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Cameron Samurai

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#1045894
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SLIDERS-THE EXODUS
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The Exodus is the infamous two-parter of the 90s multiverse exploration series SLIDERS, a series that was frequently plauged by executive meddling, pointless cast changes, and ridiclous storylines. It holds a speical place in my heart as it’s first two seasons are amongst the best speculative fiction I’ve ever seen and I do actually have some sort of soft spot for the third season even if it (and season five) are the worst.

The Exodus has a lot going against it…death of a fan favourite character in Professor Artro, gobbeldigook science jargon, the characters all being incredibly self-centered and mean-spirited, a weird serial killer/coma victim subplot…there’s a lot to cut out or generally minimise, and evidently I haven’t been the only one who’s considered this. Apparently the Earth Prime online communuty tried their hand at the Exodus fanedit, I found it on Vimeo and it’s inspired me to do my own version.

I think they tried to be too ambitious with the edit, attempting to ignore some of the hokeier moments and, in what I feel was a missed oppertunity, cut out Quinn returning to his home Earth. This was a seminal moment for me and I thought one of the better moments of the two-parter, ruined all too quickly by Maggie’s ludicrous “allergy” to an Earth. In my version, Quinn and Maggie return from Quinn’s world with no problems and they decide that Earth is where the population of the doomed Pulsar Earth goes.

Arturo’s death is now repurposed in a way that gives him some dignity and underlines the trimph of the Sliders with a tragic setback…they have made it home at last, but feel compelled to return to their usual adventures in order to bring Rickman to justice.

Maggie’s husband is killed off-screen, as Rickman tells Maggie he was killed by the rioters.

The whole Rembrant/Malcom subplot has been removed, they still meet and Rembrant does still bond with him, but the whole drama with trying to get him on the list or whatnot is edited out.

I retained some of the cheesier elements because Sliders is pure 90s cheese and it would feel hollow without some of that being in there. It’s not really a very joyful story as it is.

I hope to have this up on Vimeo either today or sometime in the week and will make it availible on my Zaredit blog and the fanedit reddit, so keep your eyes peeled.

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#1044703
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Man Of Steel-The Kent Cut
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Currently uploading the workprint to Vimeo. I dialed back a bit on the end credits, so the edit is now 1 hr 36 minutes. I had some rendering issues and there’s a few (very) faint audio pops in some moments, but nothing too distracting. Luckily it’s just a workrprint draft and nothing definite.

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#1044419
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The Flash TV Show-Movie Fan Edit
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I recall receiving one of those edits…he kept some actors and writers credits in when he opened up a scene of the next episode in the sequence. I understand it’s difficult to avoid them because it’s neccersary not to miss something though, it does provide a fleeting distraction

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#1044416
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Man Of Steel-The Kent Cut
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Thanks for your interest, I’ve tested a few drafts this afternoon and it’s steadily coming together. I’ll try to continuously update over the week on the progress.

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#1044407
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Man Of Steel-The Kent Cut
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I’m working on a 1 hr 42 minute workprint of Man of Steel which I’ll make availible on my blog, the intent is to include a few scenes from Batman V Superman without devling too deeply into that movie. I did’nt want to do what everybody else does and insert Bruce into the battle of Metropolis, I wanted to maintain this movie as entirely Superman-dependent, and as a result the only character from BVS to carry over into this edit is Lex Luthor in one of the final scenes setting up the sequel. I also intend to have Kal become Clark much earlier in the movie…20 minutes in to be exact, and have him investigate the bat-branded criminal and meeting his widow, who tells him the only way to deal with uncompromising monsters is with a fist…this thus provides Clark with some inspiration for how he ultimately deals with Zod.

Also out of the edit is Lois investigating Clark and tracking him down. She knows who Clark is when he’s introduced to her at the Planet. HE comes to HER, and she arrives at the Kent farm shortly after Zod’s transmission to Earth, and Supes and her surrender immediatly to the military rather than the military capturing Lois and forcing Superman to surrender in order to see her. Most of the edit from that point on is untouched until the ending. The movie begins with the rescue on the Bus and ends with Clark talking to Jonathan’s ghost in the artic from BVS.

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#916243
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Knight Rider 2000-One Cut Can Make A Difference
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This was one of the very first movies I ever tackled ten or so years ago, and now that I’ve evolved as an editor, I think the time is right to go back to it.

“So many things to fix” you might be thinking…well I decided to pretty much keep most of it intact, mainly out of a fondness for all the little kiche moments. Think of KR 2000 as a 90s answer to the BBC comedy mock retrospective “Time Trumpet” which foresees a future with all sorts of innovations and events that did not come true…although they weren’t too far off from there being ten Star Trek movies, at least in the original continuity anyway. I actually cut James Doohan’s cameo in the original version, but felt compelled to keep it in this version.

The big difference of course, is that Devon Miles no longer dies, he doesn’t get to do much because of this, but I reckon peacefully handing the baton over to his arrogant partner and the Knight 4000 is a kinder move, as it shows him and Michael as the old lions entrusting the pride to the young.

Opening the story is the scene where Tommy Watts attacks the conference and takes the mayor hostage, leading Shawn to pick up the handgun, then we cut to the titles.

I decided to use the pilot episode title sequence of the series for two reasons, one was to avoid crediting Bonnie and RCIII from season four, since only David Hasselhoff and Edward Mulhare show up here, and the other was to follow in the tradition of KR series premiers, which don’t tip you off to the fact KITT is going to undergo a transformation. Think of this as the season five premier of Knight Rider and you wonder just what form the old trans-am will take next, and what powers it will have. To add some vintage spice to proceedings, I’ve also included some music cues from the original series. Not too many, but a keen ear will spot them.

Also included is a slightly altered ending which I’m sure will give you avid KR fans a grin.

Still in the process of uploading the files to MEGA, but will notify when they’re ready. They can be accessed via PM.

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#916242
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Thunderbirds Are Go-Ring of Fire
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Thunderbirds Are Go! is a worthy revival of the 60s Supermarionation classic, and this edit doesn’t take much away from what the series has to offer…though that’s not to say there’s wiggle room for slight improvements. I took the opportunity to produce a small pre-episode montage of what was to come in the story, just as the classic series had done when they kick started every exciting instalment. I decided not to use the title sequence as it proved a little redundant (half the bloody thing is made up of a montage of what’s to come in the episode, and I’d already pushed that back further to the very start of the episode), however it should not come off as too jarring, at least I hope so.

Afterwards, it was just a small matter of avoiding the dreaded “part one” and “part two” and writers credits (though I included the directors credit)

The links can be accessed via PM.

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