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The Last Jedi - Clean cut edition

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A fanedit to drastically (as much as possible) change the movie we saw in the theater for the better.

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THIS EDIT IS COMPLETE and AVAILABLE.

GOAL: To reboot and repackage The Last Jedi with existing footage and new VFX to change the way we see the entire presentation in order to make it feel as much like a focused classic Star Wars movie as possible. It’s a very simple Star Wars story - it follows Luke, Rey and Kylo, while the rebels run from the First Order. This version is the ONLY way I watch this movie, and I quite enjoy it like this actually.
Here is a little trailer I made for the edit:
https://vimeo.com/325893403
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Yb3jxs4nI

I’ve edited The Last Jedi down to the basics and void of all cringe. The goal was to shave it down to the basics and make it more “Luke” focused and play out more like an OT style story. I really wanted to change the way we see this movie as drastically as possible while still maintaining continuity (with the exception of Rey’s new first encounter with Luke). I also really disliked the “red everything” marketing campaign, so this new movie poster is meant to change the overall tone.

Lots of changes and tolerable runtime! 😃

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Change list:

  • Cut Rebel girl’s “oh no” in opening scene
  • Cut Poe ‘prank call’ with Hux at the beginning
  • Cut Snoke slamming and dragging Hux
  • Trimmed ridiculous exaggerated amount of time it takes rebel bomber girl to catch the detonator
  • Cut Finn/Rose side arc altogether
  • Added Finn and Poe deleted scene
  • Finn asks where Rey is and then we cut to the ending scene for TFA of Rey in hyperspace in the falcon and then her arrival on Ach-too - she then climbs the steps to the huts and knocks on the door of Luke’s hut after he slams the door. (this edit works perfectly with versions of TFA that cut out the ending Luke scene.(in this edit, Luke was never in his Jedi robes peering out over the sea - nor did Rey ever hand him the saber)
  • Chewy breaks in the door and Luke’s “how did you find me?” works perfectly here
  • Made Luke’s "Wait. Where’s Han?"line more dramatic with cut to Kylo smashing helmet and cut back to Rey telling Luke about Kylo Ren
  • Cut Poe/Holdo “fuel” arc
  • Inserted Ryan Glossemeyer’s “Luke saves Leia” scene. I think this was really well done and a powerful scene. Great way to give us more Luke and highlight the fact that he only uses the Force to save people at this point in his life. Luke saves Leia when she’s blasted into space… she comes back to the ship (with Luke’s help) and drops her homing beacon when placed on the strectcher - then cut to Rey’s homing beacon and Rey sleeping… works particularly well.
    https://vimeo.com/265892212
  • Cut DJ and Phasma side stories completely - these characters aren’t in this version of the movie
  • Added “Luke mourning Han” deleted scene
  • Cut Snoke’s “tied on a string indeed” line… since the choke slam is no longer in this edit
  • Added Holdo’s introduction speech but cut tension with Poe - this scene also adds a nice exposition about leia recovering from her space-walk
  • Cut Ach-Too caretakers altogether
  • Altered Luke and Rey’s dialogue inside the Force tree - no more awkward 'no one is from nowhere" exchange
  • Cut Luke/Rey joke bout “reaching out” and slapping on the hand
  • Added Luke’s 3rd lesson - Caretakes Village scene - this scene works great to fill is a few blanks for the viewers - mainly the inclusion of Luke’s 3rd lesson, but also adds tension between Rey and Luke right before she storms off and received Kylo’s “force skype” telling her his version of the story… and she kind of believes him because she’s already annoyed with Luke
  • Cut Holdo/Leia awkward “may the force be with you” and just let Holdo say it.
  • Cut Snoke’s “Tied on a string indeed” comment with Hux (since there is no reference to it prior to this scene)
  • Cut Rey force-grabbing Kylo’s saber in the Snoke confrontation, only to have it taken away from her a second later.
  • BIG CHANGE. Snoke’s guards now have lightsabers (courtesy of Immersion VFX)
    Some may not like this change but I have my reasons and i’ll explain. Every Star Wars movie has a lightsaber duel… except The Last Jedi (and obviously Luke vs. Kylo doesn’t count). In an effort to make this edit even MORE Star Wars-ish. The duel with the guards is now all all-out lightsaber duel and it’s pretty awesome. I actually like the idea that Snoke would have his guards armed with lightsabers, being that the Jedi and Sith are a thing of the past at this point in the timeline, yet Snoke is still like a Sith fanboy. OR they could be some of Luke’s former students. PLUS, Hell, Finn even fought with a lightsaber in TFA so it’s already been established you don’t HAVE to be a Jedi or Sith anymore to wield a lightsaber. Preview it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jkr9iGBdyQo&t=1s (in collaboration with Immersion VFX)
  • Cut Snoke laying on the floor
  • Cut Kylo’s “Do you want to know the truth about your parents?” lines (i didn’t like the original dialogue at all)
  • Cut Finn trying to crash into the battering ram and Rose saving him
  • Cut Finn’s “they hate that ship” in the Crait battle
  • Zoom/scale the explosion to crop Rose and Finn out when the battering ram blasts the giant door open
  • BIG CHANGE: Luke uses his ROTJ hilt and GREEN lightsaber in duel eith kylo. (courtesy of Immersion VFX)
  • Removed broom boy and slave children ending
  • Removed Finn/Rose at the end
  • Removed Poe/Rey meeting
  • Luke doesn’t fade away - he is last seen on his “meditation rock” looking at the sunset and then we see the island from a distance and the sun goes down behind it (interpret it as you wish) - I’m 100% sure episode 9 will include some exposition saying “Luke has died” or something to that effect, so we really don’t have to SEE it happen in order maintain saga continuity with where EP9 starts off.
  • Altered Rey’s conversation with Leia to omit “Luke is gone”
  • New iris transition to end movie with falcon scene
    -Added credits for myself and vfx artist
    Runtime: 1hr 35min

Links available. PM me.

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Doesn’t sound like there’ll be much movie left after you’ve finished with it 😉

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Yeah, I’m curious - what is your final runtime?

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I’d be interested in a pm as well!

Very curious how the climactic scene of Holdo’s attack works without the execution scene.

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It works so well that I wonder if that was the original idea for those scenes! Great job 😃

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ForceGhostRecon said:

I’ve created a V2 with the ‘Luke saves Leia’ scene inserted. See updated change list.

https://vimeo.com/265892212

Really impressively put together, man - quality work 😃

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Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here?
And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

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I watched this last night and I was really impressed. I got a sense of the movie better and in a strange way I think I see the vision that Rian Johnson was going for. It opened me to some of the themes that were going on, that were always present but this enhanced them and put them better in the foreground. I am impressed with this edit. It is very close to how I might do it, very close. Well done!

The two snippets I might want to remove are really just trims of scenes you already trimmed. The plug a hole and a new leak crops up BB8 scene and then the fonz, hit it with BB8’s head to fix it. Just have him go down and be competent by fixing it right away. The other was the puppy dog eyes of the porg. Maybe, Chewie gets it with the four birds scene and no need to draw that out with multiple shots of the porg puppy dog eyes.

Oh and I thought of two more, overall Hux as a character is saved in this. There were two scenes though that I personally find jarring still in there. The one where Snoke from across the galaxy smashes Hux’s face on the ground. This has got to be humiliating for the leader of all the troops, at least Vader gave his men dignified deaths (and there was not galactic distances at work there). The other one is where Hux repeats the orders of Kylo in the floating shuttle. It is obnoxious. I realize you cut other instances of this and this is the remaining one, but I might be inclined to let that one go too.

This edit, while amazing, does not tackle the two big issues, from a star wars universe angle. The tracking system to track any ship through hyperspace and the hyperspace a ship into another ship. Since there is no canto bite in this, you may be able to edit scenes in such a way where the assumption that the First Order is tracking the cloaked hyper beacon (or whatever finn called it). This would mean that Leia had the bracelet to allow Rey to track back to the resistance fleet and the First Order was also using it to track the resistance fleet. When Chewie hyperspaced, then dropped Rey off in the coffin ship/pod at the First Order fleet, and then hyperspaced away, they did not use the tracking beacon to get there… It is not internally consistent…

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The Luke saving Leia scene is really well edited for the most part. I’m not a huge fan of the bombastic trailer music that was inserted toward the end of the scene though. Something more subtle would serve much better, I think.

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BleuAsh said:

I watched this last night and I was really impressed. I got a sense of the movie better and in a strange way I think I see the vision that Rian Johnson was going for. It opened me to some of the themes that were going on, that were always present but this enhanced them and put them better in the foreground. I am impressed with this edit. It is very close to how I might do it, very close. Well done!

The two snippets I might want to remove are really just trims of scenes you already trimmed. The plug a hole and a new leak crops up BB8 scene and then the fonz, hit it with BB8’s head to fix it. Just have him go down and be competent by fixing it right away. The other was the puppy dog eyes of the porg. Maybe, Chewie gets it with the four birds scene and no need to draw that out with multiple shots of the porg puppy dog eyes.

Oh and I thought of two more, overall Hux as a character is saved in this. There were two scenes though that I personally find jarring still in there. The one where Snoke from across the galaxy smashes Hux’s face on the ground. This has got to be humiliating for the leader of all the troops, at least Vader gave his men dignified deaths (and there was not galactic distances at work there). The other one is where Hux repeats the orders of Kylo in the floating shuttle. It is obnoxious. I realize you cut other instances of this and this is the remaining one, but I might be inclined to let that one go too.

This edit, while amazing, does not tackle the two big issues, from a star wars universe angle. The tracking system to track any ship through hyperspace and the hyperspace a ship into another ship. Since there is no canto bite in this, you may be able to edit scenes in such a way where the assumption that the First Order is tracking the cloaked hyper beacon (or whatever finn called it). This would mean that Leia had the bracelet to allow Rey to track back to the resistance fleet and the First Order was also using it to track the resistance fleet. When Chewie hyperspaced, then dropped Rey off in the coffin ship/pod at the First Order fleet, and then hyperspaced away, they did not use the tracking beacon to get there… It is not internally consistent…

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback - PM me if you’d like a link for V2! Glad you enjoyed it!

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pleasehello said:

The Luke saving Leia scene is really well edited for the most part. I’m not a huge fan of the bombastic trailer music that was inserted toward the end of the scene though. Something more subtle would serve much better, I think.

I would have to agree with this as well. If there was a way to use some other music from the TLJ soundtrack, this scene would fit in a bit better.

That being said, I would also like a link to this edit.

Thanx

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

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That’s a great poster!

Gone fishing

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Great poster and very intriguing ideas here. LOVE the clip of Luke saving Leia and although I agree with the guys about the bombastic music, it’s such an improvement I could live with that version. I’d be very interested in a pm if that’s possible good sir! Fantastic work

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Hello, please PM me, seems your cut is what i wanted to see in the cinemas.

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kussi69 said:

Hello, please PM me, seems your cut is what i wanted to see in the cinemas.

Your V2 Luke saves Leia scene is much, much, much better than what was in the movie!!! WOW!!!

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Wow, it seems really interesting, can’t wait to watch it!

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Just finished watching V2 and I think it might be my new favorite edit! It’s a much more focused, and tonally stable version of the film. I really like how you handled Leia’s “Marry Poppins” moment, and the focus on Luke and Rey as the A-Plot definitely helps the structure of the edit. However, I did notice a few small things that caught my eye:

*I would probably cut out Snoke dragging Hux to the floor, and end that scene with “Supreme Leader Snoke is making contact”
*There’s an awkward cut from Luke’s “Where’s Han” to the three of them sitting outside. Maybe add a scene in between to get rid of that slightly jarring transition?
*An abrupt introduction to both Holdo and Rose. I know it’s from getting rid of most of their pointless scenes, but maybe you could find a way to make the scene where Finn meets Rose work in the context of this edit? Same for Holdo. I’m not sure if there would be a way to introduce Holdo without it leading into the Canto Bight subplot, but I think it would be a little less jarring and more impactful when it comes time for her to stay behind and sacrifice herself.
*I would love for a higher bitrate version of this edit once it’s nearing completion!

All in all though, I really enjoyed this and I will definitely be following this edit!

“A little death makes life more meaningful.” -Mark Hoppus

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Just finished watching it, fantastic edit! I love the new Luke’s introduction and you removed the casinò subplot really well. It’s really close to what would be the perfect edit according to my tastes. Some suggestions:
•move the confront between Snoke, Kylo and Hux in the throne room to divide the scenes where Luke asks “where’s Han” and Rey tells him “There’s no light Left in Kylo Ren”
•reinstate the scenes with Luke milking and fishing while ignoring Rey, to strengthen the idea that he’s isolated and want to be left alone (and add back some duration to the movie)
•maybe reinstate Holdo’s speech to introduce her properly and to give Poe back some of his character’s act.
•add back Luke’s becoming one with the Force. I love that scene, and probably it will link better with Ep IX
All said, I really enjoyed this edit and I hope you will also male an higher bitrate version. Good job man!