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Attack of the Clones (The New Canon Cut)

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So, for those of you who have kept up with my RotS edit, this is my episode II!

Obviously, I’m partial to the interpretation of Anakin Skywalker as described to us by Ben Kenobi in the OT and presented to us in the 2008 Clone Wars series, so to fill in the blanks between TPM and TCW/RotSNCC, this edit of AotC aims to lighten Anakin and Obi-Wan’s relationship, and make Anakin Skywalker a more genuinely likeable person. While the prequels are incongruous in a lot of ways with the OT, I believe the characterizations and arcs should stay consistent across all canon.

The approach here is a little different than in the New Canon Cut for RotS. Anakin won’t be a decorated general or that mature. In fact, my AotC kind of aims to age Anakin down a bit, a tad closer to the sweet boy Ani we met in TPM. That’s not to say he will be annoying, but what I did here was make Anakin more willing to be a student. Theatrical Anakin is in a hurry to grow up, and thus tries to act like it to the point he sounds whiny, immature, and entitled. Obi-Wan is pretty much done with his shit, and thinks Anakin is a bit of a trouble student. Anakin in my AotC is reframed as more or less a good student with a bit of a playful, rebellious edge; he knows and embraces his place as still just a padawan and Obi-Wan is more seemingly fond of him, trusting him much more.

I think there’s a contrast between that young student and the decorated general in my RotS that just makes the fall in RotS more tragic. The trajectory is now set up where Anakin’s arc is more or less him on his way to growing into being like Luke by the end of ROTJ (maybe even better), but he ultimately fails to grapple with his attachments and passions.

In that vein, Anakin is much more mellow and less cold in this edit. Specifically in the scenes where he’s interrogating, Anakin doesn’t become intense or irate. He’s patient with Watto, softer with Zam, and I’ve removed his coldness towards his step-family.

I’ve tried to make Anakin and Padme’s romance a lot less creepy and weird. Anakin not being obssessed with her from the jump was a good place to start with that. Anakin here has a little crush, sure, but he doesn’t talk to Obi-Wan about dreaming about her, flirt awkwardly, promise to find her assassins obsessively, or anxiously jump to conclusions about her forgetting him completely. The scene where he talks about his dreams about his mother with Obi-Wan ends with Anakin nodding in agreement to “dreams pass in time” instead of him shifting the conversation to dreaming about Padme and defending her even if he hasn’t seen her in 10 years. It feels more like Anakin is here to do his job for an old friend, rather than primarily try to score some points towards getting laid. His crush is tertiary to his duty as a Jedi, and as a friend.

Padme falling for Anakin is more straightforward and streamlined. They don’t bicker, and there are no real barriers to hurdle in terms of her being comfortable with how she knew him then and now. Anakin is just more boyishly charming in my cut. He confidently chuckles as she does instead of doing his “grown more beautiful for a senator” thing, and I’ve moved up the “if you’ll excuse me” to replace him imperatively telling her to “stay here” after Obi-Wan jumps out the window. The traces of creepy are all replaced with an Anakin straddling the line between boy next door and charming rebel.

I used Octorox’s and Hal’s edits as my base. PM for first version, and I’ll add a full cutlist later. Feedback would be cool. There’s a lot more to the edit than what I described.

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YES!!!

Edit: quick question, does it tie in with the 2003 miniseries too?

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To be honest, not really. Anakin is too much of a whiny brat towards the start of that one, and I use audio from it towards the end of this cut. (Obi-Wan suggesting Anakin’s knighting)

EDIT: btw making cutlists is such a process and not fun at all but i do need to explain some choices i make because they’re probably unpopular at first glance

colorgrade: http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/131932/

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If you don’t mind me asking how far along is the new canon trilogy cut?

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Dude the thread was started yesterday I’m sure it’s reasonably up to date.

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I’m really excited for this! I really liked your ROTS edit so I’m excited to see what you can do with this one!

Green is not a creative color

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I’ll update this as I watch it.

The crawl looks a little off, maybe the font is too small?

The elevator exchange feels better, but I feel like there’s some overlapping music.

I like some of the color correction, but a lot of it completely removes the color black from the frame, making the darkest color a gray. I personally would prefer that the darks be black rather than gray but it isn’t a deal-breaker. Certainly an improvement over the original.

I like Anakin’s “So have you.” It works 10x better than the original, but the laughing sticks out a little. Maybe pitch it down a little.

I like the dreams conversation a lot.

I would cut the Padme packing her bags scene when Anakin sits down and says “I know”. I do really like the way you’ve edited the scene though.

I would cut the librarian asking “are you having a problem Master Kenobi” immediately after asking if he needed assistance.

I would cut the whole Yoda younglings scene, however you’ve made it less unbearable.

I don’t like the landing on Naboo conversation. I never have. I also never liked the Padme’s home deleted scenes.

Padme’s field talk works now. It isn’t completely boring.

The day to night on the nighttime kiss doesn’t work, but it didn’t work in Octorox’s either.

I forget where I first saw it but I loved the little Anakin tusken dream part and him waking up next to Padme.

I don’t like the droid saying “Okie-dokie”

So Owen is straight up Anakin’s brother? That’s interesting. I like the use of Anakin’s theme.

“A thousand more systems” rather than 10 thousand? I guess it’s more realistic.

I liked the cuts to the dinner conversation.

I like the cut to black during the sandpeople slaughter.

What is that shouting when Anakin’s arriving at the homestead?

I like Owen saying “Brother” but I feel like it could be louder.

I really like Padme cutting Anakin off while he’s saying “Strict orders”. That’s genius!

I don’t know why you have Anakin saying see you soon while the ship is flying off, but in any case it is far too quiet to hear.

“Alright let’s do it” sounds nothing like Anakin.

I really don’t like the droid factory sequence but you’ve made it… bearable?

The love pledge is better now.

Obi Wan’s “That was good” should be moved somewhere else.

I really don’t like the 3PO battle droid bits.

I like Obi Wan talking about Anakin at the end. I’m not 100% sure it blends in though.

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Still a rough draft for sure, a lot of it is experimentation.

EDIT: also lol @Owen being Anakin’s biological brother. He’d be like 10. I just thought saying “stepbrother” was a bit too stiff

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NFBisms said:

Still a rough draft for sure, a lot of it is experimentation.

Definitely. And the stuff that does work really works.

Overall I liked it!

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I actually share most of snooker’s thoughts, and I will post my review sometime next week because I won’t be home til then.

Just one quick question - is the color correction in your edits based on the 35mm trailers?