So, a major update:
Sorcerer’s Stone and all up to Deathly Hallows (and yes, Deathly Hallows will finally be finished) is getting new treatments. There are major reasons as to why, some of which are:
The Full Screen versions are superior, and now that they are upscaled and beautiful, this will be my go-to source for editing purposes. Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets look so different in many regards due to the color grading, pacing and the aspect ratio. I’ve previously only been able to alter the grading and the pacing (although not completely hit the nail on the head there (in my perfectionistic, retrospective look back). Finally, I can complete the look I’ve always wanted now that I have more tools at my disposal - a look that fits the continuity of the following films, and their more digital and “fuller” look. The Color Grading will also grow organically darker, for each film. Sorcerer’s Stone will look very resemblent of an in-between of PoA and GoF, although with slightly more color.
I started this edit in 2012, when I had about four years of editing experience. Now that I’ve grown a lot more attuned to the intricacies of editing, and especially with sound and photo manipulation, I think I am crafting a very, very good Sorcerer’s Stone (and it’s following counterparts).
I now have a son, older each day, - which has made me appreciate the first two films even more than what I originally did.
Also, I want to mention that a lot of the Original Score for Sorcerer’s Stone is coming back. I want the film to have it’s own identity, and the music of Harry Potter literally came to be from this one film. I will have to honor that - fully, so therefore, many of the musical alterations from previous Revisited Edits are now heavily trimmed and mostly gone.
There are of course certain musical alterations still - to build a continuity with the upcoming CoS and PoA John Williams score, but these are mostly far and few between and serve - imo - a very important purpose, be it tension, suspense or simply just to bridge one scene well with another, but befitting to the tone and pace of the scene.
Also, the biggest changes from the upcoming Sorcerer’s Stone Revisited Revisited (lol) - is the pacing. You will notice that the overly long close-up shots are heavily trimmed. Often in Columbus’s children movies, like Home Alone and Harry Potter 1 & 2, him and his editor(s) seem to be very ackonwledging of the fact that children’s minds work a little bit slower than teenagers and adults, and therefore I’ve noticed that he often takes his time on the lingering of shots - especially be it reaction shots, general close-ups and very often when a character is explaining something he will linger on a shot to enforce the message to the point it can be almost exhausting for a more adult audience.
Therefore, if I do my job well, you will feel that this is the Sorcerer’s Stone for children and teenagers and adults alike (with still the more mature tone and color grading), but the structure will be very resemblent of the even more mature entries to the franchise like PoA and onwards. This is a very fast-paced Sorcerer’s Stone.
Trust me, you have no idea how many minutes are shred of simply by removing one or two second’s from a close-up shot that goes on for eternity.
Anywho, enough explaining and more editing!
Sorcerer’s Stone Revisited (V3) will release in 1080p 10GB before 24th of November, in fullscreen!
AND: The (soon what will be) older versions will still be available through a seperate folder, for those who really, really enjoyed (or prefer) the original Revisited entries. Thank you. ❤️