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Star Wars: The Last Skywalker Awakens - a sequel trilogy 3-in-1 edit (v2.5 Released)

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Star Wars: The Last Skywalker Awakens

Sequel Saga


THE LAST SKYWALKER AWAKENS

Luke Skywalker has vanished.
In his absence, the sinister
FIRST ORDER has risen from
the ashes of the Empire and
will stop at nothing until
Skywalker, the last Jedi, has
been destroyed.

As the peaceful New
Republic struggles to fight
this resurgent menace,
General Leia Organa gathers
her allies and leads a brave
RESISTANCE. She is
desperate to find her brother
Luke and restore hope to the
galaxy.

Searching for clues to Luke’s
whereabouts, Leia’s most
daring pilot has been
intercepted by the First Order
on the desert planet of
Jakku…


Star Wars: The Last Skywalker Awakens is a fan edit condensing all three films of the Star Wars sequel trilogy into a single, monolithic tale centered upon Rey, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, and their battle over the Skywalker legacy. It is meant to serve as a singular epilogue to Lucas’ Skywalker Saga (episodes I-VI).

Rey and Kylo’s journey remains, at its core, much the same as in the theatrical cuts: a story of lineage, legacy, belonging, betrayal, war, and family. This is not a “cut out everything I don’t like” edit, but an attempt to refocus and amplify what is already at the heart of the sequel trilogy. It was also just a fun thing to make while learning my way around editing software, and wouldn’t exist without the passionate fan editing community, so thanks to you all.

Some of the more significant changes and additions include: insert shots introduced earlier on to mesh with their increasing use in the later films, removal of any planet-killer weapons from the story, embellished musical cues and sound effects, the restored IMAX version of the Faclon’s escape from Jakku (coming in v3), new use of musical score in two previously music-less TRoS sequences, an overall colour grading, and many, many others.

SW: TLSA is, at this time, still a living work, with several changes large and small still to be made. The intention is that, barring the unearthing of something like deleted scenes from TRoS, V3 will be a final and completed version.


Version 2.5 runtime clocks in at about 5 hours
Video: 1080p H.264 .mov
Audio: 2-channel stereo

A list of cuts and additions as of Version 2.5 can be found here.

This edit borrows heavily from Hal9000’s sequel edits TFA Restructured, TLJ Legendary, and TRoS Ascendant, as well as popasketti’s TLJ Rekindled.

Art by Brian Rood

Drop a reply if you’d like to be PM’d the link. Any and all feedback or suggestions are welcome!

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The title could be:
“The Rise of the Last Skywalker”
I invested in this edit, it sounds nice.

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The change list sounds good, were you planning to drop any hints of Palpatines return during the first 2 or 3 acts? Similar to Poppasketti’s TLJ Rekindled.

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Only the very subtle ones that exist in Hal’s edits (Rey’s vision on Takodana, Luke’s second lesson) but that raises a good point, this edit may benefit from some heavier foreshadowing and I will look into possibly borrowing from those edits. Are there any others that you could recommend towards that end?

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I believe Poppa’s TLJ Rekindled has the most Palpatine foreshadowing in it.

As well as all of Hal’s Palpatine references you could also add the Palps “find me” on the radio that Kylo hears in the Crait base at the end of TLJ that Poppa added to add more foreshadowing so Palps doesn’t suddenly appear out of nowhere.

Also, just my own personal preferences if you are willing to add them in the edit:

  • In TLJ, add Luke’s third lesson from the deleted scenes where Rey runs into the Caretaker nuns camp holding the lightsaber
  • At the end of TLJ, instead of showing Rey moving the boulders from the cave (with only 2 days of training) have it appear as if Luke is using the force to remove the boulders and saving the resistance (maybe this is what kills him in the end).
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I’ve experimented a bit with adding the Caretaker villager sequence back in to the story, but as it sits it doesn’t do a lot for me. The effects are very rough (especially the dodgy wire-work) and with this edit borrowing heavily from TLJ Legendary, we have no context for the Caretakers as they’ve been removed from the rest of the film. I’m going to leave it out for the time being.

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bbghost said:

  • Figure out what to do with the credits for all three films.

Play all of them at the same time. One at the top and the two next to each other at the bottom. Just like JXeditor’s Skywalker film edit.

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bbghost said:

V1 of this edit is now complete!

I’ve updated the OP with a more comprehensive cut list and some examples. Pop a reply here if you’d like a download link.

Please PM me the d/l link. Thanks!

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SandMTV said:

bbghost said:

  • Figure out what to do with the credits for all three films.

Play all of them at the same time. One at the top and the two next to each other at the bottom. Just like JXeditor’s Skywalker film edit.

I think they made an entire bespoke credits for their edit, but it’s a good idea. I might see if I can just plop all three credits sequences next to each other, it might look a bit janky but I’ll feel better for having them there.

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Yes please!
I would like to watch your edit!

Thank you thank you 😃

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I would like to give this edit a watch - sounds pretty good.

Thanks!!

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Sorry, bit late to the party. Would it still be possible to get a link?

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Sounds very interesting. Can I get a link, please

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I’m very interested to see what you’ve done, may I get a link?

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It’s been really interesting in the process of this edit how many times I would be doing a watch-back and taking notes and going “wow, that’s a pretty janky music transition, I should see if I can do better” only to discover it’s what was in the actual theatrical version.

Stuff you probably don’t notice on a casual watch but if you’re going through it with a fine-tooth comb, all that glue and tape really starts to show!

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EXCELLENT WORK!

Just finished watching your edit: it is awesome!
Thank you for doing what you do!
I don’t remember how Qwant (please don’t use google) led me to your post. But I thank the RNG gods for making me love that new trilogy the way you made it 😃

It’s like a Japanese garden: remove anything non essential, arrange it until you are at the root of harmony and beauty.

One thing I was looking for though was one cameo in Episode VIII:
“Rogue One director Gareth Edwards is snuck in as well. He’s the guy standing next to the guy who remarks that the surface of the planet is salt, after tasting it, possibly the greatest line in the film.”
Salt testing does not bring anything to the plot, but knowing that Storm Trooper Daniel Craig/James Bond gets mind controlled is fun, so seeing Gareth Edwards would have been cool too. It does not break the magic as only the crazy people looking for the cameos notice…

From Empire Strikes back to Episode VIII, the movie theatre is where I watched Star Wars first.
I left Episode VII amused, Episode VIII angry and disappointed, and never went to the cinema to watch the IX…
Eventually tried it on home screen, didn’t like it.

Your version made it all a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong but great experience. Had to watch it in installments.

Once again thank you thank you.