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Finding the essence of the story

From: Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

Video: Finding the essence of the story

Some stories present themselves clearly, and during the editing process there's never a doubt about what you're after. The feeling or the essence of the story is always clear to you, but some stories are elusive. If you're on the search for your story, there are a few ways you can keep the essence or story reminders close at hand. Where can you look for story reminders? One good place is in the B-roll footage. Let's take a look at this clip of the giraffes. (Video Playing) It may be that this image of the giraffe is not something that you would use to tell the story in the project itself, but personally it might remind you of the flavor of the place, and for that reason alone it would be valuable and worth importing.

Finding the essence of the story

Some stories present themselves clearly, and during the editing process there's never a doubt about what you're after. The feeling or the essence of the story is always clear to you, but some stories are elusive. If you're on the search for your story, there are a few ways you can keep the essence or story reminders close at hand. Where can you look for story reminders? One good place is in the B-roll footage. Let's take a look at this clip of the giraffes. (Video Playing) It may be that this image of the giraffe is not something that you would use to tell the story in the project itself, but personally it might remind you of the flavor of the place, and for that reason alone it would be valuable and worth importing.

This is a still image of a boy on a rock. There's beauty and simplicity in this image. Do you have another image that takes your breath away about the place that would remind you of your story essence? In this clip, notice how people do things differently to identify themselves. (Video Playing) It's fascinating to watch a different culture and how they do things differently. In this clip, we have Ben who is from the United States and who is purchasing the coffee, and the coffee growers. (Clip Playing) So this might be interesting, this might remind you what it's all about; people from two different countries coming together to create a quality product.

You might also be taken by the geography of the area; maybe being in Africa was an exciting time for you. Maybe there is something about the industry of coffee production itself that appeals to you. (Video Playing) This particular clip, again, may not end up in your final project, but for you it was a reminder, maybe you had a nice interesting conversation with this woman who worked at this coffee production facility. Let's listen to Paul's clip.

(Video Playing) Paul: You spend 36 years practicing, you know, and then all of a sudden, there it is. You may decide in the story to use just a part of this clip, or you may decide to use it all, but Paul's emotion may be the key to the connection of the coffee growers and the Americans who sell their coffee. So even if you might not use it in the story, keep it around as a reminder of a story essence.

(Music Playing) There are things about music that are very captivating, and one in this case, might be that kids are playing a xylophone, or that the instrument may be made by the community. Notice this clip, is it the easy way people sing and dance? (Video Playing) What's interesting? What's different? Those are keys to your story essence. This particular still image of three men on a road, was actually used as the cover for the DVD of the documentary, Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean.

And if you're lucky enough to get someone smiling, a beautiful smile like Sanina who is one of the CooP members, you might have everything you need as a story essence. Now take a listen to this clip and notice that you would obviously not use this clip in a project, but listen to the producer Alan Freedland, and she will express what I'm telling you about story essence. (Clip Playing) Alan Freedland: She's always laughing. We're going to put you laughing on the screen, and every time we're tired at night and we need something to wake us up, we're going to see video of Sanina laughing.

So clearly, Sanina gives her energy, and as you get ready to pull together your clips for editing, don't throw the clips and images that hold the story's essence into the unused folder, just because you don't think you'll use them in your project. They could hold the key to unlock your block during your editing process.

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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

39 video lessons · 11588 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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