Life has been busy but my Quality Rebuild is under way!
It’s a little more complicated than a simple “Find and Replace” of my source files, so that has taken some extra time to sort, but we’re cooking with gas, as they say.
I’m also toying with making a few small changes, outside of the usual Extra frame here, sloppy fade there, etc:
- @TM2YC cut Blunt the Knives really cleanly in his edit and I’m thinking about doing it in a similar manner.
- I’ve also considered reinstating most of the Mirkwood sequence. I trimmed it after some feedback, and received some more feedback suggesting to revert it, and I think i agree. I like the longer bit, it really let’s the confusion set in.
- Reinstating Sauron’s eye showing up right before they enter Mirkwood and cutting it from Bilbo’s encounter with Smaug is probably a for-sure thing at this point. This will keep Sauron in the film but will lessen the relationship between him and the Ring.
- Once I’m satisfied with these changes, I’m going to start working on an Episode 4.5 that contains the full High Fells/Dol Guldur subplot for the people who want to know what Gandalf was up to in between Episodes 4 and 5! This may prove a challenge as I myself don’t enjoy hardly any of that sequence, but I’ll do what I can!