Stranger Things - Film 1 is out now available through PM.
The idea for my first faneidt attempt was to recut each season of Stranger Things into three full length films, like a horror franchise from the '80s. I wanted to create three cohesive movies to watch alone as a recap of each season or for a first viewing without having to watch entire seasons.
Many scenes and subplots were removed and some major changes occurred in order to create an easy to follow and comprehensive story.
My initial goal was to keep the movies under 2 hours and 30 minutes -my personal ideal runtime- but obviously I failed.
Runtime: 2 hours 38 minutes
- Less Wheeler family.
- Less Eleven and Benny interaction and no investigation for Benny’s death.
- Less “bad men” searching for Eleven.
- Less Hopper’s invastigation of Hawkins Laboratory.
- No mentions and appearances of Will’s father.
- No Terry Ives subplot.
- Less Steve and Nancy romance.
STRANGER THINGS 2
Runtime: 2 hours 35 minutes
- No Eleven. Every scene with Eleven up to the point where she appears in Byers’ house was removed. The narration of the film suggests that she died during the events of the previous film with only some small hints of her return. I decided to do that in order to maintain a more cohesive story for a more satisfying runtime focusing solely on the Mind Flayer.
- Eleven’s journey. After revealing herself in Byers’ house follows a brief flashback of her journey from her return from the Upside Down to her visit to her mother and her reattachment with her sister.
- Less Max and the boys trying to befriend her.
- Almost no Billy.
- Less Joyce and Bod.
- No Nancy and Steve conflict.
- Less Dr. Sam Owens.
- Less Dustin and Dart.
- Less Nancy and Jonathan at Murray’s home.
- Less intarigation of Will in the shack.
- No flashbacks from Season 1.
STRANGER THINGS 3
Runtime: 2 hours 48 minutes
- No Billy and miss Wheeler romance.
- No Hawkins Post.
- No miss Driscoll subplot.
- Way less Mayor Larry Kline.
- Less Nacny and Jonathan.
- Less Joyce research about the magnets and less Scott Clarke.
- Less Heather.
- Less Dustin, Steve, Robin and Erica at the Russian lab.
- No Russian interrogation.
- No Steve and Robin romance.
- Less Hopper and Joyce romance.
- Less Murray and Alexei.
- Νο Suzie and Dustin’s song.
- No flashbacks from previous seasons.
The edits will soon be avaliable just by sending me a PM.
I would love any feedback and/or ideas on how to improve this progect.
Hey there, Anjohan!
Any updates on Film 4?
Season 8, being as underwhelming as it has been, has made it necessary to change up certain end game aspects. Which is why I’m making a quick blueprint on the last season to work my way up to with the remaining films.
This is the rough cut of my version of Daenerys’s turn to madness:
As a rough cut it is put together pretty good, with room for impromvent.
But will this mean that Missandei’s death and Danny’s intense look over the city won’t make it to the final cut?
Also, I am and will be waiting for some update for Film 4.
Ι finally finished Film III “A Feast for Crows”… and it was a blast!
I have to say that Season 3 might be my favourite and I was a bit anxious about your cut.
I also have to admit that some things weren’t exactly how I was expecting them to be, but your editing was trully flawless and the whole film felt really smooth and delightful.
As I have said before, this progect is your artistic vision and I am going to watch it as such.
! SPOILERS, I GUESS !
I really liked the fact that you chose to begin the film with a “cold start”.
At first I thought why didn’t you start the film with Sam running away from White Walkers, as the previous one ended, but then I came to realize that showing from the beginnig the aftermath of the battle was a smart choice.
The return of Daenerys was definitely a plus, but I was hoping to see also some of the scenes out from Season 2 you left. Especially her vision in the House of the Undying because of the events of the final season.
One other thing that I was hoping to see and didn’t make the cut was the whole ‘The Bear and the Maiden Fair’ arc. But I understand why you chose to left it out and, if I have to be honest, it didn’t affect at all Jaime’s and Brien’s growth throughout the film.
Finally, concerning the “big event” of Season 3, I was hoping that you would leave it completely untouched for I believe it is trully a flawless sequence. But again I liked what you chose to do. Merging of the ‘mergins’ in a montage between the weddings of the Freys and the Lannisters, was I really smart move. And of course THAT ending. A “cold start” and a “cold end”. Genius.
Summing up, I think Film III was a bit more ‘artistic’ than the previus two films and I absolutely loved that.
I have said it before and I will say it once more: You are doing God’s work here. I salute you, frined.
I can’t wiat for Film IV!
And as Random and me have been talking about on PMs, revealing Bran to be the Night King could make for a more satisfying and dark ending. I could reveal him to have warged into Daenerys, or the dragon, right before the slaughter. It would still justify her plotline - slowly losing her mind; because she would still at this point be conflicted and mad and having burned Varys and threatened Tyrion, but instead of the insanely sudden shift to genocide; it would be Bran/NK who would put the final nail in the coffin.
I, personally, think that the most emotional and dark ending would be if Bran was revealed to have warged into Drogon (and not Daenerys) and performed the slaughter, and Daenerys would kind of just have had to stand for what had happened - making the episode 6 material be more of her having been forced to go Mad Queen rather than chosen to do so. It would also make more sense, as the dragons are many times told to be uncontrollable and dangerous throughout the series. Therefore, Daenerys would try to hold face and pretend to be all just and true about what has happened, when in reality she’s completely destroyed. Her death would also be more tragic, because the audience would be the only ones to know that what happened wasn’t really her (dragon’s) doing.
Either way, long time until film 8 (or perhaps 9/10) now - but tell me what you think!
As I said, this is your vision, so you get to choose how the story goes.
What I have read sounds interesting and I am curious to see how it will end up to the final cut.
But for now, I will be waiting for any update about Film III and IV.
So glad that this project is near completion. I have fully enjoyed your previous cuts and I completely trust your choises and skills for this one.
I am super looking forward to it.
As far as it goes with the changes you want to make to Season 7 and 8, I just hope you won’t tweak things too much.
Despite all of its flaws I want to enjoy the show for what is it. But then again this is your project, your own vision so I will watch and enjoy it for what you want it to be.
Ι just finished watching both “A Tale of Kings And Honor” and “A Storm of Swords”.
You’ve done something really special here, my friend.
I loved both films and I admire your work, because they both felt like actual films and not just a bunch of scenes from a TV show sewn together. Your editing skills are top-notch and the addition of the LOTR music was genius. You managed to keep the absolute essential to the story parts, while maintaining a very nice flow.
If I had to give you one note and start nitpicking, I would only say that at first I wasn’t so sure about the aspect ratio you chose. I get that you wanted to give a more cinematic feel to the scenes, but I think that at some parts it didn’t really work for me. But again this is just a tiny flaw and just my opinion.
Congratulations once again and thank you so much for what you’ve done. I am super looking forward for your next films.
I know how hard this effort is, but do you have in mind a release date for the next instalment?