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Sometimes you have to build a story without a map, such as a script or even an outline. When you do that, it's important to find the dramatic action of each clip. It's not what the bean picker is doing before he or she picks the beans, but the actual action of reaching up and grabbing a bean, reaching an arm to snap it from a branch, pounding and grinding beans, pouring a cup of coffee, but not necessarily waiting for the coffee to boil, unless of course, you learn something of value while that's happening.
Most of the clips in this Coffee Growing keyword collection have already been selected in terms of the favorite portion, but there are a few that haven't. And if you're following along with the exercise files, this is the first chapter that you'll be using those files. Let's take a look at the clip called making coffee. (Video Playing) Well speaking of boiling water, we saw a lot of that happen in this particular clip.
So what is the action in this clip? The action and the important action in this clip is pouring the ground coffee into the boiling water. Once that has happened, then you have to question how much more time do I really need to be sitting on this boiling pot of water in order to move the story along? And in order to make a favorite out of just the portion that you want, you can go ahead and grab a selection of pouring the ground coffee and maybe another second or two of the coffee boiling, and then let's make that a Favorite.
Here's another clip of pouring the coffee. Let's take a look at it. (Video Playing) In this clip of pouring coffee, we actually see, whoever is pouring the coffee, pour two cups, the first cup and then the second. Now during the first cup, you see that the camera is a little bit shaky, as though it's trying to get its framing right and get itself settled.
Take a look. (Video Playing) In the pouring of the second cup of coffee, the camera is a little bit more stable, and then it has a nice little zoom-out to include the other cups. So you have to ask yourself, in order to move the story along, how many times do you need to see a cup being filled from the same pot? Well, you probably don't need more than one, so you can skip over that first one and catch the action just before the coffee is being poured.
(Video Playing) Now once you're actually editing this, and when you have it in a project, you may decide not to use the clip until the coffee pot leaves the frame. But for right now, what you're doing is simply defining the important action of this clip. So once you have the selection, you can go ahead and make a favorite from it. Let's look at another clip, roasting beans.
Let's take a look. (Video Playing) Well what's the important action of this clip? What we have is a man standing over a hot sort of stove-like surface, roasting coffee. Okay, now the important action is to establish the person and then connect him with what he's doing, which is stirring the beans.
So we could select just this portion, which is the tilt-down of the camera and make that a favorite. Now you might decide that in fact, they're two actions. Maybe you want to key into how beautiful it is to see the smoke come up around the man's face, and your story is about how hard the coffee growers work and perhaps even how much they love doing what they're doing, they seem so dedicated to it. If that's the case, if it's about the people, then you would want to choose the front part of this clip, where you see somebody working diligently over a hot surface.
If it's more about just how the coffee evolves during the coffee growing and roasting process, you could simply use the latter part of this clip where it shows someone roasting the beans. But if you want the action that combines both, then you would take what we just marked, which is the favorite portion of the man and the tilt-down to show what the man is doing in terms of roasting the beans. So finding the important dramatic action in each clip is a good way to acknowledge whether or not a clip has something to say before you edit it into your project.
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