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Star Wars: The Coaxium Heist

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Coming soon

Been working on this over at FE.org and forgot to share over here.

Intention:
This movie looked like Star Wars but never really felt like it to me. Some of that lost feeling is due to a single uninterrupted narrative and the complete absence of one of Star Wars’ most iconic tools, wipe transitions. This edit will attempt to bring some of that Star Wars feeling back in and remove moments that are overly silly or ridiculous.

Edit List:

  • Created new opening including a custom Crawl based on the opening text and a custom pan down to Corellia
  • Applied a general white balance to remove the blue hue from the movie
  • Applied sharpening and contrast to entire movie
  • Cut Solo logo
  • Adjusted hue in Proxima’s housing and lair to be a darker more dull grayish blue
  • *attempting to pitch shift and/or replace Proxima’s dialogue
  • Cut imperial giving Han his last name. Han instead response with the name Solo
  • Added wipe transition to Mimba and added star destroyers approaching it
  • Used some of the crews escape from Mimba to further transition to planet
  • Removed Han getting blasted through the air (it is a great joke, but tonally is odd and I needed to put a -wipe here to establish the passage of time and couldn’t retain it)
  • Cropped image to remove the three years later text
  • Trimmed Han and Chewie scene to minimize silly stormtrooper banter
  • Removed shower scene (again it’s funny, but I needed a wipe transition to show time and decided it had to go)
  • Removed some of Val’s complaining while they are scoping out the job
  • Transition wipe to the night scene
  • Transition wipe to the train
  • Added shot of Han after Q’ira says she knows a guy and wipe transition to next scene
  • Remove the crew stopping to watch the droid fights
  • Lessened L3’s antics
  • Removed L3 saying to look away because she can’t perform while people watch her. She now just cuts open the gate and naturally everyone watches
  • Added greenscreened sparks to help with cuts during the above scene
  • Removed L3’s pompous, arrogant dialogue to Han
  • Added droid servo motor and metalic foot steps sfx to fill in center track void
  • Removed L3’s line about Lando flirting with Han
  • Removed L3 and Q’ira’s girl talk scene
  • Removed Q’ira and Becket’s “impressive” response to Han taking out the guard at the coaxium chamber
  • Removed Han’s curse when running to save Lando. It feels more natural without it imho
  • Removed Lando caressing L3’s head after her lights go out
  • Removed Beckett complaining about hurting his hands
  • Rearranged squid/escape pod scene and removed Han’s “because of that baby” line
  • Removed the gag of the Falcon engines petering out. Again, it’s funny and rhymes with the OT, but in a gravity well it’s just too ridiculous
  • Removed some of Han’s lines over the radio when they are arriving on Savareen
  • Removed Han’s lines to Enfys Nest about hired guns on the Falcon
  • Masked the scene of the falcon from leaving over the top of Beckett and crew walking out to meet Enfys Nest
  • Removed Darth Maul cameo, now Q’ira just leaves and we are left with mystery
  • Added wipe transition to the jungle planet where Lando is
  • Removed the final scene of Han’s dice
  • Added Iris wipe to credits from cockpit hyperspace scene
  • *no deleted scenes were added into this edit

Teaser Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYBngpp0wrI

Release:
1080p 5.1 MP4


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I’d be interested in seeing this

“You can’t polish a turd. But you can shape it to look like candy.”

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I’d like to watch this without glancing at any sort of cutlist, going by the awesome title and fan editor!

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Your Rogue One edit was nice, easily the best conservative cut I’ve seen of this movie. I still haven’t dared to watch Solo again (between this and TLJ in 4k, I always choose TLJ 😄), your cutlist seems to remove many of my problems with it (mainly L3 and most of the silly prequelism).

Hum… maybe now is the time to try this SW flick again…

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“I have to say that I felt George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters.” - James Cameron about Episode VII.

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I am also very interested in seeing this because of the editor in question and the amount of L3 cuts.

If I may ask, was there ever a thought to do something about Han speaking Shyriiwook (or is that even possible)? Personally I could definitely live without ever hearing that part again, haha. But the amount of L3 cuts in the list really brings me joy.

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The sounds AWESOME. i can see this becoming my go-to very quickly

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BandobrasTuk said:

Is it already finished?

Hum… oh, man… by reading the description I thought it was finished, now I look lame with my PM sent 😕

“I have to say that I felt George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters.” - James Cameron about Episode VII.

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bromeo said:

If I may ask, was there ever a thought to do something about Han speaking Shyriiwook (or is that even possible)? Personally I could definitely live without ever hearing that part again, haha.

Personally, I think getting rid of the subtitles in that scene is helpful. You get everything through context just fine, and it removes the weird feeling of it being literally the only time in ten movies that Shyriiwook is subtitled.

Plus that means you could cut out one or two instances of Han’s growling if you really want to.

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I’m curious in what you mean by “changing the hue of Proxima’s lair to a darker grey blue”. I remember it already being so dark you could barely see anything.

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Zachary VIII said:

I’m curious in what you mean by “changing the hue of Proxima’s lair to a darker grey blue”. I remember it already being so dark you could barely see anything.

I assume that means de-saturating the blue hue - it looked like a blacklight was on during that scene.

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ForceGhostRecon said:

I assume that means de-saturating the blue hue - it looked like a blacklight was on during that scene.

I checked that scene, and yeah, I forgot how ridiculously saturated it is.

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Hello all. All subtitles will be removed in this edit. L3 is more comedic relief than protestor now. I can’t fault her arguments and think with some of the initial stuff in the cantina-ish place removed we can retain the humor without the blatant protestong undertones. L3 is almost like a bickering sister/best friend to Lando now, or so I’m hoping.

The removal of L3 and Qi’ra’s girl talk scene does cause a slightly odd feeling in the extension to the Falcon flying through the cluster, but it’s kind of like the Falcon’s initial arrival at Yavin, which consists of long shots of the falcon in space and no dialogue. I think it will be fine though.

I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to transition from the crawl to Corellia and found an HD cinematic shot of Battlefront II that I’ll post to see what you all think. Greatly appreciate your positive feedback and interest!

I’m actually beginning to see a gem in this movie that I at first didn’t like at all. I think with this edit I might even like it as much as TFA.

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This is exciting! I love what you did with Rogue One and was hoping you would work your magic on Solo at some point.

Any chance you’d consider keeping the Maul cameo? I understand that it’s quite unnecessary, and potentially confusing for some, but it was the one scene in Solo that got my nerd juices flowing full force. Seeing the PT and OT come together was awesome. Maybe I won’t miss it after you improve the rest of the film, but I know it’s a highlight for a lot of people (in my circles at least).

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I would be very interested in watching this! There is some good in the movie that needs some good cleaning to help polish it up a bit!

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Oooh this looks like the edit I’ve been waiting for. While I enjoyed Solo, it was brought down by padding and the unnecessary nods to the other films. Just felt too tongue-in-cheek?

There is one thing that bothered me and I’m not sure if it’s possible to fix. I’ve always imagined the Kessel Run as a Han’s legendary feat. The fact that he got help from a bunch of other people kinda lessens the value of it. Probably just a nitpick, it was still a fun sequence to watch.

Anyways, I’m diggin’ the list of changes. Are you planning to do any color correcting by any chance? I’m not sure if it was the theatre I saw the film in, but it was so dark and monotone. The film just felt devoid of any interesting color.

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Color correction will be happening. My main focus, at the moment, I’d to remove the blue tint. I’ve seen some edits go vibrant with colors, but those end up looking overly saturated to me. One struggle I’m finding is that to eliminate the blue, I’m needing to mute a fair amount of tones. This makes it feal almost grittier, which I kind if like. Increasing saturation reveals some blues again which I’m not keen on.

Currently I’m using the following:
General white balance to remove the blue to the film> secondary color correction for space scenes to remove the massive blue tint further. The sky is now very grey on Corellia, Mimban and the train heist. I grew up in cloudy weather and it looks pretty close to my eyes. Perhaps my eye for skin tones reveals that I’m a troglodyte who doesn’t see the sun resulting in none yellowy/orange skin.

I’m really trying to push myself to tackle color correction on this film (currently the hangup on some other projects). It definitely is one of my next steps in skill building. I’ll try to post some screen shots later.

Thanks again everyone!

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this soinds interessting! looking forward to seeing it!

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While a lot of people seem to be more focused on just brightening the film, your approach on the removal of the blue tint is really interesting. I didn’t notice just how “blue” the grade is until I looked at your comparison images.

So you don’t really have any intention of increasing saturation or contrast, right? Just color correcting generally, possibly brightening a smudge? I like it. I think what you’re saying about the bleak grey skies comes across. Some of those shots, especially the train heist, feels on the edge of total desaturation/black & white. Which I like, because it kind of makes the existing color stand out more than it did with the blue tint thrown over everything.

I guess the movie being bleak vs the colors popping really depends on taste. I think what you’ve done emphasizes the mood of that harsh reality, the life of crime under the brutal Imperial regime. Whereas a LUT that made the colors pop more might be leaning into that adventure film mood more.

Even if you didn’t want the movie to be brighter or more colorful per se, I could see others using your grade as a solid basis since you have basically color corrected the film. I’m also not a color expert so this all just my random thoughts.

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Thanks RogueLeader! I did play around with brightness and contrast, but as I increased both the result was that any area that was backlit or predominantly white developed a massive glow and/or lost definition/image detail. It just ended up looking overly compensated to my eyes so I left the lighting as is. Thanks for your feedback! 😃

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I actually checked that one out, but the colors look hyper saturated to me. Maybe I live a dull life, but colors aren’t so vibrant to my eyes.

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