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#1412968
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Icecream2448 said:

I really really love this puppet idea, so so much… but please do not cut the closeup of that cute little laughing alien baby, whatever you do!!!

That laughing baby is legitimately one of my favorite things in this movie. And this whole puppet thing as a nod to C3PO doing storytime with the Ewoks in ROTJ was a real nice touch as well. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

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#1412744
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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)
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Brewzter said:

I think that’s the whole point, right? The First Order had scared the galaxy into submission at that point. Luke’s arc in TLJ was about accepting his status as the legend the galaxy needs- no one showed up to help the Resistance on Crait, but after Luke’s mythical stand-off with the First Order, his legend was back stronger than ever and it inspired the entire galaxy to rise up.

I think it’s cool how the general galaxy has an arc where they became complacent after the relatively small Rebellion took down the Empire, and ignored the warning signs of fascism coming back. The New Republic is wiped out, fascism returns, and the people are terrified. It’s the legend of Luke that inspires them to realize they can’t just rely on the Resistance as they did with the Rebellion, and everyone stands up across the galaxy. It’s a pretty relevant and important message to the real world right now too.

That is a cool idea but it’s frustrating how much the theatrical versions just keep TELLING us this is what’s happening rather than SHOWING any part of it happen.

For example, how does anyone other than the handful of folks on Crait know about Luke’s actions? I’m assuming none of the First Order troops are raving about it. So assuming the Republic survivors can’t stop talking about it, but is there enough of them to spread the story across the galaxy that quickly and convincingly? Probably not because you could fit all the survivors in the Falcon with room to spare. Was there video? If not, does the Republic fabricate something to broadcast as propaganda? Getting the word out would be an interesting story. I’m not asking for a spinoff movie, but doing the barest minimum (like having some kind of broadcast of Luke on Crait) to make the audience not have to suspend a huge amount of disbelief would have gone a LONG way. Pics or it didn’t happen, as I believe the kids say these days.

So some extra inset shots of Star Destroyers showing up over planets or other people listening to Palpatine’s broadcast or watching Luke’s sacrifice would have really sold things to the audience.

(And just as an aside, I know SW plays fast & loose with time & distance and all that, but it never struck me as realistic to think nobody showed up to Crait just because they were afraid of the First Order. Considering how close Kylo & Co were to Crait, the window of opportunity for someone to come to Leia’s aid before their attack, from getting a distress call completely out of the blue, was pretty small, putting it charitably.)

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#1412503
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Star Wars: <strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> Redux Ideas thread
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Movies Remastered said:

So, what if the ghosts fade in from red to purple but at full opacity they’re blue?

As long as you aim for moving them away from the straight red of the surroundings to show they’re actually there, so to speak, and don’t go to far afield from the effect of jonh’s bluish-on-blue from the original Exogol coloring (which it sounds like you’re doing), that should be fine.

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#1412389
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Star Wars: <strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> Redux Ideas thread
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I’m leaning more towards Ed Slushie’s point and would go pale blue, unless it looks super weird.

I remembered there was a cool red light effect on Yoda and Ben Kenobi in ESB where Luke takes off from Dagobah and thought that might give us an in-canon example. But Ben vanishes before the red light covers that area, even though he’s still talking to Yoda, so looks like Lucas didn’t know what to do either 😃 Ben was shown at full brightness when his surroundings were dark, tho, so having the Force ghosts be somewhat independently lit/colored from their surroundings feels like a reasonable avenue to go in.

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#1407273
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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snooker said:

I kind of don’t want a full shot of the Dreadnought and to save the ‘reveal’ for TLJ

You could crop out the right side of that arrival shot. Depending on how tight you do it, you could have a smallish Destroyer on screen in the upper left corner and then see a chunk of huge ship just pop into frame. Then it pans down to the (left) cannon dropping into firing position. Nice it have in one shot.

Cropping it (and maybe horizontally flipping it as well) saves the wide shot original for TLJ. Here you can see it’s something big, but you don’t get HOW big.

Plus it takes care of your ‘rings of DQar’ problem too.

Just a thought!

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#1407272
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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snooker said:

I kind of don’t want a full shot of the Dreadnought and to save the ‘reveal’ for TLJ

You could crop out the right side of that arrival shot. Depending on how tight you do it, you could have a smallish Destroyer on screen in the upper left corner and then see a chunk of huge ship just pop into frame. Then it pans down to the (left) cannon dropping into firing position. Nice it have in one shot.

Cropping it (and maybe horizontally flipping it as well) save the wide shot original for TLJ and takes care of your ‘rings of DQar’ problem too.

Just a thought!

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#1405335
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The Starlight Project Part 2: The Last Jedi (WIP)
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Yeah, now that you mention it, I think we probably have seen Connix on D’Qar by this point.

The caption was thrown in to remind myself what she would be saying since I’d probably be using this is a silent film or foreign dub edit. The footage is pulled from midway thru TLJ - they’ve lost the medical frigate & Connix is informing Holdo they only have six hours of fuel left.

I went up & down on the amount of face-time to give the officers, erring on the side of more since we will come back to them soon-ish. I also liked the idea of Holdo staring down the incoming blast in defiance as long as possible, and wanted to see if I could make the timing work with just the color change.

Fun little exercise!

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#1405280
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The Starlight Project Part 2: The Last Jedi (WIP)
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NeverarGreat said:

Further thoughts on changing The Force Awakens to serve TLJ, I could place some of the footage of the Raddus going to hyperspace into the destruction of the Hosnian system.
Hosnian Destruction
It might be going too far to show Holdo staring out of the window at the approaching lasers, but even placing the TLJ ships in the distance going to hyperspace in this shot would help.

If we see Holdo in this sequence, then the only dialogue necessary for the previous scene would be ‘General, the Republic is scrambling the fleet to assist us’.

Not sure if you ever got around to doing this, but I banged out a mockup of this idea tonight using the HAL9000 Hosnian destruction sequence as a base.

https://vimeo.com/503989106

Wasn’t until rereading the post just now that I realized I explicitly have Holdo looking out the window at an approaching laser (!) but I think it still works 😃

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#1399008
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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Anakin Starkiller said:

On a different note, while I never cared much for the Mary Sue accusations levied against Rey, there is actually one instance in TFA where I think it’s true, and that’s her breaking herself out of prison with a Jedi mind trick. Is there a way to make Han, Finn, and Chewy responsible for her escape? Maybe Phasma orders Rey be brought to her at gunpoint?

I always figured it was ok because (1) Ren had just told Snoke she, tho untrained, was powerful in the Force, and (2) he had JUST tried to do something like that to her.

In TLJ she described the Force specifically as a power Jedi had to control people, so maybe she already had heard enough rumors of the Jedi mind tricks by this point to realize if she had the Force, she could do that too.

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#1398936
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Star Wars: <strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> Redux Ideas thread
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RogueLeader said:

Not sure how we could imply it, but I think it would be cool if we could explain that the reason the Sith Fleet needs to be controlled by some kind of tower is because all of those ships are completely empty, and they need to be remotely controlled. Maybe we could redub that dumb line about harvesting the galaxy’s young to man the fleet. How are babies gonna man the fleet you are launching in less than 16 hours? Maybe we could redub him to say, “We’ll need to install a comm tower onto this ship to control the fleet remotely.”

Certainly not the easiest way to go, but you might be able to change the long tracking shot looking out from inside one of the Exegol SDs as Rey is flying in to confront Palpatine. Grab a chunk of the second half (1:37:20 to end, say), preferably with the least amount of people in it, crop/mask out/avoid them as much as possible,

I wouldn’t want to try that, but there are some pretty talented folks on this board with way better skills & patience than me.

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#1396006
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Sequel Trilogy B&amp;W Adventure Serial (Japanese Dub / English Subs) (WIP)
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JAN 2021 PROJECT UPDATE

Since my first post I’ve been able to acquire Japanese blu-rays of Eps VII to IX, so I’ve decided to mash the silent film and BLACKENED MANTLE approaches together and do my edit of these three films as a (roughly) 15-chapter B&W Japanese dubbed & English subtitled adventure serial a la FLASH GORDON. Each chapter will have its own prologue recap, although I won’t be using a traditional crawl.

I’ve almost finished the first chapter already, so will hopefully have some test or workprint vids up soon…


ORIGINAL DEC 2020 POST

I’ve been a SW fanedit follower for years and a lurker here on & off almost as long, so I guess it was about time I pulled the trigger and made one of my own! I talked about it and SW fanedits in general terms a few weeks ago on an episode of FORCE GHOST COAST-TO-COAST (http://www.multiversitycomics.com/podcasts/force-ghost-coast-to-coast-season-iii-episode-xliv-fan-edits-ashes-of-the-empire/), but now that I’ve actually started working on it in earnest I can get more specific:

OVERALL GOALS: This project is trying to feed a few different birds with one scone -

  • Help me get more comfortable and fluent in Adobe Premiere.
  • See if I can solve some narrative challenges with making X amount of footage accomplish Y objective.
  • Use new subtitling along with video edits to make story adjustments.
  • Put something out that’s a little bit different.
  • Hopefully interact, collaborate, & learn from the super-talented folks on OT.
  • Not kill myself in the process!

I’ve been looking for a project to help me get some Adobe Premiere time-on-task, and a SW fanedit sure seemed like a fun way to do that.

I was really impressed with the way THE BLACKENED MANTLE used subtitles to (in some cases drastically) recontextualize existing footage in meaningful ways, and wanted the same kind of leeway in planning my edit. I went back & forth on whether or not to go full TBM and use a different dub for audio, but I think a music-only ‘silent’ film is both aesthetically cool and hopefully saves me a headache or two!

(I’d actually forgotten about the music-only version of THE LAST JEDI until after I’d made the decision to go that route!)

I might do an ‘old timey’ version later on, but for now this the THX version of a silent movie: 1080p widescreen HD full-color!

CHANGES: I don’t want to give everything away, plus its still VERY early in the process, so I’ll just throw out SOME of the big beats in no particular order for now and update as things progress -

Han lives! While I thought him dying in TFA was handled pretty well, I thought him surviving (props to THE FORD AWAKENS) was a cool enough WTF idea that it got the brain-wheels turning. Why isn’t he in the rest of the movie or the other films? If he is, where does that footage come from? How involved can you make him?

They’re not really rebels! This is probably semantics, but it just irks me that Leia’s group are called the Resistance when, in fact, it’s the First Order that’s resisting against the New Republic regime. I know why it makes metatextual sense to give them that name, and I read some Wookiepedia entry with a canonical explanation I can buy, but the films themselves don’t give enough context for that or a few other related things. So for the purposes of this fanedit:

  • The Resistance are referred to as the Republic where possible.
  • The First Order is still The First Order but it’s more explicit that they are Imperial remnants.
  • Starkiller Base is now Tarkin Base because: (1) it kills planets, not stars; (2) I know it kills stars to power the gun, but that’s more like eating stars and it’s not called Stareater Base; (3) ex-Imperials would name a base after one of their former generals.

Not everything is about Luke Skywalker! TFA’s opening crawl reads like the First Order was waiting for Luke to disappear before coming out of hiding, and ONLY Luke can put that genie back in the bottle. The map-guffin is, of course, a map to Luke. I like Luke as much or more than I like Han, but putting all this narrative pressure on him right up front seems to take away from what Leia and the Republic. could and should be trying to accomplish instead of hoping Luke can bail them out. So for the purposes of this fanedit:

Max von Sydow is a First Order defector instead of a Jedi archeologist. The flashdrive doesn’t have the map to Luke on it, but rather 3 pieces of info:

  • The location of Tarkin Base (since it can fire through hyperspace, it can fire from anywhere)
  • The existence of the SD fleet (not nearly as big and not Sith-provided; old stockpile of automated ships run with skeleton crews)
  • Confirmation of Snoke and Kylo Ren as Force users

Why is the last bit important?

Han/Leia don’t know Kylo = Ben! When the Knights of Ren burned down the Jedi academy and killed students, Leia & Han assumed Ben was one of the dead/missing. Luke was so distraught over his actions that he didn’t correct them; better to let them think a rogue element like Kylo killed him than Luke’s own actions turning him dark. That shame compounds things until Luke disappears. So in another instance of Star Wars rhyming poetry, Leia/Han get the truth of a family member being betrayed & murdered “from a certain point of view”.

Finding out the First Order has at least two high-level Force users in their ranks forces Leia to put the past behind her and reach out to Luke.

RUNTIME: I was originally going to post this as just a 3-in-1 edit attempt but the more I play around with things, I see ways to do this story as a single film, a duology, or a trilogy.

Right now my ‘assembly’ cut is running close to 4 hours, so the duology might be the optimal fighting weight for this project, but I know I can do a trilogy and am really curious to see what a 1-film version would look like!

HELP WANTED: I’ve already incorporated ideas from other fanedits into the plan (like moving the destruction of Hosnian Prime later in the story) so you’ve all already been a huge help. But I will more than likely be reaching out for feedback, tips, and possibly some FX/audio work as things progress. As much as I’m using this as a personal teaching opportunity, I’d be a Jabba-sized fool if I didn’t take advantage of the talent here!

Thanks!

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#653876
Topic
STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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adywan said:

There is more side gun action in ESB:R

Yeah. Even in the battle of Hoth clip that we've seen, the AT-ATs use their side guns when firing on the rebel trench-line. It's probably a little tough to pick out because they're firing in addition to the main guns and all that, but they do help up the ante of Empire firepower against the Rebels.