordable.

If they wanted to, they could probably finish the Baker Shada now...
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Old December 27 2012, 04:59 PM   #25
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Having seen the one surviving episode of "The Celestial Toymaker," I'm not sure that the absence of the rest of it is such a great loss. At least, if we could only get a finite number of episodes back, I wouldn't want to waste one of the slots on that.
That's sort of why the question came to mind: in view of Underwater Menace 3, the general reaction to getting part 2 back was 'It's great they found something, but why couldn't it been from something else?' But everyone who's seen it says it's much better than part three... which is pretty much what people who saw it all back in 67 were saying all along.
So, the rest of Toymaker might be better than part four, and maybe even make four seem a bit better in context (bright happy atmosphere in part one darkening as it goes on), though I personally doubt it.
And of course, Toymaker was regarded as a classic... when it was all missing. That's sort of why having something from every story appeals to me: finding one episode can destroy a story's reputation (Toymaker), or boost it even higher (Evil of the Daleks).
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Old December 27 2012, 05:24 PM   #26
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Put it this way - animation is costly and time consuming. Cheaper animation looks, er, cheap.

CGI will continue to get cheaper, especially when used with motion capture. Take the copious amounts of telesnaps, map them into 3D, use motion capture suits to insert the actors and you are there. the very next best thing to finding the episodes, and within a few years, affordable.
You're drawing a nonexistent distinction. CGI is animation. Indeed, all 2D animation is done on computers these days. And 3D animation is even harder to do well than 2D. Cheap 3D CGI looks horrible. You really need a feature-film budget and schedule and the resources and talent of Pixar or Weta or James Cameron to do it convincingly. It's not even remotely as simple as "scan it and there you are." If you think motion capture automatically looks good, you should try watching Polar Express sometime.

It's very, very hard to get computers to depict anything that isn't impossibly, mathematically smooth and perfect. Imparting realistic texture, weight, and motion to a 3D CG construct, and doing it well enough to avoid the creep factor of the uncanny valley, is immensely difficult and requires a great deal of hard work from very talented artists. Even the most sophisticated performance-capture technology we have today still requires the frame-by-frame mediation of skilled animators to compensate for the computers' limitations and add in the details and subtleties that make a CG construct look as believable as possible.

Besides, I think it would be wrong to try to make an episode reconstruction so realistic that it could be mistaken for the real thing. It should be clear that it isn't the real thing, that it's an approximation of something that was lost. It should look like animation.
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Old December 27 2012, 05:35 PM   #27
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Re: Missing episodes: a hypothetical question

I think that either attempted reproduction of the original or a replacement animation is probably a matter of personal preference.

Who would prefer which ? With Christopher and my preferences it's one all !

PS - I should point out that I wasn't suggesting the episodes be released in 3D, just that the telesnaps would need to be mapped onto a 3D model to enable the characters to interact with the 'set', but the resulting image would be captured in 2D.
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Old December 27 2012, 05:41 PM   #28
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Besides, I think it would be wrong to try to make an episode reconstruction so realistic that it could be mistaken for the real thing. It should be clear that it isn't the real thing, that it's an approximation of something that was lost. It should look like animation.
Indeed. The Invasion recreations are fine, but they don't show what Troughton was actually doing with his face, and when missing episodes have turned up he's often been pulling expressions you didn't expect from the soundtrack, or pulling off some unexpected bit of business. Similarly, the recovered Galaxy 4 episode includes lots of cranes shots and other directorial touches that nobody would have thought to put into a reconstruction (unless, perhaps, they're detailed in the director's camera scripts).
The reconstruction shouldn't pretend to be the originals, just enjoyable substitutes.
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Old December 27 2012, 05:47 PM   #29
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Put it this way - animation is costly and time consuming. Cheaper animation looks, er, cheap.
I saw The Invasion, I'm glad they animated the missing parts but seriously, the animation looks like crap. I would prefer a South Park look if it meant more episodes in a short amount of time, that sort of animation is done incredibly fast and I'd be very surprised if it's not much cheaper than what we saw on The Invasion.

I think it's a mistake to try and recreate the original look as closely as possible, it doesn't matter how hard they try, it will always look animated, so embrace the animation part, go for an interesting but affordable style and get the episodes out.
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Old December 27 2012, 08:00 PM   #30
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I enjoyed seeing The Invasion with the animation as it was. I agree with the sentiment that it shouldn't be a reconstruction. The quality of animation was good enough for me. And, it made all the difference for being able to watch the story in its entirety. I'm looking forward to the same with Reign of Terror.

If we keep the quality level constant at Reign of Terror levels, the price for the quality will decline over time. At some point, the price should be low enough to make it profitable, unless there's just no market for mostly/completely animated stories.

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