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Info & Idea: Editing '2010: The Year We Make Contact'

I was watching 2010 the other day, and though of a few things for a fan edit project.

I love the film as is, and I don’t feel it really needs any alterations; however there are a few ideas to help it be a little closer in tone to 2001, yet still have it retain its own identity. Pretty much all of these ideas involve the audio rather than the picture, with one exception.


1: The 80s score sounds a bit dated. So changing to classical music (preferably lesser known works than 2001, and more Khachaturian to fit the Soviet scenes) for certain scenes might make a difference. Any suggestions welcome.

2: We have sound in space in this film which was not present in 2001, and could be removed for exterior shots.

3: I never liked the sound of Floyd’s narration; it sounds like it has a lot of reverb and was recorded in another room than the mic. Also I think there is a lot more narration than necessary. So I would edit the narration length down, and to filter it so it sounds like he is talking over the radio and have them played over exterior space-travel shots.

4: I never really liked the “Bowman visits wife & mother on earth” shots; and I’m considering cutting them altogether.


Any thoughts?

The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (Released)

For Lando, maybe it’s possible to increase his presence in the film by using his voice in some places (offscreen, over radio etc) from his large body of radio plays and voice acting for games.

Billy Dee Williams voiced Lando in all of the following:

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back radio adaptation
Dark Empire audio drama
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
Star Wars Rebels series
Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront I

That way his limited screen time will be made up for a little bit? Thoughts?

Idea: Tiny edit idea for ESB

There is a well known plot hole in ESB. Either Luke gets a few days training on Dagobah, or The Falcon gang spend weeks limping to Bespin with no hyperdrive. Either way, the timings don’t quite work.

If we would use title cards, a perfect place for one would be between the scene of the Falcon leaving with the garbage (followed by Fett) and the scene of Luke having a force vision while standing upside down. But don’t worry; I think title cards are a terrible idea.

Now that scene change is accomplished by using an optical wipe, just like so many scenes in the franchise.

But wipes give the effect of something in the next scene happening right after or even simultaneously as the preceding scene. Thats the feeling I get anyway, it doesn’t feel like any significant time has passed.

In ANH there are two instances of fading to black between scenes; one after Owen and Luke purchases the droids, and the other after the epic twin sunset.

A short fade to black gives the viewer a sense that some time has passed, in a way that an optical wipe doesn’t.

So why not change the wipe in ESB to a short fade to black? Adding perhaps one second to the runtime.

It might just subtly change how the viewer sees the passage of time in this part of the movie.