13 Editing Cuts To Help You Achieve The Perfect Scene Transition!

By Aditya Savnal. Posted on January 06, 2016

Transitioning from one scene to another is such a basic element of the craft of filmmaking that very few, beyond those who actually work on it, ever talk about it.

The 'cut' is one of the ways by which filmmakers transition from one scene to another. These cuts, help move the narrative forward in a seamless manner, enabling the emotional journey of the viewer. Where and how to cut are skill sets that people acquire over years of practice. One way to learn this art is to watch, over and over again, with discerning eyes, some of the classics that have used editing brilliantly.

There are several factors which influence the decision to cut a scene, such as the point the scene intends to make and the length and pacing of the scene. Referring to masters of the craft, like the legendary Walter Murch, is another way of learning.

When used in the right way, these cuts can make even a mundane scene look powerful. A handy video by YouTube channel SoloBoxer lists down 13 different types of film cuts which can be employed in various ways to edit a film effectively.

From highlighting the entry or exit to showcasing the reaction of a character to linking various scenes with an intent to indicate a transition, several films have used these cuts to varying effects. A must watch for aspiring editors and those keen to know about the editing cuts employed in films.

If you found this helpful, then do read our posts on 3 tips to edit your film effectively, the evolution of editing and the actual job of an editor.


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