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Organizing your story

From: Creating a Vacation Video with iMovie

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Now I'm working under the assumption that you've watched the iMovie 11 Essential Training or you've worked with iMovie for a while. So you know some basic organization skills which is how to bring your clips in to iMovie and maybe even keywording it. But let's step into some other things that you might want to think about when creating your vacation highlights reel. Let's step in to 02_01. Now the key here is actually remembering that you're telling a story, and you want to keep it interesting. So in your head you have to think about what events are happening, or how you want to tell the story.

Organizing your story

Now I'm working under the assumption that you've watched the iMovie 11 Essential Training or you've worked with iMovie for a while. So you know some basic organization skills which is how to bring your clips in to iMovie and maybe even keywording it. But let's step into some other things that you might want to think about when creating your vacation highlights reel. Let's step in to 02_01. Now the key here is actually remembering that you're telling a story, and you want to keep it interesting. So in your head you have to think about what events are happening, or how you want to tell the story.

Well in my case, I wanted to start off with something exciting, with something interesting to grab my viewers' attention. So when I'm organizing this, I'm going to grab an exciting shot to grab their attention. So I think the point-of-view of the zip-lining really takes them out of their comfort zone. So I'm just going to grab a little chunk of that, hit the E key, and throw it into my timeline. Now remember, right now I'm just slugging things in to basically frame out my story. I can always refine, add music, add cutaways later on, but I just want to see how things feel.

So I have my establishing shot, and now I need to go ahead and figure out, well, what's the story of the trip? Well we have to get there, and once we're there, what are the things we're going to look at? Well I have three different things. I have my little sound bites I'm going to throw in. But I can always throw those in later. So I'm going to do maybe Coronado, I'm going to do snuba, and then I'm going to do zip-lining. So I'm going to very quickly go through, grab some footage from Coronado, and that's when I arrived and met my friend Steve there and we went on the speedboat adventure.

So in that case, maybe I want to grab some of the shots to tell the speedboat story. In this case, maybe I'll have the kids on the boat. Once again, in all cases, I'm hitting the E key, or remember, I can deselect any clips in my Event Library, activate this button, and now simply go through and start slugging out to tell the story. Now I'm not committing to anything here. I'm just throwing some shots into my timeline that I can then rearrange, and make longer or shorter with the Clip Trimmer. So now I have my speedboat adventure.

The next thing I want to do is maybe tell the snuba part of my story. So maybe I'll grab some shots of the kids getting ready, the kids and I in our wetsuits, and then perhaps some great underwater shots, and I'll just scrub through, grab some elements here, there are some thumbs-up, here's a close-up of me to prove that I was actually there, and maybe a close-up of me and my sons. So as you can see, organizing it is pretty easy. If I put something in the wrong order, I can simply drag it and reposition it.

Before we look at fine-tuning our movie, let's take a look and see what our story looks like so far. (video playing) So I have the basic outline of my story, but with any good story, editing is always the key; writing and rewriting.

So I'll be shortening some of these shots and changing where the cut points are just so it flows a little bit better.

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