Buffy The Prophecy
In order to do that I took the liberty to change some of the story, restructure other parts and give new meaning to certain characters.
This edit was redone and reimagined as the first chapter in a Five Part series. The updated version is here.
TomH1138, Neglify, Gatos, heatherly84 and especially BionicBob.
And I want to thank Joss Whedon and co. for creating the TV-show.
Fortunately with Buffy season 1 I found the key how to tell the story so that it becomes an enjoyable cinematic experience and yet keep all important themes and characters intact and even improve on the story:
1. I got rid of all the unnecessary monster-of the-week-elements.
2. I created a new dream-subplot surrounding the "anointed one". By changing and expanding on the "anointed one"'s meaning and importance I was able to tell the important themes of Buffy season 1 in a more interesting and impactful way, and at the same time give the "anointed one" some much needed meaning and justification to exist within the plot.
3. Through the use of some flashbacks I could tell certain story-elements without disturbing the movie's pacing.
To structure all of it I used a classical three-act with a thorough introduction, a middle-part where the characters develop their interrelations and and end where it all the themes and plot culminate in a climax.
I finally got around to watching this over the weekend, I'm glad I did.
Usually when someone attempts these type of edits they end up with a 4 hour film instead but given that this was only a 12 episode season you had considerably less narrative to work with.
Insurprisingly the pilot serves for quite almost a quarter of the story, establishing the characters and then working from there through the relevant parts of the other 12 episodes. I think it worked out well.
As noted above, there were a few instances it was obvious where the picture quality was slightly blurry, you had zoomed in to hide opening credits, this sisn't really detract from my overall enjoyment. I also picked up on the quick fade out as the Master and his team started laughing but again, it didn't bother me. This is just a fun 2 hour ride for anyone willing to retrad the first season but not getting bogged down by monsters of the week (and season 1's were some of the worst) so thanks for this edit and I look forward to your future projects.
I had the pleasure of watching the evolution of the fan edit over several months, and watching NewSpock grow as a storyteller and Fan Editor. The following is my review:
VIDEO/AUDIO QUALITY 8 out of 10
This is a MKV-Only Release, so I watched it on my computer and the video is good, especially when one considers how poor season one of the original source material is.... There was one or two video glitches and the picture quality takes a dip where you have zoomed in and cropped to remove title cards, but it is acceptable as it all serves the story. The audio is terms of sound seemed fine for a MKV release.
VISUAL EDITING 8 out of 10
Did not notice any flash frames but some of the cuts could have used slight more padding and some of created commercial breaks could have been smoother and more polished.
AUDIO EDITING 7 out of 10
There is fading in or out of audio during mid-dialogue during some transition scenes and a scene where you can hear the Master just starting to laugh on a transition into a new scene. Audio fan editing is the hardest to master (I am still learning) but I think you have made remarkable improvement.
NARRATIVE 8 out of 10
Editing episodic television into a cohesive 2 hour story is the hardest type of fan edit to create and you have done a very good job. The story has a clear beginning, middle and end. The two Flashback solutions are clever, though still a bit choppy but they accomplish their tasks. The Dream Subplot is a refreshing twist, though not always clear. But all the characters are well developed and the plot is solid and swift.
ENJOYMENT 8 out of 10
This is a fun movie and should appeal to Buffy fans. Thanks for the entertainment. Thumbs Up!