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How shots are assembled, performances are revealed, and images are ordered are a few of the ingredients that turn a good film into a great film. This course shows filmmakers and film editors how to make critical creative and technical decisions and dynamically present their vision with Final Cut Pro. Author Abba Shapiro illustrates important techniques for putting shots together to create a short film, covering the entire post-production process—from organizing footage, crafting scenes, and editing dialog, to building montages and adding music. Each step of the process is rich with object lessons that are applicable to situations editors face in the real world.
Abba Shapiro: This next rough cut is a much shorter version of the film. As a matter of fact, 3 minutes were cut out of a 12-minute project. This was done through shortening some scenes and removing some scenes altogether. You'll notice that the whole thrust of the story doesn't change, but it moves faster, and it has more emotional impact. (music playing) female speaker: Sensation no more, once award winning architect fails to deliver on his downtown music hall. Mr. Dalton: Joseph is our most gifted architect. He takes risks. We all know it.
I stand behind any and all of his designs, and that's that. Mr. Dalton: Did you finish it? You know, I'm taking a big risk putting you on this Columbia project. Firm could be on the line here. Six p.m. tonight, simple deadline, meet it.
Joseph: That's it, 6 p.m., huh? And if I'm a risky choice, then don't use me. We all know what risky decisions lead to. Look, the company's in free-fall, and you want to take risk again? It's a creative approach. Mr. Dalton: My creativity has nothing to do with this. I did my time. My job now is to wear this suit, please clients, and make sure you do your job, nothing more, nothing less, understand? Six p.m., deliver.
(Clears throat) Patton: Mr. Dalton sent me to collect a design, is it ready? Well, 6 p.m. Joseph: Is he sending you in here with scripted-out dialogue and everything? MS: He suggested words, yes, and to come every hour, but I decide whether I come before or after the hour. Joseph: Oh, I see. Patton: Oh, I'm also supposed to tell you that-- Joseph: You know, Patton, hang on a minute, bud.
Um, I want to get the boss man on the horn here so we can all have a little chit-chat, all right? Mr. Dalton: Yes? Joseph: Hey, yeah, I'm here with Patton, and he's telling me that, um, you want him here every hour on the hour, checking in on me? Mr. Dalton: Patton, you there? Patton: Yes, Mr. Dalton, I'm here, and I never said on the hour. I just told him that I decide before or after the hour. Mr. Dalton: No matter, just continue to do as I requested.
Oh, and Patton, did you let Joseph know about the other details? Joseph: What other details? Look, I don't have-- (Phone Clicks) Patton: So, the other details. The boss man decided to put Leavitt and Myron from 42 Designs on the project as well. They've been working on concepts all week. The Columbia tower board meeting is after the end of the day, and if they like any of the concepts, then, well, we'll all keep our jobs.
Joseph: All right, I see. Patton: I'll see you in an hour. Joseph: Nuts! I can't believe this! (music playing) Joseph: How's it stick together, dad? Joseph's father: The sand? Well, the water and sand mix, chemistry stuff.
But that's not the exciting part. The exciting part is the lines. Joseph: The lines? Joseph's father: Yeah, the lines. Here, let me show you. You want strong lines, unique lines, fun lines. Joseph: Can I try? Joseph's father: All right, kiddo. Get in there. Let's see it. (music playing) Patton: Here are the copies of the Bell contract you asked for, and I grabbed you a coffee.
Mr. Dalton: Thanks. Patton: I thought you could use it. Oh, and you forgot this in the bullpen. I need to get back to work. Mr. Dalton: Oh yeah, I've been asking earlier, trying to figure out who had this thing made up for me for my birthday last week. Patton: Actually, that was a gift from Joseph. As far as I know, no one else was in on that. Mr. Dalton: I see. (music playing) Joseph: Hey, dad. Mr. Dalton: Hey, kiddo.
So, you got a design for me? Joseph: Yeah, I think I do. Mr. Dalton: Good. Joseph: Thanks for the message. Mr. Dalton: Just doing my job. (music playing)
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