I’ve been watching season 4. While I like it, there are way too many storylines happening at the same time. Just when I am getting interested in one story, it shifts to another and loses steam for me.
Exactly my thoughts. I found it hard at times to get invested into each storyline with these many shifts. On a possitive note, I think this time it was much easier to choose which parts to cut for my edit.
With the length of the episodes, I wonder if it might be good to split them into four different movies [I haven’t finished the first half of the season yet to determine the best order]:
- Hopper/Joyce [Russia]
- Eleven/Mike/Will [California]
- Dustin/Lucas/Vecna [Hawkins]
- Final Film [I assume the three stories come together at some point]
The only concern is if each story has a good spot that can work as a conclusion.
Actually I had the same idea while watching the episodes. And while making four movies out of this season is possible, I think they are too many. And I have to include the original gang in the same film, even though they are split into different locations.
One thing I am certain about by now is that the Hopper/Joyce storyline will be a separate film. To be honest I did not enjoy it as much as the rest, but I believe that it will be essential for the finale.
For the time being these are my plans for Season 4:
As I’ve stated before, I don’t mind long movies if the story is compelling, but I don’t want to exceed the 3hours limit by far. I guess when Volume 2 arrives everything will become clearer.
Also, what is the markup for spoilers on here? I can’t seem to figure it out.
Just click Quote on a post with a spoiler tab and then copy the text. That’s how I do it, I don’t know if there is an easier way.
In preparation for Stranger Things 4 I’ve been brushing up my editing skills and I’ve put together a new version of Stranger Things 1. It is basically the same cut with better pacing, smoother transitions, additional music and a slightly shorter runtime (2 hours 47 minutes) with the only major difference from the previous version being the removal of Nancy’s encounter with the Demogorgon in the forrest. The new version will be available in the following days and it will replace the previous cut.
Also, I’ve been working on an new cut of Stranger Things 2, basically fulfilling an earlier idea, which sits on 2 hous and 50 minutes, and a brand new cut covering the events of Season 2 that left out with a runtime of 56 minutes.
Here is the new opening for Stranger Things: The Lost Sister:
These edits will not replace the current version of Stranger Things 2, they will only serve as alternative versions.
The film (Stranger Things 2) will follow Eleven until she finds Hopper’s files and then catch up with her again when she enters Will’s house, leaving her absence as a mystery. In this case, I will put together a new film (Stranger Things: The Lost Sister) which will follow Eleven’s journey outside of Hawkins where she finds her mom and Kali before her reunion with the gang.
I have yet to finish Volume 1 of Season 4, but I won’t start any project until July when the last two episodes drop.
However, I do have some early ideas I want to share.
Obviously, the longer runtime of the episodes makes the task of putting together one film much more difficult than before. Not to mention all the new characters, the different locations and the many subplots that take place simultaneously. Plus the last two episodes that are already film-lenght.
One thing I want to avoid is to split the season into to two parts. But I also don’t want to make a film that exceeds the 3 hour runtime by far.
So I am thinking of creating another “companion film” such as Stranger Things: The Lost Sister, this time covering Jim Hopper’s journey and Joyce’s and Mur’s attempts to find him.
As I’ve said these are just some early thoughts, but I do want to hear your thoughts and ideas about Season 4. Just keep them under a spoiler tab.
Ι finally found the time to watch your first cut as well.
Great job again, smudger9. I honestly don’t have anything to say that hasn’t been said in the comments above. This show was at times really hard for me to watch, but I really liked what you did with the material you had.
If I ever feel the need to rewatch this show, your edit will be my only choise. Well, the final cut of it whenever it is done.
That being said, I don’t know if there will ever be a Season 2 of Boba Fett or how big the role of his character will be in future installments of this expanded universe, but I wonder if you could theoretically skip this whole season in your collection of The Mandalorian films and use just the Mando stuff for an alternative Episode 3 when Season 3 of The Mandalorian comes out.
I guess we will have to wait.
ADDED FILM VI/FILM 6.
Once again I have to congratulate you on your work for Film 6, my friend.
And once again I have to applaud your skills in storytelling. You don’t just cut and paste scenes from the show, but you use the existing footage to create a new and fresh take on the overall story, making these edits something far more than a simple season-to-film project. Not to mention the additional music that exchanges the whole experience. And I write these things here for anyone unfamiliar with your work to see and take in mind if they choose to watch your edits.
This time, in Film 6, once again I really enjoyed your approach on each character and the parts of their stories you chose to tell, as well as the parts you chose to leave out or use in the next installments.
However, I do have some criticism about the pacing of this film and some suggestions, if you are willing to consider them. Always with much respect to you and your hard work.
Starting off with Arya, I think you handled her time in Braavos really well and created a nice and tight arc, leaving her character where you left her. Same with Daenerys and Tyrion and all the events in Meereen, as well as Stannis and the conclusion of his arc.
At Winterfell, I also liked how you handled Sansa and Theon’s story and their escape from the Boltons. Same with the events at Kings Landing regarding the High Sparrow, Maragery and Cersei. As you have previously said, these events make much more sense being in this film than the previous.
As far as Jon Snow, I found your approach bold and I think that it certainly worked. Making him stay dead for the majority of the film, made his comeback way more exciting. However, I do think that you should have started the film with the shot of him lying on the ground at Castle Black, establishing that he is really dead, since that’s how the last film ended. And maybe leave his resurrection for the very end, making it the big shocking event of the film.
And now we come to Bran. Bran’s story was a really special and somewhat confusing part of the show as well, and I have to say that it didn’t really work for me in this film. I assume that it wasn’t easy to put him back in the whole narrative after his long absence and I did like the way you covered all the events we missed, similar to what you did with Sansa in Film 5. But I also think that in the way you chose to tell his story you didn’t make creal who the Three Eyed Raven and the Children of the Forest are or why Bran is staying with them or what their whole purpose is. That being said, I also don’t really know what you could have done differently. Maybe include a bigger “flashback” covering the whole scene of Bran and the gang finding the Three Eyed Raven, or put that scene back in Film 4 where we last saw them. I know that there is the issue of the recast, but I guess the story is more important than a new face.
One thing that I am certain about is that you should have introduced Bran way earlier in the film and not around the middle of it. His whole arc felt like it was interrupting the film and by the end I don’t know if it accomplished the impact it was supposed to accomplish.
Anyway, I don’t know what your feelings are about this edit and if you are willing to make some changes on it, but this small complaint of mine certainly does not take away anything from the marvelous work you have done throughout this series.
My excitement remains on the roof and I am super looking forward to what you will do next.
And if anyone could bother to do English subtitles for some of the films, I would reward with a bag of gold.
I have already done subtitles for the first 5 films, although in Greek. I have no current plans to do them in English too, but I can share the srt files if anyone wants to work on them. And then we can split the gold.
The subtitles are perfectly synced to Anjohan’s video files and all they will have to do is fill in the dialogues with Engilsh text (I do not suggest Google translate 'cause the result would be atrocious). Which is still not an easy job, but certainly easier than creating a whole new subtitle file.
ADDED FILM VI/FILM 6.
Awesome! You’re on fire!
I will watch as soon as I can.
Very interesting. I’d love to watch it.
I’ve been a fan of your previous edits and I really liked the process you have shared for this one so far, so I would also love to watch this first cut.
The nitpick you mention is actually a very weird one; you see - that is actually there in the original footage. For some reason the editors cut away from The Queen of Thorns and jump to a wide shot of King’s Landing i believe. This do of course work a little bit better as a transition as the scene with Margarey and her take place there, but it was still a very odd transition. My guess is that something about the scene looked wrong in post (one of the actors dropping the mask a little bit too quick perhaps?) and therefore they jump to another scene mid-dialogue. It is a very weird one, and I did as best I could to “make it work”. But yeah, it is a weird one and I am not surprised that was found a little jarring. I would of liked to know myself why this was done.
Wow that is really weird, I did not remember that jump-cut in the original episode. But your explanation sounds valid and in that case you couldn’t have done much to improve it.
As you yourself so easily figured out, keeping one 3-hour long narrative is the goal and also the hustle - and therefore, when characters of importance are for instance imprisoned, or held hostage, or kidnapped - or whatever - leaving them for a while also serves to heighten the tension of said events, but also gives me as an editor a great possibility to include other - often more urgent - plot points to emerge or at least start the foreshadowing of upcoming events.
Take Maragery for instance. She is mentioned by name I think thirty times in the upcoming Film - but we only have one scene with her (and the High Sparrow). But in the seventh film, we get her plan to fool the High Sparrow and the Faith Militant because it becomes relevant to the third act of that film. But as for this next one, she is only relevant to two main characters; Tommen and Cersei, and both have a lot going on that I find more important to focus on than Margarey sitting in a cell. So it’s so much trying to balance that I sometimes find myself scratching my head for days, but I have found this approach to work the best having now edited five “film versions” of the seasons.
Yeah, after that explanation leaving Maragery’s story there makes much more sense. And your whole 10-film plan becomes much easier to understand. It also becomes more apparent that your edits are much more than seasons-to-films projects, like smudger9’s Mandalorian films (which I love) or my Stranger Things edits. You basically create a whole new narrative with the material of the show, which is way more complicated and way more admirable.
Damn, I now am even more excited for the next films, which I didn’t think could happen.
Keep up the good work.
I finally sat and watched your much anticipated fifth instalment and, I have to say, that you did once again a brilliant job.
I will also compliment on your opening montage of Sansa’s story. The narration with the music and the intermediary scenes were a nice way to catch up with her journey from where we left her in the previous film, leaving out any unnecessary bits.
Overall, I liked that this film focuses mainly on what happens on the North and Beyond the Wall, following Jon in this very important part of his story, while summarizing Tyrion’s journey to Meereen. You also did an exceptional job on “un-cringing” the events in Dorne. That was a major issue for me on Season 5 and I am very happy with what you did.
Again, as in your previous films, the editing and the transitions were flawless. I took the time to make subtitles for this film (not in English though), so I think I took a good glimpse on how you managed some dialouges and plotlines, so once again I applaud your effort. Also, the addition of extra music was a nice touch that gave a more cinematic feel to the film.
If I had to nitpick, I found odd a certain transition somewhere around 01:57 in which Ollena chats with Margaery in King’s Landing and the scene cuts to Dorne. I wonder if that was a choise of yours or a mistake you didn’t notice. I would also have liked to have seen a bit more of the whole Faith Militant thing and what happened to Margaery in this film, but I am not complaining. 3 hours is a perfect runntime for this kind of projects and a man can only fit certain things into one narration.
Once again, great job. I am so grateful for your efforts and I am super pumped about the next instalment.
Well the finale was an unsatisfying mess. This is going to take a lot of work to sort it out! I honestly think an edit is the only way I’ll revisit the show. I start this evening……
Couldn’t agree more.
I was hoping for an episode without Grogu. I wanted his and Mando’s recomposition to be an exclusive Mandalorian moment and a more emotional one. There were some cool moments in this episode, but, to be honest, I didn’t even care about the whole fight.
If I were to make an edit out of this season perhaps I would make a film about Boba’s past and his attempts to bring peace in Mos Espa until Episode 5. And then another film (maybe Mandalorian 3) with Episodes 5-6-7. Although it would be an underwhelming Mandalorian film.
Very intersted to see how you will handle such material. Wish you all the luck.
The unfortunate thing is that we got a very messy Boba Fett series, but the fortunate one is that we will get a new Mandalorian edit sooner than we expected. 😛
Another option would perhaps be to wait for Season 3 of The Mandalorian to see if you can fit all the Mando stuff of The Book of Boba Fett with whatever happens then.
Anyway, I am sure after the last episode everything will be much more clear.
“Thank you for your work! From the very beginning, your idea to remake ““Stranger things”” for a horror movie of the 80s seemed very interesting to me, but I never got around to evaluating the result of your work. Last week I just reviewed all the seasons on https://yeahmovies.tv/putlocker. Therefore, I am ready to watch the available parts of full-length films. I will be happy to share my impressions soon. By the way, a new season is coming out this summer. Are you planning to make a movie based on it as well? It seems to me that a good horror teen drama would come out.”
Of course, I am looking forward to working on Season 4. And hopefully we can all share our ideas here when the time comes.
sounds very cool, I’d been meaning to watch this show but never got around to it. Would it be worth watching your edits instead?
You could watch the first film and see if this format is for you or if you would prefer a more episodic viewing.
As I said, I tried to capture the essence of the characters and all the important themes of the show.
My His Dark Materials edits are finally complete and ready for sharing.
The original post has been edited with new information about all three films.
Anyone who already has a link for the previous versions can find the complete set there, anyone who doesn’t and wish to check them out can send a request through PM.
The Penny Dreadfuls is a collection of fanedits based on the same name horror/drama/mystery television series featuring three seasons from 2014 to 2016.
The story is set in 19th-century London and follows Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), a mysterious clairvoyant, Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), a daring American gunslinger and Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), a former explorer of the African continent, as well as various characters from gothic fiction such as Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and Dracula, while taking a twist on mythical creatures such as vampires, werewolves and witches.
My goal was to create a series of feature-length films covering the main events of each season to serve as a recap for those who know and love the TV show or as a first time viewing for anyone who doesn’t want to invest that much time.
Since each season has 8-10 50 minutes episodes with various plots and fully fledged characters, it was certainly not an easy project. I wanted to cover as much as possible while focusing on fulfiling each character’s arc, yet maintinig a watchable runtime. Many scenes and subplots were removed or heavily trimmed and OST and SFX were used for smooth trantitions and montages.
This show has always been very special to me and I treated these edits with much love and respect.
That being said, the films that came up are certainly “not easy to watch”. If you find it difficult to watch extra long movies, maybe these edits are not for you. But if you don’t mind sitting back and enjoying films with beautiful cinemotography, rich set design, complex characters and beautifully written and brilliantly acted dialogues, elements of the series I didn’t want to lose, then I hope you will find something interesting in these edits.
Penny Dreadful: Something Within Us All
Runtime: 2hr 43min
Penny Dreadful: Fresh Hell
Runtime: 3hr 39min
Penny Dreadful: No Beast so Fierce
Runtime: 1hr 30min
Penny Dreadful: The Blessed Dark
Runtime: 3hr 18min
Something Within Us All and Fresh Hell cover Season 1 and 2 respectively, while Season 3 is split into two films. No Beast so Fierce covers solely the portion of Season 3 in New Mexico and it kind of serves as a short companion film and The Blessed Dark covers the main plot of Season 3 in London.
All four films are available through PM. Any kind of feedback would be much appreciated.
Ηello everyone and happy new year to all!
Version 3 of Stranger Things 2 and Stranger Things 3 are now available.
The first post has been modified covering all the changes.
Those who already have a link for the previous cuts should be able to check out the updated versions. Anyone who doesn’t have it and wish to watch all three films, can send me a PM.
In these new versions I tried to achieve better pacing, smoother transitions and a shorter runtime.
Of course, I am not a professional, but I can surely say that I am way more satisfied with my new effort on these Stranger Things edits.
including His Dark Materials and Penny Dreadful edits
any plans to post these as well?
Yes, early 2022 I guess.
I finally sat and watched your Bass Reeves Cut, and I loved it!
I was not one of those who loved the mini-series, but I surely liked it a lot. Watchmen covered many ambitious themes and ideas and it span through many rich plotlines. With your cut you managed to capture the most intersting plotline of the show and you delivered a storng and condensed story, as promised.
As far as a fanedit goes, it was flawless. There was not a single moment that I felt like I was watching a fanedit.
If I had to give some minor notes, I would suggest a different title card (maybe something more stylized) and perhaps getting rid of the very final shots of Angela which looked like a set-up for a potential sequel. But again, this is just nitpicking.
Great job, you really nailed it!
Hello everyone, a few updates.
Although this topic hasn’t been active, many people have been asking for my Stranger Things series-to-films edits (some of them providing great feedback) and I am really happy about that.
But I haven’t been quite happy about the quality of these edits for some time now. So, currently, after a lot of practice on simillar projects I haven’t shared yet (including His Dark Materials and Penny Dreadful edits), I am in the process of revisiting Stranger Things.
I have completed Stranger Things 3 with better pacing, smoother transitions and a shorter runtime cutting 20 minutes of the 3h and 22min film that originally was.
Now I am close on finishing Stranger Things 2 as well (I don’t know if I am going to redo the first film, I am actually quiet happy about that one) and here is where I need some help and advises.
Again my main goal is to achive better pacing and smoother transitions and, of course, a shorter runtime, the main issue being the whole plot with Eleven leaving Hawkins. Since it was an unpopular chapter that didn’t seem to affect the main plot, I am plannig to remove The Lost Sister episode again, resulting to a slightly shorter cut than the 3h and 5min cut that is currently sitting on.
However, since I am going for an even shorter cut, I am thinking of removing El’s visit to her mom as well. The film will follow Eleven until she finds Hopper’s files and then catch up with her again when she enters Will’s house, leaving her absence as a mystery. In this case, I will put together a new film (something like a companion film) which will follow Eleven’s journey outside of Hawkins where she finds her mom and Kali before reunite with the gang.
Which of the two versions you think would work better? Would you be intrested in a shorter Stranger Things 2 with a huge chunk of Eleven gone, plus a companion film, or do you think that leaving Eleven’s story out of it would affect the narration of the film?
Any kind of feedback or idea that I haven’t thought of would be much appreciated.
I just found about this as well! I would love to check out your edit, sounds really intersting.
Is this still ongoing?
Oh yes! It is actually 100% finished!
Unfortunately, I don’t currently have a way to share it with anyone. But this issue will definitely be resolved before the premiere of the next season.
This sounds interesting. I’d love to watch it if someone has a link.
You have some really exciting stuff here. I love the color correction and your take on Ron leaving.
I am curious to see what you are cutting out of your edit, since you are putting back some of the deleted scenes (many of which are crucial to the film).
Molly vs. Bellatrix:
(Would someone care to change the thread’s title to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Exodus”, please?)
Is there a way to remove Bellatrix getting chopped to pieces? I never liked that choice, since it is never established that Avada Kedavra can do that to a person. Also, it kind of takes away Voldemort’s “special way of dying”.
Anyway, keep up the good work and I will definetely be looking forward to check out the final result!
I wasn’t a big fan of Shazam, not that I didn’t like it, just wasn’t crazy about it when I saw it.
And definitely wasn’t a fan of the Superman scene, so… you got me at Black Suit Henry Cavill Superman!
Joke aside, having his face in the film is a huge thing, but that is certainly not the only great ascept of this edit.
Without all the forced or pointless jokes and cheesy bits, I felt that your edit had a logical and smooth pacing, nice transitions between added footage and above all I felt that I wasn’t missing anything that was left out of the original cut.
Great work, definitely a must upon re-watches!