Glad you are having a stab at the extended editions.
I guess you will just be going with a straight up port with no changes in structure? Whilst still a huge task.
The Extended editions are great but after looking at fellowship for quite a while I noticed that the remnants of how the film was to go together or fit together are quite obvious and it’s not how the extended edition is presented.
If I may explain. After the scene where the Black Rider Leaves there is this very long shot of Frodo looking at the ring… We are holding on that image a very long time.
The other oddity around this part is The long zoom up the corridor in Orthanc where Saruman talks of joining Sauron.
Basically those two long held moments are meant to actually combine in a dissolve so Frodo looks at the Ring in the palm of his hand and then dissolve through the ring up the corridor of Orthanc to Saruman.
These two moments are shot and filmed to transition and join however the extended edition does not present them in the original planned sequence. This obviously has ramifications for structure for the whole first half and many scenes work better in a different order than is presented.
Although I appreciate you effort to simply make the Extended edition look better It would be quite something to present it closer to how it was planned. The extended editions are made around the theatrical cut’s after the fact and not assembled in the fashion of an assembly.
Audio does not present any challenge for assemvling the original order either for instance If you take the midgewater marshes scene It’s scored with music then the music stops to allow the insert for the second breakfast sketch in snow and then back to the marshes then continues the score after the insert. The snow on the ground and the second breakfast sketch do not match the rest of the scenes and where slam dunked in.
So I don’t expect you to have a go at this because I don’t think it’s your style to attempt something like that but there is a much better version than what we were given although it’s still a brilliant film but we are missing some artistic craft in which it would have been originally assembled.