Timeline is Where the Story is Made
Let's dive a little bit deeper into what it means to control the story in our timeline. Our timeline is like our cutting board, but it's also kind of like the soup pot, where we put all of the ingredients together and kind of make sure that they all work as one cohesive thing. And we have a lot of freedom with how we arrange things in the timeline and how our story is portrayed. And just, 'cause we're getting a little bit more detailed here, I'm gonna bring up a highlighter for my cursor so you don't get lost because you know, things can get kinda crazy. Look at that. Look at that handsome boy. Now you know when I click and stuff. So, I'm gonna start with an empty timeline here. And let's say we want to grab a clip of him cutting this onion. I'll grab this and drag it down into our timeline. And we can control how much of the onion that we want to show. Let's say we just want him to cut a little bit of it. We can trim this back here. And I'll grab the front edge of this and get it to w...
here he just starts cutting onions. And we'll move this to the very beginning of our timeline so that it immediately starts out with him cutting onions. And we have a lot of control over this, not only can we decide that the audience is going to watch him cut onions and maybe even tear up a little bit, but right here when he pauses, we could maybe cut before that. And we'll just have him cut a little bit of onions. Then again, we're in control of what happens next. Maybe after that he cuts cucumbers, or I don't know, maybe he cuts peppers. So, let's say he cuts peppers. We'll take that down. And we can trim that. And I can zoom in and out of our timeline using this little plus and minus buttons or this little slider. And I'll grab the edge of this and drag it all the way in. So, now our story is he cuts some onions and he cuts some peppers. Or we can switch it around, so he cuts peppers and then he cuts onions. Pepper and then onions. We have a ton of freedom as the editor of this project. No matter how the story worked out in real life, we can decide the order and how fast it goes and how much we want to show, which is why you should never believe anything you see on TV. So, in the next couple lessons we're gonna dive into how we can control various aspects of our story.