So, I’m hard at work rescoring the duel with Vader and Obi-Wan - whilst definitely keeping the new scoring that completely works (mostly the orchestral bits). Also, the complete timeline is now done and the film will roll credits at 2 hours and 25 minutes.
So, what about Reeva?
Her entire story in EP 6 is CUT. Not because I hate her character (although I am not fond of it), but simply because her story fit the series format but definitely not the film format I am going for. This is really the story about Obi-Wan overcoming his grief and truma, something that becomes very obvious when you trim the fat and the cringe and pace the film into a working film format. In a series format Reeva has her place, even if her place is forced into the story, but in this film and definitely in the climax parts of it she does not belong at all. Although she is in the film, her presence is only granted when it serves the story.
What about the problems it might bring? Canon-breaking perhaps?
- Well, if so, then perhaps down the line a “Canon Cut” will have to be made in which I take this edit and include her in the climax of the story. This would however only be an option if Disney decide to force more Reeva upon us and call back to her time on Tattooine with Kenobi. If not, her ending is not of importance and I’d rather leave her end at episode 5 where it belongs and where, in many ways, her character arc comes to a satisfactory end (and where I also found myself to care for her the most - none of which I did in ep 6).
Will Qui-Gon appear when Obi-Wan is trapped underneath all the rubble?
No. I agree it would be a great moment, but I interpreted Qui-Gon’s arrival at the end that Obi-Wan had passed his test and had now left the grief behind him, found love and true purpose again, and that his mind AND body was now ready for what lies ahead. Simply put, he was now ready for his final lessons whilst preparing for more important times ahead. It was also the less predictable appearance of the two choices they kinda had in when to reveal Qui-Gon. I also found it much more powerful that Leia and his love for her was the tipping point for him. Once he thought of her and felt that love, is when he became powerful enough to overpower Darth Vader and really become “Obi-Wan Kenobi” again. It is just much more beautiful IMHO.
When will the edit be done?
Having worked tirelessly on the edit since the first episode aired, now being six weeks in, I am hopeful that the release will be before the end of the month.
What are the changes to the Vader Vs Obi-Wan Duel?
Apart from it being streamlined and un-interrupted, the duel starts with an epic mix between Duel of the Fates and Battle of the Heroes (not done by me, credits will be added at the end of the film and in a seperate text file in the film folder) and a short Anakin’s Betrayal is scored upon Obi-Wan’s heartfelt “I am sorry, Anakin, I am really sorry”.
Also, the opening scene is re-structured to remove all of Reeva’s ep 6 inclusion.
Who will be credited?
All of you guys and girls who have debated the episodes tirelessly, given ideas and feedback and either knowingly or unknowingly helped craft this edit into a better film day by day.
Where will the credits be seen?
In the opening forum post of this thread, in a text-file inside the folder of the downloadable .mp4 file and at the very end of the film.
What formats will the film be DOWNLOADABLE in?
MP4 H.264 Stereo (with Surround Channel mix and amplification added to it) and then a 5.1 mix - with the new SFX and score alterations added into the 5.1 channels (mainly the surround channels, although SFX in the center channel). I expect the file size to be at about 10 Gig - this is the perfect middlepoint of quality and availability IMO.
Will there be any new video updates before release?
Yes, I will preview the duel bits soon as to hear feedback. Overall I find it immensely enjoyable, but as always I need AND want feedback to either improve or verify the new addition’s worth in the film and the final product.
You mentioned you liked EP 4. What happens to it?
Although hardly any of it is present in this film cut, an Extended Cut is very likely in which I include my edited EP 4 into it (which has already been done). When I will literally copy-paste that into the final film and create the Extended Cut is unclear as I will have to make new changes, but it is likely.
The EP 4 Inclusion would be an additional 22 minutes, meaning the Extended Cut would end at 2 hours and 49 minutes (w/ credits).
Also, Darth Raditz had a really cool idea. Perhaps Anakin seeing Qui-Gon stand behind Obi-Wan COULD work. His points and justification of it (on the previous page) is very impressive. Let me think about it and perhaps play around with it.