Ok, here’s a pass of a less subtle hood appearance as the two shadows merge.
I used a shot from ROTJ to get the motion, but I wonder if this is a little too explicit. To me, it’s obviously Palpatine, and I wonder if I should dial it back.
I just want to chime in on some of your ideas you’ve been playing with/demonstrating since ROS released.
I LOVE them!
With regard to the Palpatine radio signal. YES!! This is absolutely amazing, and I wasn’t all distracted by the ‘repeated’ Kylo reaction shots. I don’t think they were overly obvious or overused.
Adam Drivers reactions in this scene are so still and internalised with his emotins conveyed through his eyes that there’s no motion that makes it too obvious that there’s a repeated shot.
I understand what some are saying about whether the radio broadcast is the right play or not, but I think it totally works, considering that by the opening crawl of ROS it’s revealed that Palpatine has used a broadcast to reveal his return.
However, to play devils advocate, maybe it’s possible to play for ‘the middle ground’
Have maybe the radio display twitch at either the beginning of the message…or the end (or both?) but otherwise remain static.
Maybe the readout just twitches for the ‘static’, but not the message?
The implication being that it sounds like Palpatine is coming through the radio but neither Kylo or the audience can be completely sure…which plays into whether it’s all in Kylo’s head?
To address your sith whispers and the new hooded silhouette, these totally work for me.
Whether this is retrospectively obvious or not, I don’t think any us could claim we would 100 percent notice this if we were watching TLJ for the first time, and we (as in the fanbase) would only start to scrutinise and analyse on later viewings…before we started frothing at the mouth as we all questioned what it meant. So I really think you should own it and go all in on the idea.
I LOVE your edit of TLJ as it is already. It’s always been a close call between you and HAL but it’s totally your work on the removal of Phasma and the battle of Crait with the new the ‘shoot down’ elements that edge it for me.
I’m keeping a keen eye on all of your future versions of your edit, because at least in it’s current form it’s my go to version of the film, and everything you’ve demonstrated post ROS has got me even more excited.
(Just as a sub-point whilst I’m talking to you, though:- Did you see ‘TiMartyn’s’ TLJ edit?
What he did with Poe’s intro and the complete removal of the dialogue between him and Hux was astounding from a pacing perspective…it really carried the pace and tone from TFA straight into TLJ before the movie naturally slows down after the bombing raid goes wrong…
TiMartyn’s choices here REALLY worked for me…as I felt it really heightened Poe’s kamikaze/devil my care nature as a pilot and just got the movie off to an immediately exciting start.
I thought it might be worth you taking a look and maybe considering whether that approach or something similar might fit your vision or not?)
Anyhow, please keep up your amazing work,
…I’ll be watching your career with great interest 😉