Hey everyone. I've been a longtime member, but kinda on the quiet side.
Before I explain the request in the title, I want to introduce who I am so that collectors can trust me on it - rest assured that I am in NO way asking for the art pieces to leave anyone's collections, however what I'm going to request might sound a little pie-in-the-sky without some background on me.
My name is Rory Joscelyne. I've been called Roareye Black in the Sonic fan community since 2001, and as part of the community I helped create and (for two years I ran and hosted) the Summer of Sonic conventions in London for Sega Europe - the event that eventually inspired the creation of the Sonic Boom events in the USA. I was also involved in the first meetups between fans and Sega back in the mid-2000s. Here is footage of me on stage at SoS 2013 with co-host Adam Tuff.
More recently I have begun work in the film industry and among many other areas of work I have been developing restoration techniques and learning about various forms of media such as compositing (which is a huge part of animation). I have already begun work in this regard on the Super Mario Bros movie, having restored two of the film's trailers into genuine 4K with fresh scans of the film negatives ( https://www.youtube....h?v=_oCgefJDilg
) and have begun work on a follow up documentary with the team called Trust The Fungus. My IMDB has all these (and other unrelated work) covered as proof - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm9247396/
You can also check my website at www.roryjoscelyne.co.uk
, and you can verify all of this on my Twitter and Facebook profiles if you like.
So now I've introduced who I am, I'll explain what it is I am trying to do. I would like to try and restore Sonic SatAM into 4K resolution, not an upscale, not a fan re-interpretation, a full on restoration of the original show into higher resolution video. I have several plans in mind for the animations, as locating all of the animation cells may be impossible (from what I have read, most are locked in a vault in Sega of Japan) but by design animation cells are basic in colour detail etc - so I have something in mind on that front. However the background paintings used in the show would be damaged by these techniques due to the level of detail the art team put into them, blurring out details and making them look like very basic posterised artworks - a real loss of quality.
So my plan is to get high resolution scans of all the backgrounds I can - from collectors who hold the original cels - and use those new scans to meticulously re-edit the show's post-production without losing background detail. I have a computer that is more than capable of this, and I have the skills necessary. All I need is a copy of the artworks (without character cells overlaid if possible).
I am not asking anyone to post anything to me, these artworks are precious and I do not need the physical item to do what I need. What I am asking is if collectors could step forward, find a local shop that can do high resolution scanning - professional level art scans - and tell me the price for the scans. I do not mind paying for the scans, as I understand collectors won't want to be out of pocket, however there isn't a set budget so please let me know what you have first so you don't waste money scanning backgrounds I already have scanned.
Once I have the backgrounds I can pinpoint which episodes they are in and begin matching the original video negative in terms of animation/camera movement and then overlay the digital animation cels over the top. This will produce a genuine 4K restoration of the series without resorting to cheap tricks or any loss of detail (In fact, a much higher rate of detail). It will also end the motion blur visible on the pan-and-scan motions of the DVDs which are currently the highest quality versions of the show.
Sorry it's a long post, but I thought I best make my intentions clear. With the help of fans I honestly believe we can restore SatAM to a high resolution program. The show itself is worthy of restoring, and I have the skills to do it, but I don't have the painted backgrounds to complete the job. I look forward to hearing from the community, as I'm sure you agree it'd be awesome to see SatAM in it's true best quality from the original art masters.