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Author
madmanasunder
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Star Wars Saga Redux (A non linear Machete style edit : WIP : 2/5 released)
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Date created
1-Sep-2020, 1:48 AM
Last modified
29-Sep-2020, 3:34 PM
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madmanasunder
Reason for edit
typos, updated A New Hope change list from feedback.

STAR WARS SAGA REDUX

I am proud to share my in progress take on the original skywalker saga (+ Rogue One AKA A Desperate Rebellion)!

Inspired by Machete order, An attempt for a fully non-linear format with no two movies directly in chronological order. Integrate Rogue One into the non-linear story. The story still flows in a forward direction. A New Hope -> Learn about the rebellion -> The Empire Strikes Back -> Learn about the Empire (and of course Anakin) -> Return of the Jedi. Unified presentation of the movies by using identical title sequences and opening crawl styles. Crawl episode numbers all updated to match desired viewing order. Added post credits scenes to flesh out the universe, using a mix of expanded universe material as well as movies that didn’t make the cut and fan projects. I think these scenes really help add a little extra and gives it that “cinematic universe” feeling. Note: None of my episode descriptions will give away any of the scenes used as post credits, however, the special thank you list might.

Episodes 1 and 2 are released and drafts are available for the other 3. I will add a clip from each movie as they are completed to give a feel for the editing style. I will only be using clips that are some of my original edits and not focus them on the wonderful edits I used as my source material. Change lists will not include the change lists from the source material.

EPISODE I: A NEW HOPE (RELEASED)

Using Hal9000 Custom Special Edition as a source, there wasn’t too much to change about this movie. The only major difference is my attempt at integrating SC38 reimagined into the Death Star sequence.

CHANGES

  • updated title sequence and crawl
  • for around 2 minutes leading up to SC38 Reimagined fight, scale a color match effect from 0 to 50% to make the transition less jarring.
  • cut from Han running away to Storm Troopers claiming they may have split up
  • cut from C3P0 and R2D2 “where could they be” to Han Solo jumping through blast doors
  • cut from blast doors to Kenobi approaching Vader (attempted to change the color of the scene a tad)
  • cut Vader “Then I will show you the true nature of the force”. My intent wasn’t to get rid of the line, but instead to get rid of the Kenobi walking backwards shot where it looks like he is moonwalking. pros outweighed the cons.
  • cut from vader and kenobi light saber clash to re-ordered Luke and Leia on the bridge scene
  • trimmed Luke and Leia returning fire to the storm troopers on the floor above
  • cut from Luke and Leia to Kenobi and Vader in the hallway
  • cut wide shot of Kenobi force pushing Vader. Intent was to line up the force push sound effect with the hand gesture from Kenobi. The wide shot makes the sound effect seem like it doesn’t match the actions on screen.
  • shortened credits sequence
  • added post credits scene

EXAMPLE SCENE

SC38 Reintegrated

EPISODE II: A DESPERATE REBELLION (RELEASED)

I used Rise of the Rebellion as my jumping off point. I really love Digmodification’s take here and it served as a fine jumping off point for my edit. The major change I wanted to make is that I feel the crawl should lead directly into the main present day scenario so I updated my crawl to lead into Bohdi attempting to deliver Galen’s message to Saw. After this scene, the original scene where Jyn witnesses her mother’s death and her father is taken from her is updated into a dream sequence. The intent here is to get that Star Wars pacing back. Open on the scenario that will kick us off, get lead characters to that scenario at a brisk pace. The other more sweeping change is a tone down on the AT-AT’s and removal of the phrase “master switch”. I didn’t want it to look like the Rebellion could easily handle so many AT-AT’s since I have this movie right before Empire Strikes back, and the master switch exposition really bugs me!

CHANGES

  • updated title sequence and crawl
  • post crawl pan down sequence is footage from The Force Awakens (The thread that connects TFA footage to RO footage is the shuttles and the shuttle pilot)
  • cut from shuttle passing the camera to ground footage from TFA (imagine it’s Jehda haha)
  • cut from ground footage to Saw’s footsteps into the Bohdi being interrogated scene
  • recolored Bohdi and Saw scene to look like night to better connect with TFA footage
  • cut from Bohdi being dragged away to black screen, fade into Jyn dream
  • many cuts and style edits to make Jyn witnessing mother’s death and father’s capture look like a dream
  • cut from dream to Jyn waking up in detainment
  • updated dream effect of Jyn’s second dream to look more like mine
  • reinstated “Are you kidding me? I’m blind!”
  • cut scene during Jehda death star blast where it looks like a ton of people are evacuating (reason: the next scene all the people are gone)
  • Cut line “his rifle was in the sniper configuration”
  • reinstated C3P0 and R2D2
  • cut any footage that implied more than 2 AT-AT’s
  • cut cockpit AT-AT view
  • cut any dialogue that referenced master switch
  • shortened credits sequence
  • added post credits scene

EXAMPLE SCENE

Opening Sequence

EPISODE III: EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (DRAFT AVAILABLE)

CHANGES (WILL BE UPDATED IN DETAIL UPON RELEASE)

  • updated title sequence and crawl
  • small changes for tastes
  • shorted credits sequence
  • added post credits scene

EPISODE IV: RISE OF THE EMPIRE (DRAFT AVAILABLE)

CHANGES (WILL BE UPDATED IN DETAIL UPON RELEASE)

  • Heavily inspired by Darth Awesome’s “The Empire Begins”
  • updated title sequence and crawl
  • super cut of prequel trilogy. focused on Anakin.
  • I actually think it is a fairly good take on the romance and keeps most of the conflict without feeling quite as bi-polar
  • Removed marriage and all mentions of marriage
  • Removed all references to midachlorians
  • shortened credits sequence
  • added post credits scene

EPISODE V: RETURN OF THE JEDI (DRAFT AVAILABLE)

CHANGES (WILL BE UPDATED IN DETAIL UPON RELEASE)

  • updated title sequence and crawl
  • Start Luke on Degobah
  • Get rid of Boba Fett
  • Tone down Ewok ridiculousness in battle
  • shortened credits sequence
  • added post credits scene

SPECIAL THANKS (FOR A LOT OF THE IDEAS, SOURCES, AND CUTS THAT INSPIRED MINE):

  • Hal9000
  • DigModification
  • Darth Awesome
  • Jackpumpkinhead
  • Star Wars Theory
  • FXItInPost
  • Jaimie Costa