Self Help

 
8.9 (4)
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Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
You met me at a very strange time in my life.
Original Movie Title:
Genre:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1999
Original Running Time:
139
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
15
Time Cut:
124
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Brief Synopsis:
A short film focused on the romance between Marla and our narrator.
Intention:
My intention was to maintain the arc of the romance from Fight Club in a short to be part of the Love Consecution.
Special Thanks:
Rogue, matrix, Adabisi and TM2YC for the help with the edit and putting things together.
Release Information
  • NTSC DVD-5
  • MP4/M4V/MOV
Editing Details:
Sony Vegas Movie Studio used.

Mostly the trick was cutting enough to get down to 15 minutes but maintaining the story cohesively. The trickiest part was having to include Project Mayhem but make it believable that it seemingly comes out of nowhere.
Cuts and Additions:
Lots of cuts, to pretty much everything that doesn't involve Marla.
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Self Help by thecuddlyninja (15.39)

User reviews

4 reviews

Overall rating 
 
8.9
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0  (4)
Visual Editing 
 
9.5  (4)
Audio Editing 
 
8.5  (4)
Narrative 
 
8.5  (4)
Enjoyment 
 
8.8  (4)
Overall rating 
 
7.9
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
8.0
Audio Editing 
 
7.0
Narrative 
 
7.0
Enjoyment 
 
8.0

I really wanted to love this one, since "Fight Club" is one of my all-time favorites. Unfortunately there were too many dodgy editing choices to distract me. Not to say that the editing was bad, but it definitely needed more finesse and care. And the overall narrative didn't quite work for me. The way I approach these shorts when I watch them is "Does this make sense if I've never seen the original?" and for this one there are way too many holes and unanswered questions. Cuddly did a good job at telling their overall story, but there were too many things left out to make this it's own neat package. For example, we needed to see "Jack" with Marla at the restaurant after his revelation, which leads to him putting her on a bus for her safety. Without that, we see Marla being dragged off a bus in the finale and her yelling about why he put her on a bus, and it's just very obvious there is more to the story that needed to be seen.

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Overall rating 
 
9.5
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
9.0
Narrative 
 
8.0
Enjoyment 
 
10.0

I enjoyed this one a lot. I think Fight Club is a great film and have seen it a number of times, and overall I think thecuddlyninja's effort at condensing the story worked. Of necessity there are some elements that have to go unexplained - the Space Monkeys just appear in the story, some of the background between Marla and the Narrator has to be read through subtext, things like that - but I think these are limitations in the source. I did feel that the transition back from the dream sequence was a tad abrupt, but I suspect it was intentional as all the other transitions (including the music replacement near the end) were smoothly handled.

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Overall rating 
 
8.9
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
9.0
Narrative 
 
10.0
Enjoyment 
 
8.0

A most atypical love triangle. Dysfunction, neuroses, mutual deception, self-deception (and then some). A very dark short, and very well paced and presented.

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Overall rating 
 
9.2
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
9.0
Narrative 
 
9.0
Enjoyment 
 
9.0

Great little short! The post-"dream" transition was a bit abrupt, but I think that was a stylistic choice by the editor. Otherwise, everything is edited together seamlessly. Well done cuddly.

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MP4/AVI/etc. (HD)
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