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#1448676
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Harry Potter Immersed - The Jim Dale Audiobook Collection (Released)
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First off just wanted to give a huge shoutout to Master Lawdog and his excellent Enhanced Editions - https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/harry-potter-enhanced-editions-audiobooks-released/id/79659

For the past couple years I’ve basically been doing the same thing, but with the Jim Dale versions of the audiobooks instead of the Stephen Fry ones. Now you can have a choice between the two versions. I’ve just finished the final book so the whole series is now complete!

I’ve gone through each Harry Potter audiobook and placed music from the movies throughout each chapter, enhancing scenes and highlighting key moments. I’ve used music from all of the movies across each book, but mainly focusing on each individual books’ music to bridge the gap between the movies and books as best I could. As the books got longer there were many scenes that were not present in the movies, so I started using music from the official video games to fill in those sections, and they matched beautifully with the rest of the music. Alongside the music I also added a light touch of sound effects, nothing too overbearing, and ambient tracks that really help to immerse you in the stories.

Here is a preview of The Prisoner of Azkaban:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov7KfL3I_Zo

And here is a preview of The Goblet of Fire:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJa1_lGNk0w

PM me for a link

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#1436216
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Harry Potter and the Magical Touch of Editing (Released)
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I think that particular scene does break some of the serious tension happening, but with how it plays out and leads into McGonagall talking to Harry I don’t know how I’d remove it. I guess I don’t really mind that scene though.

The only thing I really wanted to change, and I might go back and try again, was the Harry flying through the air with Voldemort during their fight, and blending into each other. I liked most everything else about the movie though.

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#1411030
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Harry Potter and the Magical Touch of Editing (Released)
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I’ve always loved the Harry Potter books, but the movies have been pretty hit or miss for me. I watched Anjohan’s Revisited edits and found the tighter pacing so much more immersive, but they weren’t exactly what I was hoping for. I want to emphasize how fantastic his edits are!

The Revisited edits are excellent for what they are trying to be - more consistent darker tone for each movie, using music from the whole series throughout, adding more emotion through the music, keeping locations consistent, and tightening the pacing. But I wanted to make a new set of edits for a few reasons. I think a lot of the music doesn’t blend too well between movies, and I personally like how the earlier movies are a lot brighter and then darken as the years go on. Another issue I had was removing world-building magic to tighten the pacing. This kept the movie times shorter but I think it lost some of the fun.

So with all of that out of the way, I used Anjohan’s edits as heavy inspiration (often taking exact edits, especially with GoF), took some deleted scenes straight from JJPotters Extended Editions, and made a new series of edits.

My main goals:

  • Create light edits that don’t try to reimagine or create anything new, but rather just enhance the original movies
  • Remove small annoyances and some poor performances (Harry shushing Ron, Barty Crouch Jr tongue flicks, dumbing down Hagrid, etc)
  • Retain as much world building as possible (Clock in the Weasley’s home, monster roar at housekeeping in PoA, etc)
  • Keep the original music to their own movies, except for a few rare occasions
  • Tighten up action wherever I could
  • One last callout to Anjohan(Andreas), and JJPotter. I took a lot from their edits to make my own

If you are interested in watching, PM me.


Full list of edits:

Sorcerer’s Stone:

Original - 2:24 (2:32 with credits)
Edit - 2:20 (2:27 with credits)

  • Used the extended edition as a base
  • Trimmed Dumbledore turning out the streetlights so many times
  • Trimmed Dudley jumping down the stairs on top of Harry’s room
  • Trimmed some of the mail arriving section so it’s not so long
  • Trimmed Hagrid breaking down the door
  • Cut Hagrid thinking Dudley was Harry
  • Kept Hagrid and Harry’s train ride but trimmed a bit of the end
  • Trimmed Harry meeting Quirrell
  • Cut Hagrid fumbling for Harry’s key to the vault
  • Added some music to Harry asking about Voldemort and also cut Hagrid not being able to write it
  • Cut Hagrid saying that Voldemort is still out there instead of dead
  • Added Apparate sound effect when Hagrid leaves Harry at the station
  • Cut Malfoy trying to extend a hand to Harry. He just bullies them a bit and it’s over
  • Kept Snape’s alternate potions class but trimmed the end
  • Trimmed the first flying lesson a bit for the bad CGI and unnecessarily long scenes
  • Added a tiny bit of music when the trio meet Fluffy and escape. Also trim it so they don’t push the door closed with the dog pushing against them
  • Harry doesn’t say “I like this ball”
  • Cut Harry saying they need another feather
  • Cut Hermione telling Ron how to swish and flick when he saves Harry from the troll
  • Cut Quirrell freaking out about the Troll roaring after being knocked out
  • Cut Snape telling Harry good luck in Quidditch
  • Cut most of Harry doing nothing during the first half of the Quidditch match. He just sits in the air most watching the others most of the time…
  • Cut Hagrid saying Harry’s gonna be sick after he catches the snitch
  • Trimmed Hagrid talking about Nicolas Flammel so he doesn’t sound so dumb all the time
  • Cut Ron going to see the mirror completely
  • Kept Neville’s leg lock curse but trimmed the end
  • Cut Harry shushing Ron while Hermione tells them about Flammel
  • Cut Hagrid talking like an idiot again just before the dragon hatches
  • Cut Voldemort walking through the forest before the group splits up
  • Heavily trimmed up Voldemort trying to attack Harry in the forest. Much better now
  • Cut half of Firenze’s talk about Voldemort
  • Completely cut the trio going to see Hagrid to ask him about the dragon seller and Hagrid being an idiot again telling them how to get past Fluffy
  • Cut Snape talking to them just after seeing McGonagal
  • Added a bit of music to when Neville confronts the trio, and cut Ron saying it’s for his own good
  • Trimmed them getting past Fluffy so he doesn’t wait so long to bite them, and doesn’t bite the door
  • Trimmed up the next few rooms just slightly for pacing
  • Ending is untouched
  • Other minor trims throughout

Chamber of Secrets:

Original - 2:32 (2:41 with credits)
Edit - 2:25 (2:35 with credits)

  • Used the extended edition as a base
  • Cut the Dursleys rehearsing their plan for the evening
  • Added music to Dobby’s arrival with slight trims
  • Dobby doesn’t show Harry the letters. Harry just chases him downstairs
  • Added a very slight music cue to Ginny seeing Harry arrive, and trimmed it to fit nicer
  • Cut the questioning of a rubber duck
  • Cut the Malfoy’s in Knockturn Alley
  • Cut Harry almost falling out of the car while flying from the train
  • Heavily trimmed them running into the Whomping Willow
  • Trimmed the pixie fight
  • Harry doesn’t say “Spooky”
  • Trimmed the Quidditch match a lot for pacing
  • Snape attacks Lockhart immediately instead of waiting forever after the countdown
  • No quips between Malfoy and Harry before their duel
  • Cut Harry looking over the lake asking who he is
  • Trimmed Harry being stared at in the study room
  • Cut Harry seeing Hagrid right after the study room
  • Cut Harry talking to the hat before he sees Dumbledore
  • Trimmed up the polyjuice gathering scenes
  • Trimmed up the whole scene of Harry writing in the book and saying everything he writes as slowly as possible
  • Cut Hagrid talking to the trio right before Neville comes to get them
  • Cut Ron and Harry pulling the cloak out. They just go straight to Hagrids
  • Harry doesn’t shush Ron in the forest
  • Small trims for pacing in the spider attack
  • Cut them knowing that Ginny is in the chamber
  • Cut Ron slamming a rock into Lockhart’s head
  • Trimmed some of the Baselisk attack, especially where Harry is flailing a sword like an idiot and not hitting anything
  • Cut them flying out of the Chamber of secrets with Fawkes
  • Cut Harry picking up the sword in Dumbeldore’s office. I cringe when he grabs the blade
  • Cut Harry saying he’ll always be around to save the day
  • Cut Mr Malfoy trying to use Avada Kedavra
  • Trimmed Dobby and Harry’s final scene with a bit of music added over it
  • Trimmed some of Hagrid coming back and making a big scene in the hall
  • Lots of other minor trims throughout

Prisoner of Azkaban:

Original - 2:10 (2:22 with credits)
Edit - 2:08 (2:20 with credits)

  • Cut one of the two button attacks on Dudley
  • Cut the old lady crossing the street during the Knight Bus along with the first of Harry slamming into the window
  • Cut Neville getting knocked down by the monster book and saying “I’m okay”
  • Slight trims to Harry’s Patronus lesson
  • Cut most of the ridiculous Whomping Willow attack with Hermione and Harry flying around
  • Trimmed a bit of Harry’s first encounter with Sirius
  • Trimmed Ron’s bit about needing to remove his leg while Harry and Sirius talk
  • Cut Sirius gasping at the Dementors and then the next scene being knocked out again. Weird jump cut.
  • Cut Harry and Hermione seeing Snape walk into the Whomping Willow right after Lupin when he should’ve arrived a short while later
  • Trimmed a bit of when Harry and Hermione see the bats fly by
  • Cut Harry’s nonchalant line when the Werewolf starts running at them.
  • Straight to black right before credits instead of the freeze frame

Goblet of Fire:

Original - 2:34 (2:37 with credits)
Edit - 2:07 (2:21 with credits)

  • Used the regular movie as a base but took a lot of edits straight from Anjohan’s Revisited version
  • Intro Title now pops out right after the old man dies, along with the Harry Potter theme behind it
  • Cut Hermione angrily waking the two up
  • Cut the weird effects of the portkey
  • Cut the Malfoys talking to them before the game
  • Tightened up some of the Death Eater attack
  • Cut all instances of Barty Crouch Jr doing the weird tongue thing
  • Cut the aurors shooting at the trio
  • Removed Filch awkwardly running into the hall and added some music behind Dumbeldore talking about the new guests and tournament
  • Cut Karkaroff doing shady stuff to the goblet of fire
  • Cut the entire Ron not talking to Harry plot. I used most of the rearranging from Anjohan
  • Cut Dumbledore shouting at Harry
  • Trimmed Harry’s interview
  • Cut the owl biting Harry
  • Cut the mini dragon reveals just before they fight the dragons
  • Tightened up the dragon fight
  • Trimmed McGonagal talking about the Yule Ball
  • Cut the pop music section during the ball
  • Trimmed underwater egg scene with Moaning Myrtle
  • Trimmed some awkward dialog and performance just after Harry saves Cedric from the vines
  • Cut moaning Voldemort when he touches Harry’s scar
  • Cut awkward dialog between the trio at the very end
  • Lots of other minor trims throughout

Order of the Phoenix:

Original - 2:08 (2:18 with credits)
Edit - 2:10 (2:20 with credits)

  • Used some of JJPotters Extended Edition as a base
  • Tightened up the Dementor attack
  • Added HP Theme where Moody opens up the Headquarters building
  • Tightened up a bit of the hearing
  • Cut out a bit of the Filch ridiculousness while he tries to get into the room of requirement
  • Cut the “I’m okay” bit when the kid gets dropped
  • Cut Sirius toasting “Harry!” That line always bothered me for some reason
  • Cut some of Harry talking to Sirius about being the snake in his dreams
  • Added Neville music when he is talking about how his parents died
  • Cut the bit right after Dumbledore teleports away with Fawkes
  • Trimmed Grawp’s intro and cut some unnecessary stuff
  • Color corrected the extended scene in the forest with Umbridge
  • Color corrected the extended scene at the end with Ron asking Harry to go eat with them
  • A few other minor trims throughout

Half Blood Prince:

Original - 2:24 (2:33 with credits)
Edit - 2:25 (2:34 with credits)

  • Used some of JJPotters Extended Edition as a base
  • All extended scenes in except the ending one with Harry asking Hermione and Ron to keep the snogging to a minimum
  • Brought Snape’s unbreakable vow to the intro
  • Cut Dumbledore asking if Harry is into Hermione
  • Cut weird interaction with Hermione’s butterbeer mustache
  • Added a bit of music behind Ron and Harry talking about Ginny
  • Added a bit of music behind Harry and Ginny before Ron sits in between them
  • Color corrected Harry talking to Mr Weasley
  • Cut just a bit back on Lavender’s “Won Wons”. Only one spot
  • Fade out on Ginny and Harry’s kiss. Feels a lot less awkward now
  • Cut Slughorn taking the spider venom
  • Trimmed a bit of Harry convincing Slughorn to give him the memory
  • Cut Dumbledore noticing Harry needs a shave when his face is as smooth as can be
  • Cut Harry using Sectum sempra on the water zombies. He now only uses it on Malfoy and tries to on Snape. I think it gives just slight more impact to his final moment with Snape in this movie
  • Trimmed the ending a bit

Deathly Hallows Part 1:

Original - 2:15 (2:26 with credits)
Edit - 2:17 (2:29 with credits)

  • Used the regular movie as a base and took three scenes from JJPotters Extended Edition
  • Kept the intro deleted scenes for Petunia talking to Harry, and Mr. Weasley making the radio from JJPotters version, but left out the Dudley scene as I felt it wasn’t complete enough to fit.
  • Cut the scene in the tunnel where Harry runs across the top of the bus while Hagrid spins them around the tunnel. It was a really goofy scene in the middle of the battle
  • Kept the “Zip me up” scene with Ginny, but changed the music to be more intimate for them and less somber
  • Kept the deleted scene for Ron telling them that Voldemort’s name is taboo
  • Removed all other the deleted scenes including the rabbit hunt and skipping stones
  • The rest of the movie is the same

Deathly Hallows Part 2:

Original - 1:58 (2:10 with credits)
Edit - 2:01 (2:13 with credits)

  • Used the regular movie as a base and took a few scenes from JJPotters Extended Edition
  • Added the cottage scene with Bill talking about the goblin, and the scene right after with Luna talking to Harry at Dobby’s grave. Color corrected the beach.
  • Added music behind when Ginny first sees Harry return to Hogwarts. Used the same track I added to the previous movie with her scene with Harry.
  • Added in the deleted scene with Harry holding Ginny’s hand as they walk to Snape
  • Added in the deleted scene with Tonks and Lupin before the battle
  • This is basically JJPotters Extended Edition except without the extra deleted scene with Filch towards the end, and with the added music over Ginny meeting Harry again
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#1371741
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Idea Wanted... for solving Game of Thrones: The Ending Chapters
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I’m glad you’re taking on this task! I had done my own version that is very similar with the NK killing Arya and then Bran warging into her to deliver the final blow. I don’t know how difficult it is going to be to do convincing VFX on her face when he kills her. If you did maybe a blood splatter on the NK’s face that might be easier to pull off.

I’m very excited that you are doing this one with the original score as well!

Just curious on your last point, why do you have Bran warging into the future during the Battle of Winterfell? Why have him warging then and not just in the moment while Dany is at Kings Landing?

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#1323006
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Game of Thrones Redeemed (Released)
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@Booshman
Thanks for the critiques! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’ll try to answer your thoughts below:

I made the choice to split some episodes from beyond the wall and the battle at winterfell because I felt it gave an illusion of longer time for one thing, and also it helped a bit with some of the fast travel. I agree that the 30 minute episodes were too short, but after playing around with them I felt like this was the best choice for what I had.

I tried really hard to make each scene change have different people for a natural flow, but there were a few times where it just wasn’t working.

The biggest change I’d like to make if I ever go back to this would be to fix the Bran VO. Some people were okay with the volume, and others obviously weren’t. Audio editing is the most challenging part to me, but hopefully I can fix it up.

Glad the visual effects worked! Only thing was at the end I wanted more dead in the funeral, but I could only manage a few characters because of the footage.

Dialogue for Jon is difficult. I actually went through two voice over actors. One didn’t work out and I just wasted time and money, but the one I had was a guy from youtube who was one of the better ones out there. I think if it was a normal scene with Jon talking like he usually does it would have fit better, but because it was a quieter scene he didn’t know how to impersonate it as well.

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#1317091
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Game of Thrones Redeemed (Released)
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Hello All,

Update 4.12.2020 - I made a few adjustments to some audio transitions, fixed some of the funeral and added one more character, and made a few adjustments to the ending to include more characters in the montage.

I’ve edited together an 11 episode finale for Game of Thrones combining seasons 7 and 8. I’ve rearranged the episodes, cut out a ton of the garbage, did a ton of editing, minor visual effects and a few lines of voiceover, and made a much more satisfying conclusion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1OcIZbrl60&feature=youtu.be
Game of Thrones Redeemed Trailer

PM me for a link.

My main fixes:

  • Dany’s character arc
  • Jaime’s character arc
  • The Night King having substance
  • Bran having substance
  • Several plotlines that didn’t have a payoff like Jon’s heritage
  • Removed or toned down the fast travel
  • Fakeout deaths, especially in the battle for Winterfell
  • and tons of other changes

Detailed changes:

Cersei’s Downfall Arc (Episodes 1-6)

Dany still arrives in Westeros and plans her conquest. I tried to take out as much as I could of Tyrion looking at Dany as a monster. There is still a bit of tension when some of Tyrion’s plans fail, but it does not build to the Mad Dany plotline.

Sadly, Varys has no story in the final seasons other than plotting against Dany, so he is mostly gone now except for being a background character.

I completely removed Tyrion trying to reason with Cersei. He no longer goes to King’s Landing to talk to Jaime or Cersei. After Dany destroys the Tarlys on the Road and nearly kills Jaime and Bronn, she goes straight to Kings Landing. She no longer loses one of her dragons either, she goes right in and destroys Euron’s fleet and him in the process. She then takes out the Golden company, and then everyone surrenders. But she isn’t done yet. She doesn’t go crazy, but instead heads straight for the castle and burns Cersei.

This fixes a lot. Cersei still mostly just drinks wine, but there is a lot less so it doesn’t feel like she’s a useless character anymore. And of course, Dany doesn’t go mad which was so against her character this whole time.

Onto Jon. He still visits Dany in dragonstone and she still wants him to bend the knee, but his reason for leaving for the wall changes. He now gets a vision through Bran of the Night King. Bran wants to guide him past the wall, behind the Night King’s army to assassinate him before he can make it to the Wall. Jon leaves Dragonstone before Dany goes on the Road to attack Cersei’s armies. I hated the capture a zombie plotline, but I’ll get into that in the next section. One big fix here was Jon fast traveling up to the wall within the same episode as he left. He now arrives 3 episodes later. Not perfect obviously, but the best I could do.

There are two character problems in this section. 1st is Jorah. In the original season 7 he arrives at Dragonstone after being cured, he hears about the mission to capture a wight and asks to join, and then leaves instantly. I couldn’t keep his line in that justified him leaving so now he just arrives in Dragonstone and then leaves with Jon without any reasoning. It goes against his character which I assume he would stay with Dany. Couldn’t fix it though. 2nd is Gendry. Since Tyrion no longer goes to Kings Landing to talk to Cersei there is no reason for Davos to go there either. In this edit Gendry just appears with Davos to go talk to Jon. He doesn’t get his proper introduction but I don’t think it’s super important as this scene serves as his intro enough.


Night King Arc (Episodes 7-11)

Before I get to all the Night King stuff some explanation of a lot of what was removed. Littlefinger’s plot was only getting Sansa and Arya to go against each other, so I removed this completely making him hardly more than a backing character, same as Varys. He also doesn’t get outsmarted by them and killed. I really like both him and Varys but there just wasn’t footage I could use to make a decent story for them. All of Sansa being against Dany is also removed. It doesn’t make any sense in this edit.

Onto the edit: Jon arrives at the wall and the plot continues as normal except for some additions of Bran talking to Jon in visions. All the capturing a zombie plot are gone, now once they get further in it appears that the Night King knew what was happening and wanted Jon to come North. Bran is confused as to why he would draw Jon up there just to kill him off slowly. Then Bran realizes that the Night King was using Jon and Bran to draw Dany North to capture her dragon to get past the wall.

This provides much more depth to the Night King. He has some actual tactics. It also gives more character to Bran who lost basically all substance in the final seasons.

Rather than two episodes of “before the battle for Winterfell” I condensed them into one, cutting out a lot that I thought was unnecessary including the whole Gendry/Arya relationship. I focused instead on her relationship with the Hound and left it at that. Jaime’s arc is done now after he knights Brienne. No more sex scene or going back to Cersei. I think it ends perfectly with the knighting, and then he can die in battle.

The battle for winterfell is split into two episodes. This gives some illusion of a longer battle, but also the way I arranged it just works better as two parts. The battle starts the same with the Dothraki charging out and all dying. This makes a lot more sense when they don’t respawn the next episode. I took some of the main characters out of the first fight outside the wall. I hated having every major character on the front line. Ned’s death also gets pushed to be later when the army breaks into the castle since he’s no longer in the first fight. The calling for the trenches to be lit is removed. Now Melisandre just goes straight out to light it. There was no need for that dumb little plotline. The first battle episode ends when the Night King raises the dead.

The second episode starts with Arya sneaking through the castle. I actually liked this section but it was so out of place in the original episode, going from heavy battle to this really quiet section. It works much better now. The fight continues and has Sam, Jaime, Pod, and Brienne all dying to the horde. The Night King’s end is much different now. Right before he dies Bran tries to go back to the Night King’s creation to force the Children to stop. It doesn’t work and Bran tries to come back, but the Night King forces Bran into the original Night King’s body. When he gets stabbed then Bran becomes the actual Night King way in the past, but it also changes him in the present. Then Arya jumps on the Night King, but doesn’t immediately kill him. The Night King snaps her neck and kills her instantly. Bran wargs into her and uses the knife to end the Night King. After he dies then it shows all the walkers die and ends with Jorah and Melisandre dying. This section is a bit convoluted, but again was the best I could do.

All the deaths give a lot more weight to this episode, especially with Arya. And the changes with the Night King give him an actual story, and reason for why he was trying to stop Bran. While it’s not explicitly explained, you can assume he wanted to stop Bran from creating himself. Also, this technically makes it Bran who kills the Night King who, aside from Jon, feels like the most important character to kill him given how tied his story is with the Night King (especially in my edit). Afterwards there is a short funeral, and I removed Jon’s speech, and I brought in the unused track - Stay a Thousand Years. I thought it fit nicely over this. The funeral adds several of the killed characters. I couldn’t fit in everyone though.

The end of the show has Dany in the throne room. Jon knows now that he is the rightful heir. He doesn’t want her to rule. But he doesn’t want it either. Instead of them ruling he calls on the dragon to burn the throne down. This gives some actual reason for Jon’s heritage being in the show. He uses it to end the reign of kings. He and Dany then fly away afterwards and there is a short montage of all the characters still alive. After the montage are the final clips. The show is going to end on the discovery of the Night King symbol with the burning child (from the end of Ep1 S8), and then Bran warging away. This has an open ended approach for Bran and the future of the Night King, and also gives at least a bit more importance to the Night King symbol.

Jon and Dany’s arcs are complete, and their last shots will be them flying away on dragons. Both Varys and Littlefinger will be lurking at the end giving them open ended endings. The Hound’s arc ends nicely with him overcoming his fears to save Arya once more. He doesn’t need to go back for revenge after all of this. Jorah and Theon already had good ends I thought.

Thanks,
AC