I just got the full edit from YouTube actually.
Just hunted down this thread in the hopes that the editors are still monitoring it. I avoided this edit for a long time because it seemed ridiculous, but even though some of the transitions were not natural or subtle enough to be up to pro standards, I was still blown away even five minutes into it.
Trufax, I’m a big Michael Mann fan, so a lot of what you were doing made sense to me immediately, but what is amazing is that it worked, and with Anakin/Hayden especially. Turns out when you cut out most of his dialogue and concentrate on mood through lighting and his physical actions, he actually works as a character that you become drawn into and curious about; he actually has mystery. Along with this, the Hayden poster was my favorite, I thought it represented the tone of your edit the best.
It was a stroke of brilliance to use epII for the base here. When watching epII for the first time, those bar scenes felt gratuitously out of place for a Star Wars film. But they work so damn well in a Michael Mann-style treatment.
I think there were quite a few places where you needed to find some way to linger on a character’s silent face/posture for a bit longer to sustain the effect, but maybe the original material wasn’t there.
I couldn’t have imagined this would work at all, but it does. That fact that it feels somehow like it can fit within the context of the SWU is amazing. The soundtrack is great too.
I hope you refine this just a little more over time. Until then, this is strange and wonderful enough.