Finished watching episode 7 workprint v3.2
Here are some thoughts I had about it. All together a great edit I enjoyed watching it.
After the crawl it starts on Jakku, the inserted “white” desert scene feels somewhat out of place. It felt like one to many landscape/desert scene jump. I like the idea here. I think one or two desert scenes max would work just fine and then a shot of the crashed star destroyer from far away could be better instead of “white” desert scene (If there is any suitable footage). Then transitoning to the back of the star destroyer end then again closer as it is.
Nice additon of voices in force interigation with Poe it works really well. And all the future ones as well.
Great edit of Reys vision of Ach-To on Jakku. loved it.
Scene with Unkar Plot telling to follow Rey cut to Finn waking up on Jakku seems to fast/sudden to me. If possible let the scene stay a second longer after Unkar Plot orders to follow Rey and then it cuts to Finn waking up.
Finn vs stormtrooper on Takoodana:
I like that the dialogue was added, but I think there is a bit to much of it. I think after they started fighting no more dialogue is needed. The dialogue during and towards the end of the fight felt a bit forced to me.
While watching Rey interigation scene I could tell when you reused the same shot of Kylo Rens close up twice (in original it is a shot when he worships vader), but I do realise that there isn’t much footage you can work with here.
Rey escapes using the force could maybe have few less shots/scenes, but it works as it is just fine. I really like this change compared to the original mindtrick escape.
Finn vs Kylo:
The scene is fine and works the way it is, but maybe it would be even better if Kylo vs Finn would have been even shorter. Maybe just cuting the part when they clash lightsaber and they stayed clashed for some time with Finn being leaned beside the tree. Just a random idea.
Rey vs Kylo:
Not that much to do with your edit just an opinon I wanted to add. This is more just me not liking for how long they stayed saberlocked at the end of the battle before Rey taps into the force (in this re-edit the dark side). I don’t like this streached out saberlocks in general. When both combatants are staying firm in the position basically just looking at each other. And in The force awakens it feels like it lasts forever, I mean mostly the part before Rey remembers about the force.
Really liked the Luke vision idea. Transition when Rey wakes up after seeing Luke seems a bit abrupt. Maybe have screen turn to white and then Rey wakes up. Or from lightly dream fade slowly into black immediately following with Rey waking up.
There are things that I have written here you might already be aware off, since it is a beta release. All the issues I had were very minor ones. Pretty much liked all the changes and additions.
For me this edit already is an improvment over the original film and I really enjoyed it.