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Episode IX: A New Order

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I’m starting to work on my Episode IX edit. Title is just WIP (refers to both Palpatine’s Final Order and Rey’s new Jedi Order).

At first I didn’t really enojoy the movie. After watching it some more times, I’m getting to accept it, even if I still don’t like Palpatine’s return because of how it weakens Anakin’s sacrifice and, most importantly, him being the Chosen One.
But I’ll work with what I have, and even though I’ve started it I still am not sure about the course the story will take.

OVERALL CHANGES:

  1. Color correction. I HATE colors in this movie. Everything is blue: Exegol, Kijimi, the opening with Finn and Poe, the Star Destroyers’ interiors. I want more diversity. Exegol will be more black and grey, just as the Star Destroyers.
  2. Added music tracks. I’ve started working with Audacity, and even though it’s not perfect I think it can be used to isolate voices and replace music tracks when needed.

CHANGES I WANT TO TEST:

  1. Leia disappears after Kylo shifts back to Ben (after Han’s vision).
  2. Rey is a Palpatine, and she killed her parents. I’d LOVE to do this, but I’m not sure if I will be able to do it with just some different montage.
  3. Remove the first scene with Poe and Finn. We don’t need that. This information about the spy can be established in the crawl. Plus, its removal makes the opening slower (something which this movie desperately needs).
  4. Add at least a glimpse of Anakin’s Force Ghost during the final battle. IMHO he needs to have a role in defeating Palpatine again.
  5. Add Palpatine’s Fortnite message.
  6. Remove the (IMHO) embarassing dagger-having-the-shape-of-the-Death-Star-ruins plot point.
  7. Keep the supposed Chewie’s death a mystery until the SD arrives to Kijimi.

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EDITS LIST:
CHOSEN ONE - A STAR WARS STORY (3-in-1 prequels).
Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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Some tests.







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Your change list is great as is the colour correction for Exogol, for the scenes with Rey I think the colours might be a little too washed out.

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I agree with you. Her face looks grey-ish. I tried to remove the yellow tone on the background…

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CHOSEN ONE - A STAR WARS STORY (3-in-1 prequels).
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Test for Palpatine’s message.
https://vimeo.com/399876146
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Seamless! Extra points for getting rid of “sOMhOw…Pappa’s back”.

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And also the “Secrets only the Sith knew” is gone 😉

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I don’t know if I can create ex nihilo a new establishing shot after the crawl. So I’ll have to start the movie with Kylo going to Mustafar.

Here’s my crawl. Please, if anyone tells me what he thinks about it, it’ll be appreciated.

*The spark of rebellion has engulfed the First Order.
SUPREME LEADER Kylo Ren, wanting to rule over a new Empire,
searches the source of the Sith power that Snoke mastered.

Although her son’s assault has taken a toll on her,
General Leia Organa teaches the young girl REY the ways of the Jedi,
hoping to help her commune with the long gone knights.

As Poe Dameron and Finn struggle to find the truth about a
possible spy among the ranks of the First Order, Kylo Ren
travels to Mustafar to find an ancient device that could lead him to
his master’s mysterious home planet.*

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CHOSEN ONE - A STAR WARS STORY (3-in-1 prequels).
Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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Is it me or does Palpatine look even scarier in a grey light? 😮

As for the Audacity thing, coincidentally, that’s what I plan on doing for my own fan edit, Batman Forever Noir.

Regarding your planned changes and the new opening crawl, I’ll admit they sound challenging, although not impossible. I’ll be looking forward to a sneak peek of this ambitious cut of yours very soon!

“The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.”
-Sheev Palpatine, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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FWIW, Here’s a quick stab at a crawl. Do with it whatever you like:

The spark of rebellion has engulfed the First Order. Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, protective of his newfound reign, searches relentlessly for the source of his former master’s power.

Rey continues her Jedi training under the ailing General Leia Organa, hoping to commune with her spiritual predecessors.

As Resistance operatives pursue intel from a possible spy within First Order ranks, Kylo Ren travels to Mustafar to reclaim his grandfather’s SITH WAYFINDER…

Initiating self-destruct countdown…

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Lol, you’re always helpful 😄
Thank you, Hal, I’ll surely use at least some of this

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CHOSEN ONE - A STAR WARS STORY (3-in-1 prequels).
Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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Here’s my own stab at an opening crawl. I tried to get the same info across, but with a few tweaks:

A spark of hope! Waves of rebellion have engulfed the First Order.
Supreme Leader KYLO REN searches for the source of his master’s
dark power, hoping to bend the galaxy to his will.

As Resistance agents gain information from a secret First Order
spy, General LEIA ORGANA trains her apprentice REY in the ways
of the Force, with the help of ancient Jedi texts.

On the volcanic planet Mustafar, Kylo rages in search of an artifact
owned by his grandfather, which legend says will lead him to a secret
world in the Unknown Regions, home to a familiar dark influence…

My preferred saga experience:
TPM/AOTC/ROTS (Hal 9000 edits), ANH/ESB/ROTJ (Despecialized), The Mandalorian.
May the midichlorians be with you.

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Thank you all 😉

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EDITS LIST:
CHOSEN ONE - A STAR WARS STORY (3-in-1 prequels).
Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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https://vimeo.com/400024532
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As title says, this is the first Rey’s training scene, but without Ben touching Vader’s mask.
I think the first part of the movie really needs less interacting scenes. Plus, Ben with Vader’s mask is useless. Rey has a vision, that’s all. Probably because she’s training, or because she just used the Force to grab that stick and the lightsaber.
You can also see my first attempt at color correcting.

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EDITS LIST:
CHOSEN ONE - A STAR WARS STORY (3-in-1 prequels).
Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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Some other comparisons.
So, right now the movie opens with Kylo going to Mustafar and then on Exegol. Basically all the same, except we don’t read anything about Palpatine in the crawl.
After that we go directly to Rey and her training. No interference from Ben touching Vader’s mask, and totally removed scene with Finn and Poe.
Then we hear Palpatine’s voice message.
Then blablabla, we get to Kylo and KnightsOfRen and the meeting with First Order officials. No Boolio, no woman saying that she likes Kylo’s mask.
Then go to Pasaana. Here I added a small scene of Kylo touching Vader’s mask, and that act begins to connect Rey and Ben.

CHANGES: reduces blues, enhanced reds and added subtle light glow.



Tried to reduce the over-the-top yellows.


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CHOSEN ONE - A STAR WARS STORY (3-in-1 prequels).
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This reminds me of Fringe. Blue lens flares everywhere.

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IlFanEditore said:

Some other comparisons.
So, right now the movie opens with Kylo going to Mustafar and then on Exegol. Basically all the same, except we don’t read anything about Palpatine in the crawl.
After that we go directly to Rey and her training. No interference from Ben touching Vader’s mask, and totally removed scene with Finn and Poe.
Then we hear Palpatine’s voice message.
Then blablabla, we get to Kylo and KnightsOfRen and the meeting with First Order officials. No Boolio, no woman saying that she likes Kylo’s mask.
Then go to Pasaana. Here I added a small scene of Kylo touching Vader’s mask, and that act begins to connect Rey and Ben.

CHANGES: reduces blues, enhanced reds and added subtle light glow.



Tried to reduce the over-the-top yellows.


I see a bit of color fringing and clipping especially on the sky region. I suggest push the temperature to a more orange-red tone similar to Jedha in Rogue One, Jakku in TFA, the sequence of Threepio and Artoo walking towards the palace in ROTJ.

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And here goes the second transport on Pasaana with Chewie inside.
Small, subtle, but useful IMHO.

https://vimeo.com/400221468
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EDITS LIST:
CHOSEN ONE - A STAR WARS STORY (3-in-1 prequels).
Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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Dat_SW_Guy said:

IlFanEditore said:

Some other comparisons.
So, right now the movie opens with Kylo going to Mustafar and then on Exegol. Basically all the same, except we don’t read anything about Palpatine in the crawl.
After that we go directly to Rey and her training. No interference from Ben touching Vader’s mask, and totally removed scene with Finn and Poe.
Then we hear Palpatine’s voice message.
Then blablabla, we get to Kylo and KnightsOfRen and the meeting with First Order officials. No Boolio, no woman saying that she likes Kylo’s mask.
Then go to Pasaana. Here I added a small scene of Kylo touching Vader’s mask, and that act begins to connect Rey and Ben.

CHANGES: reduces blues, enhanced reds and added subtle light glow.



Tried to reduce the over-the-top yellows.


I see a bit of color fringing and clipping especially on the sky region. I suggest push the temperature to a more orange-red tone similar to Jedha in Rogue One, Jakku in TFA, the sequence of Threepio and Artoo walking towards the palace in ROTJ.

Thanks. I’ll try 😉

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CHOSEN ONE - A STAR WARS STORY (3-in-1 prequels).
Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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The “Rey killing her parents” will never be perfect, unless someone makes totally new shots.
Here’s my test. I’m not satisfied, but I hope it can be useful as a concept for others.

I’ll keep working on this.
The problem is: is it that clear the Occhi’s ship is the same one Rey blew up? How can this inconsistency be fixed?

https://vimeo.com/400251919
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CHOSEN ONE - A STAR WARS STORY (3-in-1 prequels).
Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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Really like the use of flashbacks but it would be better to use them sparingly in the scene.
I think instead of blowing up Ochi’s ship she would have electrocuted it, causing it to crash.
This could be illustrated with bolts of lightning circulating the ship ala Palpatine and the fleet - to imply the ship falling down, you could cut to black and use crash land SFX.

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Lol, that’s just too much for my ability 😄
I don’t know… if I can make it cohesive and bearable to watch ok. Otherwise I’ll keep the original version.

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EDITS LIST:
CHOSEN ONE - A STAR WARS STORY (3-in-1 prequels).
Personal saga: I - SHADOW OF THE PAST. II - KEEPERS OF THE PEACE. III - RISE OF THE DARK SIDE. IV - THE SON OF SKYWALKER. VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI.
Just look for them in the forum, and PM me for links if interested.

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Well, we’ll see how it goes.

“The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.”
-Sheev Palpatine, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)