For about a year I’ve been working on a TFA edit based on Hal 9000’s “Restructured” edit, mostly for fun. The goal is just to make what to me is the best version of an already great movie.
I’ve had my eyes on this nice community for a while, mostly thanks to adywan’s fantastic efforts, and a few months ago I joined to help out with Hal 9000’s Restructured v2. So my edit is developed side by side with that edit (which I will help finish before I complete my edit), and I’m taking inspiration and borrowing things from other people as well, like NeverarGreat and DigMod who have a lot of interesting ideas.
Anyhow, my edit isn’t fully done, maybe something like 75% complete. I just work on it now and then in my spare time, so I can’t say when it will be done. But I made this thread to share this project with this community, because it’s nicer to work together!
As I mentioned; this edit uses the “Restructured” edit as a base, because I’m a big fan of that idea, and on top of that I’m including a bunch of small changes. Below is my change list, as it looks now. Points marked with < are changes straight from Hal’s “Restructured”, points with • are planned and points with an x are more or less completed. Points in parentheses are things I’m unsure of.
x Replace Main Theme with Episode I version
< New opening crawl, written by Hal 9000
x Reedit the part with Stormtroopers inside a transport to make the sequence less jumpy
(• Add unused shots of Stormtroopers from Teaser 1)
(• Fix Kylo’s helmet which has an inconsistent mouth guard)
x Reduce the diss battle between Kylo and Lor San Tekka
x Reduce Poe being cocky with Kylo
x Add VFX to practical effect desert bird to make the feathers look more convincing
• Add Rey having a daydream/vision about the island (idea by NeverarGreat)
x Remove Kylo’s line "Comfortable?"
x Reduce Finn shooting a lot of people as he escapes in the TIE fighter
x Remove Kylo saying Finn’s number
• Restore IMAX sequence
x Remove Finn’s line “… cute boyfriend?”
(• Reduce Bala-Tik part (idea by NeverarGreat and DigMod))
x Reduce Rathtars
< Remove General Hux from first scene with Snoke (VFX by Jackpumpkinhead)
x Remove Snoke mentioning Han Solo being Kylo’s father
x Slight fix of shot of Rey by the lake (straightened horizon, removed lens distortion)
x Color correct shot of Maz, Solo, Rey and Finn walking past the spy to match following shot
x Subtle zoom in on the spy watching as they pass
(x Remove droid saying “Alert the resistance”)
x Remove Kylo calling Darth Vader "grandfather"
x Replace “These are your first steps” with Alec Guinness’ voice (audio by DJ Mitz)
< Replace seeing the Hosnian system being destroyed in the sky with a Star Destroyer (VFX by NeverarGreat)
x Change Finn’s line “It’s the first order, they’ve done it” to "they’ve found us"
x New sound mix and music for this sequence to match the change in visuals and story
(x New color grade of Takodana outdoor scenes after Rey runs away to more of a warm evening/sunset light (to have the nice looking TIE sunset shot make a little more sense))
(• Add unused shots of X-Wings approaching from Teaser 1 and 2)
• Remove Han shooting over his shoulder without looking
(• Reduce Han playing around with Chewie’s Bowcaster)
x Remove Han’s line “I saw our son”, keep the “I saw him” part to keep some mystery
< Remove mention of the Hosnian system’s destruction when Finn is introduced to Leia
(• Add Poe telling Leia that Finn knows about a weapon system/base (edit by NeverearGreat))
• R2D2 starts searching for map files on his hard drive after hearing C3PO mentioning the map (edit by NeverarGreat)
• Add deleted scene with Leia talking to Korr Sella
(• Changes to the talk about Kylo between Han and Leia)
x Flip back flipped shot of Kylo putting his helmet in the ash tray
< After Rey resists Kylo Ren’s mind probe, add the portion of the Snoke scene from earlier where General Hux suggests using the weapon to destroy the Republic (VFX by Jackpumpkinhead to overlay Kylo Ren’s face over his mask)
• Further VFX to remove Kylos helmet in this sequence
< Move General Hux’s speech to after Kylo Ren overreacts to Rey’s escape
< After the speech, the nearby Sun begins to be drained
< During the Resistance briefing scene, remove Leia identifying their base as the Starkiller’s next target, Threepio lamenting the prior loss of the Republic fleet, and the mention of the First Order charging the weapon “again”
< Remove C3PO’s line "It would take a miracle to save us now"
x Flip back flipped shot of Stormtroopers looking for Rey
x Remove sharpening artifacts from a shot of Rey inside Starkiller Base
x Remove smoke from Starkiller Base when X-Wings approach (based on VFX by NeverarGreat)
x Add deleted scene of Kylo searching the Falcon
x Remove Finn not understanding Han’s signal to look at Rey behind him
< After Kylo kills Han, the Starkiller fires at the Hosnian system, and Leia senses it through the Force
< As Finn and Rey head outside the oscillator, cut to the battle in space where the fighters notice that the oscillator has been damaged. Cut back to Rey and Finn before the X-wings begin their descend toward the trench.
< As Kylo Ren and Rey duel, cut to the X-wings descending toward the trench, skipping over the portion of the sequence used earlier.
• Change Kylo’s facial scar to match Episode VIII appearance
< As the Falcon flies away from the imploding planet, remove shots in which the fighter pilots appear too joyful
x Remove Poe’s line "Our work here is done"
x Remove Chewie walking past Leia (because of the Chewie hug controversy)
• Remove Chewie from crowd behind Leia
x Stabilized ending shot (by NeverarGreat)
What do you think? Anything else I should do? Anything I shouldn’t do? Please share your thoughts, and I’ll keep you updated as I make progress.
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