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Star Wars Episode VII: The Eyepainter Fanedit (A WIP)(Changes announced)

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Episode VII Intro_1 4 1

People can complain about TFA being a clone of Episode IV all they want, but at least it felt like we had returned to that galaxy far, far away some 30 to 40 years later. I remember what it was like going into that packed theatre in Christmas 2015. I watched it right next to some stranger who smelled of cigarette smoke. We were all bitter about the prequel trilogy and how much of a disappointment that was, and the best we could all hope for is that Disney’s approach would be a true return to the franchise. And when the credits rolled on Episode VII, it was.

Yeah, I’m not gonna lie. I like this one. I liked the characters, both old and new. And out of all the Star Wars movies that came before, this one was the closest I’ve ever gotten to seeing a movie that actually was Star Wars. In a theatre. I was born 7-13 years too late for the original trilogy. I never had a chance to see Episodes IV-VI when they were in cinemas everywhere, since I’d never been born yet. So, my first exposure to the universe of Star Wars was through three old VHS tapes my parents had. Then of course, the prequels were released. Episode I came out when I was only 9. Episode III came out when I was 15. But even with the prequels, they just weren’t Star Wars. They weren’t those movies I watched on VHS when my age was in the single digits. If nothing else, The Force Awakens was the closest I’ve ever gotten to seeing a real Star Wars movie in a theatre, and for that reason alone, I treasure it.

With that said, I do agree that it had some flaws. Certain things could’ve been done better. There’s a couple of scenes that aren’t necessary. A few jokes that don’t land. And of course, the movie could do with being Episode IV a little less. It’s not a bad film in my eyes, but it does need a tune-up.

So that’s what my edit of Episode VII is. Most of the changes I’m making are minor ones for the most part. I’ve deleted one or two major scenes, but it’s not a dramatic change from what we’ve already seen. Right now, my edit is running two hours even. That’s not the final running time, but it is longer than my other fan edits of the franchise.

Changes list (Updated 11-22-21)

As with the prequels, “-” means deleted, and “/” means altered. I would throw in a “+” for added, but I don’t have any deleted scenes this time around. Two reasons: Reason #1: I don’t know how to get the time codes out, and reason #2, unlike the prequels which deleted some gems, this movie doesn’t have very many good deleted scenes, at least, from the ones on my blu-ray. So, bottom line, don’t expect a “+” sign for this list for now.

/opening crawl
-“You know what I’ve come for.”, and “I know where you come from, before you called yourself Kylo Ren.”
-“So, who talks first? You talk first? I talk first?”
-“It’s very hard to understand you with all the-”, “Search him.”, “-Apparatus.”
-Poe getting searched
-Poe screaming from Kylo Ren’s force probing
-“Follow the girl, and get that droid!”
-“You need a pilot.”, “I need a pilot.”, “We’re gonna do this.”, and “Yeah?”
-“This is very complicated.”
-“This thing really moves!”
-“Did you see that? Did you see that?”, and “I saw it!”
-Kylo Ren and General Hux’s dispute over finding the droid
-“Hey! That’s mine!”
-Shot of scavengers going after the downed first order ship
-“Nice shooting!”, “Now that was some flying!”, “Thanks!”, “How did you do that?”, “I don’t know!”, “No one trained you?”, “I’ve flown some ships, but I’ve never left the planet! Your last shot was dead-on!”, “That was amazing!”, “You got him with one blast!”, “You set me up for it!”, “It was perfect!”, and “That was pretty good.”
-Kylo Ren’s reaction scene to the failure of BB-8’s capture on Jakku
-“Jakku? That junkyard?”, “Thank you! Junkyard…”, “I told you we should’ve double-checked the western reaches! Who had it? Ducain?”, “I stole it. From Unkar Plutt. He stole it from the Irving boys, who stole it from Ducain.”, “Who stole it from me!”
-The entire Rathtar episode
-General Hux and Kylo Ren’s meeting with Snoke
-Rey and Han Solo fixing the electrical overload
-Finn trying to bandage chewbacca’s wounds
-Rey bypassing the compressor
-“I think I can handle myself.”, “I know you do. That’s why I’m giving it to you. Take it.”
-Most shots of the guests at Maz’s bar to slightly lessen the film’s overreliance on Episode IV
-“Alert the Resistance their missing droid is here!”
-General Hux’s speech to the first order
-Han Solo trying out Chewbacca’s crossbow
-Poe’s reveal during Takodana battle
-Poe’s “woohoo!” during Takodana battle
-Chewie socializing with the nurse
-“I’m afraid not. R2-D2 has been in low power mode ever since master Luke went away.”
-Rey resisting Kylo Ren’s force probing
-Snoke and Kylo Ren’s discussion on Rey’s resistance
-Death star and Starkiller base comparison discussion
/Moved Rey’s jedi mind trick on the stormtrooper to after Han Solo says goodbye to Leia
-“The name’s Finn, and I’m in charge! I’m in charge now, Phasma! I’m in charge!”, and “Bring it down. Bring it down.”
-Several shots of Resistance pilots to lessen Episode IV comparisons slightly
-“General, are you seeing this?”, “Two more X-Wings down. That’s half our fleet destroyed!”, and “And their weapon will be fully charged in ten minutes! It would take a miracle to save us now!”
-“The oscillator’s been damaged, but is still functional.”, and “Admiral! Their weapon will fire in two minutes!”
-“We just lost R1.”, and “We’re overwhelmed! What do we do? It isn’t working!”
-More shots of the pilots to lessen Episode IV comparisons
-“You need a teacher! I could show you the ways of the force!” and “The force?”
-Shot of first order employee running from his post
-Snoke giving General Hux permission to retreat

I have altered Lucas’ visions. Pray I don’t alter them any further.

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oojason said:

Good luck with this, Eyepainter (plus the other two Sequel Edits you are doing). Also with the move too. 👍
 

Thanks! I’ll do my best!

I have altered Lucas’ visions. Pray I don’t alter them any further.

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Just cut out 1 or 2 more minutes, bringing the running time down to 118-119 minutes. I’m starting to run out of things to cut, so I’m ready to start worrying about polishing things up (as well as getting to work on posting a list of changes).

I have altered Lucas’ visions. Pray I don’t alter them any further.

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Changes list is up!

I have altered Lucas’ visions. Pray I don’t alter them any further.