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Prologue: The Chosen One

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I just finished a new edit of a ‘short film’ fanedit entitled “The Chosen One” using TPM footage (and a brief scene from a fanfilm). My goal was to create a quick prologue telling Anakin’s origin without all the bullshit. This footage is completely rearranged to create a whole new (very simple yet interesting) plot.

In a nut shell: Both the Jedi and the Sith sense a vergeance/disturbance in the Force and they are in a race to find the boy.

This is the story I always felt it should’ve been… super simple. You’ll notice the first few scenes are the same things happening on the Light Side and Dark Side of the Force… they both feel it and are compelled to take action. This sets up a much more meaningful confrontation between the Jedi and Sith at the end.

The whole edit is about 25 minutes and very fast-paced. It’s the best I could do with the material from the movie. The goal was to create Anakin’s origin story in a short film that can be watched and understood by someone who has never seen Star Wars before; and for those who know the films well, it’s a fun quick abridged version of what happened using only the ‘good parts.’ Oh, and Anakin barely speaks 😃 In addition to eliminating bad acting, i think it adds eccentricity and innocence to the character - the fact that the Jedi show up and take him from his mother makes it a bit dramatic, which explains why later in life, he’s tormented by thoughts of missing/losing his mother and legit excuse for his contempt for the Jedi later on. The lightsaber fight, which is obviously the climax, takes up about half of the run time.

The story goes:

  • Qui Gon tells the Jedi council he has encountered a vergeance in the Force.
  • They postulate it may be ‘the Chosen One’ and tell him to bring the boy to them.
  • Obi wan warns Qui Gon he senses something… elusive. Qui gon tells him to relax.
  • Palpatine tells Darth Maul there is a disturbance and that Anakin must not become a Jedi.
  • Qui Gon and Obi Wan travel to Tatooine to get the boy from his mother.
  • Darth Maul arrives on Tatooine shortly after and sends out probes to find them.
  • Maul confronts them on their way back and Qui Gon escapes with Anakin.
  • Qui Gon and Obi wan bring Anakin before the council and they test him.
  • The Jedi council concludes he will not be trained and assigns them a mission to accompany the Queen to Naboo.
  • Qui Gon tells Anakin he can’t train him but to shadow him and be mindful.
  • They travel to Naboo as the Queen’s bodyguards where there is a brief skirmish among locals. - While accompanying the Queen, Darth Maul appears and the Jedi confront him.
  • I added Duel of the Fates score to the Obi wan/Maul fight for increased intensity
  • Qui Gon gets killed and tells Obi Wan to train the boy.
  • Obi wan get permission from Yoda to train Anakin.
  • Qui Gon funeral
  • “The Chosen One” title card and credits

FINAL VERSION COMPLETED 10/17/17

The edits to make this happen are extensive, as you’ll see if you watch it. PM me for a link

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If it’s a prologue, does that mean all the other episodes have their number decreased by one? (Ex: Episode II becomes Episode I)

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Anakin Starkiller said:

If it’s a prologue, does that mean all the other episodes have their number decreased by one? (Ex: Episode II becomes Episode I)

Actually, it’s a prologue to my other edit “Lord Vader: A Star Wars Story” which is a fanedit of Episode 3 re-interpreted as a “star wars story” standalone movie. So in my edits, there are no episodes… the prequels have become the Vader story and the Chosen One prologue.

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This sounds pretty interesting. I haven’t checked out your Lord Vader edit yet, though I’ve planned to. But this seems like a nice way to handle the other material.

The ROTJ collaborative thread is a wealth of ideas, both on how to edit Return of the Jedi, as well as how to collaborate in an edit.

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Actually, it’s a prologue to my other edit “Lord Vader: A Star Wars Story” which is a fanedit of Episode 3 re-interpreted as a “star wars story” standalone movie. So in my edits, there are no episodes… the prequels have become the Vader story and the Chosen One prologue.

I suspected as much.

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Anyone who has actually checked it out, I’d love to hear how it fares from an outside perspective.

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Hey Guys, just fyi - there is a 2.0 version out. I’ve cleaned up Palpatine’s dialogue to Maul, gave Anakin a few lines saying goodbye to his mother (makes more sense) as well as added the “qui gon destroys probe droid” deleted scene - fits perfectly into this story. A few other minor changes…

For the guys who watched the first version, sorry - scrap it and check this one out! 😃

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darth_ender said:

This sounds pretty interesting. I haven’t checked out your Lord Vader edit yet, though I’ve planned to. But this seems like a nice way to handle the other material.

PM me for links, I’d love to get some feedback

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I just watched The Chosen One. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who’s interested. I loved the use of the Darth Maul fan film footage and the Emperor’s dialogue from the other movies. I also like how instead of hunting down Padme, Maul is searching for Anakin.

My only minor complaint would be that the Naboo conflict feels a little sudden. I understood what was happening since I have seen TPM before. But I think if this was the first time someone was watching it, they may be a bit confused as to why Qui-Gonn is suddenly protecting a Queen. However, the odds of this being someone’s first exposure to Ep. 1 are very low, so it isn’t a big deal.

This just goes to show how pointless a lot of TPM is, you were able to get all the important and compelling parts to fit into a cohesive and entertaining 20 minute film. Bravo!

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