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The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (WIP)

Here’s a movie trailer for TROS-R:

Because it incorporates some of Hal’s great ideas for the fleet com chatter including “for Skywalker!” as well as jonh’s force ghosts I’m posting it here. I feel those two additions really put the heart back into this film. A million thanks to them and everyone on the OT (especially Dom, snooker, axlanian, and idir_hh) for their ideas and continuing to improve this final installment despite its shortcomings.

The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (WIP)

When the Emperor told Luke “Strike me down with all of your hatred and your journey towards the dark side will be complete!” He wanted Luke to try and murder him. Of course even if Vader hadn’t blocked the strike, Palpatine ran zero risk of being injured. Luke was the equivalent of a pesky fly. A Jedi uses the force for defense only. Vader was protecting the Emperor, no need to retcon ROTJ with this spirit transfer mediocrity. For TROS there is no way around the spirit transfer ritual. It’s an integral part of the plot, so discussion of its removal is moot.

The Rise of Skywalker: RESURGENCE (Released)

Below are the changes made to v2.3 which I consider the final version:

Improved audio levels for Knight’s of Ren voices

Removed Finn’s loud grunting during lightspeed skipping

Finn yells “Rey” one less time somewhere in the movie (does it matter where?)

On Pasaana, stormtroopers no longer sound like slapstick droids when they die, including the one with the exploding jetpack

Removed Poe saying “we only have 8 hours left”

Improved Ach-to night regrade

Darkened the flashback of young Luke and Leia, reduced/obscured footage of young CG Leia’s face

When Luke raises the X-Wing, the sky is now blue instead of gray/overcast

Removed Poe exclaiming during the battle of Exegol, “they’re toast!”

When Rey looks to the suns, extended the shot of BB-8

Improved reverb sfx and audio level of Yoda’s voice during lightsaber burial

The Rise of Skywalker: RESURGENCE (Released)

Hello everyone, I’ve had many requests for the updated edit. I should have the update ready soon. I transferred the project from a mac to a pc and I found there is more cleanup than anticipated (Premiere does not transfer projects perfectly). So I’m fixing audio transitions that went out of whack as well as some regrading that also did not transfer properly. Sorry for the delay. In addition to the above mentioned changes for 2.3, I am also enhancing the night Ach-to of this edit a bit more, darkening the sky. Will probably also add some forest mist to the CG Leia scene. I had considered removing it, but instead I’m going to see if I can obscure her CG face with some shadow and fog. Nothing too drastic. Thanks for your patience.

Blade Runner (1982) The Nexus-7 Cut in 4K (Released)

PM me. To view this fanedit, you agree you own the film Blade Runner (1982) in UHD 4K. If you do not own the source material, you cannot view a fanedit.

Note: version 1.1 adds a few more seconds of Holden’s shooting and corrects skin tones in several scenes, which were a bit too pink/red in version 1.0.

This edit incorporates the following changes into the Blade Runner Final Cut UHD 4K release:

1.Complete scene by scene regrade mainly to remove or reduce excessive green and teal colors. Also reduced some overexposed whites in various scenes.
2. Reduced the intense shimmer in the bottom part of the opening Los Angeles cityscape scene (the shimmer is absent in the theatrical release, present in the Blu Ray, and even worse in the 4K). The existing blanket of darkness over the city is now expanded and deepened to help hide the shimmer.
3. Lessened the extreme quality/brightness disparity between the first two cityscape VFX shots.
4. With added atmospheric VFX, concealed and softened weird artifacts in the second cityscape VFX shot. These were in the theatrical version and even worse in the 4K Final Cut.
5. Added subtle atmospheric VFX (particles, weather) to enhance several scenes and also to make the Tyrell building, flying cars, and other structures seem less like they were small models on a static movie set and more like they were in a real world. Outdoors there are a lot of dirty particles floating around now. The hockey mask go go dancers are right in the worst of it. Indoor air is filtered.
6. Completely recut and rearranged VERY limited portions of Deckard’s narration from the theatrical version. It actually works quite well. Give it a try. Details below. Or select the alternate audio track with no narration.
7. Reinstated the darker red color for the word Replicant in the introduction.
8. Ver 1.1: From the Blu-Ray HD Workprint added an upscaled few seconds of Holden with a smoking bullet hole in his back. Re-cut the footage so he smashes harder, face first into the desk.
9. During Deckard’s briefing, completely removed Zhora’s dossier. Reduced the briefing footage of Pris slightly and removed Bryant’s comment about Pris’ file. Deckard would have acted much differently if he had perfect headshots of all four of his targets for retirement. It also would have made the Voight-Kampff test irrelevant. The overly perfect setup for Deckard (and expository for the audience) is now gone.
10. Brightened Deckard’s visit in the Tyrell building (“it’s too bright in here.”) Also dimmed the room a bit more for the Voight-Kampff test.
11. Cut the superintendent grunting “Kowalski” as he lets Deckard and Gaff into the room.
12. The unicorn dream sequence is more subtle, now more a part of the scene with Deckard.
13. Cropped out the ceiling part of Deckard’s balcony as he looks below. The openness looks better with the added particles and fog.
14. When Zhora strikes Deckard, cut the delayed reaction so he goes flying.
15. Note: now that this is the first we see of Zhora, it is somewhat questionable at first if Deckard shot a person or a Replicant. This is meant to linger in the viewer’s mind until Byant shows up and answers it with his skin job line.
16. For the fight between Leon and Deckard, removed a few frames that showed the windshield was broken before Deckard landed on it.
17. Same fight scene, new punching and gunshot SFX.
18. Added blood VFX for Leon’s gunshot wound to the head.
19. Trimmed Leon’s front facing reaction after he is shot. The rear reaction shot remains, now with added blood.
20. Trimmed the few seconds after Leon and Deckard fall to the ground.
21. Cut Deckard violently pushing Rachael twice. The moral ambiguity of the protagonist and this scene is already quite apparent without making Deckard into a violent rapist.
22. Included a few deleted shots for the romantic interlude. Upscaled and very brief.
23. Slightly cropped the scene where Sebastian talks about Tyrell playing chess because his mouth wasn’t moving.
24. When Roy and Sebastian seek out Tyrell, the establishing shots of the building and external elevator are now night time, like it is supposed to be.
25. Reinstated the expletive in Roy’s line, “I want more life, fucker.” Trivia: although the center channel in the theatrical release has Roy saying fucker, the side channel fx has the word father reverberating.
26. Re-foleyed when Pris strikes Deckard.
27. Cut Roy’s inserted, odd voiceover after he breaks Deckard’s fingers, “Now it’s my turn.”

About the opening Cityscape scene in the high definition release…

It’s unfortunate the studio took the time and money to clean this footage up so professionally, only to ruin it with an insufficient bitrate (causing the distracting shimmer). Upscaling the Blu Ray here is not a good option because it is very softened / blurry in comparison to the 4K. Upscaling the theatrical release would also have a very noticeable difference in quality with its extensive scratches and dirt. Hiding the shimmer in the N-7 Cut is the least of three evils, so that’s what I did.


Below is the new, complete narration in quotes, reducing and changing it significantly. The theatrical narration was supposed to give a gritty detective noir feel, but most of it was awful expository, not well placed within scenes. This edit allows for a fresh take on limited narration while retiring the scene ruining parts of it.

Outside the noodle stand:

“They don’t advertise for killers in the newspaper. But then I’d rather be a killer than a victim.”

Walking to Gaff’s police car:

“That mishmash of Japanese, Spanish, German, what have you… I didn’t really need a translator. But I wasn’t going to make it easier for him.”

Rifling through Leon’s drawer:

“Whatever was in the bathtub was not human. I didn’t know whether Leon gave Holden a legit address. But it was the only lead I had.”

Looking at Rachel’s dropped photo:

“A mother she never had, a daughter she never was. The report would be routine retirement of a replicant. Anyway… more killing.”

Zhora dead, Leon watching:

“There it was again. Shooting a woman in the back.”

At the end, in the corridor to Deckard’s apartment:

“I don’t know why he saved my life. All I could do was sit there and watch him die.”

Top image is Final Cut. Bottom image is N-7 Cut.
Note: images are not high resolution, just posted for a quick comparison.

The Rise of Skywalker: RESURGENCE (Released)

Hello everyone, v2.3 will be released in the next few days with the updates below. If anyone has any last minute requests, please give your 2 cents. axlanian, if you want anything else tweaked let me know…


Improved audio levels for Knight’s of Ren voices so they can all be clearly heard now.

Remove Finn’s loud grunting during lightspeed skipping.

Finn yells “Rey” one less time somewhere in the movie (does it matter where?)

Stormtroopers do not sound like droids when they die: Refoleyed the stromtrooper on the speeder as he drives onto rocks and it is ramped up into the air. Refoleyed when a jet trooper is shot and lands on the ground. Refoleyed when another jet trooper flies out of control and crashes explosively into a rock formation. All done to remove the slapstick cartoon droid screams.

Removed Poe saying “we only have 8 hours left.”

Removed Poe exclaiming during the battle of Exegol, “they’re toast!”

When Rey looks to the suns, extended the shot of BB-8

Improved reverb sfx and audio level of Yoda’s voice during lightsaber burial

The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant (WIP)

Finn’s line placement is really in the wrong spot, making it sound like an awkward afterthought to the battle. Moving the line to the destroyer destruction around the galaxy doesn’t work well either because it turns him into the narrator of Star Wars, similar to 300 or The Road Warrior. The final scene would be old Finn teaching at a Jedi temple (and maybe still screaming REEEYYYY).

The Rise of Skywalker: RESURGENCE (Released)

Version 2.2 will be released today with current pending PM requests sent.

August 27, 2020: ver 2.2 released to fix a video cut error on Exegol when Ren takes the elevator down to see Palpatine. Also now released in 3 different filesizes in High Quality, Good Quality, and Tiny Encode Quality.

All video encodes begininning with ver 2.2 customized for the content with manually defined zones in the encoder command line to increase bitrate (and quality) in specific darker scenes, especially on Exegol. Even the tiny encode file is surprisingly decent for its filesize. Recommended quality to download is Good or High, depending on your bandwith.

File details:

High Quality 8.9 GB
Highest quality, should look nearly identical to the 60 GB prores master
Video: 1080p, H264, very slow, film preset, CRF 20, Zone CRF 10
Audio: AC3, 5.1 channel, 640 kbps (audio filesize 592 MB)

Good Quality 4.9 GB
Most will probably find the video quality to be excellent; the audio should be perceptually the same as the Bluray AC3 at this reduced filesize because of the variable bitrate
Video: 1080p, H264, very slow, film preset, CRF 22, Zone CRF 15
Audio: AAC-LE, 5.1 channel, VBR (audio filesize 350 MB)

Tiny Encode 1.5 GB
Intended for test screenings or smaller screens (phones, tablets, notebooks)
Decent but lower quality; small filesize!
Video: 720p, H264, very slow, CRF 24, Zone CRF 18
Audio: AAC-LE, 2 channel,192 kbps CBR (audio filesize 180 MB)

The Rise of Skywalker: RESURGENCE (Released)

I was also thinking about adding chapters to the mkv’s. Below is what it would look like which gives a good feel for the scene reordering and plot changes of Resurgence:

Opening Logo
The Rise of Skywalker
Ren Reforged
A True Empire
Training as Corellia Burns
Earning Her Lightsaber
Millenium Falcon Mission
Lightspeed Skipping
Falcon on Fire
Spy Message
“We Go Together”
Festival of Ancestors
General Calrissian
Speeder Chase
Buried Secrets
Power Unleashed
Ren’s Wayfinder
Meeting on Exegol
“For Chewie”
The Spice Runner
Babu Frik’s Workshop
Into the Destroyer
Hangar Revelation
Falcon Crashed
Finn Feels the Force
Rey’s Wayfinder
Wreckage Duel
Ben Solo
The Princess
The Final Order Begins
Destiny of a Jedi
Battle Plans
Welcome to Exegol
Ground Team
“You Will Take the Throne”
Navigation Tower
The Knights Betrayed
Dyad in the Force
The Galaxy Responds
Emperor Reborn
Force Spirits
Victory Celebration
Desert Burial
End Credits

The Rise of Skywalker: RESURGENCE (Released)

CMMAP said:

Maybe compression issues? Would like to know from others, maybe there is something wrong on my side.

If that’s the case I posted a new version with no artifacts from a prores render, 10 GB, 6 channel. It’s version 2.1 in the same folder.

EDIT: And I will also post a ~3 GB file for version 2.1 as well.