Posted March 28 2013 - 02:24 AM
I have been doing my own serious fandits for along time, ever since Phantom Menance DVD to de-Jar Jar that film. This was the first fanedit I came across and it sowed the seed in my brain. I've created my own versions of many favourites of the fanedit community, Matrix Trilogy de-Zionised, Indy IV, LOTR, etc. Back in the day I did VHS versions of Blade Runner and Legend.
I taught myself to edit my own DVD rips using Womble MPEG Wizard. With the advent of BluRay I migrated to AVIsynth as editing AVC H264 was a real pain.
I like to do my own versions because quality is more important than the edit, I won't make the cut if I can't make it seemless. Also many Fanedits go too far.
So for example with Die Another Day, I just took out the final part of the absurd ice chase where Bond para-surfs the wave following an explosion. (A true jumping the shark moment) This trim is only a few minutes, but is invisible as an edit. But by ratcheting down the absurdity by just one notch the film stays on the right line of enjoyable.
I've already done my version of The Hobbit taking just 15 minutes out of the film. Cuts included no Frodo, no Dwarves burping, no Sebastian, no stick insect (hardest cut), no Rock giants, no bridge collapse. I also tightened the party, Bilbo leaving, Orc chase, arrival at Rivendell and the fall into Goblin town.
I did a version of the Two Towers where I took out Aragorns fake death and the Nazgul at Osgiliath.
Since then I turned LOTR trilogy into a 16 episode mini series, with titles and credits and few minor other edits. This was so I could enjoy the films with my son, who is not up to watching three 4 hour long movies. Once the idea of breaking up the viewings occurred, I looked at the films and decided they broke very nicely into 45 minute episodes. I looked into making the films more like the books, but the footage just isn't there to make it work. You need to cross cut Frodo's journey, it doesn't work as one block because the pacing is terrible.
Last year I took the Marvel movies Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Captain American, Hulk and Thor and edited them chronologically into another 15 episode Mini series. Hulk and Iron Man 2 are greatly improved being cut up this way.
Now that I use AVIsynth for my editing it would be easy enough to share the scripts so people can run their own edits without searching for torrents. It's something I've been thinking of blogging about. As an aside the is a really good AVIsynth script on a blog with guidelines for de-greening the Fellowship blu-ray.