In GR618-Visual Literacy, we tackle a project about timelines… and we ask the students (among other things) to look at the timeline a few different ways. This brings up questions: Why? Is this realistic? Can you really change history? What are we learning here?
While you can’t literally change history, you can change your point-of-view (POV) — and you can change how you tell the story; where you start and stop; what you focus on; and what you group together. So, yes, this is realistic and it’s an important point of learning about narrative structure.
For instance, the story of the antics in a kitchen are very different from the POV of a rat. A man’s daily ritual is interesting from the POV of his wristwatch. These are Hollywood storytelling tricks, but as designers we have ours… namely editing and streamlining.