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#651206
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Remake the Prequels
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My hope is that some of what is taking up a lot of my time now will be dealt with by the time I get to Episode II.  But I've also been thinking about possibly replacing Count Dooku with Darth Maul in episodes II and III, as his death in TPM is one of the top complaints I hear about the prequels.  Still thinking about how I might deal with Jar Jar though.  If I take this on, that is.

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#651199
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Remake the Prequels
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Unfortunately due to personal issues, I've had to abandon (or at least put on hold) my rewrite.  However I have been thinking of another project in the realm of the idea that started this whole thing.  Instead of completely remaking the prequels, just remake certain aspects of it.  Reshoot Anakin's scenes with a different actor, older for TPM, less whiny for AOTC and ROTS.  Maybe completely reshoot Padme as well with rewritten dialogue to make her romance with Anakin more believable.  Basically only remake what was bad, keeping the good/bearable things.  Shoot on greenscreen and add them into existing footage.  I know it seems like more work than just a rewrite, but it would actually be a more plausible thing to do with the way my schedule is working out lately.  Not dead set on doing it, but I am tempted.

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#651046
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan
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valinkrai said:

emanswfan said:

valinkrai said:

Why is yellow a good idea and purple isn't? Seems silly to me.

The point of the yellow saber was to still give the old jedi order a special saber color chosen by few.  Technically it only existed in the EU, and was more of a golden color.

 One advantage would be to sell off Dooku as some sort of Rogue jedi, who was actually good friends with Qui-Gon, and had Qui-Gon lived, Qui-Gon may actually have joined Dooku.  I know it's a weird twist, but it's been discussed before by other editors.  I would have also had others have it to show they aren't completely odd out, like I mentioned before.

Now, Mace Windu on the other hand, is stupid.  No one else has a purple lightsaber except for him and he's technically the only black jedi.  I just think of "the color purple" everytime he pulls out his lightsaber.  In other words adds nothing to the story and just makes it further from the OT.

However, it is something I'm sure other editors or even just straight viewers of these might not agree on.  Which is why I said I haven't decided to implement it.

There's even new CGI I could do to replace some stuff (probably Coruscant mostly, and a much stripped down opening battle), but again I'm don't think I want to go overboard on these.  Also, doing new CGI for parts would delay this project atleast a year, maybe two. 

If you do any changes beyond color timing and film grain, I think you should consider making one using them, and one with only the film effects and color timing changes. As someone who's grown used to the purple lightsaber, however pointless, it would be a bit jarring for it to be something else. I still don't see why you would make Dooku yellow though, seeing as it's specifically stated in Episode II he is a full Sith Lord by that time. I do sometimes forget there are no Yellow sabers in G-canon though, I seen to remember seeing an orange lightsaber toy from Hasbro on shelves at KB toys at some point for Ep. II.

There was an orange lightsaber toy on sale for a time that got discontinued really quickly.  http://theswca.com/index.php?action=disp_item&item_id=46306

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#651023
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James Bond 007 Thread
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timdiggerm said:

Darth Lucas said:

I was thinking a lot about Bond today, specifically the timeline issue.

The answer is obvious: There is no real, strict continuity. References to previous films can be made whenever it's useful, but in general the filmmakers do not care. Anything beyond this is absurd retcon and against the spirit of the films.

I actually totally agree that you should just take the films as they are and not take them too seriously.  This was really just one of those times where I let my imagination run wild and I think fan theories can, on occasion, be fun to think about.

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#650872
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James Bond 007 Thread
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I was thinking a lot about Bond today, specifically the timeline issue.  I'm sure most of you are familiar with the issues in the timeline.  Are the new movies prequels?  Are they set after?  What is the chronological order of events?  I'm in the party that thinks the release order is the chronological order of the story.  There are two theories in this party.  1: All of the actors are the same person.  This presents obvious story and continuity issues that I won't go into.  2.  James Bond is a codename that each new 007 agent is assigned.  Again, obvious issues to anyone who knows the movies well.   After a long time of wrecking my brain thinking, I've come up with a third theory that works as a compromise to the two above:  They are all different people, but they don't know that.  Now, this is very Jason Bourne-esque, so take it or leave it.  When the current 007 is killed or retires, the next agent in line is stripped of his memories and given the memories of the previous agents, so in their minds, they ARE all of those previous agents.  This explains a lot of strange things like Blofeld not recognizing Bond, while still explaining why Bond is still out for revenge against him.  And explaining why he still remembers his dead wife even after actors switched.  The more I think about it, the more it makes sense.  

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#650194
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Remake the Prequels
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Well, I don't really want to be stuck writing for the rest of my life, here. lol.  It really would take up too much of my time to do both simultaneously and I have a lot of other projects planned, including PT fan edits that I really want to get around to doing, which I don't have time for until I get the story for this finished and start writing the script, and would definitely not have time for if I took on another script.

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#650154
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Remake the Prequels
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I've been thinking about something kind of radical.  It would mean scratching the story as it is and starting over, but I think it might work and be quite interesting.  I wouldn't be completely throwing out all of the work done, as the ideas discussed and the central characters will still be present.  But here's my idea:  adapt the original rough draft of Star Wars, taking out characters and replacing them with prequel characters.  Obviously it wouldn't fit perfectly, and  a lot would have to be changed, but with some work, I think I could make it fit into the larger story I want to tell, and the story has the advantage of essentially being George's uninhibited creativity from when he could still write well thrown onto paper.  Really just an idea at this point, but I want to know what you all think of this.  Good idea?  Should I give it a shot, or should I just continue with what I have?

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#650012
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Remake the Prequels
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I've made some changes.  I've added Qui-Gon into the mix.  So, now Qui-Gon is the Jedi that brings Obi-Wan's message and he follows him along his journey.  However, Qui-Gon is not Obi-Wan's master, but just a friend who was also trained by Yoda.  Obi-Wan considers him a mentor, but he is not his master.  Also, the young man they meet in the cantina is no longer Anakin, but Tarkin, who takes them to Anakin, who is Tarkin's friend and captain of the ship on which Tarkin serves as copilot.

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#649425
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Star Wars DVD Covers
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SWfan2000 said:

Darth Lucas said:

sans_fi said:

In case anybody wants them, Ive made some small tweakings on my Star Wars trilogy posters as the prequel posters.

In the same spirit, here are the prequels, OT style.

http://i.imgur.com/8d0ouWZ.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/2jvFq0r.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/TzyDKOh.jpg

 

More brilliance! Could you do the prequels in 1997 OT/SE style?

http://i.imgur.com/VEBcwuD.jpg

Ask and you shall receive.  Working on AOTC and ROTS.

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#648881
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Remake the Prequels
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Been working a lot on this lately.  Here's the beginning of Episode I as it stands right now  It's still pretty rough, but I like where it's going:

 

The Mandalorians are a group of warriors attempting to take control of the Galaxy from the peaceful Republic.  They are mediocre in terms of fighting skill, but their scientific knowledge makes them a formidable enemy.  Experts in the art of cloning, when one Mandalorian warrior is killed in combat, they simply send in two clones to replace him.  At the head of their forces is the mysterious Maul, a dark creature who brings pain and suffering wherever he dwells.

 

Maul and the Mandalorians kidnap Queen Padme Organa of Alderaan, a key player in the Republic, as leverage to force the Galactic Senate to hand control of the Republic over to them. 

 

The Jedi have been the guardians of peace and justice in the Republic for a thousand generations.  The Jedi Masters are monk-like Jedi who live at the Jedi Temple.  They are scholars who attempt to learn all there is to know about The Force.  The Masters are responsible for training the Knights.  Jedi Knights are warriors who travel the Galaxy protecting peace, justice, and freedom.

 

Obi-Wan is a Jedi Knight stationed on the planet of Tatooine, as a kind of Galactic Peace Corps, helping a tribe of Sand People learn to survive with their limited recourses.  Obi-Wan is visited by a fellow Jedi Knight who brings a message to Obi-Wan that he has been given orders to return to the Jedi Temple for a debriefing on his future involvement in the war effort.  Obi-Wan refuses, saying that he cannot abandon his work with the Sand People.  But when the Mandalorians attack the village, wiping out the tribe, he realizes he must return to the Jedi Temple.

 

As his ship was damaged in the attack on the Sand People tribe, Obi-Wan walks across the desert to the space-port of Mos Eisley to search for a suitable transport.  He enters the infamous Mos Eisly Cantina.  A young man and two aliens are playing a game of sabacc at a round table in the center of the Cantina.  The young man wins, upsetting the two aliens.  A bar-fight ensues.  Obi-Wan, being a defender of peace, takes out his lightsaber and breaks up the fight.  Sitting down with the bloody young man, Obi-Wan learns his name is Anakin Lars, the pilot of a spice freighter, and after learning Obi-Wan’s problem (and what he was willing to pay), he agrees to transport him to the Jedi Temple.

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#648704
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Star Wars Prequels 35mm 4K Filmized Editions by Emanswfan
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I think the yellow saber would be a good idea if it was like, the color lightsaber of a Jedi Master.  Like when you reach that rank, you get a yellow blade.  So, Yoda, Kit Fisto, Mace Windu, etc. would all have yellow lightsabers.  But then again, it would be kind of confusing when Obi-Wan becomes a master and joins the council but still has a blue blade...  oh well, it's a cool thought nonetheless.

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#648076
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Remake the Prequels
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I had this thought as well.  I justify it by saying that in a culture that is able to design and develop a brand new armored space station more powerful than your first in like, six years, it's safe to say technologies advance quickly.  As for the Vader thing, I never really thought that he meant building a lightsaber was a uniquely Jedi skill.  I always just thought he meant that building your own weapon was a right of passage for a Jedi.  Simply a weapon for the masses, the lightsaber is more symbolic for the Jedi, part of their soul.  As the galaxy becomes more reliant of blasters and laser-projectile weaponry, the Jedi continue the use of lightsabers, because it is part of their soul, such as the katana is for the samurai.  So the Mandalorians would use very clean, mass produced lightsabers, very phantom menace-y in design.  And that would be juxtaposed by the Jedi's lightsabers: unique to each individual who constructed it, more revenge of the sith/OT in design.

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#648032
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Remake the Prequels
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How do you guys feel about people other than Jedi using lightsabers?  Ben describes the lightsaber as "the weapon of a Jedi Knight."  But to me that doesn't necessarily mean that Jedi were to only ones to use that weapon.  I've started to liken it to a sword to an actual knight.  Yes, it's their weapon of choice, but it's also the main weapon used by most armies.  If you look at early concept art for Star Wars, you see images of Stormtroopers fighting with lightsabers and that's what kind of inspired the concept.  The idea would be to have the Clone Wars taking place at a time not long after the invention of the blaster.  You would see the gradual shift from armies fighting with lightsabers and other futuristic forms of ancient weapons to the various kinds of blasters you see in the OT.  We would see the shift in there being a romantic sense of honor in fighting to a very mechanical, less humanized, modern sense of war.  "An elegant weapon of a more civilized age."

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#647871
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OT'd Prequels
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Yes, the music technically wouldn't be removed and it will by no means be perfectly clean, but hopefully I can pull it off so that it isn't very noticeable.  Basically the idea is to cut the sections of the audio track that don't contain dialogue or irreplaceable sound effects and then add the new soundtrack and any sound effects that were cut, essentially reworking the soundtrack from scratch.  Tedious, but that's the only way I've been able to think of to get it done.  I've been experimenting with some less than ideal results.  If anyone knows of a more effective way to do it please share.  I've seen some pretty decent soundtrack replacement on a smaller scale in edits in the past, usually just individual scenes, but have yet to figure out exactly how they were able to accomplish it.  Again, I'm aware of the difficulty of a project like this, which is why I haven't fully committed to it yet, but if I can figure out a way to do this in a way that isn't so jarring and tedious, I really would love to continue with the project.

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#647814
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Star Wars: Episode VII to be directed by J.J. Abrams **NON SPOILER THREAD**
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They need to be mentors.  Luke needs to take on the Ben Kenobi role for whoever the protagonist is.  I'm not sure how I want Han and Leia to fit in.  Maybe as people that the protagonist meets along their journey, similar to Nimoy in '09 Star Trek.  Just people to provide exposition and context to the main character and move them along their journey.  Also, I hate to say it, but I think Luke needs to die in either episode VII or episode VIII.  You can't expect the protagonist to grow if their mentor hangs over their shoulder to give them advice throughout their entire journey.  Obi-Wan, Gandalf, Morpheus: It's a popular and extremely effective plot device to have the mentor sacrifice themselves for the hero.