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#1365068
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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StarkillerAG said:

JakeRyan17 said:

Dude, you’re the one that will not stop. Please stop. If you don’t have an idea or a solution to what sparked people talking about The Last Jedi, you don’t need to reply.

I said we should move on. What more do you want?

As for the deleted scene thing, I don’t think it’s feasible to restore. The effects are so unfinished that it would take a professional VFX artist to restore. A shame too, since it’s such a great scene.

Get Corridor Crew on it!

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#1364945
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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StarkillerAG said:

Movies Remastered said:

Was Grump Luke JJs idea? It seems to have come from Johnson.

Well, JJ kind of came up with the original idea. When talking about why Luke went away, Han says this line:

“He was training a new generation of Jedi. One boy, an apprentice, turned against him and destroyed it all. Luke felt responsible. He just walked away from everything.”

So the seeds were already planted in TFA, although Rian took that idea way beyond what JJ intended.

Actually, I think Rian didn’t take it far enough. Luke in TLJ puts a whole lot of emphasis on how he failed Kylo and almost glosses over the destruction of his school and students. That would have been reason enough for Luke to have ‘walked away from everything’, but Rian was too focused on his Rashomon angle to pick the low hanging fruit.

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#1364824
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The Unpopular Film, TV, Music, Art, Books, Comics, Games, &amp; Technology Opinion Thread (for all you contrarians!)
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StarkillerAG said:

DuracellEnergizer said:

E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial is emotionally manipulative junk food.

Finally someone had the guts to say it!

I’ll go further: Spielberg isn’t a very good storyteller in the first place. He’s a great director of course, especially when coupled with a good script, but whenever he actually writes a story it typically turns out to be “emotionally manipulative junk food” as you described it.

He has the same problems as Lucas, just in the opposite direction. Whereas Lucas doesn’t add enough emotion to his stories, Spielberg adds too much emotion.

Lucas’s attempts at emotion are often childish; Spielberg’s are childlike.

Both of the directors require John Williams to elevate their material, but this doesn’t make E.T. any less excellent.

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#1364714
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Info: Has anyone heard more about Star Ep9: Rise of Skywalker’s The J.J. Abrams Cut??
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JadedSkywalker said:

The cut we have is the only cut. This is the version with the locked picture, foley, adr and score composed to a finished edit. There is no JJ Cut or Lucas cut period.
Though there is a ton of deleted scenes in unfinished shape that are left unreleased. I’m sure fans want a bunch of lowres dailies with greenscreen and no finished audio. I’m being sarcastic of course.
All 9 of the films have had material better left on the cutting room floor.

Deleted scenes are actually quite helpful in fanedits. TFA and TLJ each had a few that improve the film (and are totally useable in HD), and the deleted scenes in AOTC are often better than the ones in the final cut.

I’d love to have deleted scenes in whatever form they take.

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#1364123
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The Force Awakens: The Starlight Project - (WIP) <strong>WORKPRINT RELEASED</strong>
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Indeed! I figured it was always improvisational, but this would make that more explicit.

I was experimenting with the Oscillator sabotage some more in preparation for the big revision, seeing if it would work to cut away from the explosion with some additional vfx:

https://vimeo.com/440162329

Password: fanedit

The next step is the big one, cutting Chewie’s rampage so he goes straight for the detonator and putting it all to the Hosnian destruction cue. That way Leia could theoretically be reacting to a one-two-three punch of Han, Chewie, and the Republic.

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#1363936
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Info: Has anyone heard more about Star Ep9: Rise of Skywalker’s The J.J. Abrams Cut??
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Broom Kid said:

There is no secret cut. He put out exactly what he wanted to put out. Nobody made him edit the movie the way he did. He did that on his own.

Source?

There do exist movies which were meddled in and/or extensively recut by parties other than the original director(s). Hell, we know 2 of the five newest Star Wars movies got this treatment. Granted there’s no solid evidence that this is what happened, but the alternative is that important pieces of the plot for TROS were cut because…it made a better movie?

Nobody really knows what went down on TROS, but if you see a body with dozens of stab wounds and severed limbs, maybe hesitate before calling it self-inflicted.

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#1363641
Topic
The Force Awakens: The Starlight Project - (WIP) <strong>WORKPRINT RELEASED</strong>
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Coming back to the final act of this film with over six months of distance, I am definitely feeling that the complexity in the Starkiller sequence does it a disservice. Right now the sequence is:

Han dies
Chewie detonates the charges
Leia sad
Lightsaber fights
Poe’s failed run
Ackbar and the 2 minute countdown
more lightsabers
weapon fires
Oscillator explodes
lightsabers stopped by chasm
Hosnian destruction
Leia sad again
Rey finds Finn
Hux talks to Snoke
Chewie and the Falcon

It’s just too complicated, the intercutting too fast for anything to land. In light of this, I definitely see the appeal of reverting the Starkiller sequence back to something more akin to Restructured 3.0.

I would remove the concept of the weapon recharging though, since I think it’s worth reassessing the idea that Poe and the pilots shouldn’t be taking ‘revenge’ on the Starkiller for the Hosnian destruction. It actually makes a lot of sense for Poe to be continuing the attack on Starkiller even after the mission has failed, since it is a straight line from that to TLJ’s “You start an attack, you follow it through.” A lot of the reason for this recharging plot point was due to considerations made before the release of TLJ, and I bet people would feel differently about this if it were being considered today. Furthermore, in my version Rey is being clearly driven towards a darker place with the destruction of her friends, and placing the Hosnian destruction alongside Han’s death mirrors this character movement for Poe.

So here’s a rough idea of a new sequence set to the Hosnian destruction music:

Han dies (cue Hosnian destruction music)
Han falls off bridge, weapon rumbling and possible exterior shot of weapon heating up
Chewie immediately detonates the charges where he stands, engulfing the wall in fire
Ackbar warns that the Oscillator is still functional, the Resistance officer says only “Admiral…”
First Order techs give Hux manual control, he orders the weapon to fire
Weapon fires, Poe and pilots react
Hosnian destruction
Leia reacts
Exterior of Oscillator, Finn and Rey running to the Falcon

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#1363489
Topic
The Force Awakens: The Starlight Project - (WIP) <strong>WORKPRINT RELEASED</strong>
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I don’t know if that’s necessary, I’m quite content with Finn taking the short path and Rey taking the scenic route. 😃

Another small thing for this edit, in the workprint I use the audio of Hux shouting ‘FIRE’ over the wide shot of the base firing, and this never felt ideal. I think this version, with a bit of audio from the LEGO game, works better:

https://vimeo.com/439473560

Password: fanedit

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#1363295
Topic
The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (WIP)
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dgraham414 said:

kewlfish said:

Alright all, here is Rey’s training scene. The Pasana clip was low quality footage, but I used the actual movie footage for this one. Let me know the issues that y’all see with it and I will continue to refine it.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pKYCyA_32BLEWYfCi-Zz2XTV4xLY0OOu/view?usp=sharing

The only moment that looks odd is the wife shot of Rey balancing on the log with the visor. The saver just looks too thick. But the rest of it looks amazing!

There are several shots in which the blade looks too thick. I also wonder if there’s a way to give more variation to the distortion, right now it’s a bit uniform across the blade.

Overall, though, it’s a really cool improvement!

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#1363290
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The Force Awakens: The Starlight Project - (WIP) <strong>WORKPRINT RELEASED</strong>
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idir_hh said:

In that scene, Rey seems to be running quite a long distance before she reaches the ship whereas the ship is right next to the castle. Perhaps a different model could be used or the ship could be rotated/reversed/recoloured?

Well the point is to use the ship that Finn was boarding so it is implied that Rey will go with him (Yes, she probably would have no idea which one it was, but maybe she knows ship types, the Force told her, or at worst she’s just getting on the first ship she sees, whatever). I figure that she took a more scenic route as well, since she’s viewing it through the trees. Finn probably just used the path.

My original thought with this was to have her approach the front, but I have been able to find exactly zero usable reference material for the Meson Martinet. It might be for the better though, since it’s pretty unmistakable which ship it is.

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#1363218
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The Force Awakens: The Starlight Project - (WIP) <strong>WORKPRINT RELEASED</strong>
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Okay, here’s something new:

https://vimeo.com/439115290

Password: fanedit

With Finn being added to her vision, removing her saying ‘Luke’ in response to Maz, and this shot, hopefully Rey’s sudden departure from the castle makes more sense.

JEDIT: Updated for more polished video.

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#1363108
Topic
Harmy + Hal 9000 Box Set
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Pretty cool. The back is definitely too wordy though. Perhaps there could be one small paragraph for each of the trilogies to let people know what they contain.

Also, using Despecialized for the OT feels a bit strange considering the PT and ST are both fanedit series by Hal, and he has a series of edits for the OT (special edition) as well: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/The-Custom-Special-Edition-That-Almost-Wasnt-But-Then-Was/id/61930/page/1

I guess the question I have is what is your goal? Is it to showcase a variety of impressive edits? In that case Adywan’s ANH and ESB would be shoe-ins, and Popasketti’s version of TLJ as well. Or is your goal to present a cohesive version of the Saga from Hal?

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#1363098
Topic
The Force Awakens: The Starlight Project - (WIP) <strong>WORKPRINT RELEASED</strong>
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There hasn’t been much done, but I have gotten back to it a little and started applying some final adjustments. Rey’s final confrontation with Kylo now has almost no voices, now it’s just subliminal echoes. Snoke’s final appearance is given a bit more time to breathe, his final added lines have been adjusted, that sort of thing. The big unfinished elements of this edit still have to be done.