Controlling Clips on the Timeline
The first major way that we can control our story is by choosing what clips are actually included on the timeline. We have all of these ingredients, we have all these different pieces of our story, and depending on which ones we choose, that determines the kind of story that we actually make. So if we want him to make pizza, we can start with him working with the dough, I'll just overwrite these clips here, then we can have him roll the dough out. Then, he can put some sauce on there, I'll just append at end. Then, he puts on some cheese, and we can just skip all the other parts, and just cut to him basically finishing off the pizza. Zoom out, so we can see our whole timeline here, we can also hit Shift + Z to zoom all the way out and see everything. And now, our story is he adds flour to the dough, then he rolls it out, he puts a bunch of sauce on there, put some cheese on, and kinda finishes off the pizza. But we don't have to include any of this, maybe in our story he doesn't make t...
he dough himself, we can just get rid of all the dough and we could just start with him saucing the dough. Maybe we don't like the peppers at all, maybe we just want to cut this out and add a shot of him adding the tomatoes and the herbs, and this is our whole pizza. I think this is something that people kinda get caught up in sometimes is they need to show every single part of everything that happened in real life. Just because it happened in real life doesn't mean that we need to show it, we're really just after the kind of story that we want to tell. We can also change the story a little bit by introducing new clips. So here, we have the clip of him grabbing those tomatoes, which might have already been cut, or we can go back to another shot of him cutting these tomatoes, and I can insert this shot, and the story now goes, he puts some cheese on there, pauses to cut some tomatoes, and then puts them on the pizza. Did that happen in real life? No, but we can make it seem like we did just by adding or taking away different clips. This is the first major way that we can control our story is what parts do we include and what clips to exclude, and as a video editor, it's up to you.