Storytelling through Film: How to Create Engaging Videos for Youtube staff pick badge

Thomas Dajer, Video Editor for Yes Theory

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11 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:57
    • 2. Class Project

      2:13
    • 3. Preparing a Project

      0:54
    • 4. The Cold Open

      2:17
    • 5. The Intro

      2:10
    • 6. Concept in Action

      2:51
    • 7. Choosing Music

      1:52
    • 8. Golden Moment

      1:39
    • 9. The Outro

      2:01
    • 10. The Comb

      1:36
    • 11. Conclusion

      0:54
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About This Class

Want to learn the secrets behind creating engaging videos that capture the attention of millions? Join Thomas Dajer, video editor behind the Youtube channel Yes Theory, to learn how he edits together stories to craft massively successful videos.

In this demystifying class, you'll learn the basics for how to create compelling videos on YouTube and the best practices for great storytelling through editing. You'll learn about "The 5 Acts in a Story", how to find the best music for your video, how to trim the fat and keep a video engaging, and how to find their unique voice through editing

In the class, walks you through the four main beats that he tries to hit in every video:

  • The Cold Open: Giving context for viewers on what they're about to watch and convincing them to stay with an enticing moment.
  • The Intro: Explaining the concept of the video in a creative way that builds the stakes as to what the goal is and why it’s hard to achieve.
  • Concept in Action: Creating a compelling narrative up until the moment of success, including the false hope moment 
  • The Golden Moment: Showcasing when the core idea of the video is finally realized and presented to the audience.
  • The Outro: Ending your video with meaning to provide a sense of closure.

By the end of the class, you'll have a clear framework for how to begin editing your own videos to draw people in and keep them engaged throughout the entirety of the story.

The class is targeted on making videos for YouTube, but these principles can also be applied to any other creative outlets like writing or directing since it will cover the simple concept of how to tell a good story. 

It is a great place to start for first timers who want to learn video editing, but also is valuable for more seasoned editors as Thomas shares what he's learned in the past 3 years of editing for Yes theory on how to edit efficiently and thoughtfully.