Paranoia (A Truman Show Fanedit)

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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1998
Original Running Time:
103 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
73 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
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Synopsis:
This is a fanmix of Peter Weir's classic The Truman Show, reimagined as a psychological thriller in the style of Hitchcock/Lynch, viewed exclusively through Truman's perspective.
Intention:
The intention of this fan-edit is to reimagine The Truman Show as a paranoid thriller.
Other Sources:
Bernard Hermann - Vertigo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Bernard Hermann - Psycho (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Bernard Hermann - Taxi Driver (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
John Barry - Beat Girl (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
All explicit references and evidence to the viewer that Truman is part of an elaborate reality show centered around his life have been removed. By removing the dramatic irony of knowing what’s going on behind the scenes of Truman’s life, the viewer experiences first-hand Truman’s growing paranoia as he begins to suspect the world around him is not what it seems.

The film has been completely rescored to feature the music of Bernard Herrmann, sourcing music from Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960), and Taxi Driver (1976). A piece by John Barry is also used.

The edit incorporates extensive color correction to the film, fluctuating between a high-contrast black and white filter for “hidden camera” shots, and a partially film-faded “Technicolor-esque” filter for the rest. The intention is to invoke both the classic colorful look of old Hitchcock films like Vertigo (1958) and the more postmodern look of films like Eraserhead (1977) or Pi (1998), all while evoking the frantic intercutting between the two ala Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers (1994).
Cuts and Additions:
The introduction establishing Truman, the audience, and Christoph has been replaced by a modified version of the title sequence from Vertigo (1958). The film begins with Truman getting ready for work.

Audience reactions are removed throughout the film.

The driving sequence has been accelerated, mostly to account for a soundtrack bleed that made rescoring it nearly impossible.

The behind-the-moon sequences are cut, as are Christoph’s interview and the news report recap of Truman’s life. Some of the footage from these sequences is retooled into an abstract montage that opaquely reveals Truman is being watched and has been his entire life.

Christoph, the crew, and the audience is removed from the final storm sequence.
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Album and hospital sequence (Password: fanedit.org)

Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1998
Original Running Time:
103 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
73 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
image
Synopsis:
This is a fanmix of Peter Weir's classic The Truman Show, reimagined as a psychological thriller in the style of Hitchcock/Lynch, viewed exclusively through Truman's perspective.
Intention:
The intention of this fan-edit is to reimagine The Truman Show as a paranoid thriller.
Other Sources:
Bernard Hermann - Vertigo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Bernard Hermann - Psycho (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Bernard Hermann - Taxi Driver (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
John Barry - Beat Girl (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
All explicit references and evidence to the viewer that Truman is part of an elaborate reality show centered around his life have been removed. By removing the dramatic irony of knowing what’s going on behind the scenes of Truman’s life, the viewer experiences first-hand Truman’s growing paranoia as he begins to suspect the world around him is not what it seems.

The film has been completely rescored to feature the music of Bernard Herrmann, sourcing music from Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960), and Taxi Driver (1976). A piece by John Barry is also used.

The edit incorporates extensive color correction to the film, fluctuating between a high-contrast black and white filter for “hidden camera” shots, and a partially film-faded “Technicolor-esque” filter for the rest. The intention is to invoke both the classic colorful look of old Hitchcock films like Vertigo (1958) and the more postmodern look of films like Eraserhead (1977) or Pi (1998), all while evoking the frantic intercutting between the two ala Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers (1994).
Cuts and Additions:
The introduction establishing Truman, the audience, and Christoph has been replaced by a modified version of the title sequence from Vertigo (1958). The film begins with Truman getting ready for work.

Audience reactions are removed throughout the film.

The driving sequence has been accelerated, mostly to account for a soundtrack bleed that made rescoring it nearly impossible.

The behind-the-moon sequences are cut, as are Christoph’s interview and the news report recap of Truman’s life. Some of the footage from these sequences is retooled into an abstract montage that opaquely reveals Truman is being watched and has been his entire life.

Christoph, the crew, and the audience is removed from the final storm sequence.
First 10 minutes (Password: fanedit.org)


Album and hospital sequence (Password: fanedit.org)

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9.6
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9.5(4)
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This is a transformative example of what editing can do, and its potential to change the meaning of a film.

There were only a couple of instances where the black and white “hidden camera” filter was used at the wrong shots, making it seem impossible the camera could be placed in such a position. But they were few compared with the overall editing done here.

The score was great, the pacing was superb. Overall, experiencing this is absolutely recommended, it’s an opus of editing.

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Extremely, extremely impressive. The amount of work that must've gone into this is insane - nothing is left untouched. This is what a true fanedit is, a completely transformative work of art. The video editing, the change in narrative & tone, the audio editing & rescoring, are all really well done. A very original concept, with a lot of imaginative changes. The tone has been completely changed to match that of Hitchcock's films. It's also paced very well. I won't go into specifics because this deserves a watch by anyone who's interested in fanediting and the potential it has.

Paul is very much alive, and I hope he gives us a couple more like this and the Silent Film Version of Dracula.
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Such a cool edit. Concept was great and execution was nearly flawless. The B&W scenes were great, but I can't say I was a fan of the “Technicolor-esque filter" on the rest of it. Looked off and distracting. But the concept was brilliant and the narrative was a very creative take on the original. I love edits like this that take something that's already great and present a new spin on it. Highly recommended to fans of the original.
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Outstanding edit, the kind of idea that I wish I had come up with myself. The Truman Show is already a brilliant film in its original version, but I think this reimagining may be even better. Not only is it more intriguing, but also more arty and less conventionally Hollywood in its presentation. It brings Hitchcock to mind, all right, but also David Lynch: I don't know if this was intentional, but the way Christof's scenes are presented in this one reminded me a lot of the Fireman's Palace in Twin Peaks: The Return, particularly his (Christof's) introductory scene.

Loved the approach, loved the visual style, loved the use of the Herrmann music, loved the Vertigo-homage credits. All extremely creative. 10/10 across the board.
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9.3
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10.0
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This is excellent! I loved the original when I watched it years ago, and was planning a rewatch when I stumbled across this: I'm interested to see how someone who's never seen the original feels about it- especially any Lynch or Hitchcock fans!

The visual edits were cool! Once what was happening clicked, I actually thought the transitions between various aspect ratios and grades added to the voyeuristic feeling. And given the complete tonal shift, some of the more emotionally intense segments were absolutely harrowing, even with prior knowledge- the Sylvia beach scene, hospital scene, and house scene in particular.

To nitpick- there were some segments where the audio was a bit distracting. Sometimes it felt a little out of balance with the dialogue, or strangely loud, or I think there was some bleed from the original score. There were also a few "silent" segments- notably the storm and the car scenes- that felt a bit jarring, but I understand that it probably wasn't possible to leave in the original audio in those segments with the amount of restructuring, and the rapid cuts and frantic audio present in the original. That being said, they actually did a phenomenal job rescoring the film, and I think the new one works super well.

Overall, none of those moments were that distracting, and the Hitchcock feeling was able to draw me back in almost immediately.

The only real critique I have is that the opening scene with the woman, and the Vertigo title cards felt a little out of place with the rest of the film. I feel Carrey is expressive enough that closeups of him probably could have been used- or even the opening monologue interspersed with credits might have worked better. It actually threw me off a little bit, but pretty much as soon as the narrative got going, I was hooked.

Still, an incredible edit, and a blast to watch!

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Beautiful idea, takes Weir's original and transforms it into something near-Lynchian with its uncanny look at control through conformity. The artificiality of people talking to him is reminiscent of Blue Velvet and the context-free time jumps work in a similar manner as Mulholland Drive or Lost Highway. If you only watched this edit without knowing anything of Weir's original, it might seem odd. It works very well as a companion piece from Truman's POV. I chuckled thinking about the possibility that 1000 years from now, this fan edit has survived but The Truman Show hasn't and historians try to piece together the original from this. Replacing Glass with Herrmann works surprisingly well too.

A minor gripe is that I also love Saul Bass but I don't think the Vertigo opening title sequence fits the rest of the film.

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I haven't watched the original in a while but my recollection of it was too great to make this edit work well for me. If I really separate myself from the original I can feel the intent of Paulisdead2221 here. This really comes around when the Hitchcock score comes into play.
I thoroughly enjoyed the score and found it was mixed in really well. I didn't notice any cutting and I had zero gripes with video or audio quality. I was a little confused about the use of black and white "hidden cameras" in the edit and agree with batfan532's points about it being used counterintuitively if the idea is to have the audience question whether or not he's in a TV show.

If I was coming at this with fresh eyes I would be a lot more blown away by this, as said before the Hitchcock elements really pull me back in when I start to lose the focus on the edit.
All in all a very enjoyable watch.

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Another one of Paulisdead2221's masterpieces. I didn't know I needed a version of the Truman Show filtered through the eye of Alfred Hitchcock, turns out I really do need one. To say it was a joy to watch this version is an understatement. The imagination on display is breathtaking. The fact that almost a third of the movie is cut and yet the story flows so perfectly is just so damn impressive. Excellent. I can't wait for Paul's next FanMix.

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Possibly The Truman Show is one of my favorite Jim Carry films.

Paranoia makes it a totally different film from the original and it is very appreciated. The complete change of the OST is a success, although there are some moments (where the bus stops) when the original music is heard over the top, which is why I lowered it to 9 stars.
The rest is perfect

my congratulations to Paulisdead2221

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