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Can someone help me with my Prequel Trilogy edits?

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I opened a thread similar to this a few months ago, when I still had my old account (Darth Malgus). At the time, the thread was only about my Attack of the Clones fan edit. But in the last few months, I’ve decided that editing only Attack of the Clones isn’t enough for me. I want to edit the whole Prequel Trilogy now. For this reason, I need the help of someone who has good editing skills.

I have some problems that prevent me from doing these edits myself. I’ve already explained them in the thread I opened with my old account, but I’ll explain them again, as a reminder for everyone:

  • First problem: I’m completely blind from my right eye, and although I see with my left eye, I see very, very little. Therefore, I find it very difficult to stand for too long in front of a computer screen. Even just reading very long things ends up giving me big headaches, it’s very tiring for me. In fact, I use a vocal synthesis to read what’s written on the screen, I never use my eyes to read, because I see very little and it’s very tiring for me to read with my own eyes. I mean, I can handle watching a movie on TV or on my computer, but watching a screen for more than 4 hours really starts hurting me. For this reason I can’t put a lot of effort in my edits.
  • Second problem: my computer isn’t exactly the best computer in the world. It’s a low-quality Lenovo computer, which often crashes even for small things and can’t handle too heavy softwares. Every time I try to open a video editing program my computer freezes and I can’t go on. My computer sucks so much, that even just using audacity for more than a half-hour has often resulted in the total crush of the computer, with the result that I had to restart the computer. Therefore, using a video editing program, even a very light one, is out of the question. And I unfortunately don’t have enough money to buy another computer.

The goal of my edits is to modify Anakin’s character a bit. In my edits, Anakin is supposed to still be awkward, rebellious and impulsive, especially in Attack of the Clones, but at the same time he’s not supposed to be as whiny as in the original movies. He’s also not supposed to be as dark as in the original Prequel Trilogy. In fact, I’m planning to avoid making him killing the younglings in Revenge of the Sith, and I want to cut the scene in which he confesses his massacre of the Tuskens to Padmé. I still want to leave the scene in which he gets crazy and kills everyone, but by cutting the confession scene in Attack of the Clones, everything can remain as vague as possible, and therefore we can assume that he only killed a few, adult, male Tuskens, without having killed women and children too. In short, I want to modify the Prequels in order to make Anakin the type of guy that’s rebellious, impulsive, arrogant, and has issues with his inner darkness, but at the same time has a real, and clearly visible good side. I want to preserve the original Anakin as much as possible, but at the same time, I also want to make him a bit more relatable and less dark (at least prior to Mustafar), so that his redemption in Return of the Jedi is much more convincing. Basically, I want to preserve the Prequels as much as possible, but at the same time, I also want to cut all the things that make some people say: “Anakin was a horrible, selfish piece of sh** from the start, and didn’t deserve redemption.”

But, as I said, these problems prevent me from creating this Prequel edits by myself, and that’s why I need the help of someone else. Since I pretty much like the Prequels the way they are, the changes I want to make to the movies are not very radical. I just want to cut some scenes, put some deleted scenes back into the movies, and change the titles of the movies. Also, big chunks of Hal 9000’s edits will be basically copied and pasted into my own edits, so there isn’t even the need of trimming any specific dialogue.

Hal 9000 already helped me with my Attack of the Clones fan edit, but he’s very busy lately, therefore I don’t want to disturb him anymore.

Is there anyone on the forum willing to help me? I already have a prepared list with all the changes I want to make to the movies, so I can post it here, if you want.

Let me know if someone is interested in helping me.

“Sometimes we must let go of our pride, and do what is requested to us.”
– Anakin Skywalker

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I understand that reading my introduction may have “scared” many people, making them mistakenly think that the changes I want to make to the movies are extremely difficult to realize. However, in order to dispel any doubt, I decided to post the full list of all the changes I want to make to all three Prequel movies, to make it clear that these changes are actually not so difficult to realize, at least not for someone who doesn’t have all my problems and can do it by himself.

Changes for The Phantom Menace

  1. To change the title of the movie into The Hidden Menace, but using Hal’s version of the crawl;
  2. To cut out the part where Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Jar Jar visit the Gungan water city, like Hal did in his edit. After Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan meet Jar Jar, the scene is cut and we go directly to the scene where they go to rescue Queen Amidala;
  3. To cut out Jar Jar’s poop joke;
  4. To cut out the joke of Jar Jar grabbing the fruit with his tongue, and Qui-Gon taking his tongue and telling him not to do it again;
  5. To replace the entire third act of the movie (that is, from the return on Naboo onwards) with Hal’s edit of TPM directly;
  6. To finish the movie with Qui-Gon’s funeral, by inserting the credits immediately after the shot in which Palpatine’s face is shown.

Changes for Attack of the Clones

My Attack of the Clones edit is almost finished, thanks to the help of Hal 9000. The only changes I still want to make to it are the following:

  1. To change the title of the movie into March of the Clones, but using Hal’s version of the crawl;
  2. To replace the title of the movie with March of the Clones, but leaving the opening crawl from my edit;
  3. To try to trim the Droid Factory scene as much as possible, by making sure that 3PO and R2 stay on the ship, therefore cutting off their silly moments during the Droid Factory scene and the Battle of Geonosis;
  4. After the Droid Factory scene, to add the deleted scene with Padmé and Dooku arguing about politics;
  5. To try to trim out the duel between Anakin and Dooku, to make it more realistic and to remove the unnecessary moments in which their lightsabers hover in the air without even touching.

Changes for Revenge of the Sith

  1. To change the title of the movie into Rise of the Sith, but using the Canon version of the crawl;
  2. To cut out the scene where Anakin and Padmé discuss their future projects on the balcony of Padmé’s apartment, at the beginning of the movie, thus going strength to Anakin’s nightmare about Padmé’s death;
  3. To put back the various deleted scenes with Padmé and the Senators, possibly by using the best quality versions of those deleted scenes;
  4. To cut out the scene where Anakin says “I want more, and I know I shouldn’t.” This entire scene has to go. Maybe, you can replace this scene with one of the scenes with Padmé and the Senators.
  5. To put back the deleted scene where Obi-Wan, Yoda and Mace Windu discuss about how to overthrow Palpatine;
  6. To cut “I can’t live without her” from the scene where Anakin submits to Palpatine. I don’t want to remove that scene entirely, I’d like that piece of the sentence to go. The sentence should just be: “Just help me save Padmé’s life.”
  7. To cut the slaughtering of the younglings by Anakin, and every subsequent mention of it in the movie;
  8. To cut out Yoda and Obi-Wan’s entrance in the Temple. I’d like Yoda to use his lightsaber exclusively when he fights against Palpatine;
  9. To try to modify the reasons of Padmé’s death, possibly by saying that she dies because of the injuries that Anakin gave her on Mustafar. I actually have nothing against the idea of Padmé dying of a broken heart, but I think that making her die because of the injuries that Anakin gave her is more rational;
  10. To put back the deleted scene where it’s shown how Yoda lands on Dagobah at the end of the movie;
  11. To replace the shot of the Death Star at the end of the movie with the edited version of the scene where Coruscant replaces the Death Star.

Now, I understand that changing the movie titles and the opening crawls can be difficult, because Hal Himself told me it’s difficult. So I don’t expect one, single person to help me with absolutely every single change. But all the changes that don’t have to do with the movie titles and the opening crawls should be pretty easy to make, if you’re a normal person who doesn’t have my problems.
Therefore, I ask again the question I’ve asked at the beginning of the thread: is there anyone willing to help me with this project?

“Sometimes we must let go of our pride, and do what is requested to us.”
– Anakin Skywalker

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Guys, in the last month and a half, i managed to get in contact with a guy on Reddit, who is helping me to finish my Attack of the Clones edit. The problem is, yes, he managed to do the changes I asked him to do, but he didn’t manage to put them into the actual movie. That is, he only modified the individual scenes I asked him to modify and then sent me those modified scenes, but he didn’t put them into the movie. So, I was wondering if there was anyone on the forum who is willing to help me to put these modified scenes in their place. You don’t need to modify anything, because I already have the scenes. You just have to put these modified scenes into my already existing edit.

Basically, the thing would work more or less like this:

  1. I send you the link to my (incomplete) edit;
  2. I send you the links to the individual scenes that the guy managed to modify;
  3. You put those modified scenes into my already existing edit.

The scenes that this guy managed to modify are the same that I described in my above post, so it’s mostly stuff surrounding the Battle of Geonosis and the Droid Factory scene.

Let me know if someone can help me.

“Sometimes we must let go of our pride, and do what is requested to us.”
– Anakin Skywalker

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Semester holidays are coming up in two weeks, so if nobody responds until then, feel free to send me a PM.

“Vader! Hologram, now!”

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I solved this by eliminating the droid factory scene entirely. Now they go in and the next time you see them they’re captured, for me not seeing how outweighs the awfulness of the scene we got.

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Peter Pan said:

Semester holidays are coming up in two weeks, so if nobody responds until then, feel free to send me a PM.

Given that no one has responded me in almost two months, I will surely PM you. Lol. Especially because I’m trying to work on this project since last year, and I didn’t even manage to fully finish my Attack of the Clones edit. So I really need all the help I can get.

regularjoe said:

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I solved this by eliminating the droid factory scene entirely. Now they go in and the next time you see them they’re captured, for me not seeing how outweighs the awfulness of the scene we got.

I don’t think that the Droid Factory scene is entirely bad. If you remove any trace of R2D2 and C3PO by implying that they stay on the ship, the scene becomes quite enjoyable actually. Besides, Attack of the Clones doesn’t have much action scenes, and the Droid Factory scene is one of those scenes that, for better or worse, has action in it. So I don’t want to eliminate one of the few action scenes of the movie.

“Sometimes we must let go of our pride, and do what is requested to us.”
– Anakin Skywalker