Hal 9000 said:
Welcome, Valheru_84, and thank you for the input.
About Ren identifying FN-2187, it just seemed a little weird to me that he came up with the serial number like that. Not that it’s impossible, just weird. I don’t know; I could put it back how it was since it really is outside the goal.
About seeing the screaming people on Hosnian Prime… we are hoping to include the deleted scene in which Leia sends off her emissary, in which case it would be needed. And if not, it is beyond jarring to omit those shots and feature the ones right before and after.
About the crawl… I like it the way it is, partly because it is kept as close to the theatrical as possible, aside from deliberate changes made. I am very picky with the wording on these things, and don’t feel the need to have them comport 110% with the film itself. That is my sensibility about it, anyway. I’ll make sure it looks good before passing it to Sir Ridley to generate a crawl once the time comes.
R2’s hard drive lights… I really like how it is at present, finding it a sublime level of subtlety. I would not want to make it more obvious. It’s a nice ‘blink and you miss it’ thing, similar to Obi-Wan sneaking on board Padme’s ship as she heads to Mustafar, in edits that remove the “Jedi bathroom.”
I feel it’s the right thing to do to have the disclaimer in front of the movie. I opted not to include the glimmering FanEdit.org logo though, or my own logo, in order to minimize the effect you’re talking about, and to keep it silent as the film’s own opening logos are. V1 had the Hal9000 logo run post-credits, and I don’t think V2 will have it at all because most of the actual goods produced have been from you all! Maybe just the FE.org logo at the end. But I feel it’s… “responsible”… to have the silent text at the start. That or possibly a quick, silent FE.org logo or something. I understand why you would want to sit someone down in front of it without being aware that its an edit, and I would share in that, but I think it needs to be there.
And, NeverarGreat, I will see what I can do with your audio. Thanks for sending it; would not hurt to give it a try.
No worries and thank you so much for making this edit 😃
Regarding Kylo knowing Finn’s serial number, I think firstly that it does start to go outside the bounds of your edits goals as I can’t see how it relates at all to blowing up the Hosnian system at the end of the movie. It is your place of course to decide this seeing it’s your edit but if wanting to stick to this principle then I feel you need to reinstate this part of the scene. Secondly though, I feel it is an echo of how Vader could feel when Obiwan was on the Death Star in ANH and this scene helps further strengthen how Kylo is trying to emulate Darth Vader in using the same force ability to sense a person’s presence and there’s nothing to say he didn’t glean Finn’s serial earlier on by whatever means and reaches out with his force senses on the destroyer bridge to confirm for himself that FN-2187 is no longer on board or can feel him heading in the direction of the escaping Tie. The movie actually shows that he’d already noticed the oddly behaving stormtrooper on Jaku after the attack so it’s not a stretch at all to think he then checked up on the unit in some way.
Fair enough about everything else though I do have a few more comments:
the crawl seems to have a few words that look odd or out of perspective. In particular “AWAKENS” looks slightly squished, probably because of the way the font has pretty skinny Ws and Ms, whether the word could do with a slight horizontal stretch? Also “help” in the 3rd paragraph looks a little wonky, I think it’s an optical illusion caused by the slanted perspective so not sure what can be done here.
I understand what you mean about the fan edit blurb. I think you can just look at it like the anti-piracy blurb a lot of movies have anyway, even if you wanted to make it look more so like one so it clearly stands apart from the start of the movie (and makes sense anyway since its advocating you own a copy to be watching a fan edit).
The other thing I wanted to ask about was the music restructure video of the end SKB destruction scene. I noticed in one version that you see the falcon and remaining X wings flying away after it finishes imploding and then it just does a swipe transition back to the Resistance base. Is there any reason why the falcon and X wings jumping to hyperspace before the transition was removed? I feel this is an unnecessary change and quite liked watching and hearing them all jump away.