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#1468073
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Stranger Things - Film Edition (Released)
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daseder said:

“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.

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#1466986
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The Penny Dreadfuls: TV-to-Film edits (Released)
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Heavysyde said:

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.

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#1465703
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The Penny Dreadfuls: TV-to-Film edits (Released)
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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.

ABOUT THE EDITS

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.

THE COLLECTION

FILM 1

Penny Dreadful: Something Within Us All

Runtime: 2hr 43min

FILM 2

Penny Dreadful: Fresh Hell

Runtime: 3hr 39min

FILM 3

Penny Dreadful: No Beast so Fierce

Runtime: 1hr 30min

FILM 4

Penny Dreadful: The Blessed Dark

Runtime: 3hr 18min

NOTE:

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.

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#1465524
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Stranger Things - Film Edition (Released)
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Αnnouncement

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.

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#1458971
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A Watchmen (HBO) edit that makes Hooded Justice's origin into a 2 hour movie - The Bass Reeves Cut (Released)
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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!

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#1458230
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Stranger Things - Film Edition (Released)
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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.

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#1437676
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: The Exodus Edition (a WIP)
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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).

CamSMurph said:

Molly vs. Bellatrix:
https://vimeo.com/568449410

(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!

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#1432272
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Shazam! The Magic Edition (Released)
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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!

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#1400059
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His Dark Materials: Film Edition (Released)
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chrisvilla said:

Watched the first one. What a great edit. There was just one scene which spanned the start/end of 2 episodes that jumped in time a bit too quick, but tbh I don’t know what else you could have done. Using the airship scene helped with it.

Overall, superb. Great focus on the Lyra story line and removal of all that Boreal and Will stuff which was just just there to pad it out for TV purposes. Can’t wait to check out your second edit! Great work.

Thanks a lot, my friend!
Looking back at it, there are some jump cuts I would definately fix and some other stuff I want to adjust, but if there is one thing I am sure and confident about is the the parts that I left out and overall the story I wanted to cover in this first film.

Thanks again for watching and I am looking forward to your review of the next installment.

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#1399438
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His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife (WIP)
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chrisvilla said:

I’ve only just discovered this edit-in-progress (and season 1) and am extremely excited to see. The series so far have been excellent, but struggled structure-wise to make it true to the book AND so that noobs to the story will want to tune in each week. And there’s no way you could condense the plot into 3 2-hour movies (ahem cough cough Golden Compass). Looking forward to seeing your first season edit (will PM) and especially this season!

Thank a lot!
Will’s origin was a tricky plot to pull off, that’s why I removed it completely.
And I think I am keeping it that way for this edit too. The viewer learns about Will’s past as Lyra is gathering information about it.

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#1399428
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His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife (WIP)
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HIS DARK MATERIALS: THE SUBTLE KNIFE

Since Series 2 of the BBC One/HBO show His Dark Materials ended, I started working on how these 7 episodes could work as a full-length movie.
(I’ve already broken Series 1 into two films which are still available through PM… although I am not quite happy with the end result and I am planning on re-doing them at some point).

THE PROBLEM & MY GOAL

While the series captures the essence of the beautiful themes and rich characters of Philp Pullman’s novels pretty well, pacing is a big issue throughout the episodes.
In this edit I intend to restructure some of the key plotlines and character moments, while keeping some of the greatest parts of the series and removing some of the parts that in my opinion didn’t work so well.
Since the series follows many characters in different places and worlds, my goal is to create one full-length film with cohesive chapters rather than present those plotlines simultaneously.
Ι used existing soundtrack and OST for merging scenes and smooth transitions and created two band new montages for the opening scene. I also added captions in every scene where a new location is introduced to give a better understanding of the different places and how they are connected.

CHANGELIST

SPOILERS AHEAD for those not familiar with the books or the series.

Restructured: Opening Scene

Sample: https://vimeo.com/496410584
password: fanedit1

Restructured: Lee meets the Witches.

Sample: https://vimeo.com/496415271
password: fanedit2

Restructured: Mrs Coulter interrogation of the captured witch.

Sample: https://vimeo.com/496445373

Removed: All Magisterium’s councils.
Removed: Most of Witches’ councils.
Removed: Dr Lanselius’ trial.
Removed: Will’s visit to his grandparents in Oxford.
Removed: Mrs Coulter and Thorold’s interaction.
Reduced: Lee arrives at Yenisei River and travels straight to Grumman’s cabin.

Sample: https://vimeo.com/496448353
(typo will be fixed)

Removed: Boreal’s henchman questioning Lyra in Mary Malone’s office. She just runs out of the elevator when he finds them.
Removed: Mary Malone’s family.
Removed: Serafina Pekkala’s daemon meeting with Iorek Byrnison.
Removed: Lyra and Will going to the movies in Oxford.
Removed: Boreal visiting Mary Malone’s office.
Restructured: Lyra and Will searching for the Tower of Angel’s entrance.
Removed: Will’s first attempt on using the Knife.
Removed: Tullio captured by the Specters.
Removed: Mrs Coulter in Will’s Oxford. We only meet her later when Will breaks into Boreal’s house.
Reduced: Lyra and Will planning their break in.
Reduced: Witches traveling with Lyra and Will.
Reduced: Mary Malone in Cittàgazze.
Restructured: Mrs Coulter and Boreal in Cittàgazze. Boreal dies from the Specters that Mrs Coulter summons.

Sample: https://vimeo.com/496603494

Removed: Mrs Coulter learning about Lyra’s destiny.
Restructured: Will meeting his father and Mrs Coulter finding Lyra.

The film is currently sitting on a 2hour and 57minutes runtime, which is fine by me, although it could loose 5-10 minutes. I didn’t want to split the series into two films again and I was trying to avoid the 3hour limit.
The project is in its editing process and I am very pleased with the result I am getting.
I am open to suggestions and/or notes and I will post an update as soon as my cut is ready.

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#1369978
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GAME OF THRONES - FILM IV (Released)
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Finally got to watch your cut. And I loved it as much as loved the previous.
The musical composition, the editing style, the dialogue trim, everything was at the high level I was expecting.

I have to say that this film may have been the least exciting for me, but that had nothing to do with your choises. It sort of felt like a Part 1 of a two parts story, since you’ve said you had been working on Film 5 parallelly, which makes me more excited for the next instalment.

Some minor notes:
I liked how you presented the events in Kings Landing with the wedding and Prince Oberyn’s arrival as well as Daenerys’ regime in Meereen. The only issue I may had was about Jaime’s and Bronn’s relationship. It seemed short and not fully-developed, which I guess progress further in the next film.
The events on the Wall and beyond the Wall were also well presented, but I wish we had seen more bits with Ygritte before the tragic event on the battle.

Again, I am a huge fan of what you are doing with these edits and I am super ecited for the next one,
Keep up the amazing work!

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#1338012
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Stranger Things - Film Edition (Released)
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Anakin Starkiller said:

In my books a film should never exceed 2 and 1/2 hours.

As I said that’s the perfect runtime for me too.
But in my books a film should also have structure, logic and continuity. And in this case I made the choice to sacrifice the runtime in order to achieve those goals.

So if for example Steve appears in the end of Film 1 with blood on his face, I can’t get rid of his stupid argument with Nancy because that’s where Jonathan comes and breaks his nose.

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#1337873
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Stranger Things - Film Edition (Released)
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ANNOUNCEMENT

I decided to revisit the whole project from the start, since I have not been happy with the final result for some time now. Many transitions between scenes were a bit rough and some plotlines may have not been quiet easy to follow.
Major adjustments accured on all three films for better pacing and a more immersive experience for first time viewers and fans alike. Naturally, this also made the movies a bit longer.

As soon as all three films are available for sharing I will post another announcement and update the original post with the new runtimes and changelists.

For now, I can share with you some of the changes I made for “Stranger Things 2”.
As some of you pointed, losing Eleven’s storyline may has not been the brightest choise. So, in this approach
I decided to include her whole arc insted of a flashback later on.
But this choice lead to a much longer final cut. So, in my current cut for “Stranger Things 2” I left out the whole Lost Sister plotline, since many viewers find it odd and hasn’t really anything to do with the overall story.

In order to justify some developments throught the movie, I made two new scenes.
The first one is a dream sequence at El’s mother’s house where she sees what happened back in Hawkins which leads to her return.
https://vimeo.com/411732825
(password: edit1)
The second one is an alterantion of Brenner’s voiceover while El is closing the Gate, replacing his footage from Kali’s illusion with scenes from Season 1 and including a brief appearance of El’s mother istead of Kali.
https://vimeo.com/411737234
(password: edit 2)

While I do believe that losing the Lost Sister plot makes a better movie, it surely creates a problem with El’s new punk look. I can only hope that Hopper’s comment about Aunt Becky giving her those clothes makes up for it.

Now, in case Kali returns in future seasons, I also made another cut with the whole Lost Sister plot in it.
In this cut, El travels to Illinois after finding out about her sister in her contact with her mother in Hopper’s cabin.
https://vimeo.com/411747304
(password: edit3)

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#1333391
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His Dark Materials: Film Edition (Released)
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Fated-Dualist said:

I love the logo and font used in the thread (though you may have spelled ‘Compass’ wrong?)

Some very agreeable choices that you have trimmed as well. I hope to get my hands on the blu ray soon, and when I do I’ll be in touch t oask if I can have gethold of a copy of this alluring edit.

Lol. Thanks, I didn’t even noticed that. I will edit the post.

I am excited for you to check my edit and give some feedback.

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#1329338
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His Dark Materials: Film Edition (Released)
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His Dark Materials is a fantasy drama television series based on the trilogy of novels of the same name by British author Philip Pullman.
The story is set in an alternative world where all humans’ souls manifest as animal companions called daemons and follows the life of a young orphan girl named Lyra who is living at Jordan College, Oxford, in a world governed by the Magisterium, a religious and political body. Lyra is said to be the subject of a witches’ prophecy that she will change the world. In her search for a missing friend, she uncovers a series of secrets that link to a mysterious substance called Dust, and meets a young boy named Will. Fate leads them both on a journey of epic proportions and ultimately to other worlds.

ABOUT THE EDITS

While the series captures the essence of the beautiful themes and rich characters of Philp Pullman’s novels pretty well, enhancing them with gorgeous imagery and well-composed music, Ι find that pacing was a big issue throughout the episodes.
In my edits I intend to restructure some of the key plotlines and character moments throughout a series of films, while keeping some of the greatest parts of the series and removing some of the parts that in my opinion didn’t work so well.

THE COLLECTION

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass
Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes

Τhe first film includes Episodes 1-3 of Series 1 and focuses on introducing the world, establishing the characters and exploring the relationship between humans and deamons. This film covers mainly Lyra’s life in Jordan College and London and the Gyptian’s attempts to find their missing children.

PLOT AND CHANGES

PART ONE: LYRA’S JORDAN

  • The film starts with Lord Asriel delivering baby Lyra to Jordan College during the Flood.

Note: The text in the beginning of Episode 1 served only as an exposition tool, which I didn’t like, so I got rid of it. I think it is better for the viewers to discover this world of humans and deamons by themselves, as well as Lyra’s role in the events to come.

  • Jump forward to Twelve Years Later where we follow Lyra, Pan and Roger in Jordan College. Lord Asriel visits Oxford to inform the scollars about his work, Lyra meets Mrs Coulter and the Gyptians organize the search for the missing children.

Note: Pretty much everything from Episode 1 is the same (including the opening credits where I added the “Golden Compass” subtitle) with some minor tweaks here and there.

PART TWO: THE GENERAL OBLATION BOARD

  • The film then follows Lyra to London where she bonds with Mrs Coulter.

Note: I removed their visit to the Royal Arctic Institute, as well as every scene of them on the terrace.

  • The Gyptians arrive at London as well to find the Gobblers’ lair where Roger and Billy once were. Lyra discovers Mrs Coulter’s unusual connection with her deamon and Lord Boreal searches Jordan College for clues about Dr Stanislaus Grumman before he crosses through the Window.

Note: This will be the only hint of the existance of other worlds in this or the next film. I just wanted to include the scene as teaser for the events in The Subtle Knife.

  • Father MacPhail vistis Mrs Coulter and Lyra learns the truth about Lord Asriel. Farder Coram and John Faa inform Ma Costa about their failed mission and Lyra and Pan decide to break into Mrs Coulter’s office to discover what she is hiding.

Note: Lyra finds some documents about the General Oblation Board and the Station, but nothing about the machine that cuts “something”. The original scene gave up too much and I always thought it was weird that Lyra couldn’t connect the dots.

  • At the party, Lyra learns the truth about the Gobblers and Mrs Coulter and escapes from the flat. The children are getting ready for the North and Lyra gets captured.

Note: We never learn what happens to the reporter at Mrs Coulter’s party, we just know that Boreal “took care of her”.

PART THREE: THE SPY

  • Mrs Coulter goes to Jordan College where she learns about the Alethiometer that Lyra possess. Back in London, the Gyptians save Lyra and take her with them. Mrs Coulter is in destress and Lyra arrives at the Gyptians’ council.

Note: A huge chung of Episode 3 and Lyra’s time with the Gyptians has been removed. Lyra never learns that the Gyptians always knew about her father, the State Police invading Gyptains’ boats is only mentioned during the council and Ma Costa reveals the identity of Lyra’s mother way later in the film.

  • Mrs Coulter sends her Spy-Flies to find Lyra and Tony with Benjamin break into Mrs Coulter’s apartment. Lyra finds out how the Alethiometer works and shares her secret with Farder Coram.
    Tony arrives back at the camp where he tells everyone about Benjamin’s fate. Lyra runs away before Ma Costa reaches her and tells her about her origins. The Gyptians travel to Trollesund and the Spy-Fly returns to Mrs Coulter.

Note: I kept the identity of Lyra’s mother hidden until the end of the film to serve as the last big reveal that changes her point of view for the events to come.

His Dark Materials: Northern Lights
Runtime: 2 hours 34 minutes

The second film includes Episodes 4-8 of Series 1 and covers Lyra’s journey into the Far North.
The main story remains pretty much the same as presented in the series, except the complete removal of Boreal and Will Parry.

PLOT AND CHANGES

PART ONE: TROLLESUND

  • The film starts with Lee Scoresby and the Gyptians arriving at Trollesund followed by the opening titles with the “Northern Lights” subtitle in the title card.
    Farder Coram and Lyra visit the witches’ consul with the hope of contacting Serafina Pekkala. After his failed attempt to find his old friend Iorek, Lyra meets Lee and Serafina Pekkala’s deamon finds Farder Coram and John Faa to tell them about the location of the missing children. Meanwhile, Lee finally talks to Iorek.

Note: No conflict between Farder Coram and the witches’ consul about their mission, he and Lyra go straight to his basement where the consul tells them about Iorek Byrnison, but not where to find him. Lyra’s first encounter with Iorek is removed, as well as the whole backstory of Farder Coram with Serafina Pekkala.
Mrs Coulter’s plots with the Magisterium have also been removed.

  • The next morning, Lyra learns about Iorek’s lost armour. She finds him and asks the Alethiometer where it is hidden. After regaining his armour, Iorek and Lee join the Gyptians’ mission. Mrs Coulter visits King Iofur Raknison on Svalbard and togehter they plot Asriel’s capture.

PART TWO: SOME SORT OF GHOST

  • As the Gyptians travel North, John Faa asks Lyra to use her Alethiometer to learn more about Bolvangar. The Alethiometer also tells her about a ghost in a fishing village nearby. Lyra and Iorek travel there, where she finds Billy Costa.

Note: As the Alethiometer spins, I added a brief montage of Bolvangar and the village. Also, Lyra doesn’t report to Coram or Ma Costa about going there. One plothole that came up during the editing process is the fact that Lyra acts like she knows about her father being held by the bears when she talks to Iorek. I can only hope that it is implied that the Gyptians learned about it from Serafina Pekkala’s deamon and told Lyra.

PART THREE: BOLVANGAR

  • After Billy’s funeral, some men enter the camp, capture Lyra and take her to Bolvangar. At the dining hall of the Station, Lyra sees Roger.

Note: The whole scene with Dr Cooper and Lyra at the Station has been removed and a voiceover of Lyra realizing that the place she is being taken to is Bolvangar has been added when she sneaks a peek out of her trap. In a voiceover later, when she is being escorted to the dining hall, she introduces herself as Lizzie Brooks.

  • Lyra and Roger find the room with the cutoff deamons. The next day, Mrs Coulter arrives at the place while the Gyptians travel to save Lyra. At the dining hall, Lyra explains her plan to escape, before the doctors take her to the room with the cutting machine. There, Mrs Coulter finds her and takes her to her chambers. She tells her that she knows about the Alethiometer and Lyra escapes once more, initiating her escaping plan. The Gyptians arrive at the Station, save Lyra and the children, while Mrs Coulter is hiding from the fight.

Note: Not much have been changed here storywise. A scene with Dr Cooper and Dr Rendal has been removed, as well as the scene of Ma Costa killing a guard durig the fight. Also, I removed the scene of Mrs Coulter killing the nurse after the battle.

PART FOUR: KING OF THE BEARS

  • Lyra, Roger and Iorek travel out of the Station with Lee’s balloon. On the ground, the Gyptians sort out the severed children as they continue on their way back to Brytain. The same night, the balloon is attacked by Cliff-ghasts and during the fight Lyra falls off the balloon. When she wakes up, Lyra is being taken to King Iofur Raknison’s palace, where she meets a prisoner who tells her that her father has taken Iofur with his side. Lyra meets Iofur and persuades him to challenge Iorek into a fight. Iorek arrives at the palace and kills Iofur, taking his place as the King. Later, Lyra rejoins Roger and she decides to take the Alethiometer back to her father. Mrs Coulter learns that Asriel is continuing his experiments in his laboratory and she prepares an army. Lee is safe on the ground.

PART FIVE: THE TEAR IN THE SKY

  • Lyra, Roger and Iorek arrive at Asriel’s house, where she tells him that she knows the truth about him. Later that night, when Roger is asleep, Arsiel explains to Lyra everything about Dust and his plans. Mrs Coulter and her troops arrive there as well, only to find nobody inside. Asriel has taken Roger and Lyra with Iorek and the rest of the bears follow them up the mountain, where the are being attacked by the Magisterium’s airships. Asriel opens a portal to another world, killing Roger, while Lyra is watching. Lyra mourns the death of her friend and decides to follow Asriel into the portal to learn more about Dust and why it is so important. As she enters the portal, a young boy in another world, Will, finds a window and they both travel to an unknown world.

Note:
Again the main events following Lyra are here. I removed completely Thorold, the first encounter of Asriel and Roger, Lyra and Roger talking before sleep and a scene between Mrs Coulter and MacPhail on the zeppelin. Will’s first appearance is right at the end of the film, where he finds the window. It is obvious by his clothes that he is from a different world and the police sirens inidcate that he is on the run. Anything important that we need to know about him is being reaveled in the next film.

His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife
Runtime: 2 hour 54 minutes

Unlike the previous films, this one covers the entirety of Series 2.
The film follows Lyra in a new world, Mrs Coulter’s attempts to find her, Lee’s journey and the war between the Witches and the Magisterium. We also meet Will Parry for the first time.

PLOT AND CHANGES

PROLOGUE

  • The film starts with Episode 4’s narration of the history of the city of Cittàgazze and the origins of the Subtle Knife.

Note: Though it is pure exposition, that scene was so beautifully filmed I couldn’t lose it, so I placed it as the prologue of the film. Footage from the original prologue were used later in the film for other porpuses.

  • After the history lesson, I put together a brand new montage following the aftermath of the Northern Lights events. Airships are surrounding Asriel’s laboratory and Mrs Coulter is looking at photographs of Lyra. Inside the empty laboratory, we take a close look at the window through which the tear in the sky can be seen, then cut to black. A voice calls for Lyra and we see her waking up in a new world. She and Pan travel through the forrest, until they reach the city in the sky. Cut to the opening titles with the “Subtle Knife” subtitle.

PART ONE: CITTAGAZZE

  • Lyra and Pan enter the city of Cittàgazze. They wonder around the empty streets until they find a cafe. There, they meet Will, a boy from another world who doesn’t have a daemon. Lyra runs away scared. While sitting by the sea, Will finds them and they agree to stay together. They search the abandoned city and find two sisters, Angelica and Paola, who inform them about the Specters, creatures that only adutls can see.

Note: As said above, I wanted to create small chapters inside the film covering the characters and their arcs at their location. So unlike Episode 1 of the series, we see Lyra and Will’s first contact uninterrupted.

  • Lee Scoresby travels to meet the Witches. He tells Serafina Pekkala about his plan to find a man named Stanislaus Grumman who thinks he can help him protect Lyra. Queen Ruta Skadi arrives to inform them that the Magisterium captured a sister witch.

Note: After Lee arrives at Lake Enara, we see the Witches flying to their lair, a scene taken from the original prologue. Before Ruta Skadi’s arrival, I put a close-up scene of her flying through the rain.

  • Back at Cittàgazze, Will and Lyra are chatting when they realize that there are two Oxfords, one in Will’s world and one in Lyra’s. Lyra wants to visit Will’s Oxford with the hope to find more about Dust. Later that night, the Alethiometer tells Lyra that Will is a murderer, while he reads a letter from his absent father.
    At Svalbard, Mrs Coulter interrogates the captured witch, asking her about Lyra. While she is telling her about the proghecy, Queen Skadi arrives and kills the Cardinal.

Note: There were two interrogation scenes which I merged into one.

PART TWO: WILL’S OXFORD

  • The next morning, Will and Lyra cross the window through Will’s Oxford. At Geneva, after the Cardinal’s funeral, Father MacPhail asks for elections. While discovering the new Oxford, Lyra visits a museum where the Alethiometer tells her to find a scholar in St Peter’s Univercity. Before leaving, she meets Lord Boreal who introduces himself as Charles. Meanwhile, Will visits his mother who he has left alone. Lyra finds the scholar, Mary Malone, and tells her about Dust and the Alethiometer. Dr Malone takes her to the Cave, a machine through which she studies Dark Matter. Later on, Will and Lyra meet at the Botanic Gardens where Will tells her that he accidentally killed an intruder and now the police is looking for him.

  • In Geneva, the Magisterium elect Father MacPhail as the new Cardinal and attack the land of the Witches. Mrs Coulter goes to MacPhail and tells him that she is going in search of her daughter.

Note: We don’t see Boreal until he meets with Lyra. I removed the Witches talking about the Cardinal, Dr Lanselius’ trial, Mary Malone talking to her colleague , Will visiting his grandparents and Mrs Coulter talking to Thorold. It is assumed that Mrs Coulter makes the decision to search for Lyra after the witch’s interrogation, not becauese Thorold told her so.

PART THREE: THEFT

  • The next day, Lyra decides to go to Will’s Oxford by herself, leaving Will in Cittàgazze. Will wakes up and searches the place for Lyra. He discovers Angelica staring at the city’s tower where she tells him about the Guild.
    At Will’s Oxford, Mary warns Lyra that a detective was looking for her. A strange man finds them both and Lyra runs away before she comes across Boreal who offers to give her a lift with his car.
    Back at Cittàgazze, Will finds a note Lyra left for him. Back inside Boreal’s car, Lyra tells him to stop and gets out. Sorty after she reallizes that he stole her Alethiometer. Will finds Lyra crying, where she tells him what happened. Meanwhile, Mary finds a way to communicate with the Cave.
    Later that night, Will and Lyra go to Boreal’s house and ask for the Alethiometer back. He tells them that he needs a knife that is hidden in Cittàgazze’s tower and they make a deal.

Note: In this chapter the narration is shifting between Oxford and Cittàgazze for a more suspenseful viewing.
Mary Malone is not shown in her office and her meeting with the detective has been removed. Lyra doesn’t talk with him either. When he finds them in the elevator, there is a jump cut of Lyra storming out of Mary’s office, which appears like she is getting out of the elevator. Will and Lyra at the movies has also been removed.

PART FOUR: JOPARI

  • In the North, Stanislaus Grumman uses a ring to summon Lee Scoresby to him and Lee finds himself above the Yenisei River. He makes his way by boat until Grumman’s daemon leads them to him.

Note: Lee’s visit at the Samirsky Hotel and his investigation about Grumman have been removed. So did Mrs Coulter’s talk with him. The scene between Iorek and Serafina Pekkala’s daemon has also been removed.

  • Back at Cittàgazze, Will and Lyra are looking for an entrance to the tower. They find a door nearby and they break in. Meanwhile, Lee and Grumman (aka Jopari) talk about Lyra, the Knife and Asriel’s plans.
    Back inside the tower, Will and Lyra find Giacomo Paradisi the original owner of the Subtle Knife. There, Will fights Tullio (Angelica’s brother) for the Knife and he loses two of his fingers. After waking up in Giacomo’s chambers, Paradisi teaches Will how to use the Knife to open and close windows to other worlds. Then he climbs up the tower to end his life, as his fate is complete now that Will is the new bearer of the Subtle Knife.

Note: Boreal doesn’t visit Mary’s office and Paradisi’s talk with Will and Lyra has been trimmed. Jopari agreeing to follow Lee has been removed, since it is implied later on. The Witches’ meeting has also been removed.

  • In Lyra’s Oxford, Mrs Coulter meets with Boreal where he tells her that he has Lyra, before taking her to the window near Jordan College (from the first film). Lyra and Will come up with the plan to steal the Alethiometer without losing the Knife. Jopari gets into Lee’s balloon and the fly off to find Lyra. Meanwhile, Mary is finally communicating with the Dark Matter. Back in Svalbard, Serafina Pekkala attacks the Magisterium’s airship and crosses through the tear in the sky.

PART FIVE: THE MISSION

  • In Cittàgazze, Will and Lyra discuss opening windows into Boreal’s house. The Angels tells Mary that she must find the entrance to Cittàgazze and save the kids. Meanwhile, Will and Lyra find Angelica and Paola mourning over Tullio, who has been attacked by the Specters, blaming them for his fate.
    The same night, Will and Lyra prepare for their mission. Lyra goes to Boreal and Will cuts a window inside his house. Will tries to grab the Alethiometer, but Mrs Coulter caughts him. Lyra meets her mother and Will fights Boreal. Eventually, they both escape with the Alethiometer and the Knife.
    In Will’s Oxford, Mary finds the window, decives the guard and enters Cittàgazze.

Note: Mrs Coulter’s time in Will’s Oxford has been removed. We first see her when she finds Will in Boreal’s house. The Magisterium’s meetings have also been removed, as well as any scenes with Mary in her house.

PART SIX: THE RESCUE

  • In Cittàgazze, Will’s hand is getting worse, while Angelica with Paola and other children come after him and Lyra as they hide on the roof where Serafina Pekkala saves them.
    Lee with Jopari also arrive at the tear in the sky and Mrs Coulter with Boreal cross the window from Oxford to Cittàgazze. Mary finds Angelica and Paola and promises to lead them to a safe place. Up in the air, Jopari talks to Lee about his family. On the ground, Serafina treats Will’s wounds.
    Lee and Jopari fly above the city of Cittàgazze and Serafina talks with Will about Lyra. In the city, Mrs Coulter discovers that she can control the Specters and sends them to kill Boreal. The same night, Lee’s balloon gets attacked by the Magisterium’s airships and Lyra, Will and the Witches confront the Specters. After Lee and Jopari crash to the ground, Will wakes up from a nightmare.

Note: Mary’s time in Cittàgazze has been trimmed significantly (we first see her when see finds Angelica and Paola) as well as Lyra’s and Will’s course through the jungle. Mrs Coulter’s and Boreal’s exploration of Cittàgazze has also been trimmed substantially. I also took the liberty to create a new scene that changes parts of the narrative. Mrs Coulter doesn’t poison Boreal, instead she summons the Specters to kill him. We never see him actually dying, but we hear the Specters attacking. Later, we see him dead at the cafe.

PART SEVEN: BELOVED SON, BELOVED DAUGHTER

  • On the ground, we see that Lee and Jopari have survided the fall and Ruta Skadi reports to Serafina about Asriel. Lee and Jopari have a gunfight with the Magisterium’s troops in which Lee takes a severe hit and urges Jopari to leave him. Before his last breath, he calls for Serafina. Mary leads Angelica and Paola to the safety of their parents campsite and she begins her journey. While Serafina is off to find Lee, Will finally finds his father, Jopari, before a trooper shoots him down. Mrs Coulter finds Lyra sleeping and kidnaps her, while Serafina finds Lee’s body. Voiceover of Asriel’s speech until we see him speaking to the Angels.

Note: The scene where Ruta Skadi finds the Cliff-ghast has been removed, as well as part of Mary’s journey. In the final scenes before the epilogue, some lines of dialogue have been reomved and Mrs Coulter finding Lyra has been moved right after Jopari’s death.

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