Well, after a long time, I've decided to start work on individual edits of the prequels. My goal is this is create really good versions of the films without having to butcher the films to the point of making it not Star Wars length like previous edits have done. I will acheive this using new music, drastic rearragement, and some new vfx to acheive certain edits.
Right now I am in the rough stages of my version of Episode II: Defenders Of Peace. My goals are very similar to other edits, apart from:
- More Deleted Scenes added (hugely improved HD quality upon other edits)
- Less cut (only bad dialogue and stupity cut)
- New arragement (Opening with Geonois, etc.)
- Lots of new music from Clone Wars, The Old Republic, etc.
Opening 4 Minutes of Episode II (WIP): https://vimeo.com/72493739
Alternate Opening 8 Minutes of Episode II V2 (WIP): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2W3PL3E1Ck
Episode II Rough Overview:
The film starts directly with Anakin and Padme going to save Obi-Wan (preview to come soon). I've edited this scene to feel like an opening (myseterious, no talking). I delete the entire Droid Factory sequence (because of the stupidity and that it would make the new opening not feel like an opening) and replace it with the two deleted scenes, Padme swaying Dooku and Anakin and Padme on trial. I delete there love but leave a lighthearted friendship they've had developing between TPM and ATOC, which grows naturally into their love. The arena scene ends with yoda and the rest of the jedi saving them. The "clones" are shown, however in this version the clone armor is just Republic armor the clones will just put on since they work for the Republic. What then follows is a hugely revised version of what used to be the opening. Padme has been in danger for a while and the new attempt is the final reason to convince them to go to Naboo. The clone army has been being made by the order of the Jedi council for years, waiting for it to be approved. Obi-Wan goes to check on the clones and discovers the assasin was Jango Fett and the basis for the clones. The dark side had clouded the jedi from knowing this. The narrative for the most part plays out the same, but when Obi finds out they need more help to defeat the new order of battle droids, they finally succeed in getting the clones and set up for attack with the others. The movie ends the same for the most part.
I'm probably forgetting some details, so what I just said might sound weird. But that's pretty much it. Lots of colour correction and rescoring will be done to support the new narrative. And believe me, the story arcs much better than the original version.