Hey, folks! I’m back after some time traveling for work, you’ve all been popping off with the feedback! Thanks, there’s so much to respond to, I won’t be able to address it all at once but you’ve given me quite a bit to ponder.
Aww, I wish I’d held off on my comments now, I wanted more detailed responses, LOL! I knew it was too much! Hee!
Arabian, I really appreciate you writing out all of these detailed notes for the first 3 films! That’s some good stuff. I will return to these posts in the near future to consider integrating some of your ideas in a future 4k release. In general though:
Thank you. Can’t wait until you have a chance, I’d love to have any future conversations on any more thoughts you have. I’d love to get into the nitty-gritty of it. I really think you’ve done an overall outstanding job. Truly.
Book 1: I will consider altering the ending of this film. The ball into hyperspace scene is just so classic and punchy, it felt like too “easy” of an ending for me haha. That’s why I went with a softer, more peaceful approach with the Sorgan landing. But I’m not 100% sold on it and it is probably best for the first film in a saga to end traditionally like you suggested. And the Kuiil/IG-11 rebuild placement has always given me trouble. It felt unnatural to place it anywhere… Maybe that just means it’s not needed at all in either Book 1 or 2?
I beg of you to end it as I suggested it. Book I is spectacularly done and deserves that classic spectacular ending. Sometimes that classic is a classic for a reason. Re: the Kuiil/IG rebuild, see how it works where I suggested (the forging scene), if it doesn’t work there, I suppose you can just drop it because when it just pops up, Kuill does explain it, but I don’t know if it will be confusing for those who just watch it for the first time like deagan (which IS cool, I agree).
I guess I’m being so picky for what makes sense what doesn’t and what I want because, yeah, I kinda want to make these my go-to’s now when I binge. LOL! I’m being very selfish here. (So, yeah, another request for putting the 'baby magic wavy hands back in!)
Book 2: Regarding the balance of the the Boba screen time vs Din screen time in Act 1. I really don’t know how to entirely solve that as the two need to cross paths chronologically in Act 2. Boba simply has 2x-3x more content to show before they reach this point though. EddieDean and I tried 3 or 4 different iterations of this opening storyline, even experimented with giving Din the full Sorgan raider plot (this just made the movie drag on WAY too long). However, your suggestion about Book 1’s new ending would give me more Din time to play with in Book 2, and some of your notes on the “connective tissue” between scenes might help with this too. I think it’s worth another shot in the future to try to address some of this. Either way though, the Boba v Din screen time balance flips the other way in Act 3 as they didn’t film content in BoBF that takes place here. So right now it’s like Act 1 = Boba heavy, Act 2 = Even Boba/Din, Act 3 = Din heavy. I thought that overall balance of the entire film worked at least.
I like the idea of Boba-heavy 1st part, Din-heavy 2nd part. That works. I actually had an idea re: including the raider part, but just cutting a good chunk of it. I think that doing the connective tissue may do the trick. That was honestly a big issue, and also it’s fine having more Boba, it was just the balance - like 3 boba to 1 din is fine, but it was like 5 Boba to 1 din, and then 2 boba, 1 din, it was just off. And, of course, without the connective tissue, it was just… why? But you’re a great editor, so I have faith!
I finished Books 3 & 4 and love these film edits! Reading @arabian’s comments, I thought I may echo some things. Note, I haven’t watched the Mandalorian show at all, and this is my first time watching the show (via your film edits)!
- I was a little confused at Boba aiming at Mando in the desert and then him walking away but I think that was from the show. Yes? No?
I too was quite confused by this scene. Mando fights a bunch of raiders after being shot by Boba, but then Boba just walks off? Perhaps removing Boba from this scene completely would suffice. Mando gets shot by raiders, and fights them off.
First of all, hello Deagan! What an interesting perspective you bring in watching this content for the first time in my edit. That’s quite an honor for me, and I really appreciate you sharing your views after that unique experience.
To address that quoted scene above, that you and Arabian both mentioned, perhaps I trusted super-nerd knowledge too much here. Boba Fett is the one who fires that shot at Din. You see him aiming the Tusken Cycler rifle from up high in the rocks, and then you hear the iconic crack! that only that type of rifle makes, followed by the signature orange blaster bolt coming from the top left angle that Boba just fired from.
Yeah, that’s super-nerd knowledge. LOL! I’m pretty deep into SW, and I had no clue. Like I’ve seen all the films several times, all the TV shows, read the books, etc, but yeah, had no clue.
- Oooh, I loved how you went from Boba telling Fennic “don’t touch my buttons” at the Sarlac pit to Mando trying to get Grogu to "touch his buttons’ and fix the Razorcrest and failing miserably. Beautiful connective tissue between those two scenes!
Thanks, Arabian, these are instances that I should try and focus more on finding to connect other transitions, especially in Book 2.
So: Re: Pel… I do hope what I’ve said with her makes sense.
Thanks again all, I will get back to some of the other comments at a later date. I want to keep making progress on Book 5 for you!
Also with regards to Book 5, I also hope that you are leaning more towards including the Pershing stuff, with the final lobotomy scene towards the end. And keeping the Shadow Council scene in Book 5 because I really don’t think it worked in Book 3. (Although, I do know you did a lot of work on Gideon’s hair.)