Will you edit your own movies?

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  1. RichardMA

    RichardMA Second Unit

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    It's pretty clear that a way to copy DVDs is getting
    very close, and D-VHS seems to be it. Now, this is not
    to suggest copying movies for illegal distribution, but
    will any of you feel compelled to "edit" you own movies if
    given the chance? This topic popped up when Fantom Menace
    came out and people mentioned that if Jar Jar could be
    edited from the movie, it would have been a better film.
    Given that we should be able to do this in about 6 months
    to a year, will anyone here be doing it?
    Not to blaspheme, but I can think of a few scenes/characters in certain movies that would benefit from
    removal.
     
  2. ChrisLee

    ChrisLee Stunt Coordinator

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    Okay Im a little confused by what you are proposing. If its a question of whether people will edit their own home movies then yes. They'll use a computer and transfer if to a DVD(not DVHS). If you're talking about editing a studio movie that was made by another person (eg Godfather, Star Wars) then the answer would be no. Why would anyone go thru the hassle of editing out scenes that they don't think are good? Personally, if there is a couple of scenes I don't like then I just fast forward. And if there are too many scenes I don't like then I simply turn the movie off.

    And I doubt DVHS will be used for any kind of home video editing at all. What would be the point? I don't know of any HDTV camcorders...
     
  3. JasenP

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    Why on earth would I want to do that? That's a bit like playing God, don't you think? I don't have the right to tamper with someone elses's work.
    However, I saw The Phantom Edit and I actually thought it flowed better. [​IMG]
     
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    My initial reaction is sure there are scenes in movies I could do without. However after thinking about it, most of those scenes belong in the movies as they give some sort of character development or setup some obscure plot point or what have you. I think if I were to watch a moive I'd already seen, and scenes were cut out, I would be like, "hey isn't there another scene here where ....."

    So ultimately I'd say no. Besides, for me, the longer the better, so why would I want to cut myself out of some entertainment time.
     
  5. Nigel McN

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    actually this probably wouldn't be hard to implement now (if a programmer desired) on a software dvd player. you could just make a small list, like a cue file.
     
  6. Patrick McCart

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    Why would you spend 40 dollars on a movie, just to re-edit it to your own tastes? That's like re-editing Memento chronlogically. It's not what was intended.
     
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    The Moviemask software can do just this. It's being marketed as an "editor" for family-friendly edits, but the scripting software will be made available so you can alter DVD playback in any number of ways. You'll then be able to download other peoples script files and check out what they've done.
     
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    If one were interested in filmmaking and editing for film, it'd make for an interesting project, HOWEVER, on the whole it is a rather silly idea, and it would not be long before some chump re-edited a movie, copied the vob files and stuck them online for all to download.

    I myself, despite a heavy interest in filmmaking, would have no wish to mess with someone elses movie. It's simply not my right.

    Dan
     
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    Ten years go in a film class I took, a girl edited together a selection of scenes from various Jesus movies and laid down a new soundtrack over it with her singing a Christian soft rock song. She was a senior and turned this in as her final project under the guise of "editing project". She got read the riot act in front of the entire class for destroying someone else's work. Very embaressing for her, but I think a valuable lesson sunk into the rest of our heads. Later our prof told me the story of finding a student in the edit bay reediting Blade Runner a couple of years before. He just wouldnt put up with that monkey business and made it KNOWN.
     
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    I don't see a problem with reediting a movie to your personal taste. Songs are remixed by DJ's, I canÕt see a difference. I sometimes remix music to include verses by various artists or remixes into on long song. I enjoyed watching Memento chronologically after I had seen it the first time. I wonÕt mind see and reedit of Pulp-Fiction chronologically.
     
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    As silly as some scenes are, I just would not want to tamper with a movie, somehow it would ruin the movie for me. If however the scene(s) was so bad, I would do without the movie.
     
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    I make copies of DVD's with my DVD-R burner right now.
     
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    Although I certainly want uncensored versions of all films available, and don't want studios editing them, I really have no problem with what an individual does.

    Frankly, I think most of us do this to some degree. For myself, when I watch Singin' in the Rain I completely skip over that ballet at the end which ruins the film. Without it, it's a good film. Would I edit it out for my own viewing if I could? Damn straight. I already skip it anyway.

    And I do not own There's Something About Mary because I don't like the closeup of the zipper scene. I would never want them to censor this, but if I could edit it out for my own viewing, then I'd buy and love this movie.

    Am I going against the director's intent? Yeah. But then my only option is to never watch those films since I think the inclusion of these scenes wreck those movies.

    Then there are multiple cuts of films like T2. We all pick a version to watch. That's a form of self-editing. As long as we have the choice to do so ourselves, I see no harm in it whatsoever. It's only a problem when others make the choices for you.
     
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    Yeah, doing it for yourself and showing it in your own home is fine. Of course, if I had that much free time, I'd probably do something else [​IMG]
    And can you really copy protected DVD onto D-VHS? Seems like something they'd want to prevent.
    //Ken
     

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