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#1069903
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Rogue One: The Battle of Scarif Fanedit
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Here’s a poster I made for this fan edit. Like my trailer which features the animated Death Star plans, this poster prominently features a few screenshots of the plans.

Poster

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#1063418
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Rogue One: The Battle of Scarif Fanedit
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I agree, they should give Giacchino another chance for a future Star Wars film. His Rogue One score did sound amateurish at times…like it was for an expensive fan film or something.

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#1063379
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Rogue One: The Battle of Scarif Fanedit
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DigMod said:

Sorry, that might have been a bit harsh, didn’t mean it to be. I do agree with Jeebus, the sound design is fantastic.

Ha, no problem. It’s a subjective thing with music anyways. I just feel that Giacchino’s score was a little too generic for a Star Wars film. Perhaps if he had more time to write it, we could have got some more memorable cues.

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#1058989
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Rogue One: The Battle of Scarif Fanedit
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ben_danger said:

If you are planning to abstract ROGUE ONE in a similar way, would you ever consider doing the same with any other Star Wars films?

To be honest, I haven’t given too much thought to editing the other Star Wars films. I know a lot of fan edits of them exist already and I wouldn’t want to do something that’s already been done. What did you have in mind?

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#1058575
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Rogue One: The Battle of Scarif Fanedit
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Hi everyone! I’m the editor of the Maple Films version of the Hobbit (JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit). For my second fanedit, I’ve decided to make a version of Rogue One that revolves entirely around the Battle of Scarif. This was the most exciting sequence in the film by far, and I feel would make for an exciting 40-minute (or so) film.

In order to make The Battle of Scarif stand on its own (meaning you wouldn’t NEED to see all of Rogue One to understand what happens in this cut), I’m planning to make the following edits and adjustments:

  • Insertion of an opening crawl (isn’t everyone doing this??). It will summarize the events that occur during the course of Rogue One that lead to the Scarif battle.
  • First scene of the film is the confrontation between Krennic and Darth Vader, with some adjusted dialogue for Vader.
  • The Rebels will still bicker over going to war, but this stuff will be trimmed. As will Cassian’s super long monologue about the Rebellion. Booorrrring.
  • I never found myself that invested in Rogue One’s characters to begin with, so most “character” scenes and lines will be adjusted. The main focus of the edit will be the battle itself and the recovery of the Death Star plans.
  • Insertion of classic Star Wars music cues from John Williams. I’ve been going through the entire saga OST and will be dropping tracks where appropriate. Most people have agreed that Giacchino’s score just didn’t cut it. Not that I totally blame him; apparently he had 3-4 weeks to write and conduct everything.
  • Various SFX enhancements.
  • Other edits that I can’t think of right now, since I don’t have a copy of the film yet!

As with my Hobbit fanedit, The Battle of Scarif will be edited from the Blurays using 5.1 surround sound, and will be released in the best quality possible. Any tips or suggestions on where to find a good, complete Star Wars SFX library would be appreciated!

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#985329
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JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit: turning a mediocre trilogy into one really good film
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darthrush said:

I greatly enjoyed watching the Blu Ray of your edit and applaud what you have done. I have only 2 minor complaints though:

  1. The transition from AUJ to DOS feels a little rushed but as a positive the transition from DOS to BOTFA is ABSOLUTELY SEAMLESS!
  2. We don’t know why Gandalf didn’t follow them out of Rivendell.

Besides these 2 minor issues I have with the edit, I must say…this edit is truly incredible. It now takes its rightful place as the prequel to the LOTR Trilogy in our family’s marathons from this year onward. Thank you!!!

Thanks so much! Glad you took the time to download the Bluray…I put a lot of work into that haha. I can address the two points you’ve made.

  1. The AUJ to DOS transition was smoother in my first cut of the edit, because I removed the eagle sequence. Originally I had the party start running from the orcs/wargs, and cut immediately to them running towards Beorn’s house in DOS. However, many people complained about losing the eagles so I re-inserted them for the final cut. That however meant that I had to figure out a way to get the company off those eagles and into Beorn’s house…no easy task since at the end of AUJ they’re dropped off on top of the Carrock and we never see them get down. So I did the best I could with what I had to work with.
  2. As for Gandalf remaining in Rivendell, I didn’t want to show Galadriel or the White Council at all in the edit, so that meant I couldn’t really show why he stays behind. His comings and goings in the book aren’t really elaborated upon, so you could argue that fits with his actions in this edit!

Thanks again for the feedback 😄

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#985094
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JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit: turning a mediocre trilogy into one really good film
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Sorry, I’ve been taking a break from keeping up on fan edit stuff the past few months and just got back on here. Thanks to those of you who have watched J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and given some nice feedback! I’ve tried to make the edit feel as close to an actual studio release as possible, so it means a lot to hear some of you say that it is your “go-to” version of the Hobbit from here on out.

After a good deal of waiting, I’ve finally managed to have the film accepted into the Internet Fan Edit Database. Here is a link to the listing on Fanedit.org!

https://ifdb.fanedit.org/j-r-r-tolkiens-the-hobbit-maple-films-edit/

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#896048
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JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit: turning a mediocre trilogy into one really good film
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Probably not going to happen. The 10GB digital file was a 2-pass encode and the bitrate holds up very well, even on a larger screen. If you want absolute top-shelf quality, the Bluray ISO is the way to go. I don’t want to have so many versions of the fan edit floating around that it gets confusing for people!

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#894365
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JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit: turning a mediocre trilogy into one really good film
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Dear God, is this new website layout hideous! I don’t even like coming here anymore because everything is just impossible to read.

Anyhoo, Bluray and DVD ISO files are up on my website. I won’t share any direct links but just Google “Maple Films hobbit” and you’ll find what you’re looking for pretty quick!

Seriously, this website looks atrocious now.

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#885923
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Hi Gecko, that’s great that you were able to splice in the Galadriel footage! You are right that it’s a bit late for my version however. Personally I cut her out because she wasn’t in the book, and I wanted to save any White Council-related footage for my side quest edit, Durin’s Folk and the Hill of Sorcery.

The main reason I cut that scene with her and Gandalf is that I found it to be too preachy. I hate how Gandalf literally turns to the camera and delivers a lecture to the audience…it’s unbelievably cloying and out of place. BUT, that’s just my own opinion and I like how you worked the footage back into my cut. I certainly encourage you to make your own version based off mine 😃

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#885921
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JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit: turning a mediocre trilogy into one really good film
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Bluray/DVD ISO files are in the works. I’m honestly waiting on subtitles to be finished by the people who volunteered to do them. Arggh. I hate waiting on other people, lol.

As for a specific timeframe, I dunno. I’d like to say before Christmas but we’ll see. I need to light a fire under my subtitlers.

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#885919
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I’ve only skimmed through the Spence edit so I can’t comment on the differences between our versions. I have to say that he also did a very good job in general with transitions and such however. I don’t think he was trying to remain faithful to the book as much as he was just trying to make a better film overall. My version aims to do both!

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#883329
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JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit: turning a mediocre trilogy into one really good film
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After more than two years of work, I am very excited to have completed the final version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, a massive re-edit of Peter Jackson’s massive trilogy. I won’t bore you with a specific cutlist here…if you want to read that you can visit my webpage for the details. Like many others, I wanted to see a version of The Hobbit that was closer to the spirit of Tolkien’s book. This is that film.

Many of you probably saw or heard of “The Tolkien Edit” when it was released last year. That was not my fan edit. It was hastily assembled and had very poor audio/visual quality, especially since the editor used a pirated DVD screener copy of Battle of Five Armies as his source. A guy named David Killstein released his own edit shortly after that, called “There and Back Again.” It had better editing, but the technical quality was still poor. Regardless, both of these edits grabbed a lot of attention because they were the first Hobbit fan edits out of the gate, and it showed people that it was possible to cut a 9-hour trilogy in half (or more) and still make sense.

So if you liked those edits, you will LOVE this version. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit has been created using only the highest-quality media available- full HD Bluray and 5.1 surround sound. Working with 5.1 has given me far more options for audio editing than a simple stereo track. Here’s just a sample of some of the work I’ve done on the film.

  • A 532 minute trilogy cut to a single 247 minute film
  • Well over 600 actual edits and trims made
  • An Intermission splits the film in half, at the exact point where Peter Jackson originally intended to split the Hobbit when it was still two films.
  • Overall, the film remains focused on Bilbo and the dwarves.
  • Unnecessary subplots, characters, and CGI silliness have been jettisoned. That means no Tauriel.
  • Color corrected in several sequences to match LOTR’s visuals more.
  • Numerous digital alterations, including a new opening title, gold coating removed from Smaug, Radagast erased from an eagle flyover shot, etc.
  • Orc subtitles altered to explain plot adjustments
  • Several unused music cues by Howard Shore have been re-inserted in key scenes, including the famous Misty Mountains theme that was abandoned after AUJ.
  • Various scenes from the Extended Editions have also been added where needed. Yes, Thorin’s funeral is in here.

SO. If you’d like to watch this fan edit, I only ask that you legally own all three films in advance. It’s only fair to the copyright holders, regardless of how you feel about the original films.

Right now you can enjoy the HD digital copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, but in the next week or so you will be able choose from DVD or Bluray ISO files. They will both be 2-disc sets with custom artwork (available for free on my site). They will feature 5.1 digital surround sound, interactive menus, the whole shebang. Eventually I plan to add subtitles in multiple languages…several people have volunteered to help translate already! Finally, I’ll include a side quest film called Durin’s Folk and the Hill of Sorcery on the special features. It’s an hour-long film that follows the Dol Guldur subplot and how it ties into the dwarves’ backstory. This subplot actually works a lot better when it’s not distracting from the main story of the Hobbit!

Phew, long post. I’ve said it many times since I began working on this edit, but buried somewhere underneath the uneven, bloated Hobbit trilogy is a truly great film. For me at least, I have finally found that film. Hopefully you’ll think so too!

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#776207
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I am happy to share this all-new side quest film, called Durin's Folk and the Hill of Sorcery! It will serve as a companion piece to my main fanedit, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. This film focuses on Gandalf's investigation into Dol Guldur, along with showing more of Thorin's back story. While I felt that these subplots were too distracting in the theatrical releases of The Hobbit, now they actually work quite well on their own. Just like my main fanedit, this is only the first version of Durin's Folk...I imagine there will be more relevant footage to add once the BOFA EE is released in November!

https://vimeo.com/130716015

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#760744
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JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit: turning a mediocre trilogy into one really good film
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I did my best to cover the audio, even going so far as to use Howard Shore's soundtrack cues to make the fades smoother. For the most part I think it worked, but there are some transitions which are harder to cover up. Sometimes the action onscreen necessitates a cut sooner or later than the audio can realistically match.

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