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Stranger Things - Film Edition (Released)

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The idea for my first faneidt attempt was to recut each season of Stranger Things into three full length films, like a horror franchise from the '80s. I wanted to create three cohesive movies to watch alone as a recap of each season or for a first viewing without having to watch entire seasons.
Many scenes and subplots were removed and some major changes occurred in order to create an easy to follow and comprehensive story.

STRANGER THINGS
Runtime: 2 hours 49 minutes

Changelist:
-Less Wheeler family.
-No Eleven and Benny interaction and no investigation for Benny’s death.
-Less “bad men” searching for Eleven and the boys.
-Less school bullies.
-Less Hopper’s investigation of Hawkins Laboratory.
-No mentions and appearances of Will’s father.
-No Terry Ives subplot.
-Less Steve and Nancy romance.

STRANGER THINGS 2
Runtime: 3 hours 5 minutes

Changelist:
-The film starts with Eleven returning from the Upside Down. She goes to find Mike where she realizes that revealing herself would mean more danger for her and those close to her, so she hides in the woods.
Eleven’s return might have been a big mystery after the end of Season 1, but also something that everyone expected. So I decided to start Film 2 by giving away her return, so the rest of the film would focus on the real mystery -her recomposition with the group and the town of Hawkins.

-Less Max and the boys trying to befriend her.
-Almost no Billy.
-Less Joyce and Bod.
-No Nancy and Steve conflict.
-Less Dr. Sam Owens.
-Less Bob interacting with Joyce and Will.
-Less Dustin and Dart.
-Less Nancy and Jonathan at Murray’s house.
-Shortened interrogation of Will in the shack.
-No Lost Sister subplot, only a glimpse of her in Terry Ive’s flashback-memories.
I left out the whole Lost Sister plotline, since many viewers find it odd and hasn’t really anything to do with the overall story. In my cut Eleven has a vision in Aunt Becky’s house where she sees what happened to Will and the Mindflyer’s plan against the group, which leads her back in Hawkins.
While I do believe that losing the Lost Sister plot makes a better movie, it surely creates a problem with El’s new punk look. I can only hope that Hopper’s comment about Aunt Becky giving her those clothes makes up for it.
This decision lead me to create an alteration of Brenner’s voiceover while El is closing the Gate, replacing his footage from Kali’s illusion with scenes from Season 1 and a brief appearance of El’s mother instead of Kali.

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In case Kali returns in future seasons, I also made another cut with the whole Lost Sister plot in it. In this cut El travels to Illinois after finding out about her sister in her contact with her mother in Hopper’s cabin.
Links for these scenes can be found in the comments below.
This cut is not currently available, although I might consider making it canon in the future.

STRANGER THINGS 3
Runtime: 3 hours 22 minutes

Changelist:
-Shortened Russian lab introduction.
-No Billy and miss Wheeler flirt.
-Way less Hawkins Post.
-No Tom and the rest of Hawkins Post employees.
That means I had to get rid of the whole hospital fight. While being a cool sequence it doesn’t really add much to the story.

-Way less Mayor Larry Kline.
-Shortened Miss Driscoll subplot.
-Less Joyce research about the magnets and less Scott Clarke.
-Less Heather.
-Less Dustin, Steve, Robin and Erica at the Russian lab.
-No Russian interrogation.
-No Steve and Robin romance.
-Less Hopper and Joyce romance.
-Less Murray and Alexei.
-No Suzie and Dustin’s song.

All three cuts are now available through PM.

Those of you who already have the previous cuts of Films 1 and 2, please send another PM if you are interested in those new versions.
I am open to any discussion about which parts I could have left out to significantly reduce the runtime of each cut, as well as any feedback on the overall project.

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Stranger Things - Film 1 is out now available through PM.

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What a cool idea. I’m yet to buy the first season on bluray - when I do I’ll be sending you a PM you for Part 1 😃

Tighten Up and then turn it all the way up to 11!

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Have pm’ed you asking for links, really like the sound of this edit.

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Hello, that looks amazing. Can you please send Film 1 link for PM?

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No Eleven. Every scene with Eleven up to the point where she appears in Byers’ house was removed.

I mean it makes sense for runtime but at the same time you’re losing by far the best plotline. If anything, I’d rather have a movie just covering El’s story in Season 2.

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Anakin Starkiller said:

No Eleven. Every scene with Eleven up to the point where she appears in Byers’ house was removed.

I mean it makes sense for runtime but at the same time you’re losing by far the best plotline. If anything, I’d rather have a movie just covering El’s story in Season 2.

I hear you. I struggled a lot with this choise.
As I said,my main goal was the runtime and with her whole story the film was just too long.

I want to revisit the whole project sometime in the future (maybe after Season 4) and maybe then I will try to make a seperate film.

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I loved season 1 of Stranger Things, but the subsequent two seasons were a bit too bloated for me. Curious to see how movies 2 and 3 turn out. It would be interesting to do Movie 2.5 with the El storyline.

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Very cool. I had basically the same idea but of course did nothing with it. This was actually pretty common in the 80’s where series were cut down to feature film length to be released overseas in the cinema.

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Any idea when Movie two is going to be out please?

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ANNOUNCEMENT

I decided to revisit the whole project from the start, since I have not been happy with the final result for some time now. Many transitions between scenes were a bit rough and some plotlines may have not been quiet easy to follow.
Major adjustments accured on all three films for better pacing and a more immersive experience for first time viewers and fans alike. Naturally, this also made the movies a bit longer.

As soon as all three films are available for sharing I will post another announcement and update the original post with the new runtimes and changelists.

For now, I can share with you some of the changes I made for “Stranger Things 2”.
As some of you pointed, losing Eleven’s storyline may has not been the brightest choise. So, in this approach
I decided to include her whole arc insted of a flashback later on.
But this choice lead to a much longer final cut. So, in my current cut for “Stranger Things 2” I left out the whole Lost Sister plotline, since many viewers find it odd and hasn’t really anything to do with the overall story.

In order to justify some developments throught the movie, I made two new scenes.
The first one is a dream sequence at El’s mother’s house where she sees what happened back in Hawkins which leads to her return.
https://vimeo.com/411732825
(password: edit1)
The second one is an alterantion of Brenner’s voiceover while El is closing the Gate, replacing his footage from Kali’s illusion with scenes from Season 1 and including a brief appearance of El’s mother istead of Kali.
https://vimeo.com/411737234
(password: edit 2)

While I do believe that losing the Lost Sister plot makes a better movie, it surely creates a problem with El’s new punk look. I can only hope that Hopper’s comment about Aunt Becky giving her those clothes makes up for it.

Now, in case Kali returns in future seasons, I also made another cut with the whole Lost Sister plot in it.
In this cut, El travels to Illinois after finding out about her sister in her contact with her mother in Hopper’s cabin.
https://vimeo.com/411747304
(password: edit3)

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Anakin Starkiller said:

So what’s the runtime of each film?

I am still trying to find ways to trim the runtime, but the first film is something less than 3 hours and the next two more than 3 hours but less than 3 1/2 hours.

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Anakin Starkiller said:

In my books a film should never exceed 2 and 1/2 hours.

As I said that’s the perfect runtime for me too.
But in my books a film should also have structure, logic and continuity. And in this case I made the choice to sacrifice the runtime in order to achieve those goals.

So if for example Steve appears in the end of Film 1 with blood on his face, I can’t get rid of his stupid argument with Nancy because that’s where Jonathan comes and breaks his nose.

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Tell that to the guys who deleted the scene where Indiana Jones gets inside the sub before it submerges. Lol.

But in all seriousness I get what you mean.

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I was planning on doing this myself, but if you’ve already done it, I’d love to see it. I’m not a fan of any of the Eleven stuff in the 2nd season so cutting it out is a smart move I reckon.

When is Force Awakens despecialized coming out

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Maybe you think that but I thought all the Eleven stuff past episode 5 or so was pretty uninteresting. Especially since everything else in the season is so good, whenever there was an Eleven scene I just wanted it to end

When is Force Awakens despecialized coming out

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All three cuts are completed and available through PM.
The original post has been edited with updated information.

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I just joined, but would love to see the film edits of Stranger Things. Where can i find them?

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