Control the Timing of the Story
The last major aspect of control that we have over our story here in The Timeline is with timing. We can use everything that we've kind of learned so far about selecting, which clips, putting them in a certain order, selecting a specific part of each clip. And as they combine together, it's going to affect the pacing of the story. For an instance, if we have him making this pizza, we could start with him sassing the dough like this and then we could cut to, then we could cut to the cheese And the Tomatoes and the herbs, And our edit might look like this. So we see a lot of sauce, And putting on the cheese, and then kind of finishing off the pizza. But there's a certain timing that this really has this there's kind of a certain feeling that this has. In my opinion this is maybe a little bit slow. It's kind of a medium sort of pace where it doesn't look like he's overly rushed. It looks like he's doing a good job. And it's not taking forever. But it looks like kind of, you know, very nor...
mal pizza speed. (laughs) But, as we adjust how much of each clip to use, each clip is going to show up for a little bit less time. And therefore the story is going to move along faster. So, we could do something like just use the last part of this sauce. And then use just the last part, Or maybe the more interesting part of him. Putting the cheese down. And then we'll have him just put the little finishing touches on this pizza. And now instead of a 17 second edit we have a five second edit. So it's sauce, cheese and finished. So, that's a huge way that we can control that. We can even make this faster. We can really trim this down, and it'll tell the same story, but the pacing is different. It just goes a lot faster. So we'll just trim each of these together. And now we have the same story over two seconds. And it's probably a little bit quick, so maybe we'll hang on that last one for a little longer. And we'll use an earlier part of this clip, there we go. Now we have super quick story. So, what is the right pacing for a story? Well, it really depends on, again the story that you're trying to tell. If you want this guy to seem like he's really pro and he can make a pizza in like five seconds flat, you could make a five second edit. If you want, let's say your movie to feel like, oh every day he comes in and he makes a pizza and it just takes forever and he's bored and he hates his job. That might be a reason to make really long, boring, big long shots. (chuckles) As an editor, you're in control of the timing of the story. And I think a great question to ask is how do you want your audience to feel when they look at your edit? Do you want them to feel excited? Do you want them to feel anxious? Do you want them to feel like bored and just, you know feeling like Ugh, every day is exactly the same. It depends on the context of what you are trying to do. The pacing for an edit of a commercial is going to be very different than the pacing of let's say a feature film. And the very best way to figure out if you're doing this right or not is just to sit back and watch the whole project in its entirety and see is this making me feel the way that I want my audience to feel, maybe ask somebody else to come and look at your edit and ask them how they feel. What is communicated through your edit? There's no really wrong answer or right answer. It's just dependent on what you want to get across to your audience.