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Star Wars: The Force Awakens - The Dark Cut

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Main Idea of the Edit

How I would describe this edit is that it is basically what Octorox has done with the prequels. I have taken elements of some of my favorite force awakens edit, as well as adding many of my own custom edits.

Versions of the Edit:

This goes hand in hand with the versions of my Last Jedi edit. There is a “Time Passage” edition where the film ends with the Falcon jumping to hyperspace, and then there is the “Standard Version” which ends as the original.

Cut List:

I have used The Force Awakens Restructured by Hal9000 as the base of my edit, then I took much of what DigiMod did with his awesome Heir to the Force edit to add onto that. I then went through the film and added any other cuts that I felt were needed.

Here is the link to my color coded cutlist which lets you see what I borrowed from each edit.

https://www.scribd.com/document/381968781/TFA-Change-List

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  1. does “more bombastic version of the opening theme” means Episode IV’s version? because if so, brother, i’m against it.

  2. did you borrow the “rey > han in the falcon” and “rey >>>>>> kylo in a lightsaber duel” cuts from ironman23’s TFA?

  3. is the standard version’s ending going to end with TFA:Restructured’s stsbilized helicopter shot?

man, darthrush, you never cease to amaze me. every single cut you listed is one i’d make, too. so this is already my go-to.

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I’m interested in seeing this. TFA wasn’t nearly as divisive as TLJ, and I didn’t really have many issues with the film on its own. The ReStructured Edit has been my go-to, but I’m curious what else can be done with this.

“After a time, you may find that having, is not so pleasing a thing after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.” - Spock

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oh, and do you think you’ll be including some changes from Neverar’s Starlight Project? amd is the crawl the same as in restructured?

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Excited to see what magic you can create! Loved what you did with ROTJ. Any ETA on TLJ edit by any chance?

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I’ll go through all the questions one by one.

Collipso, thanks for your interest in the edit!

  1. For the more bombastic version of the opening crawl music, I used the crawl music from the Empire Strikes Back. The reason I don’t find any issues with this is that when the regular crawl music fades out, it doesn’t continue with the Empire Strikes Back music. It goes right into the Force Awakens music after the crawl.

Sorry for the consulted explanation, but my point is that there is no difference except the crawl music is louder and more impactful since I used the ESB version while not letting it run too long to miss TFA music.

  1. I made the removal of Rey correcting Han a while ago on my own. I saw ironman23’s version of the duel, and I was inspired by it but did it differently than him. I guess you could say I was a little more conservative with my cutting of that duel. I forgot to add that I also made Finn lose a lot quicker to Kylo. I made sure to keep as many of Kylo’s cool looking swings and moves though 😃 Finn just never lands a shot and gets beat much quicker.

  2. And yes, the standard version will absolutely use the stabilized helicopter shot from Restructured. It’s one of the best subtle changes in an already amazing edit.

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I do have a few questions for the community though…

  1. Would you all prefer me to use the restructured crawl or one of Neverar’s latest iterations.
  2. Should I keep the island dream sequence from Neverar’s Starlight project? I had it in there before but in his own thread, Neverar and ForceGhostRecon have brought up some legitimate issues with using the dream.

After working out these few things, I’ll begin uploading the edit.

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i think you should go with one of neverar’s crawls.

also, are you doing any sort of color correction to the movie?

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Collipso said:

i think you should go with one of neverar’s crawls.

also, are you doing any sort of color correction to the movie?

Thanks for your input on the crawl. After some consideration, I think I will be using one of Neverar’s crawls.

I also maybe could apply a color correction but it would have to be someone else’s since I am clueless on color correction myself. Luckily for the Last Jedi, Dre has given out a great looking LUT.

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