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Uploaded on Nov 15, 2008
This is a preview of the documentary 'The EditDroid: Rise and Fall'
See the whole documentary at www.editdroid.com
In 1983 when George Lucas was making Star Wars movies, film editing was a long and time-consuming process. Lucas set his team the challenge of improving the editing stage of filmmaking and after spending 40 million dollars and three years of hard work they created the EditDroid. This machine not only developed, but also changed the way we make and edit films forever. About 30 EditDroid prototypes were made in total and then they disappeared. Lucas sold the patent of the idea to a small company called AVID and the rest is film-making history. Today AVID is one of the most common and secure editing machines we have in film-making and is used all over the world. In 2005 Bruce Gray and Tom van Klingeren set off from Amsterdam to see if they could find out how the EditDroid came into being and what happened to the ones that were made. Could there still be an EditDroid buried deep in the archives of the LucasFilm Company on Skywalker Ranch?