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Old January 15 2014, 08:54 AM   #211
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Re: #FreeBabylon5 Campaign

We got a *big* plug from Claudia Christian Tues. evening. As I write this, we've got 509 supporters and we'll reach 184,028 people. Wow.... Now if they'll all just write letters (yeah, I'm so demanding...).

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Old January 15 2014, 05:45 PM   #212
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I think we can definitely declare success with the Thunderclap! Final count was 547 supporters, 191,470 total reach and in the first two hours after the Thunderclap went out there were 1,147 hits on the website.

Now we need to translate that success into actual letters sent. Any thoughts? To paraphrase Lorien, it's easy to find something worth clicking for, do you have anything worth writing for?

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Old January 24 2014, 03:51 AM   #213
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Re: #FreeBabylon5 Campaign

Almost by accident, I've created a shop at CafePress with a bunch of items with the #FreeBabylon5 logo (with thanks to Reverend, as usual). There should be a buck or two from each item sold coming to the campaign so I hope you might find something you like. Plenty to choose from, not just t-shirts!

http://www.cafepress.com/tofreebabylon5/10441570

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(PS: the site generates most of the items so some may not look right - I haven't had a chance to check out each one yet.)
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Old January 24 2014, 10:13 AM   #214
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I use Cafepress for my store and they make great stuff. I've never had any of my products turn out badly.
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Old January 24 2014, 04:09 PM   #215
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Agreed, RJDiogenes. I've gotten a variety of different items and they're all top quality. I may play around with other designs, too, if folks like what's there.


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Old January 24 2014, 07:07 PM   #216
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Golf balls? Yoga mats? Curtains? The mind boggles.

If you want I could prepare some more suitable graphics with a transparent background, rather than a solid colour. That one was just meant for the buttons IIRC and having a black square would look pretty fugly just slapped on any of those plain white items.

Oh and if you needed an EF Postal service logo, you only had to ask...or just check the wiki.
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Old January 24 2014, 07:54 PM   #217
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I'd love to have some with a transparent background. Really, I was just playing around (well, I did make myself a golf shirt) and I kept playing around and suddenly I had a store. I don't imagine that the campaign will be getting rich off of this. Since I started posting the link around last night the shop's had a whopping four orders.

Honest, the EF Postal Service thing was an impulsive addition just before I walked out to go to work.


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Old January 25 2014, 04:52 PM   #218
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Some of you may have already seen this article on TV shows that deserve remastering for a Blu-ray release. http://www.thedigitalbits.com/column...ts/012414_1500

B5 is #5 on the list, saying:

"This show is a semi-forgotten gem that badly deserves new life in HD. Babylon 5 was again shot on film, and its creators even protected the image for future widescreen presentation. But while the show almost single-handedly pioneered the use of CG-based visual effects in TV (and won an Emmy for doing so), the technology used was primitive by today’s standards. Amiga-based Video Toasters anyone? If this was remastered for HD, with updated visual effects, it could be a real stunner on Blu-ray."

How about *all* of us 1) PRINT this article, 2) HIGHLIGHT the parts about how stunning it would be, 3) WRITE a note explaining how B5 is *not* forgotten and that we fans want to help boost its popularity and 4) SEND it to this address:

Kevin Tsujihara, CEO
Warner Bros. Entertainment
4000 Warner Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

This is the sort of thing that everybody in every country can participate in; in fact, the more the better!

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Old January 26 2014, 10:48 AM   #219
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The problem with that is that I hate the idea of "updating" special effects as much as I do colorizing old movies or TV shows. Twilight Zone was released on Blu-Ray in HD and it looks great; they may have digitally enhanced it, but they didn't mess with it. That's what they should do with B5.
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Old January 26 2014, 09:03 PM   #220
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^Not really feasible in this case since while the live action footage was shot in widescreen, the CG was rendered in 4:3. Even if they tried doing a cleaned up version of the show in 4:3, given the relatively low resolution and video based format of the original renders, it'd look horrible in HD and no amount of filters or messing with the colour sliders will improve matters.

It's been said by many people who should know that the *only* way to get a BluRay release for B5 is to totally redo *all* of the CG shots. That's everything from space scenes, to PPG blasts, creatures, planetscapes and graphics. It's also why it'll only ever happen if WB can be convinced that there's a significant enough market to invest a *lot* of money into the product.
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Old January 26 2014, 10:27 PM   #221
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Interesting. I guess I don't understand the technical aspects of it if a show from circa 1960 can look good in high def and SFX from circa 1990 can't. Maybe they could release discs with both versions for completists (and historical interest).
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Old January 26 2014, 11:08 PM   #222
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Interesting. I guess I don't understand the technical aspects of it if a show from circa 1960 can look good in high def and SFX from circa 1990 can't.
Short version: You can convert high def to standard def, but not vis-versa. ("It has always been easier to destroy than to create.")

Back in the 60s, all the VFX were created in high def, on film, because they didn't have any other way. Starting in the 80s, with the rise of tape and CGI, that changed; effects were created in standard def to start with, and they never had a high-def version. After all, the shows were only going to be shown in standard def, right?

The Twilight Zone (and the original Star Trek) were made with the older methods, so a high-def version already exists. But for Babylon 5, that standard-def version is all that was ever created. There's no way to get a high-def version without starting from scratch.

(Star Trek: The Next Generation fell in-between the two methods. The final version only existed at standard def, but they still had most of the original pieces in high definition; CBS has been able to reassemble them into a high definition version. For B5, those original high-def pieces don't exist.)
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Old January 27 2014, 06:11 AM   #223
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Yeah, it basically comes down to the use of filmstock or video. Since the former creates it's image through a photo-chemical process, the "resolution" is only limited by the materials. Video on the other hand uses magnetically stored analogue data, which if more efficient to store, cheaper to produce and easier to duplicate that film, but it's also much more limited in terms of resolution.

Anyway, the best way to encourage WB to do this for B5 is to convince them there's money in it for them and the way to do that is to go make some noise.
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Old January 27 2014, 10:18 AM   #224
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Okay, there's the thing. I just didn't realize that older stuff was already "high def" by being on film.
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Old February 5 2014, 09:48 PM   #225
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A fan in Warsaw Poland posted a great Free Babylon 5 video:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTk0...ature=youtu.be


Have any of you thought of doing something similar? If you post it on YouTube and send the link to FreeBabylon5@gmail.com Jenny will add it to the Free Babylon 5 channel.

I'd love to create a DVD of a whole bunch of these to send to WB.


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