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#1505330
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The Blackened Mantle (3-in-1 Prequel Trilogy Fan Edit) is finally back on YouTube!
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GMatias said:

So v1.0 of my BLACKENED MANTLE recreation (16GB 1080p mkv file with burned in subtitles) is finished and available for review via PM. I’ll probably do at least a 2.0 release with whatever fixes are needed from this version and selectable subtitle options, and I’m planning on throwing this up on a torrent as well at some point soon.

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#1505329
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Community Focus Thread 1: The Phantom Menace
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I really love opening with “A golden age is ending.” It perfectly sums up the entire tone and background noise of the trilogy right from the start in a very evocative way; it puts all the events that follow into a much more interesting context. Succinct, evocative, poetry.

I also personally like ending with the Jedi restoring peace to Amidala’s “kingdom,” because I like the fairy-tale evocation, though I agree there are good reasons to go with other third paragraphs.

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#1504216
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Worst Edit Ideas
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This is off-topic, but is definitely in the spirit of worst edit ideas: I’ve been doing edits of the 2003 film The Cat in the Hat for a friend’s project where he watches the film once a week and documents it slowly driving him to insanity. It’s probably the funniest project I’ve ever been involved with. Anyway, he’s opened up the floor and requested anybody submit any edits of any kind of The Cat in the Hat, no matter how unwatchable or ridiculous, and we’ll then watch them all as a demented sort of film festival. I dunno, that strikes me as exactly the sort of thing this thread lives on.

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#1502518
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The Rise of Skywalker Expanded Edition by Rae Carson: The Faraday Edit (WIP)
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Bumping my own thread with a general update.

I have actually been doing a bunch of editing - but it’s all been editing absolutely insane nonsense for a project that a friend of mine is doing, where he watches the 2003 movie The Cat in the Hat once a week for a year and documents how it is slowly driving him to insanity. All my edits are in my Drive folder alongside my “proper” fanedits, which now features a document explaining what they all are with links to the relevant threads on this site.

My Star Wars editing jobs of highest priority are finishing TLJ Stoic Edition (there’s two VFX shots that I’m unfortunately reliant on other people for, and then after five years of work it will finally be done) and making the final changes to tidy up my Kenobi 2hr film edit.

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#1497406
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Worst Edit Ideas
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Eyepainter said:

The Star Wars Purist said:

Someone should do an edit based on this thread’s ideas.

TV’s Frink’s Episode I: The Ridiculous Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Ridiculousness are pretty close to this thread’s ideas. I’d give them a watch if you can find them!

Intriguing!

I’ve always thought a group edit of ANH where everyone picked a scene and edited it with their best worst ideas would be fantastic, but far too impractical to organise.

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#1495990
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Kenobi: Faraday Cut (WORKPRINT V3 RELEASED)
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Hal 9000 said:

Any further work on this one? It seems promising!

I was reflecting on it a little today, and only have a few suggestions.

I like how Spence edited the moment when Ben first recalls Padme, removing the “she died a long time ago” line in particular. (Yes, for continuity with my Ep3 edit as well as ROTJ sorta.)

I’d suggest having the pre-title card sequence be the flashback sparring match.

And I’d suggest keeping the Palpatine scene, given what a sweet runtime this thing has.

I plan to watch the workprint in full soon, and will jot down my thoughts.

I haven’t had the time to sit and make those edits yet, sadly; the time I got to put this cut together in the first place was a bit of an unexpected bonus.

I’m not opposed to what you’ve suggested, though I do have the flashback where it is for pacing reasons - when I didn’t have it there, getting Obi-Wan from Mapuzo to Jabiim gave me the choice between being rushed or being boring.

I’m on the fence about the Palpatine scene. Like I said, I like it, but I wonder if the final image of Vader after the duel is an overall better place to leave him. I’ll definitely cut the shot of Vader Just Sitting There Menacingly While Music Plays if I do keep it, though.

And thank you! I’ll be keen to read your thoughts if/when you get the chance.

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#1493894
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Obi-Wan Kenobi Redux Ideas Thread
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I’m seeing news sites eagerly announcing that a fan has cut OWK down to a 2.5hr movie, and talking about someone named Kai Patterson. Is he a famous faneditor or something? Is there some reason he’s getting so much attention for something a bunch of people here have already done? (Or, is that the real name of one of the people here to which I am referring!)

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#1493872
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Obi-Wan Kenobi Redux Ideas Thread
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I removed him entirely. I just cut into the shot of him and Vader walking away from Reva on the exact frame his head left the shot; the previous shot was Vader turning to leave, so it reads fine as Vader walking off. It’s easy to cut around him on the star destroyer, because he’s only in one or two shots, and Vader’s dialogue in that shot can be dubbed over a silent shot of Vader looking out the window.

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#1493676
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Kenobi: Faraday Cut (WORKPRINT V3 RELEASED)
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nmxuci5970 said:

When I watched obi-wan Kenobi faraday cut it looked alright for some of its perspective of the story of how he was. Something that didn’t feel right for me is that there was jarring in the scenes which needs improvement.

Yep, those things aren’t finished yet. It’s a workprint rather than a final cut, so the aim is to get the scenes and shots into the right order - I’ll smooth the audio and some weird cuts when it’s ready to be polished into a final product.

krausfadr said:

Yeah that is the best way for edits with Reva going after Luke. You just make Ben have to rush off faster for that.

I personally think that cutting Reva on Tattooine results in an unfinished story; her arc is left hanging and incomplete if Vader kills her on Jabiim. Plus, I love Owen and Beru, so more of them is a bonus.

I’m glad people agree about making Obi-Wan sense Luke in danger earlier! My intention was that it would up the stakes for the duel, and give Obi-Wan a reason to leave in a hurry, so I’m glad that works.

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#1493504
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Obi-Wan Kenobi Redux Ideas Thread
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I ended the scene mid-conversation, on the point where Obi-Wan decides he will go to Leia’s rescue. I figure the viewer will just assume Obi-Wan received further pragmatic information from Bail in the rest of the call, but we don’t have to waste time seeing that. I showed my edit to a friend who hadn’t seen OWK, and that plot beat wasn’t in the exhaustive list of notes he gave me, so I figure it plays fine.

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#1493278
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Kenobi: A Star Wars Story (by krausfadr) RELEASED
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The Grand Inquisitor’s portrayal is very different to how he looks and behaves in Star Wars Rebels, so if you’re a fan of the Jason Isaacs version of the character, the Rupert Friend version is a huge disappointment. (Apparently, he’s more similar to how he’s portrayed in the comics, but I haven’t read those.) Plus, he doesn’t impact the plot whatsoever, so cutting him just streamlines things slightly.

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#1493253
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Kenobi: Faraday Cut (WORKPRINT V3 RELEASED)
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I’ve got a handful of small changes I want to make for a V4 release:

  • Cutting the scene with Palpatine at the end. I like it, but it’s a better ending for Vader to leave him broken and defeated after the duel the last time we see him.
  • Adding back in Obi-Wan sneaking through the lab on Planet Shanghai (I’ll look up its real name on Wookieepedia someday). It’s too abrupt between Haja saying he’ll help, and Obi-Wan suddenly being in disguise and fighting kidnappers.
  • Frame out the destroyed decoy transport when the Rebels escape Vader on Jabiim. I’ll need a 4K source for Ep. 5 to punch in enough to frame it out.
  • Cut one of the establishing shots of Fortress Inquisitorius. There’s two of them very close together and it feels repetitive.
  • Adding Reva threatening Owen with her lightsaber at the start. I thought it read fine without it, but I now think it makes Fifth Brother’s reaction seem unusual.
  • Cut Reva saying Anakin is alive for a second time while Obi-Wan is meditating; we just heard her say that in the last scene.
  • Cut the brief explanation from Fifth Brother that they’re just supposed to be searching the town on Mapuzo. That’s obvious from context.
  • Cut Vader saying “You cannot run,
    Obi-Wan”, because it’s more impactful if Vader’s first line is “I am what you made me”.
  • Add dialogue from Obi-Wan’s first conversation with Bail over the communicator when Reva picks it up. I worry it’s not as obvious as it was in my head that communicator = listening to that conversation = knowing about Luke.

I dunno when I’ll find time to work on this edit again - I had a bit of time unexpectedly drop into my lap, which is how I made it in the first place. But, eventually, I intend to make those updates.

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#1493054
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Obi-Wan Kenobi Redux Ideas Thread
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I addressed those as best I could in my edit:

  1. This one is really hard to work around because that second half of the fight is so dumb for the exact reasons you outlined. I truncated the stuff with Vader lifting Obi-Wan so he just picks him up and tosses him into the fire in one swift movement that takes about three seconds of screentime. Then, I also truncated the part where Tala shoots a stormtrooper and they all look around for her gormlessly; I made her shoot the trooper and immediately shoot the tank that explodes, then trimmed the droid rescuing Obi-Wan to a single unclear shot through the flames, to imply it’s the surprise and confusion that allows them to escape, rather than Vader’s inability to cross some flames. It works better than the theatrical cut, but it’s still not perfect.

  2. I cut it so Vader walks into the room and watches the transport disappear into the sky. The only issue is that there’s a destroyed ship on the ground that wasn’t there a minute ago, but the framing doesn’t draw your attention to it at least. Not perfect, but fine for a workprint. Plus, you don’t see it at all in the following scene between Vader and Reva.

  3. I cut the Grand Inquisitor entirely from my edit; for this scene, I had Vader walk away immediately after defeating Reva. Vader and the Grand Inquisitor leave the scene in the same wide shot, but I trimmed it to the frame where the Grand Inquisitor’s head leaves frame; with a line from Vader dubbed over the shot, coming immediately after a shot of Vader turning, the rest of the Grand Inquisitor’s body reads fine as Vader walking away.