Version 2.0 of Episode I: The Eyepainter Fanedit is now available.
PM me for the links. My apologies for those hoping the audio commentary would show up on v2, but that’s my bad for ordering a cheap microphone. I will get to the commentary in the future, (most likely as v2.1 or later) but for now, v2 is an upgrade in the video and audio quality. You can see a color comparison between v1 and v2 in the next section of this post.
v2 is a lossless MKV file, which makes it better by default as v1 was a lossy quicktime file. The 5.1 and 2.0 audio tracks have also been changed from AAC to a glorious DTS-HD. But the most dramatic change is with the color grading. v1 suffered from the white levels being set too high and the black levels being set too low, resulting in a lot of clipping. I’ve readjusted the color grading to meet reference level specifications. I’ve also changed the color scheme from red in v1 to green in v2 to fix the skin tones. I will be placing my focus on completing Episodes II and III for now, but I will get to work on any other issues with Episode I that may pop up in the future.
Here’s the specifications:
File type: MKV lossless
Video: h.264 1080p
Audio: DTS-HD 5.1 surround, and DTS-HD 2.0 stereo.
Resolution: 1920 x 830 @ 23.976fps
UPDATE: V1 & V2 COLOR COMPARISONS
Under the expand tab, you will find thumbnails demonstrating the color differences between v1 and v2. In the examples below, v1 is on top, and v2 is on the bottom.
Most of you will notice that the contrast is lower on v2. This is normal. V1 was adjusted under the wrong black and white levels, and I incorrectly placed the blacks and whites too low and too high. On a 1080p HDTV, the black and white levels on v1 suffered from clipping. V2 has been adjusted to correct that problem. The contrast should look much better if you watch it on a 1080p HDTV.
Over the last few days, I’ve started work on my own fan edits of the prequels for the same reasons everyone else has done. I was first exposed to Episode I when I was a wee lad of 10, and at the time, I was a stupid kid. Over time, though, it’s obvious that this film (and II and III, respectively) have aged… Poorly. My loss of interest only continued after seeing Mr. Plinkett’s reviews from Red Letter Media.
Still, despite the issues, I always believed that there are some good movies in here somewhere. Having seen several fan edits (which I will get to in a minute), it’s clear that there are. This is my attempt to improve Episode I and fix many of the problems that have haunted this film since its theatrical release.
First, a little background…
I am cuckoo for movies. I have seen so many classics, it’s borderline pretentious (For example, my all-time favorite movie is a toss-up between Orson Welles’ incomplete masterpiece, The Magnificent Ambersons, or the silent film classic, The Passion of Joan of Arc). I have studied writing of many types, from screenwriting to comics to even novels and stage plays. But the one book I’ve gotten the most useful information from is Aristotle’s Poetics. I intend to approach these prequels with Aristotle’s techniques. The two rules that I am following religiously are 1. to make everything necessary, and 2. to make everything probable. It’s those two rules that I will do my best to follow throughout these edits.
In preparation for this fan edit, I have also taken inspiration from several other edits. The first edit is, well… The theatrical version. The second edit is the infamous Phantom Edit. The third, and my personal favorite, is the l8wrtr edit. And finally, we have the HAL9000 edit. I intend to make this edit my own version, but I have borrowed several ideas from these four edits of the film.
UPDATE (10-21-2020): The trailer is now online.
Here’s the link if anyone’s interested:
UPDATE (10-18-2020): THE EDIT IS NOW COMPLETE.
I feel like I have taken my first step into a larger world. I just watched my fanedit on my 1080p HDTV, and I’m happy to say that it looks right. All the changes have been made. The colors are graded well. The sound has been edited. The subtitles written. The wipes and transitions added. I think it’s ready. I hope to export the film in both .mov and .mp4 file formats, with .mov being my preferred (but sadly less accessible) file. Here are a few technical specifications.
Resolution: 1920 x 830
Frame rate: 23.976fps
Audio: AAC 5.1 surround (except the deleted scenes, which are in 2.0 stereo. Sorry about that.), and AAC 2.0 stereo
File size: 15.5gb
Running time: 1 hour, and 32 minutes
I also wish to thank the following people for helping me with this edit, and for making it a reality:
Schorman13, SparkySywer, and nevertellmetheodds for the HD preservations.
HAL9000 for the deleted scenes.
Jackpumpkinhead and DigModiFicaTion for the custom crawl creators and Blender tutorials.
TheAlaskanSandman for the advice.
…And everyone at originaltrilogy.com
UPDATE: THE FULL LIST OF CHANGES!
At last, I’ve gotten to the final list of changes. In total, I have removed 45 minutes’ worth of material, resulting in a short and sweet 91 minutes in length. Watching the DVD I have and looking at what was shown theatrically, I’m surprised at how different things have become between my edit and George Lucas’ edit.
Anyway, I have placed all changes in the spoiler tag below, and to avoid confusion, - means deleted, + means added, and / means it’s been edited differently.
-tc-14 introduction shot
-how the negotiations will go down, the neimoidians being cowards, and the negotiations being short
-“what? What did you say?”
-“they’re here to force a settlement.”
-“are you brain dead?”
-jedi having drinks
-cowardice of Nute Gunray’s sidekick
-“Viceroy, I don’t want this stunted slime in my sight again.”
-“my lord, is that legal?” And “I will make it legal.”
-“the chancellor should never have brought them into this.”
-“yes. Yes, my lord. As you wish.”
-jedi reacting to explosion and seeing the gas
-“they must be dead by now. Destroy what’s left of them.”
-droid dialogue except when necessary
-“what is going on down there?” And “we lost the transmissions, sir.”
-“have you ever encountered a jedi knight before, sir?” And “well, no, I…”
-“that won’t be enough, sir”, “I want droidekas out here at once!” And “we will not survive this.”
-“that will hold them.”
/Qui-Gon’s cutting into the blast door
-“they’re still coming through.” And “this is impossible!”
-“where are those droidekas?”
-“they’re no match for droidekas.” And “sir, they’ve gone up the ventilation shaft.”
-negotiations being short joke
-Queen Amidala’s conversation with neimoidians
-communications disruption scene
-Jar Jar’s first three shots
-“oh moi moi, I love you!”, “You almost got us killed. Are you brainless?”, “I spek.”, and “the ability to speak does not make you intelligent.”
-Jar Jar’s freakout over the droid attack
-“more? More did you say?”
-“dis embarrassing. Mine friend I’ve been banished. Mine forgotten. The Brusses will do terrible things to me. Terrrrrible things to me if me going back there!”, “you hear that?”, “yeah.”, “that is the sound of a thousand terrible things heading this way.”, “if they find us, they will crush us, grind us into tiny pieces and blast us into oblivion.”, and “Yousa point is well said. This way. Hurry!”
-Jar Jar and the jedi at the lake and gunga city swim
-anything that has to do with doodoo, poodoo, or anything involving poop.
-almost all of Jar Jar’s annoying sound effects
-almost all of Boss Nass’ odd sound effects
-“once those droids take control of the surface, they will take control of you.”, “meesa no tink so. They not know of ocean.”, “you and the Naboo form a symbiote circle. What happens to one of you will affect the other. You must understand this.”, and “weesa no carrring about the naboo.”
-“the speediest way to the Naboo tis going through… The planet corrre… Now… Go…”
-“deysa setting yousa up. Going through the planet core? Bad bombin’.”
-“we’ll need a navigator to get us through the planet’s core.”
-“count me outta this one. Better dead here than dead in the core. Egads, whatta meesa saying?”
-all of the underwater sea adventures through the planet core
-the emperor and neimoidians conversation about the invasion being on schedule, the Senate accepting control, Amidala’s naivete, and the missing jedi
-“viceroy, we have captured the queen.”, and “victory.”
-neimoidians discussion of the treaty with queen amidala and governor sio at the palace steps
-jar jar falling in frame during the jedi rescue of the queen
-“meesa got bombat.”
-“we’re ambassadors for the supreme chancellor.”
-“won’t be a problem.”
-“they wouldn’t dare.”
-“either choice presents great danger… to us all”, “we are brave, your highness.”, and “if we are to leave, your highness, it must be now.”
-“where are you taking them?”, “to coruscant.”, and “coruscant. Uh, that doesn’t compute. Uh, wait, uh…”
-obi wan’s lecture to jar jar followed by jar jar saying hello to the droids
-everything involving R2-D2 saving the ship
-“I want that treaty signed!”, “my lord, it’s impossible to locate the ship. It’s out of our range.”, and “not for a sith.”
-“this is getting out of hand. Now there are two of them.” And “we should not have made this bargain.”
-Queen Amidala thanking R2 scene
-Padme cleaning up R2 scene
-“the sun is doing murder to meesa skin.”
-second time Panaka says wait
/subtitle change: “good day to you.” to “good afternoon.”
/subtitle change: “what do you want?” to “what brings you here?”
/subtitle change: “I was cleaning the fan switches.” to “I was fixing the power converters.”
-All of jar jar’s antics in Watto’s shop except the last one
/“they live on the moons of iago, I think.” to “they live on the moons of iago.”
-Qui-Gon’s attempts to use the jedi mind trick on Watto to accept the republic credits.
/Jar Jar’s fooling around with the cans shortened and sound effects removed to make moment less annoying
-ker-plop sound effect
-jar jar being unable to choose left or right
-“clean the racks.” and “then you can go home.”
-“no again! No again! The bees hereabouts? Cawaazy! Weesa be robbed and crunched!” and “Unlikely. We have nothing of value. That’s our problem.”
+Anakin’s confrontation with Greedo deleted scene (edited)
/subtitle change: “Yes, I do.” to “yes.”
-Greedo fan service reveal.
-all of Sebulba’s introduction
-obi wan and Panaka observing the coming sandstorm
-“this one cozy.”
-all of C-3P0’s introduction scene
-darth maul and emperor on coruscant scene
-“Boom!” and “how wude?”
-“we must survive on our own.”
-all of jar jar’s antics at the dinner table.
-“we no not moola to trade.”
-“greed can be a powerful ally.”
-Padme’s whining at Qui-Gon.
-“it wasn’t my fault. Really. Sebulba flashed me with his vents. I actually saved the pod. Mostly.”, and “that you did. The boy’s good, no doubts there, huh?”
/subtitle change: “your friend is a foolish one, methinks.” to “Your friend is more foolish than I thought.”
-“I didn’t actually come here to free slaves.”
-all the stuff with the kids
-jar jar working on the pod
-c3p0 comments about how odd jar jar is
-qui-gon’s blood test.
-jar jar’s “oh no!” Reaction to sebulba
-shot of qui-gon’s hand using the force on the chance cube
-“better stop your friend’s betting or I’ll end up owning him too.”, “what did he mean by that?”, and “I’ll tell you later. Good morning.”
-R2 and c3p0’s conversation on those dreadful starships
-anakin, padme, and kitster’s conversation about how he’s never won a race before.
-darth maul’s probe droid searching scene
-almost all of the sports announcer’s dialogue
-all podracer introductions
-jar jar fart joke
/subtitle change: “you won’t walk away from this one, slave scum.” to “you will always be second place, slave scum.”
/subtitle change: “don’t count on it, slime ball” to “I walk on legs, slime ball.”
-“you’re bantha fodder.”
-anakin’s “whoa” sound effect
-Jabba the Hutt announcing the start of the race.
-padme’s whining to Qui-Gon. Again.
-“oh, this is gonna be messy. Me no watchin’.”
-Quadranero and his power coupling problem
-“come on, ani.”
-“Go, ani, go!”
-pit droid stop
-“where is master anakin?”
-“look, here he comes.”
-shot of alien selling snacks
-“he has to complete two more circuits? Oh dear.”
-lap 3 transition scene
-“careful, ani. Careful, ani!”
-sebulba saying poodoo
-r2 and c3p0s reaction to anakin winning
-jar jar’s howl of great joy
-jabba waking up
-qui-gon and watto conversation on anakin’s win
-“but I wanna go…”
-“i tried to free your mother, ani, but watto wouldn’t have it.”
-anakin’s goodbye to c3p0
-“i can’t do it, mom. I just can’t do it.”
+farewell to jira deleted scene (edited)
-anakin saying goodbye to jira
-darth maul seeing the probe droid return
-Darth maul walking over to his speeder
-“qui-gon, sir. Wait, I’m tired!”
-“tell them to take off!”
-“my guess is it was after the queen.”
-“it is a great gift to see you alive, your majesty. With the communications breakdown, we’ve been very concerned. I’m anxious to hear your report on the situation. May I present supreme chancellor valorum?”
-“im grateful for your concern, chancellor.”
-Anakin turning around when he hears that the situation has become more complicated.
-“the queen’s a being grossly nice meesa thinks. Pitty hot!”
-panoramic shots of coruscant except the final one
-anakin and jar jar outside of Palpatine’s office
-“There is no civility. Only politics. The republic is not what it once was. The senate is full of greedy, squabbling delegates. There is no interest in the common good…”
-“we will use all of our resources to unravel this mystery. We will discover the identity of your attacker.”
-“his cells have the highest concentration of midichlorians I have seen in a lifeform. It is possible he was conceived by the midichlorians.”
-scene where anakin stops by to see padme only to find that she’s on an errand.
-“the chair recognizes the senator from the sovereign system of Naboo.”
-“…which started right here with the taxation of trade routes…”
-“…recently elected ruler of the Naboo…”
-“fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
-“gungans get pasty too, eh?”
-“he is headstrong, and he has much to learn of the living force, but he is capable. There is little more he can learn from me.” and “young Skywalker’s fate will be decided later.”
-“…and draw out the queen’s attacker.”
-“this is the clue we need to unravel the mystery of the sith.”
-qui-gon and anakin’s discussion on midichlorians.
-“weesa going home!” and “come on, r2.”
-scene where the neimoidians talk to the emperor about how they’re in complete control of the planet.
-scene where Obi-Wan speaks with the pilot about the droid control ship.
-“…and you’re a much wiser man than I am. I foresee that you will become a great jedi knight.”
-“hello very big boss nass, your honor.”
-boss nass “ahhhh…”
-several shots delaying boss nass’ decision
-boss nass’ laugh
-anakin giving the signal to amidala
-boss nass promoting jar jar to general
-“what is the situation?”
-“once we get to the main entrance, captain Panaka will create a diversion…”
-“without the viceroy, they’ll be lost and confused. What do you think, master jedi?”, “the viceroy will be well-guarded.”, “the difficulty is getting into the throne room. Once we’re inside, we shouldn’t have a problem.”, “there is a possibility that with this diversion, many gungans will be killed.”, “weesa ready to do our part.”, and “we have a plan, which should immobilize the droid army.”
-qui-gon telling anakin to find a safe place to hide
-“i thought the battle was going to take place far from here! This is too close!”
-“ani, find cover! Quick!”
-all shots of anakin finding cover
-r2 being carried into naboo pilot ship
-all shots of anakin entering pilot ship (until he turns the ship on)
-all of Jar jar’s clumsiness during gungan/droid battle
-“my guess is the viceroy’s in the throne room.”, “red group! Blue group! Everybody this way.”, “hey, wait for me.”, “anakin, stay where you are. You’ll be safe there.”, “but I…”, and “stay in that cockpit.”
-“we’ve got to do something, r2.”
-“I’m trying to. I don’t know where the trigger is.”
-“oops! Wrong one. Maybe this one.”
-“nope. Wait, here it is.”
-“uh, it’s on automatic pilot.”
-“try to override it.”
-darth maul showing off to the jedi by flipping around and using the force to throw an object at the doorway instead of hurling it at the jedi.
-“look! There they are! That’s where the automatic pilot’s taking us.”
-“this is tense!”
-“r2, get us off this auto pilot, it’s gonna get us both killed.”
-“you did it, r2!”
-“okay, let’s go left.”
-“go back? Qui-gon told me to stay in this cockpit, so that’s what I’m gonna do.”
-“i’ll try spinning, that’s a good trick.”
-anakin’s aaaaaaahh sound effect
-“i know we’re in trouble, just hang on.”
-padme and amidala decoy splitting up scene.
-anakin’s “aaaaahh” sound effects
-“I’m trying to stop! I’m trying to stop!”
-“oops, this is not good.”
-“…time for you to sign the treaty and end this pointless debate in the senate.”, “viceroy, your occupation has ended.”, “after her! This one’s a decoy!”, “captain!”, “jam the doors!”, and “now viceroy, we will discuss a new treaty.”
-“take this!”, “and this!”, “whoa!”, and “oops!”
-“we’re losing power! There seems to be a main problem with the main reactor.”, and “impossible. Nothing can get through our shields!”
-“now this is podracing.” Shocking, I know.
-“whassa they doing?”
-“they are broken!”
-Darth maul’s “huh? What’s he thinking?” Reaction shot
-“your boldness has saved our people, your majesty. It’s you who should be congratulated!”
-jar jar’s sad noise
-jar jar’s silliness during parade
I have altered Lucas’ visions. Pray I don’t alter them any further.