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Original title: Smallville
Fanedit title: SMALLVILLE DESTINY
Studio: Warner Bros. Television.
Faneditor: Last Survivor
Originally aired: October 2001
Fanedit released: April 2011
Original running time: 880 minutes approx (21 episodes Season 1, & 1 episode from Season 2)
New running time: 263 minutes approx (in 2 parts â Part 1: 132 mins, Part 2: 131 minutes)
Cut time: 617 minutes approx
Started Edit: August 2010
Completed Edit: April 2011
Purpose of Edit:
To present the core themes explored within season 1 of Smallville whilst excising the "freak of the week" element, with 2 feature length parts in the style of a mini-series. Please note this is not intended to be Smallville:The Movie (even if I started out the project with that exact intention!). It is still very much grounded in its television roots and I wanted to maintain a strong sense of character and story telling in the edit which is reminiscent of the TV series.
What I hope to be clearer is that amongst all the meteor freaks tearing up the town, Season 1 did actually begin to shape the destiny of many of the main characters. Indeed, with Smallville: Destiny one of my goals is for it to be more obvious that there is a clear story-arc for all to see.
If you're in the mood to experience an entire season of one of the best comic-book related television series in recent memory, but only want the heart and soul of the story, then Smallville Destiny is for you. So, put on your Superman pyjamas, pour yourself some coffee in your favourite giant Superman mug and settle down for an evening of superhero soul searching.
- Far too extensive to list everything. I use some footage from nearly every episode of season 1 - in many instances scenes will be moved around quite substantially. For example I would take a scene from say episode 9 and place it just before a scene in episode 13. As long as it helps assist and move the story on, the attitude I had was that anything goes.
- Meteor freaks do not feature in this edit (unless you count Lex and Cassandra Carver as "freaks" as both of them have certainly been affected by the meteor shower!)
- Many scenes had one or two âlinesâ of dialogue removed because they either referenced the âmeteor freak of the weekâ, or mentioned something or someone which I had already cut from the edit.
- There were 4 key episodes which were used to develop elements and characters which I felt integral to the "destiny" subtitle I placed on the edit - "Pilot", "Hourglass", "Stray" and "Tempest". I also used the majority of the second season's opening episode "Vortex" which helped bring a satisfying conclusion of sorts to the story.
- All references to Lana's kryptonite necklace have been dropped. Nothing wrong with the principal, but I just felt it was unnecessary to this edit and didn't help develop the story or characters at all (well, that and the fact that I hated the way it was used in the "Pilot" episode as a tool for Whitney to childishly get at Clark). Also purposely refrained from mentioning the meteor rocks too much, the intention being for the finale to have more impact and perhaps an element of surprise.
- Completely cut the recurring character of Victoria as played by Kelly Brook, primarily due to her awkwardly wooden performance but also because Lex has far more interesting and important characters he encounters in the season.
- Colour corrected a shot on Clark from the opening scene at the care home from "Hourglass" (it's not perfect, but it still looks more like the rest of the scene than the original shot did).
- Numerous scenes had to have their background sounds rebuilt from the ground up. This was to make scene transitions smoother and also when I wanted to use different music than that within the original version. One prime example of this was the vast majority of the opening meteor storm which hits Smallville. I use a piece of music by Jerry Goldsmith for this title sequence rather than Mark Snowâs original score, which meant taking out a lot of the original source audio track (where the original score could be noticeably heard) and replacing them with sound effects which I found from the Freesound project.
16:9 Anamorphic. 2 x NTSC Dual Layer DVD. (AVI version coming soon!)
Software used: Sony Vegas Pro 9.0, DVD Architect Pro 5.0, PgC Dmux, VirtualDub, Xara Photo and Graphic Designer 6