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#1296785
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The Prequel Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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snooker said:

https://streamable.com/rfpe0

Playing around with sound design in the Anakin vs. Obi-Wan fight. I feel like removing the score and just hearing them go at it makes it much more powerful and less stupid to watch.

Removing the score entirely is a mistake in my opinion if you want power, that music really is some of the best of the prequels, could it be within a longer sequence punctuated by score like the trench run in ANH?

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#1296487
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Star Wars - Episode IV: The Heir of Skywalker
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IlFanEditore said:

That looks sooo good! What did you apply?

Appreciate it, I think it’s a really good idea to match the falcon with TFA, I eyeballed as I went through a few layers (no masking) mostly using selective color and shifting around the magentas blues and reds, it’s also a bit darker, sorry to say I was working on the fly so I can’t get more specific, I got there by keeping my focus on top of R2, Han and the floor/chess table stand.

The biggest issue is applying any changes non-destructively, with the lower res jpegs it’s difficult changing anything without picking up artifacts, did my best to avoid.

JEDIT: I couldn’t help myself and made it a little brighter (maybe too bright) and closer to TFA levels, it’s also aumsing to me how just a slight color change really makes ANH look so much more like a Disney movie.
falcon redux

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#1295304
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Small details that took you <em><strong>FOREVER</strong></em> to notice in the <em>Star Wars</em> films
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yotsuya said:

When the Imperial officer comes in to tell Vader and Tarkin that Dantooine is not the Rebel base, Vader’s dialog toward the end of the scene doesn’t line up to his hand gesture.

This has always been a favorite of mine, those little moments only make ANH more endearing to me.

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#1294964
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Small details that took you <em><strong>FOREVER</strong></em> to notice in the <em>Star Wars</em> films
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Here’s an audio detail that I only picked up on after my most recent watch of ANH:
when the band starts up their second song you can hear the other cantina patrons applaud in recognition.

I guess I was always too distracted by the band to notice, but I’m happy even a rough area like Mos Eisley still has enough culture that can recognize and appreciate some jazz standards.

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#1294897
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Knights of the Old Republic - Duel of the Fates <strong>(aka the 1.37 3 in 1)</strong>
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Thanks for the input! I have considered dropping the subtitle and it comes down to the opening crawl. I will post a few variations before rewriting my own crawl to see what feels just right, I thought about including episode numbers or even defining them as chapters, but I landed on the subtitle because it was my original name for the edit and it just sums up the themes of the story, where Knights is really more of a logo like Star Wars to give an impression of the setting. I also don’t mind if anyone else shortens it or just calls it Knights or DotF, or the square one…

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#1294849
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Knights of the Old Republic - Duel of the Fates <strong>(aka the 1.37 3 in 1)</strong>
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DISCLAIMER: This edit is in the very early stages, I’ll be updating this thread with further details as it develops. Images are meant to represent a proof of concept.

DotF

“For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times, before the Empire…”

Hello all! After a good amount of time here not to mention years spent as a lurker within the greater fanedit community I felt encouraged and inspired enough to present my own take on the prequels.

Mission Statement

  • My intention is to create a 3-in-1 non-linear standalone prequel story, one that could be seen cold in place of a marathon. Where we witness the fall of Anakin and the republic, the journey of Obi-Wan, and the end of a bygone era through the life and death of Queen Amidala, hopefully within a 2hr 15minute runtime.

  • If the title seems jarring, that’s on purpose. With all the existing edits and fanedits in the making, most of the best corrective story changes have already been addressed. I will be building off of a few of those suggestions, but I’ve wanted to try something that would be a shift in presentation, as a way of looking back on the PT with fresh eyes. Personally I don’t think you can bend the prequels into the pace and style of the OT, they’re just too different. Though many have warmed to the prequels, myself included, the two trilogies still feel distinctly separate. So rather than fight this I plan to lean in on those differences and highlight the best of them. To take things even further I’m dropping the name Star Wars altogether, because it’s really a prologue to the ‘star wars’ anyway, so that’s where you get Knights of the Old Republic, two distinct eras.

  • I’ve also chosen as a major style decision in the same spirit to present this era visually in 1.37 aspect ratio, also known as academy ratio (examples below). This is for multiple reasons, the first is practical, by cropping roughly 25% at minimum for almost every given frame not only do I have more personal control over where to direct focus, I have more cutting room to space out timing, create new coverage, and so on. Second, I feel the PT better suits an older cinematic style, at its best the dramatic highs are Shakespearean, the intimacy of the tighter shots can really be compelling against the melodrama, there are also a fair amount of full body wide shots that support this composition nicely.

I’ll also be doing my own color adjustments but that will be one of the final steps.

Wow, feels like a mouthful and still I’ve barely said anything! Here is where I’ll gradually update with a cut list of all the changes I make: TBD

Challenges

  • Cohesion is key, the goal is a clean edit that could be enjoyed and understood by someone who had no prior engagement with the prequels (unlikely, but it’s the principle of the thing!).

  • Making the style not clash with the material, making a bad pan&scan.

1.37

Any thoughts, feedback, contributions or questions are appreciated, thank you for taking the time.

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#1294668
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If you could change one thing about every movie, what would it be?
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TPM: Older Anakin for sure
AotC: More Dooku as a fallen Jedi
RotS: Grievous is Maul
ANH: Instead of the landspeeder, have Luke flying a T-16 on Tatooine, not just playing with the model
TESB: Luke’s cave vision on Dagobah happens in more of an abandoned overgrown ancient temple
RotJ: more from established Leia-Luke force connection
TFA: more Poe/Finn/Rey as a trio
TLJ: Snoke disappears after he dies (no canto bight was too easy)

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#1294427
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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations
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Sides being judged by their strawmen has to stop, for the most part everyone has been pretty even keel sharing their perspectives, I think the state of heated conjecture comes from a real place and I wouldn’t dismiss it by pointing to the most extreme ends that neither even believe in (IX will flop/ST hasn’t polarized some fans).

This stuff is like predicting the weather, we’re all pouring over our information, we’ll all have a slightly different idea of what it means for the future, none of us will know (always in motion is the future) what the true results will be until we see it. I’d add if this were a board room meeting of executives and market research consultants nobody would be calling heresy when a member raised concerns.

Anyway back to the numbers, I want numbers! I haven’t seen them since page 3. Going for opening weekend here,
based on TFA ($247mil) and TLJ’s ($220) openings I want to say TRoS will find itself right between them at around $235 million.

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#1294190
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The Prequel Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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TK42-WAN said:

rotoscoping Anakin out of the Maul/ Qui-Gon confrontation and replacing Qui-Gon with Obi-Wan when Anakin leaves his mother (this scene would now serve as part of the closing montage of the movie. Thoughts?

I like the recontextualizing of Anakin in spirit and I dream of a proper first Maul encounter without Anakin at all, but I worry that without some found extended material there isn’t enough to have a remaining sequence, that might be the bigger problem the further down the rabbit hole this goes the more elaborate the solutions will be.

On a semi related note is anyone here already thinking of how they may incorporate the hours of new material we will be getting once the Kenobi show hits?

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#1294160
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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations
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yotsuya said:
There pieces in there, but a great deal that is new and fresh. Too much is being made of a few things.

This is where I feel it comes down to personal opinion and your mileage may vary.

yotsuya said:
And I begin to get the feeling that TROS is going to rewrite our understanding of things that have happened so far in the ST.

I think so too, TFA planted the seed, TLJ invoked Rashomon, and I see TRoS as the last piece to connect the puzzle. https://youtu.be/bxU2eqZtYmc?t=6

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#1294151
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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pleasehello said:

act on instinct said:

I liked a few things, namely the scope. Felt like that grandeur has been missing after all the emphasis on real sets and practical effects, I want the huge CGI festival or whatever that was, make the worlds big and spectacular again it’s 2019 nobody cares anymore as long as it’s not cg faces. If TRoS is to be a grand finale I want it to be big.

I care. Bigger is not necessarily better. In my opinion, the simple imagery of the single Star Destroyer flyover at the beginning of Star Wars is grander and more intimidating that 100 Star Destroyers in a lightning storm.

Obviously it’s going to be a big finale, but the overuse of big bombastic effects whether CGI or otherwise becomes boring really quickly.

Fully understand, and I agree with the point on the Star Destroyers, felt the same about Starkiller. Still, I mean more set extension type stuff, not so much Michael Bay explosions in my face, but vivid living alien worlds now that they won’t look as uncanny like the CGI of 2002. I think because of the prequels the sequels resisted going too far out in that direction at first and it held TFA back from being a true new generation Star Wars, that’s what I’m looking for.

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#1294144
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Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker - Discussion * <strong><em>SPOILER THREAD</em></strong> *
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I liked a few things, namely the scope. Felt like that grandeur has been missing after all the emphasis on real sets and practical effects, I want the huge CGI festival or whatever that was, make the worlds big and spectacular again it’s 2019 nobody cares anymore as long as it’s not cg faces. If TRoS is to be a grand finale I want it to be big.

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#1294143
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The Rise of Skywalker box office results: predictions and expectations
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yotsuya said:

And while the song you bring up is not one I really care for, it was a #1 hit.

I think a lot of this really is about taste. I don’t care for Avatar but as you brought it into the mix I feel like the same logic you’ve used could all be said in defense of that movie, that maybe it seemed the same to you but there were a lot of new innovations, and it was a very compelling event at the time that felt fresh to many. Even when you say pulling characters directly from other films I think that’s getting back to the same finger pointing you could dish back at ANH.

yotsuya said:

That is TFA. You see the similarity, but the rest is something else.

Somewhere in the middle there’s complete agreement here, that you can see something similar (which we have been over also isn’t inherently bad but that’s where I’m calling taste), but from there it has its own path, own new characters. For myself that new path is still fairly undefined and the ratio of similar to new leaned too far into the former category, the combination making it difficult to follow the ST as its own story.

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#1293969
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The Mandalorian - Star Wars Live action TV series : <strong>NO SPOILERS</strong>
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This video clip contains 7 minutes of footage from The Mandalorian, so… SPOILERS - https://youtu.be/l0dhPm3vbyE

This clip may be down by the time anyone here can see it but eventually it will be seen, I’m not too surprised to see the amount of references shown especially as it is a sneak peak, but I hope to see the show come into more of its own once he actually goes on some bounty hunts. Of course it’s a treat to see Herzog. 😃

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#1293922
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The Rise of Skywalker Crackpot Theories Thread
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Adding to the list of TRoS threads, there’s already a proper discussion thread to talk leaks and official promotional material before December 20th. This is the thread to throw out any baseless speculation, half baked guesses, personal wish fulfillment, gut suspicions without any citation to back it up. Hopefully a lighter thread, not to be taken too seriously and is not about accuracy. Be creative!

4 to get the ball rolling -

  • Rey is a gender swapped Kylo clone (twin AND clone!)
  • Jar Jar is a key to all of this
  • The Falcon is irreparably destroyed by the end of the movie
  • The Emperor and “The Oracle” are one in the same