Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Looking at your visual arc, part of Final Cut Pro X v10.0.9: Narrative Scene Editing.
As we wrap up this course, I want to remind you that when you're editing, only a small part of it is actually the technical. To really make a good film it's the creative and the aesthetic, it's coming up with the theme from the very beginning, and carrying that theme all the way through to the end. Now the theme for me was the relationship between Mr. Dalton and Joseph, who by the end of the short film we discover is actually his father. Now in the opening sequence, you notice the way it's cut, there's a lot of distance between the two characters.
And we looked at this earlier, we always try to put something between Mr. Dalton and Joseph at the very beginning of the scene, and we made it bluer so it has a colder feeling. And we never really took a close up because that way we were not emotionally attached to either one of the characters. Now we completely flip this around by the end of the film, when we take a look and Mr. Dalton is discovered to be Joseph's dad. So not only do we have the scenes where they're both in the same shot.
The shots are also much tighter so we can see their reactions. And as for color, it's that golden hour, it's a very warm moment in their relationship. And that's completely different from how the film starts. As a matter of fact, if we look at the closing shot and one of the opening shots of the film side by side, you can see both visually the distance between them, as well as the color telling us that it's a cool relationship. And then at the end, it's a private moment we're not even part of their conversation, it's a private moment for the two of them and the lighting is telling us it's the golden hour, it makes us feel good, and this is the perfect way to come full circle in the relationship between Joseph and his dad.
- Preparing and importing your media
- Evaluating shots and performances
- Incorporating additional assets like images
- Editing a dialog scene
- Adding reaction shots
- Using alternative takes
- Editing a montage
- Selecting and organizing clips
- Enhancing a scene with audio
- Replacing location audio or a dialogue track
- Transitioning between scenes
- Using creative color and effects
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Preparing for the Edit
Preparing the interface4m 2s
2. Understanding the Workflow of Cutting a Narrative Film
Adding assets1m 50s
3. Editing a Dialogue Scene
4. Editing a Montage
5. Editing a Multicamera Shoot
6. Using Audio to Enhance a Scene
7. Finishing Techniques
Next steps2m 2s
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