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Hopefully some of you have seen this movie. I swear it’s one of the most beautiful films ever shot! But somewhere in the last decade there’s been rights issues or some other problems that have made it absolutely impossible to find. The only way to legally acquire it is buying a used Blu-ray for around $100.
Using Davinci Resolve Super Scale, I’ve taken all available 1080p footage and given it the UHD treatment it deserves. Combined with 5.1 audio mix, I encoded it in h265 and its sits at 25gb (really not bad for a 4k project).
The movie was shot across 20+ countries at only practical locations. Truly a one of a kind watch!
very interested in this please. 😃 LOVE SNW and would love to be able to watch Pike’s intro along with SNW seasons without Disco stuff.
You are exactly the person this edit was created for! And your timing couldn’t be more perfect - I submitted it to be added to FanEdit.org so they’ve been working with me to up the technical specs of the edit and encouraged me to add a couple small scenes. As of this week, the edit has never looked or flowed better! I’ll DM you with a link.
As a fellow Picard editor, I’m interested in seeing your take.
My own eventual plans for season 3 are heading toward the ambitious idea trying to reverse its order with season 2, letting Jurati resurrect the Borg in a new form after their final defeat while Picard explores his childhood as part of adjusting to being a father.
That’s a really cool idea!! If you tightened up some of the season 2 plotlines that seem to exist to pad time, I could see a really compelling story.
I sometimes wonder if they’ll do anything with the ending of season 2. A Borg splinter group requesting Federation status is kind of huge for Trek lore. Anyway, I’ll DM you the link to my edit and would love to hear if you finish your project - could make me a real fan of S2!
Following up on my Star Trek Strange New Worlds Season 0 edit, I decided to try my hand at condensing Picard seasons 1 & 2 into something short and enjoyable for those looking to catch up before diving into season 3. Unfortunately, I started the edit before the third season finished and my initial goals were no longer attainable based on where the second half of the season went.
I finally came back to it and, while it’s been the most frustrating edit I’ve done, I think there’s a watchable 4-episode miniseries here to share. The total project length currently clocks in at 3 hours and 44 minutes, which is my longest to date. Each episode is around an hour. Happy to take feedback as the source material is quite flawed to begin with so I’m sure there are further improvements to be made. But here are the broad strokes (spoilers for Picard S1&2):
“Admiral Picard assembles a ragtag group in a race to find Data’s daughter ahead of a splinter group of Romulan extremists. Then, following a tragic and short-lived trip to her home world, team Picard are transported by Q to an alternate timeline and have to find a way back before they’re discovered.”
One of my initial goals was to completely remove the ‘Picard becomes a synth’ plot point. As that became a pivotal part of S3, I focused on characters that returned in S3 but weren’t part of TNG (sorry Riker and Troi). I see this story as less plot driven and more character focused. The plot is still functional, but I crafted what was necessary to serve some of the great scenes, such as saying goodbye to Data, saying goodbye to Q and grappling with Picard’s view of finding one’s humanity vs 7 of 9s more cynical take.
There’s way too much that was cut to list but here are some notes:
-I kept almost all of 7 of 9s scenes (except as noted below) as her relationship with Picard is new to this series and she has a significant role in S3 (plus she’s badass).
-I cut most of Raffi’s major story arcs but kept her character introduction and she remains a major character for the 4 episodes as she continues to be in S3.
-I kept all of Hugh’s scenes as he does not return in S3 but is a very well used, if minor, character from TNG.
-All the characters Isa Briones plays (Dahj, Soji, and Kore) are condensed into one character. This creates some continuity issues (clothing, being referred to by various names) and plot contrivances (how did she so quickly get a job on the Borg cube? shrug) but massively simplifies the story. Roll with it.
-Because of this, there’s also no Nepenthe visit. Meaning no Riker and Troi. While the episode is great, it really kills the pacing in such a short project. And the characters appear prominently in S3.
-The Romulan brother and sister from S1 are cut down to the barest minimum of screen time. There’s no longer a Starfleet traitor.
-As for S2, Q is introduced earlier, as an episode 1 tease opener and also by repurposing other scenes from the 2024 time travel. His appearance with Picard’s ancestor is now 7 of 9s mother, Erin Hanson. His appearance with Adam Soong is now Arik Soong. I want to imply that as Q is getting closer to death, he’s been attempting to manipulate other characters trajectories.
-There’s also no trip to 2024. It was a lot of wasted potential and completely conflicts with DS9s look at Los Angeles in 2024. Instead, S2 becomes an episode and a half that’s mostly (not) mirror universe shenanigans and Q’s farewell. No younger Guinan but a couple brief appearances by older Guinan.
-The Laris and Picard romance is introduced early in my cut. Despite being completely scrapped after season 3s first episode, I felt it was important to establish the character.
While I was frustrated with a few choices made through season 3, I hope this is a project that will help some folks jump into season 3 without having to put in 20 hours of watching really inconsistent (and mostly very bad) Star Trek. Enjoy!
Is there any cover art or poster image made for this fanedit?
I found the YouTube video with the link for the edit and its poster, cheers!
Fantastic! I try to check on the site every day or so but glad you managed to find it yourself. Hope you enjoyed the edit!
I’m so excited to share this fan edit that creates a prequel to Star Trek Strange New Worlds! With only four episodes and a total run-time of 2 hours and 43 minutes, it’s short enough for viewing in one sitting. Would love to hear any feedback.
For those who may not know, Star Trek Discovery Season 2 was a sneaky introduction to Captain Pike and Spock as supporting characters, along with a couple appearances by Number One, before being spun off into their own series. Unfortunately, even if you were open to watching 12+ hours of TV to get an idea of what happened before SNW Season 1, you would be lost half the time as Discovery is highly serialized and relies on knowing what happened during its own season 1.
Flawed as Discovery is in general, season 2 gave me plenty of material for four episodes that I’m calling Season 0 of Strange New Worlds. No Red Angel. Only as much Michael Burnham as the plot required. No need for any understanding or outside knowledge from Discovery. Episodes are encoded in H265 and maintain near blu-ray quality at only 2.8 to 3.7gb.
With cutting 14 down to 4 (reasonably short) episodes, an exhaustive change list is just not going to happen. I’ll run through the major elements though:
-I open with title cards for the project (accompanied by the first few bars of the Discovery main theme) then dissolve to the new Star Trek intro and fanfare included with every SNW episode. It does not play at each of my episodes, just the beginning of the project.
-Episode I (A Sense of Discovery - 39 minutes) starts with the first and last couple minutes of the Short Trek episode Q&A, allowing me to begin the story with Spock and the Enterprise. The rest of my ep I is parts of Discovery Season 2 episodes 1, 2, 4 and 5 (1 starts things off, followed by a custom SNW credit sequence, a short scene from 2, followed by 5 then 4 driving the episode plot)
-Episode II (Not Every Cage is a Prison - 41 minutes) is primarily episode 8 as the A story & part of 7 as a B story, with a scene from 4 (and Number One) at the beginning.
-Episode III (Through the Valley of Shadows - 50 minutes) has pieces of 9, 10, 11 and 12, in that order.
-Episode IV (Such Sweet Sorrow - 47 minutes) is entirely made up of the two-part finale, eps 13 and 14, significantly reduced in length. 13 makes up the first quarter of the runtime and 14 is the rest.
-I did use some random ship establishing shots and reactions from other episodes as needed.
-My custom Star Trek Strange New Worlds opening titles let me credit the cast of this season (including major Discovery characters) while keeping the feel of SNW.
-The end titles are from Discovery S2 E3 with music from 13 (an alternate arrangement of the fantastic intro music).
Hopefully that’s enough info to pique people’s curiosity. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Oh then you’re right, it was definitely intentional! I had the tough choice between having a fleet suddenly appear out of nowhere at the end (which I found massively frustrating in the trilogy itself) or tease it in earlier dialogue with the payoff coming much later. At least now every ship doesn’t have planet killing lasers!
This is a pretty great edit! I really liked it for the most part but there are a few odd moments such as the Resistance Evacuation and the early mention of the Sith fleet. Ben’s death was also kinda anti-climatic but I appreciate that now Leia dies once the fighting is over and her son is dead like Luke says to Rey. Overall solid 8/10!
Thank you so much for the kind words! There definitely were some compromises / challenges in making a cohesive narrative. As you noticed, the resistance evacuation has some odd moments for the sake of pacing and tension. Because Canto Bight has been removed, I had to restructure that entire ‘chase’ sequence, condensing it in the beginning and stretching it out toward the end.
Tell me about the early Sith Fleet mention. Do you remember about how far along? Wondering if it was a random moment of dialogue I never thought to trim. A lot of Ep 9 ended up scattered across the edit so there’s inevitable continuity issues!
hi this was one of my fave shows of the past few years so would love to see how you manage to condense it down to just a couple of hours. Looking at your notes, the cuts made are really interesting and bold, so please feel free to send me the links if you dont mind.
Just shot you message! Hope you enjoy - would love to hear your thoughts when you finish 😃
can I also have a link as this edit looks great.
Absolutely - check your DMs. Love that people are still finding this edit! Hope to hear your thoughts here on the forum when you finish.
I finally sat and watched your Bass Reeves Cut, and I loved it!
I was not one of those who loved the mini-series, but I surely liked it a lot. Watchmen covered many ambitious themes and ideas and it span through many rich plotlines. With your cut you managed to capture the most intersting plotline of the show and you delivered a storng and condensed story, as promised.
As far as a fanedit goes, it was flawless. There was not a single moment that I felt like I was watching a fanedit.
If I had to give some minor notes, I would suggest a different title card (maybe something more stylized) and perhaps getting rid of the very final shots of Angela which looked like a set-up for a potential sequel. But again, this is just nitpicking.
Great job, you really nailed it!
Thank you so much!! Having it not feel like a fan edit is strangely the best compliment any fan editor can probably receive 😉
I did love the mini series but felt that it did a real disservice to Will’s story and its themes in the last episode. This was my little attempt to provide an alternative. So glad it resonated!
While I probably won’t remove the final shot, I agree with you that the title card isn’t as good as it could be. Motion graphics have never been my forte. But maybe this will be my excuse to sit down and learn a bit!
Appreciate you taking the time to watch!
I would also love to check this out please. Thank you in advance👍
Happy to oblige! Just sent a PM - would love to hear your thoughts here in the public forum when you finish.
I just found about this as well! I would love to check out your edit, sounds really intersting.
Nice! Just sent you a PM.
When I watched the Bass Reeves cut it looks like you added in more climatic action packed hood justice by making sure that things are going according to its plan and you also had the fact when she is leaving the blockade it’s more like she is taking the pills. Overall this looks great.
I’m so glad people are finding this edit! It kind of whimpered when I dropped it.
Yes, definitely had to jump some narrative hoops to make it all one contained two hour story. Tightening everything up and focusing on just the handful of characters gives the Hooded Justice story a lot more action packed feel.
Getting Angela out of the jail / hospital was a really tough one because there’s no good footage of it without introducing Lady Trieu. So I stole some from the White Night flashback that implies she’s coming down from the pills.
Glad to hear you’re digging the edit!
And BrotherOfSasquatch, I PMed you a link - would love to hear what you think as well.
Would love to hear feedback! Mild spoilers below for those who have not seen the show.
I’m calling this Watchmen (2019) - The Bass Reeves Cut. The show was (in my opinion, and I know plenty of opinions differ) absolutely brilliant. It stayed reverent to the events of the graphic novel while charting its own path. I was was slightly disappointed by the final episode so this edit is my attempt to take one of the central stories and turn it into a film sized experience.
My cut primarily concentrates on Angela Abar and Will Reeves. There’s no Adrian Veidt, no Dr. Manhattan and just a bit of Laurie Blake. It centers on the mystery of what happened to Judd Crawford and who the mysterious Will Reeves is.
This fan edit is meant for those who loved the show and want to experience a condensed telling of Hooded Justice’s origin or for those who are unwilling to commit 9 hours to the show but are intrigued enough to spend 2. With that said, I highly recommend the show in its entirely. The music especially is incredible!
As this pulls 9 hours of TV down to just over 2 hours, here’s a brief outline of what was used or removed:
Most of episode 1 remains. I cut the scene of Captain Crawford talking to the wife of the hospitalized cop. I cut the beating interrogation and action sequence at the ranch. Adrian Viedt is cut from this and all other episodes.
I kept much of episode 2. I removed the newspaper stand chatter. I removed the winged paparazzi. I removed the White Knight attack. I removed / partially repurposed the hospital scene. I removed the Nixonville attack. I removed most of the family scenes and the Crawford wake (but kept Angela sleuthing). Removed Will being pulled into the sky.
In episode 3 I only used Laurie and Angela meeting at the funeral.
From episode 4 I used Angela at the Ances-Tree as well as Angela asking Looking Glass about the pills and hood.
Episode 5 only uses Angela taking the pills.
Nearly the entirety of episode 6 remains. To me, this is the core of the story I was looking to tell. I cut a few small continuity pieces from the beginning and the very end with Lady Trieu.
Episode 7 only uses Angela driving through Red Scare’s blockade (it’s implied they’re stopping her from leaving a hospital).
Episode 8, despite being a great episode, doesn’t see any use in my edit.
Episode 9 uses the theater scene between Angela and Will.
A few scenes play slightly out of order for pacing and / or continuity in my version of the story. Some new scene transitions played out better than I could have expected.
Total run-time is 2 hours 15 minutes with credits.
To those interested in a link, give the edit a google search and there’s a link with a google.drive video.
So glad people are still searching for this! Feel free to PM if you have any issues finding the edit.
Got to watch this recently and really enjoyed it. It could become my go-to for the Prequels except for one scene which really ruins the continuity for me.
… I got rid of Tatooine completely.
Not quite! 😉
When Obiwan contacts Anakin to rebroadcast his message to the Jedi Council, the sequence of shots introduces the following issues while maintaining that Anakin is on Naboo with Padme:
- Anakin and Padme are inside her starship. Why would they be in her ship if they’re still on Naboo?
- The stark landscape through the windows is clearly not Naboo.
- When they go rescue Obiwan, the ship flies out of a cliffside hangar, even though we just saw a vast empty landscape through the windows mere seconds earlier.
I understand why the problematic Tatooine shot was included, but if there’s ever another cut of this film made, I’d strongly suggest removing that shot from this scene, even if you have to just imply that Anakin and Padme see the transmission.
I think it could work to just omit shots of the couple and focus on Obiwan’s message, then cut to the shot of the Nubian Cruiser leaving the Naboo hangar. This would create some implications for the viewer to follow; firstly, that Anakin saw the transmission and secondly, that he rushed to his Master’s rescue. I don’t think these are too obscure or hard to follow for most viewers.
That scene aside, this was a great cut of the Prequels. Thanks for making it!
Haha I mean, I can’t disagree with you on a purely literal level. But in the context of my cut, you’re never explicitly TAKEN to Tatooine. I’ve thought about rotoscoping a Naboo landscape outside the windows of the ship. While it doesn’t explain why they’re on the ship, such is the plight of a fan editor. Unfortunately, I’ve lost the edit files in the intervening years and Avid is not friendly to such issues.
Very much appreciate you watching the cut and replying! You gave me a laugh tonight because it’s one of the small issues I still think about.
That’s a tough one re: watching this first. I would definitely encourage you to see it as originally edited first. But I’ll send you the link and you can make your own choices! There might be a few moments where things are slightly confusing and you’ll have to infer the main character’s motivations.
Hey Nibcrom! No argument - this is one of those rare fan edits where I explicitly think it makes the movie slightly worse. But it definitely creates a much darker, more adrift version of K which I found to be interesting.
I will gladly watch all two hours and 45 minutes and relish every bit of it. But I know there are people out there (and plenty who decided to skip it at the theaters) because they were turned off by the length. If you end up giving it a watch, would love to hear your thoughts!
Hey fellow fan edit appreciators! I had such an enthusiastic response to my last couple Star Wars edits and this time I’m trying something different.
Blade Runner 2049 is an absolutely gorgeous movie and a worthy follow up to the original. But it’s also significantly longer. As a sort of thought experiment, I wanted to make a tighter version. The solution I came up with is to completely remove Joi (which it really does in the figurative and literal sense).
That’s kind of it. It trims over 20 minutes from the film and makes for a more nihilistic sort of movie. The audience has to infer a lot more of K’s motivations and his existence becomes solely about his work and unraveling the mystery. I did rearrange Mackenzie Davis’s replicant prostitute subplot to immediately follow meeting K. Without Joi instigating, it felt more organic that way.
The only cameo appearance of Ms. de Armas is a single generic Joi advertisement (though not the infamous billboard appearance at the end).
Would love to hear what people think - does it ruin the movie by being too dark and confusing or is the tighter runtime beneficial?
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Sent you a PM Thrashbarg. Hope everyone is enjoying the updated cut!
Since I’ve had some renewed interest in this, I thought I would share a video about the creative process. What I chose to leave in, cut out. Glad people are enjoying my cut! https://youtu.be/xE1cIJ8nGPs
For anyone following the thread, I just updated the edit with improved transitions and a new extended intro with Solo-esque non-crawl. Used comments from here, Reddit and Youtube to make these improvements. Appreciate all the positive feedback I’ve received!
Love that we both wanted Kylo’s mask to stay on until his father confronts him! And one of the only shots that bothers me in my edit here is Jannah in the background on the Death Star… !
Watched the video. Unfortunately I’m not really skilled in After Effects or roto work. If no one else has done it, I can make a crawl for you. I did one for my Prequel 3 to 1 edit. PM me if that’s of use to you!