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Ben 10: Alien Swarm - Reloaded Edition

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Looking back at my edit of Ben 10: Race Against Time, I decided to start tackling on Alien Swarm for the fun of it. This movie was a much better improvement compared to it's predecessor. There isn't anything that takes you out of it IMO, but I think this movie would benefit with a little tweaking.

Here's what I have planned:
  • Color correction so the movie has a vibrant look that's similar to Alien Force and Ultimate Alien.
  • Trim excessive or unnecessary shots.
  • Trim or remove dialogue I feel is redundant.
  • Inserting small bits of the Alien Force soundtrack in places I feel that are appropriate. Might be present once or twice though.
  • Reduce Max's over the top anger towards Victor and Elena Validus.
  • Add a hint of Elena being infected at the end of the movie in order to bridge the plot twist from the Ultimate Alien episode Revenge of the Swarm.
V1 Changes:

Applied color correction to the movie to resemble the same look as Alien Force and Ultimate Alien.

Trimmed Kevin heading to the abandoned factory after the opening title for pacing.

Trimmed Elena and the dealers arriving for pacing.

The chips aren't revealed to be alien technology until Kevin asks what it does.

Moved Fitzz turning around before Gwen shows up so both her and Ben appear in a uninterrupted shot.

Removed Elena stating she's not like the rest of the team.

Cut Ben warning Gwen about the incoming chips and her unnecessary backflip.

Removed Kevin saying "I know someone who can."

Trimmed the dealers crashing out of the building when they escape.

Removed Ben saying "Ready or not."

Cut Ben wanting to use Spidermonkey so his transformation into Big Chill is intentional.

Added the Omnitrix transformation sound effect from Alien Force when Ben chooses an alien.

Removed the overly dramatic sequence of the chips heading towards Gwen so that when Victor throws them towards her, the scene cuts to her jumping away from them.

Removed the Plumber computer giving out information about the chips so it isn't repeated when Gwen says the same thing.

Reduced Max's harsh attitude towards Elena after she is found inside his office.

Removed Max and Ben lines about the decision to stay away from Elena.

Replaced the quick overhead shot of the city when Kevin begins to break the code with stock footage that has less movement.

Trimmed Ben and Elena heading to Victor's lab for pacing.

Removed moments showing Victor and the rest of the infected when Ben and Elena enter his building. Kept the ringing to maintain the fact that they are being watched.

Ben doesn't refer to the infected arriving as a trap from Elena.

Elena doesn't punch one of the infected as she and Ben escape.

Removed Max accusing Victor of selling the chips and being a liar.

The color of Gwen's mana is fixed when she checks to see if the infected were at the distribution center.

Trimmed the chase between Kevin's car and the chips for pacing.

Removed a frame of black screen when Ben transforms into Humungousaur.

Trimmed the Humungousaur fight for pacing by removing a couple of shots and the exchange between Gwen, Kevin, and Elena.

Removed Max wanting Elena in the brig.

Removed Max telling everyone what to do with the exception of Elena after Ben says they have to find the queen. Finding the queen is everyone's priority.

Removed Max saying he doesn't want Elena going two feet without an escort.

Cut Ben telling everyone to move.

Removed Kevin saying Max is restrained after knocking him out.

Removed Kevin joking about Max's big jobs.

Kevin doesn't correct Gwen on what to call a car.

Removed Ed mentioning any weapons or defenses for Ben's car.

Ben doesn't go back on his small army statement when taking a closer look at the distribution center.

Cut the infected dropping one of the crates and Kevin's following joke.

Removed Ben's expository line about how many people there are on Earth.

Removed Elena saying no after the revelation about Victor.

Removed shots of Kevin that were in the middle of Elena's fight with the infected.

Removed Gwen, Kevin, and Elena standing close to each other doing nothing while surrounded by the infected.

Elena's eyes briefly glow when Max apologizes to Victor. This was done to hint at her being infected that was revealed in the Ultimate Alien episode Revenge of the Swarm.

The Ben 10: Alien Force theme plays near the end of the credits.
 
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A before and after comparison of the color correction.

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Looks great! And your changelist sounds great, exactly my thoughts after rewatching. Wish they kept the same actor for Grandpa Max for continuity.
 

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Here's a little preview of the Black Market introduction. Before there were like eleven shots of the dealers as they were approaching. Here I cut that down to just about half of that. When Kevin asks what they brought, it isn't revealed that it's alien technology until after he asks what it does, just a way to keep the mystery flowing a tiny bit more.

Out of pure luck I managed to get Gwen and Ben's introductions to be one uninterrupted shot by moving Fitz's reaction before Gwen appears. I was able to do something similar when Ben was captured in Race Against Time and I was surprised I could do it again with this scene.
 

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I've tightened the first fight scene so that there's less jump cuts and removed some weird moments, such as Ben calling out to Gwen when the alien chips head towards her and the unnecessary backflip she does. I always thought Kevin's distorted voice was bizarre, so that was out too. I've also trimmed out the dealers escape and removed Ben wanting Spidermonkey so that his transformation into Big Chill is intentional.
 

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There's one establishing shot I felt needed to be replaced because it was spinning too fast, it was the quick street view after Kevin begins to break into Max's personal files. So I looked for some stock footage to see if I could find a suitable replacement that would best fit with the film. Eventually I found one that was identical and the spinning was much more gentle. All that remained was matching the color grading and adding film grain.


Original shot:

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Stock footage with color correction and film grain:

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Originally I planned to have one of the chips shown inside Elena's neck when Max apologizes to Victor. But it ended up looking janky when in motion. But then I remembered the eyes of an infected person would light up at times. I ended up taking a screenshot of the Ship It employee when Gwen and Kevin were investigating and put the eyes over Elena's. It's one of those blink and you miss it moments but it looks much better than the previous idea. I'll have to do a little more tweaking before I'm satisfied with it.
 

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Elena's eyes change near the three second mark and then revert back to normal after she blinks. It's a very small change and can be easily missed, but I think it helps foreshadow her involvement during the events of Ultimate Alien.

I'm almost done with this edit. I just need to finish up the end credits music and double check the audio. After that, this will be ready for release.
 

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This edit has been completed and is uploaded on the IFDB.
 
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Forgot to make a trailer for this edit. Better late than never I guess.

 
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