thanks for the compliments on the very rough draft.
A lot of this edit still depends on me being able to decode AC3 to WAV. If that doesn't happen it will be much tougher to do a decent job.
Yes, I intend to cut a lot of the droid idiocy. Thank God there was no Jar Jar.
I think Adywan has raised the bar extremely high for us uber novices. I do not have the skills or know how to recolor, or repaint Ziro. So his look will stay.
As far as the new music... what's there now is a temp track, though I am growing fond of it. I always appreciated that John Williams had a very unique sound for the Mos Eisely band. It was sort of big band jazz, but used steel drum and Moog synth - giving it an "otherworldy" feel. The music used in the theatrical release has got to go. Film Noir music just doesn't fit, nor the music used after the IG droid is removed. So I'm still looking for other music, but at this point I the temp track reminds me somewhat of Jabba's palace (circa 1983) when we first enter the scene, NOT Lapti Nek.
Again for me, editing this is more about making it less painful to watch. I do not consider this "film" to be any part of the Star Wars cannon... more like a "What If?" or part of he Infinities line.