Sorry, didn’t make a trailer for this one. It’s a light special project edit.
I always forget to post my other projects here. Here’s my latest.
Long ago the Skeksis eradicated the Gelfling clans to preserve their dominion over the world of Thra. Now, a lone Gelfling, Jen, must fulfill an ancient prophesy to heal the Crystal of Power and restore order to his world.
To create a Netflix style presentation of The Dark Crystal presented in a two part finale as a companion to the recent Age of Resistance.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Soundtrack
The Dark Crystal – Overture | Epic Version by L’Orchestra Cinématique
Various free stock footage video
Fan produced Dark Crystal Art and Posters
Anyone reading this 🙂
This edit is pretty straightforward: Create a two episode finale to the Dark Crystal story using the Netflix presentation Creation of a Netflix style FE logo intro and original series yellow text to match Age of Resistance. Color correction to attempt to match the color of Age of Resistance. Sharpness to make the dated footage look a little more crisp. Creation of closing credits to mirror Age of Resistance.
Cuts and Additions:
-Color corrected entire movie and added a slight sharpening to the image
-Removed The Dark Crystal Logo
-Adjusted/masked and/or trimmed some of the ritual of the sun to help eliminate opening credits
-Added AoR music to opening scene
-Adjusted the emperor’s voice to match his AoR voice more closely (I’m assuming it’s the same Skeksis)
-Added dreamfast vfx
-Created custom credits to match AoR presentation
-Added The Dark Crystal Epic Theme by L’Orchestra Cinématique to ending credits
My idea is to treat the sequel trilogy like a Star Wars Infinitities story. The idea would be that the Rebellion failed at Endor, Palpatine never died, Luke either dies on the Death Star or on Crait, Rey is the other hope Yoda refers to, Darth Vader learns how to transfer his life force into Kylo Ren and seeks to overpower Palpatine, etc.
The presentation would be slightly different and along the lines of the opening scenes of TROS but with Blue text a la Solo to describe the new history leading up to the infinity story. I’m still fleshing out in my mind of how it could all work, but I’ve realized after TROS that I don’t believe I can fix or create continuity with the OT, nor do I have the desire to.
I wish JJ would have utilized the force realm Ezra found in rebels and retconed the entire saga a la Donnie Darko or the Kevin timeline of Star Trek. This approach is as close as I can get and accept what we’ve received. Hopefully I can find a way to pull it off.
How about a half DS “that’s no moon” image instead of a cheeky pose? 😉
I could probably make an alternate version with the title. It probably wouldn’t be as snazzy looking as the theatrival one, but that would be a fun challenge 😃
To be fair it’s obvious that his face was inserted onto a random Jedi
To be fair, there is only so much you can do.
Yes, but if that is the case you might want to ask if you can pull it off or if it is even needed. I’m always wary of the “to be fair” defenses when a shot can’t be pulled off. I tried to do a force vision reusing footage and many in the community let me know it didn’t hold up, so I eventually axed it because I didn’t have the skills to pull it off at that time. One problem I have with the prequels is that they show way too much and over explain themselves. I’d have to agree that the current scenes are noticeable at the moment and I view it as a workprint/proof of concept. Hope you can pull it off.
Hal 9000 said:
Looking forward to a V2. I’m not sure what your source is, perhaps the BluRay or iTunes version or something, but I encourage exporting at the maximum settings that make any sort of sense, if you haven’t already.
I’m planning to tweak your edit just slightly by restoring the original opening style and the “we’ll have you flying in no time” gag, just for personal, non-shared enjoyment.
Thanks for the response Hal! V2 is done and available through the usual chain. The source is the Blu Ray but I usually encode it at ~16mbps which makes the file around 15gb in size. I tried a 25gb file for RotR, but had issues with DVD architect messing up the audio (it can’t make a disc with 5.1 for some reason…) and I’ve been shy of requiring such a big download file after the issue. I suppose I shouldn’t as the file could have easily been demuxed and then muxed with the corrected audio file. Ha, I should just do that *face palm. Anyway, I’ve got a few projects I’m working on and life is running full board right now, but I’ll see if I can get a larger render going during the Christmas holiday season when I have a bit more time and set up a larger render for the spleen.
Feel free to use the file as a base for any project. You always do amazing work and I’d be honored to have any bit of influence on your edits. Thanks for reaching out! 😃
Well, for someone who doesn’t like the prequels at all, color and fx alone made me say “What?!” multiple times and I had a smile on my face after the first engine glows. Subtle and enhancing. Color me interested. 😃 Fantastic trailer!
Excellent work! I wonder if they darkened it to make the x-wing stand out more? I like what you’ve done to restore the original approach.
The visual flow of his scenes wirks well. There seems to be a lag in the image (possibly slowed down) and a possible rogue frame before the final jump cut.
Welcome to the obsession that is fanediting. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to research various editing software to see what aligns with your budget and editing requirements. There are free software options that can produce fairly straightforward edits along with industry grade (and priced) options for those that dabble into the realms of vfx and want to drastically alter films.
There are a few different communities with some fantastic examples of fanedits and editors; here, the other you mentioned as well as fanedit.org. Glean all you can and then jump in and get wet with the process.
“You’ve taken your first step into a larger world.” 😃
Thank you Hal!
I’ll be releasing a v2 of this edit that addresses a stutter as the Falcon takes off, adjusts the starfield movement during the transition scene to Mimban and adds an explosion to when the first uncoupled train cars hit the floor of the ravine. Here’s the fixed Falcon takeoff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPxViUwSwB8
I’ll post again when the file is available. I’ll also update the spleen.
I think those who click on this thread would like to see what you are talking about. Are you using a secondary color correction? That will help you isolate colors more successfully.
What is your reasoning for not using the trailer shot? Is it the different starfield compared to that in TLJ?
It was more a draft for the concept back then. The starfield and crawl were custom made and the hyperspace effect was a green screen effect I chroma keyed. I hadn’t thought of using that shot from the trailer/movie. I’d prefer to create a new shot as to not reuse a shot that’s already been shown, but the transition in that shot is much nicer than the draft I created.
Putting this here so I don’t forget it:
Concept: pan down from the crawl onto a starfield which matches this shot of the Falcon going to hyperspace. Proceed directly into Rey landing on Ahch-To.
I had the same idea. Here was my mockup (transition happens around 2:20) I like that it’s a fresh intro style that’s still Star Warsy.
That’s a lot of blue.
The Alderaan clip has some interesting colors. The fire is green? Did you add a high intensity sharpening filter?
Unless someone has the script to the new film, I don’t think anyone could know what could be cut while not impacting the Rise of Skywalker, other than the obvious Luke and Leia fates. I don’t know if you could make a film that feels like JJ Abrams Star Wars from Rian Johnson’s Star Wars. They’re two completely different beasts.
I’m a big fan of your work! While I’m a little in shock that someone of your skill/influence commented on such a small issue, I will take your advice to heart.
I own a Blu-Ray of The Last Jedi and whenever I rip it there is heavy cross-hatching (probably the wrong word) and pixellation. I will try to figure this out. Perhaps it’s a sign that things are just not yet…perfected…anyways.
Thanks so much for commenting! It was, if nothing else, extremely encouraging!
I appreciate your kind words. I’m just one of many individuals here trying to get better at this hobby and pay forward the help and kindness other editors have shown me 😃
It sounds like your source preparation may be the cause of the pixellation. pleasehello’s post is pretty close to what I do and keeps the fidelity of the blu ray video file. Most Non-Linear Editors (NLE) will take a m2ts/ts file. Vegas needs aac vs ac3 surround files (highly recommend editing in 5.1 or higher as this will allow you the best opportunity to create seamless edits). Here’s my flow: Blu Ray > MakeMKV > TSMuxer (mux ts video file and audio files into separate files) > convert Audio to aac (most any free video converter can do this) or PCM Wav (Audacity) > drop files into Vegas Pro, sync and group/lock the files together. You can just throw an m2ts file in and often Vegas will be able to display the video and the surround track, but I notice that with some blu rays, especially Disney and or files that have multiple audio tracks, Vegas has a particularly hard time with allowing me to select the audio track I want to use, hence the creating a .ts and aac or pcm files as sources. It all depends on what your NLE’s compatibilities are.
The deleted scenes are in the correct frame rate on the official blu ray.
Just watched your ending draft. I really like how you use force visions to move the story without it being actually done. Would it be possible to show Rey waking up after her vision? Love the generator connected to R2 and that night time shot of the Resistance base with the Spielberg shooting star is gold 😃
That establishing shot looks fantastic!
Morgan the Boost said:
Didn’t have a Harmy handy.
You could always just use the digital files. If you have a streaming box like a roku you can stream for free with plex to your tv.
No, but I could go back and copy the fx into the scenes. I’m glad people seem to be liking the color correction. This film nearly broke me due to the battling with the color. Knowing others are favorable to the color scheme makes me feel like maybe I got a little better on that skill 😃
I may make a V2 that is a bit more aggressive with the color. Originally I had made the entire tie fighter chase scene devoid of blue along with all of the cockpit shots throughout the movie. I couldn’t extract the skin tones from the blue light so it just ended up looking like a super desaturated picture with crazy colorful LEDs everywhere.
Thanks for watching and sharing feedback!
The restoring of the blue in Proxima’s lair was a late change. Feedback I had received indicated the scene was too dark after removing the blue tint. I also have blue lights in my house so I figured it was natural especially because it’s implied that the worms need the light to exist in the open air.