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Creating project versions and developing story diversity

From: Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

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One of the primary topics of the footage in this documentary is diversity; three religious groups combine efforts to produce a quality product and promote peace. So why not add some diversity to the way you tell your story? Rather than use one storyteller in a project such as a narrator, or one particular person talking, create additional projects and try out other storytellers. It maybe that combining several voices creates a more diverse story in the end. In the Project Library, there are two projects created for this particular movie.

Creating project versions and developing story diversity

One of the primary topics of the footage in this documentary is diversity; three religious groups combine efforts to produce a quality product and promote peace. So why not add some diversity to the way you tell your story? Rather than use one storyteller in a project such as a narrator, or one particular person talking, create additional projects and try out other storytellers. It maybe that combining several voices creates a more diverse story in the end. In the Project Library, there are two projects created for this particular movie.

If you select the Animals project, you can skim through and see what you have. You can see all of the clips, you can even play that project. (Video Playing) Now, you may not know what you're going to do yet with these animal clips, but simply by having them all together in one project allows you to string them together. It's like stringing words into sentences, and the same with the Coffee project. These clips are not in order yet, but they show a combination of all the potential possibilities by combining these clips together.

Well, let's do something similar and combine other voices that could contribute to this story on the coffee growing in Uganda. Let's right-click on our 04-03 folder, and choose New Project. Let's call this 04-03_Importers, and of course we'll connect it to the Default Event, DP Storytelling. To combine all of the importers material, we could select them here, and then maybe grab their B-Roll footage, but since we've already combined them by giving them keywords, and they're already all in the America Keyword collection, we can just come here and press Command+A to select them all and then click the Append button, or press the shortcut E.

Now on the Timeline, when you press Shift+Z, you see that you have all of the American importers, including some of their B-Roll, well including all of their B-Roll in this single project. So now, rather than rely on screening one clip at a time, which can be somewhat of a disjointed experience, by putting them all together into one project, you give yourself a chance to combine them, and to consider them as one portion of your story.

What are these two people and what are these images telling about your story? You can combine them and start to imagine what contribution they can make. Let's do a similar thing by creating a new project for the coffee growers. Let's name it 04-03_Coffee Growers, and we'll go to the Interviews in our Event Library, and select the two members of the co-op and edit them into this project.

Now again, you could be screening these clips individually, but by having them in a project together, you start to see how those two individual clips collide and form a story of their own. Let's go back to the Project Library and create another project, and I just like for you to see how they all appear when you are creating the project. Let's name this one Narration. Now, we could go to the Narration keyword collection, select all these clips, and edit them, but I like to recommend a little diversion, and that diversion is to simply edit any video clip into the project first.

What that will do is it will create the proper settings that will match all of your other video. Now we can go to the Narration, select these clips, and append them. Now, you might be thinking, wait a minute! Don't we want to connect audio clips? Well, if all you have in the project are these narration clips, why not put them front and center on your primary storyline? Now, we can go ahead and delete this clip of JJ and now we have nothing but the narration clips.

And again, you can listen to these as a collective, as a group of clips to hear what all the different possibilities are. You don't yet have to know what order they're going to appear, but just putting them all together helps you get your head around the group of them. Now, when you go back to your Project Library, you not only see a representation of the different sets of storytellers, but you can listen to them as well. For example, we can play the narration by simply pressing our spacebar.

(Audio Playing) Narrator: Let me try one more. Neither despite nor disease can destroy the seed of strongly held hope, But to transform the -- Diana Weynand: So without going in and out of different projects in the Timeline, you can simply come into your Project Library, as though choosing a book off of a shelf to remind yourself of the groupings of your clips, creating and developing story threads gives you options, diversity in your storyline without even having to commit to one single voice to tell your story.

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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

39 video lessons · 11760 viewers

Diana Weynand
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  1. 5m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 34s
  2. 16m 21s
    1. Exploring different types of storytellers
      7m 9s
    2. Identifying story elements
      5m 9s
    3. Finding the essence of the story
      4m 3s
  3. 15m 6s
    1. Organizing footage into folders
      5m 29s
    2. Creating a disk image as a contained workspace
      4m 51s
    3. Importing folders and stills as keyword collections
      4m 46s
  4. 22m 52s
    1. Adding keywords to make clips accessible
      3m 33s
    2. Using favorite tags to call clips into action
      7m 16s
    3. Making notes to capture observations
      4m 1s
    4. Performing a complex search
      2m 28s
    5. Prepping clips for editing
      5m 34s
  5. 28m 47s
    1. Finding the meat of the clips
      5m 11s
    2. Don't be puzzled over your first edit
      4m 27s
    3. Creating project versions and developing story diversity
      5m 16s
    4. Putting story threads in order
      7m 25s
    5. Sculpting the story within the timeline
      6m 28s
  6. 46m 5s
    1. Trimming distractions from a story
      6m 48s
    2. Compounding thoughts into one primary story project
      9m 52s
    3. Evaluating the project for story content and pacing
      7m 1s
    4. Fine-tuning the edits in a project
      7m 36s
    5. Refining the primary sound bed
      7m 55s
    6. Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines
      6m 53s
  7. 24m 11s
    1. Storyboarding a narrative script using placeholders
      7m 22s
    2. Recording a narration track to explore script ideas
      4m 40s
    3. Changing pitch in a temporary narration track to identify different characters
      5m 27s
    4. Adding sound effects to create depth
      6m 42s
  8. 41m 2s
    1. Embellishing the story with cutaways to B-roll footage
      9m 3s
    2. Finessing cutaways to enhance the story
      5m 3s
    3. Editing and arranging a still-image storyline
      6m 22s
    4. Applying the Ken Burns effect to still images
      6m 33s
    5. Altering your story's "look" using the Color Board
      8m 4s
    6. Applying effects to enhance story elements
      5m 57s
  9. 28m 57s
    1. Retiming to lengthen or shorten music and clips
      6m 48s
    2. Adding freeze frames to end or start sections
      6m 40s
    3. Video finishing touches
      8m 6s
    4. Audio finishing touches
      7m 23s
  10. 1m 7s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 7s

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