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#1152882
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Return of the Jedi: A Gentle Pruning
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Dat_SW_Guy said:

A quick suggestion, Can you possibly restructure the Jabba “plan” sequence? It seems to me there’s no plan to save Han at all. All they just do is to get captured and wait for Luke to rescue them.

Hal 9000 said:

Hadn’t planned to alter the… plan, but I am open to suggestions, provided they are simple and elegant changes.

I’ve seen videos somewhere on how to fix this… I’ll be back

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#1151825
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Palpatine creating the army in TPM?
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liamnotneeson said:

Okay Episode II is still necessary imo because we should know about Anakin and Padme and how they fell in love, but it does makes for a weird ending for AOTC.

The more I think about it, the more it works out, though. I could say in the crawl that Separatists have been an increasing threat, and the Republic has been using the army to counter them more and more- and the whole “ten years ago” makes more sense in AOTC since Palpatine had created the army ten years prior

Not trying to gloat but you’re realizing my concepts from 2015 lol wait for my edit

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#1149197
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Random Thoughts
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Warbler said:

SilverWook said:

I doubt Jay is going to reopen the thread.

I know it doesn’t matter what I think, but I wanted say to someone in power that I strongly disagree with the closing of the banned thread. I think people should have the right to publicly ask questions about people being banned and reasonably discuss the various situations.

Agreed, not sure why it was closed in the first place since that thread was quite peaceful

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#1149106
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Random Thoughts
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I didn’t know where to put this so I’m leaving it here. I’m so done with the recent behaviours that have been exhibited on this forum. I joined this community when I had just turned 15 and this whole time I’ve tried to blend in to a community made up of (and run by) predominantly adults but it appears to me that so many frequent users of the forum that have been around for many years are starting to behave in ridiculous and immature ways that lower my level of respect for the entire community as a whole. If I were a moderator of this site, I’d be so torn on whether or not to ban certain members permanently based on their recent posts regardless of their status on this forum. I stopped posting on here for pretty much an entire year when TFA came out and a bunch of super young kids, trolls, and random goofs joined and started fucking shit up on every thread by starting shit and creating the sock epidemic which was painful to sit through, eventually essential members such as adywan decided to become much less active and/or take breaks from this place because of how stupid this place became. I came back recently right after seeing TLJ and this time it’s so much worse, not many new members have come to cause a problem (yet) but instead the content of the film has divided so many of us and caused many immaturely resolved arguments along with personal attacks, this behaviour is some fucking outrageous outcome of a star wars movie. I, myself, am split on many aspects of the film but why on earth are people doing things to get banned or to harm each other over it? This is ridiculous, I used to love this site and I know I haven’t interacted with many of you for a long time but I’m genuinely ashamed to be on this site right now. Ugh.

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#1145723
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The Last Jedi: Official Review and Opinions Thread ** SPOILERS **
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The movie was alright, better than Rogue One but not as enjoyable as TFA. Rian Johnson made some clever choices when disregarding all of the stupid fan-theories and mysteries that TFA had set up but sometimes it seemed too deliberate or ham-fisted rather than being used to improve upon the overarching story. The movie started off terrible, the entire first sequence was annoying, unfunny, and way too cheesy for my taste (save for the last part where the girl blows up the ship, that was cool). I found the part where Leia gets sucked out into space really odd and I felt like it doesn’t really fit her character to have force powers like that, although it did put her in a coma, but I dunno. Luke and Rey’s first scene was okay, the way he threw the lightsaber so nonchalantly was kinda jarring, I would’ve preferred to see him throwing it in anger or something but whatever. I had no issue with the characterization of Luke, he did the exact same thing that Obi-Wan and Yoda did when things went wrong but he was much more self-aware and cynical which I liked, his arc was pretty much non-existent but it rather felt like he just randomly decided to help them out. Kylo Ren was really great, Hux was the same as last time, Snoke was the same as last time and I loved his death scene!! Other than that, EVERY character was underwritten and forgettable.

The #1 thing that bugs me in movies is when pointless scenes and subplots show up and don’t service the story at all, so naturally, I had a huge problem with the fact that 2 characters had an arc and the rest of them could’ve been cut out! Finn did nothing at all, if you cut him out of the movie entirely, there would be no difference to the story. Same goes for Rose, Leia, Chewbacca, Captain Phasma (why bother even bringing her back just to kill her again!?), DJ, Maz Kanata, Hux, C3P0, R2D2, BB-8, and that cartoon First Order General at the beginning. NONE of the characters I just mentioned had any effect on the story, I’m not saying that every character has to have a direct or major impact on the story, but it’s annoying to see characters that have been established as important in this trilogy become less important than a five minute Yoda cameo (which was pretty sweet btw) or the annoying purple haired lady sacrificing herself. Speaking of sacrificing characters, I’m glad Finn didn’t die because he should die in a movie where he’s actually written properly. Rian Johnson needs to learn how to write characters and then he needs to learn to kill characters with some actual meaning rather than for some shock value.

The pacing was pretty insane as well, felt like a 2-act film with really stretched out second and third acts rather than a proper 3-act film. The editing was super off, jumping between scenes at inappropriate times and way too frequently, it came off as deliberate and annoying rather than for suspense purposes. Also, the casino planet didn’t bother me too much, I just hated the super preachy horse race subplot and the whole weapons dealers lesson, get that political agenda out of my god damn star wars movie!

Overall it was decent though, I enjoyed quite a bit of it. 6.5/10

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#1142852
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Dom's Useless Prequel Edits
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DominicCobb said:

Okay so obviously I’m dumb and I said I’d be done with these before TLJ, which at this point isn’t even close to true because I got a new job basically a week after I posted that and haven’t worked on it since then. I’ll be out of that job soon though, so maybe we’ll see some progress (and maybe I’ll post some color correction examples this weekend).

It’s chill man, happens to us all

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#1135623
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The Prequel Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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thebluefrog said:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uu2edqdbiI

Someone did a good job of restoring the Ep 3 deleted scene “Amendments to the constitution/Palpatine’s machinations.”

Could be useful for other edits.

Yea this one’s from the blu ray but his restoration was god awful, why is the quality 240p and why on earth didn’t he use noise reduction to remove background sounds so that it didn’t sounds like a movie from the 40s??

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#1111525
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Dom's Useless Prequel Edits
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Pretty cool, you tackled one of the strangest and most unnatural sequences in the entire PT and injected some life into it for sure!

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#1105084
Topic
STAR WARS: EP VI -RETURN OF THE JEDI &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>NOW IN PRODUCTION</strong>
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RoccondilRinon said:

My suggestion was only for an Adywan-approved project; I entirely agree that no one else’s project should carry the name “Revisited”. For that matter, there’s no reason a collaborative PT:R attempt would have to use the name if it was done with Ady’s approval, ideas and/or creative input.

Either way, it’d be quite a while off, even if ROTJ:R comes faster than anyone expects. I don’t want this to derail the thread; it was just food for thought.

I mean… Adywan doesn’t own the word “Revisited” or anything but yeah, I guess someone more passionate could do that. There are, however, several editors working on some pretty radical edits of the prequels already, I’d also check those out. There’s also some really mind-blowing suggestions in this thread: http://originaltrilogy.com/topic/The-Prequel-Radical-Redux-Ideas-Thread/id/9911

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#1103692
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Smithers' Star Wars 2-part Prequel Fanedits
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Vladius said:

I would really prefer you not use the Maul fan film footage. It looks really out of place (particularly with the next scene being about stealth,) and I don’t think it makes sense visually - it looks like he’s training on his ship in mid flight, but the ship couldn’t be that big because its scale is established when he lands. It’s also unclear what he’s pushing buttons on the display for - is it involved with tracking the Jedi, or this weird pseudo-flashback training scene?

Maul is really cool (relatively) when he’s introduced in the original film because he’s (relatively) so mysterious, so showing him flipping all over the place with a fully lit lightsaber blocking dozens of shots in front of a glowing blue display seems like way too much, too early, and doesn’t really add to his character. The flipping and lightsaber skills are already established in the original film. The problem with his characterization was never that there aren’t enough scenes of him using a lightsaber, it’s that those are almost his only scenes. Not to mention the actor has a different head and facial structure from Ray Park, though that’s a minor point.

Yes I understand where you’re coming from, however, those scenes I previewed have evolved and been heavily altered along with being color corrected and having grain added in to match up with the footage. The fan film has been completely butchered, rearranged, and rescored, all for the purpose of making it less ill-fitting.

With that said I’m really excited about this edit and I think it’s more ambitious than most. The few times I’ve tried my hand at cutting the prequels, I usually ended up at the same structure you have: two films, mostly killing AOTC because it sucks, and splicing its good parts into the other two. I love your ideas and your dedication.

Thanks man! And yes, even the parts of AOTC that survived are completely reworked and will be barely recognizable.

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#1080678
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The Prequel Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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IsanRido said:

Transfer all of Anakin’s anger from Obi-Wan to Mace Windu. For instance, his response to Padme’s “you are more mature now” could easily be edited to “Master Windu manages not to see it”. Cut his rant. This could tie with Windu’s distrust of Anakin in the first film, and would pay off when he gets his hand chopped off. This way you can retain a good friendship with Obi-Wan and frustration with the Council.

Good example of the line change there, I like it!

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#1067796
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Smithers' Star Wars 2-part Prequel Fanedits
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OH MY GOD IT’S BEEN MONTHS

Sorry guys, I’m a busy dude lately but in favour of the edit, I got a really bad throat infection, I can barely speak, hear, or smell, but that means I get time off work and school to get chugging away on my hobbies. Lightworks recently made a solid new update that makes my editing process much easier and I’m super happy about that. I plan on soon releasing a montage of concept clips that demonstrate some outlandish ideas I have for this edit so stay tuned for that. The first rough cut is 100% finished, now I’m fine tuning audio, doing VFX, and I’ve just set up my recording equipment for the audio dubbing. I know this is taking a super long time but I don’t want to rush this thing out, stay tuned people! And thanks for all of the support!

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