I thought it would be an interesting challenge to see if I could extract the fragile love story at the center of 'Peeping Tom', from all the murder and sadism around it. To do it I knew Brian Easdale's superb but unsettling avant-garde Piano score had to go. What better to replace it with but some romantic Ennio Morricone music. In the original movie Mark decides to open up to Helen by showing her a home-movie of his father psychologically torturing him. Helen does react to this with sympathy and love for Mark but it was way too dark for this lighthearted short. Now the lonely Mark shows Helen a film that represents his deepest longings (Well that's the idea anyway).
Once Upon A Time In America (Soundtrack)
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Soundtrack)
www.freesound.org (Various SoundFX)
- Obviously all of Mark's murders are removed.
- The score is entirely replaced with Ennio Morricone.
- The short is mostly drawn from Mark and Helen's first meeting and the date they go on later in the film, although some things have been switched about.
00.10 - Mixed original party-scene audio low to only just register. Except two vocal lines
00.12 - Added still image of cake and gradual move into zoom
00.47 - Removed original score and added in new soundfx
01.50 - Removed original score and added in new soundfx
02.02 - Created new FX shot adding 'Nuovo Cinema Paradiso' footage on top of original projection
02.46 - Mixed in swell of music on Helen's entrance
04.32 - Retimed Mark's lines to allow removal of others
04.36 - Removed discussion about rent and awkward silences
04.49 - Removed Mark saying "Yes" twice in an odd way
05.14 - Removed a few moments before dark room scene
06.36 - Shortened two shots with the lamp to remove creepy feel
06.47 - Removed shot of Mark choosing a different reel
06.49 - Removed shot of Mark putting that reel back
07.52 - Rearranged ordering of projection shots and intercut scenes from the "Kiss" scene from 'Nuovo Cinema Paradiso'. Rescored and added projector SoundFX and various other sounds
08.07 - Created a small FXshot replacing the screen behind Helen
10.23 - Removed shots of Helen acting distressed/angry and remade soundtrack
10.28 - Added slow fade to black
10.29 - Cut many scenes to bring Mark and Helen's date forward, so it's as if this is where they are going when Helen said "Let's get out of here". Added slow fade up
11.07 - Added slow fade into clock and removed creepy scenes of Mark watching people
11.10 - Added extra faded shot of date over clock plus many extra SoundFX to date scene (Laughter, restaurant noise, footsteps etc)
11.34 - Added extra faded shot of date over clock. Reversed shot so Helen now goes from a frown to a smile
11.39 - Added slow fade out of clock
12.11 - Removed weird shots of Mark talking to himself while Helen isn't looking and being generally obsessed with his movie camera
12.13 - Flipped and slowed down shot of Mark to make it appear as if he is gazing at Helen longingly. Then Helen just kisses him goodnight
12.19 - Added "Goodnight Mark" line from earlier
12.23 - Added "I hope that you... have a sweet tooth" line from earlier. Maybe Helen is saying this as she walks away or maybe Mark is imagining it
12.25 - Added slowed down shot of birthday cake slice on table plus slow fade out
12.27 - Added "The End" title from 'Citizen Kane' just because I like the design of it
12.30 - Added brief fanedit titlecard
Ennio Moricone Music:
00.00 - 05.26 - 'Deborah's Theme: Amapola'(,)
07.22 - 10.44 - 'Love Theme' (#)
10.35 - 12.09 - 'Friends' (,)
11.52 - 12.34 - 'Photographic Memories' (,)
(,) From 'Once Upon A Time In America'
(#) From 'Nuovo Cinema Paradiso'
I enjoyed this on several levels. Foremost, it’s almost a different beast compared to the lurid original. TM2YC does a great job presenting a straightforward story that I’m sure the director never intended, and a great deal of the wonder comes from knowing of the transformation and seeing how it’s pulled off.
The original film, I found, is also the source of many of TM2YC’s fanediting hallmarks: his fanedit intros, his first-time edit approval graphic, and his very moniker. I was delighted to discover these elements, like a cosmonaut finding hot, gourmet cheeseburgers in a Martian cave.
The new Morricone score carries a somewhat high volume here and there. And though no fault of the faneditor, the inserted footage from Nuovo Cinema Paradiso has unconvincing aged film effects. But the change I would have liked to see most, to decrease the perv vibe, is movie-within-movie material that’s more appropriate for a first date.
I love seeing edits of older films, and TM2YC does a great job of packaging the charm of another time period. I want to see more of these, please. Take me to your cinema.
I absolutely love Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom". It's a masterpiece, but to be honest the parts I was most bored by were the, big surprise here, romantic moments. Who knew that if you took out the serial killing and just focused on the awkward love story, it makes for a great little short. A wonderful job done by TM2YC.
Gazing through the window. Skulking about silently, avoiding conversation. Secret projector room featuring reels of explicit nudity. Stalker? Pervert? Serial killer? No, no, no. A far lower, more contemptible example of humanity: a fan editor.
But seriously, this is fantastic. Socially awkward, Mark longs for the emotions he can only experience vicariously through the magic of cinema. A beautiful little story, enhanced through the magnificent music of Ennio Morricone. Touching stuff, especially considering the source material!
A nice short that is quite a transformation from the source material. The editing is very well done. Narratively, Mark still comes off like a bit of a psycho in the beginning. There is a slight implication that he might be watching porn or snuff. Having him view something a bit tamer might have better sold that he was just a lonely, but harmless guy. A minor point though, and there is a lot of great editing on display!
This is a very enjoyable fanedit. I have no idea where the cuts are at all, so great job. I was fortunate to preview this a while back and I thought it played as off-kilter charming and I really enjoyed the dynamic. The tension was building and building up to him putting on the reel. I sought out the source 'Peeping Tom' and was absolutely shocked to find what the film is about. I thought it was excellent, and to carve out a romantic, pleasant short with that subject matter is wonderful. It's a good example of what fanediting can be. I really enjoyed rewatching it; great job. As a bonus, it's fun to see where the TM2YC intro comes from, as well.