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Patriot Games: To Serve And Protect

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Tagline:
You stuck your nose in where it didn't belong.

Brief Synopsis:
An Irish terrorist seeks revenge on Jack Ryan and his family after the death of his brother at the hands of Ryan.

Intention:
To create a PG-13 companion to Patriot Games' follow-up film Clear and Present Danger and to remove portions of the film that were ridiculous and or over acted.

Editing Details:
This movie is pretty light on violence/gore and language for an R outing so the editing itself wasn't to the level of some of my pervious edits. I also removed small moments that were very 90's looking in terms of having things in a shot that were completely ridiculous (guns in plain sight and such). The idea is to make the Irish extremists more competent and less ridiculous in how they carry out their plans.

Current Cuts and Additions:
+FE Warning & Logos
-Cut shot of drivers getting shot repeatedly (looks ridiculous and over the top anyway)
-Cut Sean's f-bomb when he's trying to open the door
-Trimmed hot of Sean's brother's face when they first remove his mask to remove the blood that is pouring out of his mouth
-Cut second close up shot of Sean's brother's face laying lifeless on the ground
-Trimmed up audio of Cathy approaching Jack after he gets shot
+Gradual zoom crop of shot as Owen's approaches Sean in the interrogation room to remove lip movements of audio that was cut
-Removed Owens cursing at Sean
-Trimmed O'Donnell's conversation to tighten up the exchange
-Trimmed bedroom scene with Annette & Jimmy; image cropped a bit tighter and the scene is less sexualized, now it's a quick transition to Annette going to her purse to retrieve her gun; head shots left in as they don't contain gore
-Trimmed up Sean's escape scene; removed one guard getting shot boy O'Donnell, removed Sean executing the inspector, driver and guard, it's now implied
=Cropped & smart upscaled scene where Sean is holding his gun in the van and it is extremely visible to anyone outside. Scenes like this show how unbelievably ridiculous this group is.
-Trimmed & rearranged some of the over the top Van swerving on the highway and Sean broadcasting to the world that he has a gun and is hanging out of the van.....again this is just super ridiculous; the scene now has a shortened up chase with an uninterrupted phone call between Jack and Cathy, then Sean opens the door and starts firing at Cathy and Sally
-Trimmed Ryan's flashback scenes after using the bathroom to remove the gory imagery of Sean's brother's death; rearranged and used scenes from beginning of the movie to fill void and have it focus more on the car that Annette is driving
-Trimmed Sean gunning down Cooley on camera. It's now implied
+Added dropped phone signal to phone call when Sean calls Jack at his home. Cut the full curse as if he stops himself naturally.
-Trimmed dialogue during the bar scene where Ryan confronts Paddy O'Neil
=Masked scene of Agents watching Cooley to create the spy camera effect
-Trimmed scene where Watkins takes out the DSS agent as he goes down into the cellar. This is done to let us realize Watkins is the traitor at the same time Ryan does.
-Cut close up of dead DSS agent with gunshot to the head
-Cut shot of Sally emerging from the hanging close in the closet and smiling after Cathy knocks out Annette
-Rearranged boat chase and fight, Sean no longer dies by getting impaled on the anchor; Sean jumps on the boat, attacks Jack with the Gaffe hook, they hit choppy water, Jack knocks Sean out and notices the rocks, Jack jumps out of the boat, the boat blows up
 
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Oh, it seems you are back with your redacted edits :) I am a fan of the Harrison Ford/Jack Ryan movies. You can imagine I am intrigued now. I can also see that you will not include some of the deleted scenes like the "Out of the cellar" scene :p
 

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Honestly I didn't really look to see if there were any deleted scenes on the Blu Ray. I'll take a look to see what extra footage is available.
 

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DigModiFicaTion said:
Honestly I didn't really look to see if there were any deleted scenes on the Blu Ray. I'll take a look to see what extra footage is available.

Fair enough :) Curious about how you manage to keep the pace of the movie. I always had a soft spot for James Horner soundtrack on this one.
 

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I have the 5 movie Jack Ryan pack. The only special features on my disc is a making of. No deleted scenes.

The pace is the same. There's only about 4 minutes of stuff that have been taken out so far. I wanted to remove Cooley as his character is pointless, but he's woven into the plot just enough that it would be impossible to take him out and have Ryan figure out where they are. I was also hoping to remove him as it would allow the removal of the side plots of the British police looking for IRA radicals that ultimately has now real impact on the narrowed focus of the story, Sean's revenge on Jack.
 

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I found this poster on TPDb and thought it captured the main focus of the movie as well as what I wanted to accomplish in this edit.
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Of course I couldn't just take the poster and call it good, I had to go and fanedit it :) To create this poster, I used Vegas Pro.

I wanted to add a subtitle for the edit and needed more space. So, I found the scene this shot was taken from and created a png file of the frame. I created a mask to retain the logo and then multiple layers of masked images to create the smoky background from the captured frame. Next I used the Compacta font to create a subtitle, doubled it and set the base color to black and the top color to match the color of the logo. I set the bottom level to 65% transparency to mirror the shadow effect. I then used a color fill media texture and masked a rectangle out of it to create a bar between the logo and sub title. I used the same approach as the font to create the shadowed look. And voila! A poster for this edit.

Here's a screen cap of the project file
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And the finished poster
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The edit is nearly complete. Just need to add the FE warning, title cards, and work on implementing the title into the movie intro. I have run into a rather odd occurrence with this edit though. During the finale boat fight, the video stutters during playback and unfortunately it renders this way as well. I've checked the file and it's fine. The stutter/repeating frames began when I started rearranging that scene. I've deleted the .sfk files to create new ones, but I'm still having the same issues. Anyone run into anything like this before? First time encountering this in Vegas.
 
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Tried a bunch of different color and style options, but I like the plain white with black shadow the most. It's clean and mirrors the Credits as they present on screen.
 

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DigModiFicaTion said:
I have run into a rather odd occurrence with this edit though. During the finale boat fight, the video stutters during playback and unfortunately it renders this way as well. I've checked the file and it's fine. The stutter/repeating frames began when I started rearranging that scene. I've deleted the .sfk files to create new ones, but I'm still having the same issues. Anyone run into anything like this before? First time encountering this in Vegas.

Thought I'd bump this particular roadblock to see if anyone has any ideas. I've tried creating new source files for this particular segment as well as creating a new source base for the whole thing and it still keeps bugging out. The source has a constant frame rate, but the preview often goes completely dark or jitters, and then the rendered files have some weird ghosting that isn't present in the source files. Not sure what is going on. Hoping to get it ironed out today so I can call this one good.
 

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DigModiFicaTion said:
Tried a bunch of different color and style options, but I like the plain white with black shadow the most. It's clean and mirrors the Credits as they present on screen.

Looks cool to me, I like it. Only thing I have to say is I'm not a massive fan of the music behind it, although I haven't watched the original film so I don't know if my advice or opinion has any use here :) But if I were you I'd change it.
 

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[quote="It']
Looks cool to me, I like it. Only thing I have to say is I'm not a massive fan of the music behind it, although I haven't watched the original film so I don't know if my advice or opinion has any use here :) But if I were you I'd change it.
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This movie focuses on the struggle within the IRA and the political extremists. The soundtrack is by the brilliant James Horner. I personally am not the biggest fan of Celtic music, but this is a story of the pain many Irish nationals felt/feel and to remove music that references that would be inappropriate as the music Horner chose portrays that pain. Yes this soundtrack is very much a product of its times, but it's integral to the feeling of the movie, imo.
 

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DigModiFicaTion said:
[quote="It']
Looks cool to me, I like it. Only thing I have to say is I'm not a massive fan of the music behind it, although I haven't watched the original film so I don't know if my advice or opinion has any use here :) But if I were you I'd change it.

This movie focuses on the struggle within the IRA and the political extremists. The soundtrack is by the brilliant James Horner. I personally am not the biggest fan of Celtic music, but this is a story of the pain many Irish nationals feel and to remove music that references that would be inappropriate as the music Horner chose portrays that pain. Yes this soundtrack is very much a product of its times, but it's integral to the feeling of the movie, imo.
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I didn't realise how impactful or important should I say this film was. I hope I didn't come off disresepctful in anyway
 

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Oh not at all. Truth be told, I don't very much care for this film :) Harrison Ford is great, but most everyone else feels forced. Sean Bean's character especially feels frenetic, chaotic and undisciplined which makes him pretty unbelievable to me.
 

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Made a new source file rip and droppedi t into the project and all of the issues are gone! Phew!
 
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