This definetly has taken my interest for possibly taking the throne of my definitive TPM edit once your finished. Might I ask, if you will retain any of Sidious’s hologram scenes. When cut out, I feel it raises the mystery of Darth Maul and makes Yodas final thought at Qui-gons funeral even more thought provoking. Thanks for your efforts!!
Agreed. This sounds incredible!
I haven’t been able to check out any of the clips yet, but it sounds like it’s shaping up to potentially be my go-to version.
Adding Dooku to the funeral scene is a fantastic idea but I’m not sure about him sitting in the council. To me that would more likely make him out to be another throw-away Jedi like Conehead and Squidward if he has no dialogue. I’m more than happy to be wrong on this point, though. Having more Dooku in TPM will definitely help to remedy the disconnect between this and the later two prequel films.
EDIT: I just watched the restructured funeral scene. YES! Absolutely brilliant! Well done!
The Dooku bit at the funeral is turning out better than I was expecting it to, that’s for sure!
And yea, I’m still on the fence about adding Dooku into the council scene(s). There are pros and cons. For me, I feel like Dooku would already be struggling with the Jedi order at this point and probably wouldn’t be sitting in on every council meeting. Or if he was, someone like Yoda or Windu would sense his confusion/conflict in the same way they’d sense Anakin’s fear. For that reason alone, I feel like Dooku wouldn’t want to be around them. This would also explain his isolation at the funeral.
On the flip side of this, Dooku would have more of an impact at the end of the film if he and QGJ shared screen time at an earlier point. If he is seen with the council earlier on, then his leaving would definitely carry more weight, I think. But at the same time, keeping him a mystery/cliffhanger at the end works extremely well for the first “episode” of a saga. It’s a difficult piece of the puzzle to place.
The way I currently have the funeral scene cut, it’s heavily implied that Dooku may be the “master” Yoda is referring to in his “master and apprentice” speech. Which, actually, Dooku is the “master” that is left, now that his “apprentice” (QGJ) was destroyed. There’s a double meaning there, but you wouldn’t really pick up on it until you see the second episode, where it’s revealed that Dooku was QGJ’s master. If there was a way to establish Dooku as QGJ’s master early on in Episode I, then the audience would probably pick up on the double meaning, which would open up a whole mess of other questions, if this was their introduction to Star Wars.
On that note, the council wouldn’t be a great place to put Dooku, as there would still be no indication that he was once the master of QGJ. He’d just be a familiar face by the time you’d see him at the funeral, which may or may not take away from his presence. And if you drop an expostional line about “Dooku” being QGJ’s old master, you still wouldn’t know what he looked like, or that the guy at the funeral was Dooku.
I just don’t know…
I’ll probably keep him out of the rest of the film. Or maybe I’ll throw him in a council scene and see what you guys think of it.
Also, sorry for the novel there.