As a storyteller and professional editor, fan edits are a useful exercise in understanding story structure and pacing. By cutting down various TV shows into a more concise movie format, I get the opportunity to study the art of storytelling and figure out what an audience truly needs to understand and follow the characters in a longer piece.
The great thing about a TV series is that you really get to spend time to get to know the characters and slow down your story flow. Intimate moments can be elongated for emotional impact; action sequences can detail every kick, punch, and twirl; and, of course, you can tell fuller and longer stories with multiple arcs and a plethora of characters over multiple episodes and seasons.
Movies don't have as much time to spare. Of course you can have trilogies and sagas, but for the most part, the audience expects a beginning, middle, and end within a couple of hours. We need to know what the character wants, why it's so important to them, and then we need to see them accomplish or fail their tasks in a timely manner at a comfortable pace. The fun thing about editing down a TV show into a movie is that you get to spend a lot more time with the source material, understanding the story from inside out and figuring out what parts are absolutely necessary and what can be sacrificed in order to keep things moving.
STAR WARS & EDITING
I've been a huge Star Wars fan all my life. As a filmmaker, Star Wars is an incredible piece of work that literally changed the whole industry. It's been on the cutting edge of practical, visual and special effects from the very beginning and continues to make breakthroughs with creations like StageCraft for virtual production. I highly recommend watching the documentary "Light & Magic" on Disney Plus to really get a full understanding of what Star Wars did to the film industry.
Another interesting thing to note is that George Lucas always felt most comfortable in the editing room. It was the final chapter in the movie-making process and a lot could change in that last step. When Lucas first screened a rough cut of Star Wars to his close friends and trusted colleagues, they had a lot of notes on how the story could be improved. It's safe to say that Star Wars was "saved in the edit" and Lucas continually went back to re-edit and add things to his work to make it better. Sometimes additions don't serve the story and sometimes they do, but all this is to say that editing is a powerful tool in storytelling.
Being able to make my own artistic and creative changes to the source material is a very helpful exercise in understanding story structure for feature films. I plan to write and direct my own films and all the research and practice I can get before making that leap will ultimately make my work better.
THE RESPONSE & COMMUNITY
I never thought that anyone would interested in the fan projects that I worked on for myself but after posting on TikTok about my Obi-Wan edit, I was very surprised at the sheer magnitude of people that wanted to see my personal take on what these stories could look like as films.
I am so incredibly grateful for everyone that has said such kind things. Because of the attention that my fan edits have seen, I've been a guest on a few podcasts, the news, written about in Variety, IGN, ScreenRant, and more, and I've been contacted by hundreds of thousands of Star Wars fans that love my work.
So I just want to thank you all so much and I hope you enjoy these fan edits. May the Force be with you!
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