I just recently watched this edit, and I have to say I didn’t see why everyone was giving it huge props.
Actually think most of the time people like something cause its new, but that doesn’t always make it good.
The opening is too long and boring, the Viral clips used where good yes, and I understand the inclusion of the TED video, which I liked, but the Noomi phone call video, wasn’t a good choice and it wasn’t ever suppose to be part of the movie, it was her screen test.
The title sequence was blah, and didn’t give credit to anyone not even the director Ridley Scott.
In your breakdown you explain why you took things out but some of it was like why? I don’t think you understood all the characters, like Weyland; for example: Weyland saying “What happens when we die.” Sure they didn’t find anything there that had to do with that, but Weyland was hoping they would, hence one of the reasons why they spent 11 trillion dollars to get out there.. But then you leave in the whole David looking at her dreams… Why? What point does that serve to the overall plot of the story, there's no big reveal to why this is important?
The inclusion of the deleted footage was good, and definitely builds the characters, but they looked so out of place, it was like watching a work print. They where all smoked over and green, didn’t look like they where colored at all, and every time one came on, it threw me right of the picture. I watched this with a friend and even he asked “Why does it look so different?”. The volume of those added sequences was off also by about 6db.
The dream / flash back sequence was just not for me, it just doesn’t progress the story any. In the beginning I was happy you got rid of those scene’s, but then you added them back in.. bored again…
The editing was good on the cuts though, and some of the audio work that you did was nice. Though in the Shaw vs Engineer scene you didn’t add any extra sound in that sequence except music so it felt a bit out of place, an again felt more like a work print.
I understand where you where going with this edit, and if your new to editing, then you did a good job with your cuts and some of your audio work, but when your adding clips that haven’t been mastered, you need to look at your levels and balance all the audio. Another thing you need to do is try your best to color correct the sequences to match the overall look of the film, premade filters don’t cut it. If you don’t know how to color correct, ask someone on the boards, or look up how to read Color Curves, CMY, RGB levels. And always remember pacing, stop; take a look at it; even if its good and you like it, pace it out and see how it feels, if your not sure, have a friend watch it, sometimes even if its good, it just doesn’t fit, or it doesn’t fit there.
Do you recommend this edit?
Owner's replyJune 16, 2013
To answer your two questions about specific edits:
-- Removing Weyland's "what happens when we die" line - it's not just that the archeological find had nothing to do with this. My take on Weyland is that he's a materialist with zero belief in the afterlife. When he says David has no soul that is a just a rhetorical flourish to underline the areas where David's mimicing of human behavior is lacking. The TED speech that you find boring blatantly states Weyland's belief that through unfettered use of technology, humankind can conquer almost any problem. Through the use of technology, he says, "We are the gods now." So he has no interest in the spiritual or the afterlife, he does not want to see "what happens when we die", he instead wants to avoid death through technology and live forever, hoping the Engineers will gift him that. For Shaw to believe the Engineers may know something about "what happens when we die", as she says in her phone call pitch, makes sense since there is a spiritual side to the Engineer's mystery for her. For Weyland, it does not.
-- Including David watching Shaw's dream -- there is a theme throughout the movie of children with traumatic, or troubled, relations to the parents: Humanity --> Engineers, Vickers --> Weyland, David --> Weyland. This theme is introduced through Shaw's dream of her dad/mom (her relationship with them was good, unlike those other relationships, but they both died when she was young). This is also referenced by David's later statement to Shaw about watching her dreams and knowing about her father's death, which also, given its place in this edit, underlines that her vision of the Engineers she just had when out on the table is a dream.