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Aalenfae's PREQUEL TRILOGY (Heavily delayed - computer exploded)

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AALENFAE'S PREQUEL TRILOGY EDIT

A conservatively ambitious fan-edit

 

Cat's been out of the bag for a long time - I'm working on all three prequels. Here's a brief rundown of prospective and/or completed changes to these movies.

 

I'm using the phrase "Conservatively Ambitious" to describe my edits. What does this mean? Well, it means that I'm not planning on radically changing the stories and plot points of these films. I'm working under the assumption that the movies really aren't so bad. They just need to be refined. But they need to be refined RADICALLY. So these edits are very ambitious. There are tons of audio/visual changes in addition to strict cuts, and what makes up a "typical" fanedit. 

 

The Phantom Menace

Overall/Nonspecific Changes:

-Color correction overall. TPM is disgustingly faded and dull.

-"Real" on-set sound effects to make CGI environments feel more real

-Classic music and sounds where applicable. (TPM is the best of the prequels for classic-sounding music and sound effects, interestingly.)

-Redubbing Neimoidians. (This will be me. I do weird voices pretty well.)

-Redubbing Jake Lloyd. (I NEED an actor for this. Maybe a woman who can do a boyish voice?)

-Limiting repetitive/obvious exposition. 

-Limiting STUPID Jar Jar as much as possible. Jar Jar's presence itself isn't bad. It's just his stupidity (or at least unbelievable stupidity) that ruins his character.

 

 

Army of the Republic (Attack of the Clones)

Overall/Nonspecific Changes:

-Color correction everywhere. Mostly on Kamino and Geonosis. And removing stupid oranges and cyans.

-More prominent, real "on-set" sounds. To make CGI environments feel more realistic.

-Recoloring blue blasts to red.

-Classic sounds and musical cues where applicable.

-Limiting bad CGI

-Entirely removing Anakin/Padme romance. It's possible. Believe me.

 

Revenge of the Sith

Overall/Nonspecific Changes:

 

-Color correction to better match an OT feel. Less yellows and cyans. 

-More prominent, real "on-set" sounds like we hear in the OT (Clunks, bumps, footsteps)

-Recoloring blasters. It's almost impossible to recolor EVERY blue blast, as that would take ages. But many (if not most) of the blue blasts are now green (in space) and red (on the ground). 

-Recoloring/reanimating lightsabers to match OT colors and appearance. This includes making them glow and flicker more. 

-Lots of classic sound effects and music where possible. Mostly ANH music and sounds.

-"Clicks" added to Clone Trooper dialogue to sound like ANH stomtroopers.

-Limiting CGI by reframing, replacing, trimming and cutting superfluous CGI

-Generally trying my best to create an OT feel.

 

 

PICTURES:
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VIDEOS:

Aalenfae's Vimeo Videos

 

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aalenfae said:

PICTURES COMING SOON

 

May I suggest VIDEOS COMING SOON?

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Welcome! This sounds like a good start.

What do you have planned for Anakin's turn? I've always found it to be a very weak moment. In fact, I think you could say it ruins the entire movie for me.

You know of the rebellion against the Empire?

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Do you mean the scene with Mace, Palpatine and Anakin? 

I've got some pretty serious plans for that part, but I'm not sure if I can do them, so I won't get anybody's hopes up.



Videos are definitely on their way. I'm rendering something huge at the moment, but I'll work on getting some videos up ASAP.   

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This shot occurs in a different place in my edit - I edited in a moving background and camera movement to match.

 

The reason for this (temporary) effect is for continuity in my edit.

 

Mouth replacement. I cut out Padme's lines, but the shot was essential.

 

Face replacement.

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Just letting people know I'm making lots of progress, and I'll have videos up in the next few hours!

In the meantime, I've made numerous more changes.

UPDATE:

New changes include...

-Restructured and repaired Obi-Wan vs. Grievous. New effects and everything. No more "OH I DON'T THINK SO!", less hand chopping.

-Removed Kit Fisto and Eeth Koth from LAAT/i when Mace Windu goes to arrest Palpatine

-Heavily repaired Mace Windu vs. Palpatine

-Anakin participates in the murder of Windu to a greater extent (Way more taken with the Dark Side)

-Removed spoken Darth Vader references

-March on the Jedi Temple has an interesting twist ;)

-Removed Obi and Yoda storming the Temple

-Streamlined Obi-Wan and Yoda's plotting. 

 

NEW PLANNED CHANGES:

-Restructure Bail Organa intercepting Obi-Wan's message. This will require me to film new material entirely.

-Making new 3D environment for Yoda vs. Sideous. Gives me much more flexibility in fixing the battle. 

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Those shots looked pretty cool

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aalenfae said:

The reason for this (temporary) effect is for continuity in my edit.

A temp effect like you said i hope :)

This shot needs more work to make the perspective and the light comes realisticaly and blend with the rest.


-Angel

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Yeah, I definitely agree. That's really just a placeholder until I finish a 3D set piece that will blend more realistically. 

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aalenfae said:

Yeah, I definitely agree. That's really just a placeholder until I finish a 3D set piece that will blend more realistically. 

Im curious about this :)

What program are you using? Any particular renderer?


-Angel

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wow, I really like your ideas of changing even the most subtle details (e.g. Padme's facial expression). I'll definitely be keeping up on the progress of this project. Keep up the awesome work!

--JustDC 

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I'm really not that skilled with 3D modeling. I use Anim8or, which is basically the MS Paint of 3D modeling. (But it can look pretty good with some work and photoshop)
It'd be great if somebody could help me out with some 3D shots.


I'm sorry I wasn't able to get videos up yesterday. Definitely today. Check back in a few hours, and something should be up! 

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aalenfae said:

I'm sorry I wasn't able to get videos up yesterday. Definitely today. Check back in a few hours, and something should be up! 

It is time! :)


-Angel

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This looks like promising work. I'm definitely excited to see some videos, as well. I find that edits which incorporates digitally altered things/effects are most effective.

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A video is currently uploading, but my internet sucks. It's been taking forever. 

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Impressive, most impressive.

Just a few suggestions:

Keep Vader's identity a secret. You could do this by letting anakin "burn till death" on mustafar so the audience thinks he really died. Later at the very end of the movie, we see a new apprentice (Darth Vader) so the audience thinks that palpy only used anakin to form his new empire and he didn't really care if he died because he had Vader under his sleeve.

Not naming luke nor leia and not give away where leia will end up. Just cut the line.

Make Sidious identity less obvious. Maybe put a shadow on his face and lowering his voice. This could also be use if you are planning on doing the other prequels(which would be cool if you do).

Maybe redubbing general griveous to be a more badass character and less coward (vader style maybe). And maybe mention that he really is Maul reconstructed as a cyborg so he could have a much more interesting backstory with ObiWan. It'll be awesome if you could make Griveous death more epic because the current one is kinda lame.

In general just try to make things match more with the OT please.

Oh an just wondering, are you working on HD?

Anyway sorry for bad english :)

Check out my Episode I edit.

Sorry for Bad English.

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Thanks for the suggestions! 

 

I love your suggestion about making the audience think that Vader is a different guy from Anakin. I was afraid I'd have to cut Vader in armour at the end of the movie, but that could work really well - especially if I took other Vader lines for his conversation with Sidious at the end. 

Grievous will definitely be more BA. He doesn't get his hands cut off and his voice will be more menacing. (Still working on voice) 
But given the source footage, it's a little difficult to make him die in a more epic fashion.  

I'm working in HD.  

 

And don't you worry! Making it match the OT is one of my highest goals. 

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aalenfae said:

A video is currently uploading, but my internet sucks. It's been taking forever. 

If its in youtube, i hope it wont gets blocked :/


-Angel

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Yeah, youtube's been really crazy about videos these days. 

My last Star Wars video there got blocked too. 

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Try Vimeo and see if it works :)

Either you can upload the video file into one of the file sharing hosts :)


-Angel

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I'll see what I can do. Hopefully the youtube link will be active long enough for at least somebody to see.

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I think that if you take this edit to the next level like adywan's kind of way, you commit to it and make radical changes that every star wars fan has always wanted, then you have something very special here. But you will truly need to commit to it and make incredibly radical changes. So far it looks good but you could do so much more.

I know you have just begun but just for you to know that you could make the definitive episode 3 here. This could be the version that every fan wants to have and the version they always dreamed of when they thought of how would episode 3 be like. I'm really looking forward to it and I wish you good luck. I hope you liked my word of motivation ;D

May the force be with you ;)

Sorry for bad english

I might continue to post suggestions later on

Check out my Episode I edit.

Sorry for Bad English.