Join Diana Weynand for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating project versions and developing story diversity, part of Final Cut Pro X v10.1.x: Effective Storytelling.
- 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 may be 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 playback project. (insects buzzing) - 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 cmd + a to select them all and then click the append button or press the shortcut e.
Now, in the timeline, when you press shift + z, you see that you have all of the American importers, including some of their B-Roll, and including all of their B-Roll in this single project. So, now, rather than rely on screening on 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'd 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. And 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 gonna 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. - Now let me try one more. - Neither desperate nor diseased can destroy the seed of strongly held hope, but to transform the-- - 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.
Note: This course was updated to reflect the changes to Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1.x. Although the course was not re-recorded from scratch, we updated the applicable movies by adding text overlays to guide you through existing changes. We also updated the exercise files to work with the most current version of the software. Please watch the "Understanding this update and using the exercise files" movie to learn exactly what to expect from this updated course. Working with an earlier version of Final Cut Pro X? Watch Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9.
- Identifying story elements
- Finding the essence of a story
- Importing folders and stills as keyword collections
- Using keywords to make clips accessible
- Prepping clips for editing
- Developing story diversity
- Sculpting the story within the timeline
- Fine-tuning edits
- Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines
- Recording a narration track
- Adding sound effects
- Applying effects to enhance story elements
- Adding freeze frames