Story Arcs: What Every Creative Editor Needs to Know

by Paddy Bird on
November 11, 2021

What is a Story Arc? Are they important? How do we build one on our timeline? Very important questions for us to ask as creative editors. But for me they only scratch the surface of the things we need to consider when crafting high end films.

As visual storytellers we need to concern ourselves with many different types of arcs that are never really talked about in the editing world. And so to kick off Season 3 of Once Upon a Timeline we’re going to demystify, breakdown and explain everything you need to consider when designing these crucial narrative structures.

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Tracks Featured in This Episode from Universal Production Music

Track 1: Grand Larceny

Composers: Anders Johan & Greger Lewen
Publisher: Primetime Productions Ltd
Album: The Heist
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Track 2: Here We Are

Composers: Lux Pyramid, Nicholas Chuan, Mann Tsang & Sean Michael
Publisher: Atmosphere Music Ltd
Album: Energetic Indie
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Track 3: Dark Obsessions

Composer: Magnum Opus
Publisher: Atmosphere Music Ltd
Album: Deep Drama
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Track 4: Perceptions

Composers: Laurent Dury & Nicolas Montazaud
Publisher: Koka Media
Album: Modern & Minimalist Works
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Track 5: Purple Kush

Composer: Rainman
Publisher: Atmosphere Music Ltd
Album: Lo-Fi Chill Hop
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