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#960870
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Aalenfae's PREQUEL TRILOGY (Heavily delayed - computer exploded)
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Wow, didn’t realize there was such “recent” activity on this thread.
Sorry again for dropping of the face of the earth. Mithrandir’s ideas are - of course - excellent (Mithrandir, I’ll be messaging you later about some of that, actually!).

In other news…
My AotC edit is actually kinda done, but it requires a few further refinements after test-watching it with a few trusted friends. Due to my life happening harder and faster than expected, I greatly reduced the scope of these edits with the hope that I actually get them out someday. Attack of the Clones has been shortened by some 40 minutes, and it is much, much more watchable, but not as perfect as my full edit would have theoretically made it.

Check out my vimeo channel for a few “new” videos (as of 7 months ago) that hint at a few of the most radical changes I made to the film:
https://vimeo.com/aalenfae/videos

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#960860
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Aalenfae's Star Wars Video Essays
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Recently, I started making videos about some of my more unique or unconventional thoughts about Star Wars (and incidentally Star Trek), and thought this site would be a good place to get some good discussion going on some of these topics. I currently have 4 Star Wars videos:

-Was Rey Inspired By Nausicaa? (discussing similarities between The Force Awakens and Miyazaki’s “Nausicaa”)
-Is Obi-Wan a Hypocrite? (1/2 of discussion on “Only a Sith deals in absolutes”)
-How the Jedi Became Sith (2/2 of discussion on “Only a Sith deals in absolutes”)
-What is a Force Ghost?

The most recent question I had was “what is a Force ghost?” because… well… it’s actually kind of a weird aspect of the Star Wars universe when you actually think about it.
https://youtu.be/t8c9Pd1FXBA
Youtube Video

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#731934
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Aalenfae's PREQUEL TRILOGY (Heavily delayed - computer exploded)
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Thanks everybody! 

I only really got serious about backups in the past few months - right before the catastrophe. So some of my work (most of Episode I, and some pre-rendered stuff from Episode III) was saved. But all of Episode II and most of Episode III is gone. However, I'm not looking at this as a tremendous loss. Most of the time invested in these edits has been trial-and-error. Now that I know how I want to do most scenes, it won't take long to reconstruct them in new ways. And hopefully - I'll actually find better ways to do them now! 

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#731818
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Aalenfae's PREQUEL TRILOGY (Heavily delayed - computer exploded)
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I feel like a complete dweeb updating a months-old thread, but ... I'm back! 

Well, I'd like to say "I'm back!" and I was going to upload some new, awesome stuff I've been working on in my absence, but it turns out that lighting struck my computer (almost literally), and a great deal of my prequel edit work was lost. HOWEVER, that does not mean that I will stop the edits. It just means that they will take a lot longer than expected. I intended to do a surprise release around the summer, but they'll likely take several months longer than that (and will perhaps be a little less extreme, but we shall see!)

In the meantime, I'd like to officially say that I'm back from my long time away, and in the coming months, you can expect some more cool stuff coming your way! 

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#731815
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STAR WARS: REBELS - animated tv series - 2014-2018
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Going WAY back, I like how Tobar points out the visuals of "Droids in Distress." Utterly beautiful stuff, which I gushed all about in my review of the episode:
http://echenry.com/review-star-wars-rebels-droids-in-distress/

Concerning what Filoni said in the interview, I really like that they're not TOO focused on crossing-over with the characters from the feature films. Seeing R2, C-3PO, and Bail was fun, and I'm sure we'll see more cameos here and there, but probably not something that will become a staple with the show. Focusing on new characters is a definite step forward for Star Wars.

I just like that now, we have some characters that can actually SURPRISE us. With the Clone Wars, I knew every single time how it would come out. Obi-Wan's little romance with Satine? It had to end. Anakin and Ahsoka? It had to end. Obi-Wan, Anakin, Padme, and all the other characters from the films could only develop as far as they came in RotS, and that wasn't very far at all. So overall, there weren't many compelling character moments in the show. 

But with Rebels, every second is something totally new. I see new characters developing, and I get to learn more about them with each passing moment. It's fantastic. 

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#667021
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Aalenfae's PREQUEL TRILOGY (Heavily delayed - computer exploded)
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Glad you like it!
I always hated the miracle grappling hooks, too. And the random elevator problem. It's such a worthless little bit of cheap action. It only creates one problem. I need to show R2 getting captured in a new way.

 

And yeah, I'm pretty committed to redubbing Grievous. And we're thinking on the same wavelength here, haha. When I redub Grievous, his lines will definitely fit into the responses better and such. Redubbed Grievous and battle droids will give me a whole lot of freedom in the mood and weight of the scene. 

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#666998
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Aalenfae's PREQUEL TRILOGY (Heavily delayed - computer exploded)
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Hey guys! I know I said I wouldn't be posting, but I managed to get a hold of some software to do tests while I'm abroad.

http://vimeo.com/77598556 
Here's some random ideas I had for RotS.
Pay special attention to the beginning of the video, where I've edited the scene in such a way that we don't need the awful "ray shields!" scene. And Keep in mind that if I went this route, the battle droids and Grievous would be redubbed. 

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#665896
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ESB and ROTJ Wishlist
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Yeah, the Ewoks don't need to WIN, per se. And in the first few seconds of the battle - where they play mainly a diversion role -  I'd say they're fairly well-handled.

But for the rest of the time, I think instead of editing the super-effective and somewhat unbelievable traps out of the film, competent Ewok warriors can be edited in. They don't need to defeat the stormtroopers, but maybe we can at least see them as fairly capable. And not invincible. Only one or two Ewoks die on-screen, which makes them feel otherwise invincible, which is the main problem, I guess. 

 

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#665860
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ESB and ROTJ Wishlist
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I don't mean vicious like they're ripping off limbs and eating the stormtroopers or anything xD
I just mean to make them more dangerous and aggressive. Not just teddy bears jumping on top of the stormtroopers and killing them somehow. They have spears and arrows, for instance, yet we really only see ONE arrow do any damage. 

The stormtroopers are too wussy because the Ewoks are too invincible and have no credibility as combatants. If we add some shots of Ewoks being fearsome, as well as Stormtroopers being more effective at dispatching them, both problems are fixed.  

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#665603
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ESB and ROTJ Wishlist
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I was actually just recently wishing that somebody would get a hold of some good Ewok costumes and edit in some more dark ewok battle scenes. 

Have the Ewoks more vicious, and also have some more of them getting killed. That makes the battle a little more dire, and it also adds some credibility to the ewoks, who are no longer as cute, cuddly, and invincible. 

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#664732
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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Well, what I'd say to that is... he's definitely mouthing SOMEthing, and now that it's been seen, it cannot be unseen. Why would he mouth a three-syllable nothingness in response to Leia? 

It makes a lot of sense to move the line to fill in his random mouthed words, which... I dunno. Maybe he misspoke or something, and they cut that part out of the audio to save the take or something, hoping that nobody would notice (which I guess worked pretty well, haha). So even if the audio isn't out-of-sync, there's definitely some kind of awkward mouth movement that looks a lot like he's talking. 

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#664437
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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adywan said:

brimforge said:

why do them CGI - get out into the yard and catch some bugs and put em on film ;-)

When people are already complaining that there are creatures from our world on dagobah already? Adding more real life ones would start the ultimate shit storm, (well that and the fact that i'm going to kill off Lando of course)

They wouldn't need to be recognizable insects.
Just little specks illuminated by the light. This could easily be achieved by setting up a light bulb outside, waiting for some little speck-like bugs to show up, and filming them for a few seconds. Then just screen the footage in. Simple as that. There wouldn't be remotely enough detail for anybody to recognize them as "Earth" bugs.  

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#663151
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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We don't need to start a fight over something like this, LeadZero.
I'm sure everybody welcomes and enjoys seeing new ideas. But regardless of what people think of it, Adywan's already replied with his thoughts regarding the music of ESB, (and especially, through the many years of this project, his approach to ESB:R). The only thing sad about all this is when we can't accept our ideas getting shot down.

That being said - your idea might be great. Go and make a mockup of it and see how it works. But regardless of how well it works, as far as I understand, it will never work for Ady's ESB:R. 

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#663006
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STAR WARS: EP V &quot;REVISITED EDITION&quot;<strong>ADYWAN</strong> - <strong>AVAILABLE NOW</strong>
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I'm glad to hear that Ady will be taking out the Battle of the Heroes music from ANH. The main problem was that it doesn't in any way fit the musical style of ANH. However, I wouldn't mind that duel to be scored in SOME way. But that's just personal preference.

But I'd say that the biggest issue with William's music in the Prequels isn't that it's forgettable. The actual cues of the PT are probably more memorable to some degree. The Duel of the Fates and Across the Stars come to mind. The songs are very memorable. The problem is that those cues aren't inextricably LINKED with memorable moments. They're just songs pasted into the movie because they need to be there. That's the beauty of the OT, and especially the ESB score. The visuals and the music are so perfectly intertwined because they were designed for one another. You can listen to it and imagine every beat of the film. Every cut, every expression. You can't listen to the PT scores and experience the same thing, because William's music was cut up and pasted in to fit the editing. It was in no way the natural, intertwined score that we heard in the OT.

Williams is no worse a composer now than he was then.