Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Looking at your visual arc, part of Final Cut Pro X v10.1.x: 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 tried 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 flipped 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.
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 each of the movies by adding text overlays to guide you to 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 Narrative Scene Editing with Final Cut Pro X 10.0.9.
- Preparing and importing your media
- Evaluating shots and performances
- Incorporating additional assets like images
- Editing a dialogue 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