We are seeing some of the greatest minds working on visual effects and the most realistic scenes ever made – but the bottom line is that it all boils down to two simple things – cuts and transitions.

In case you are missing on what these two are, cuts and transitions are what moves an actual film. They are the dynamic side of every scene and the thing that helps us engage in movies the way we do. Obviously, the world of film production has advanced a lot, giving us a lot of different cuts and transitions. We are summarizing each and every one of them below.

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Cutting On Action

This technique is basically used to make your cuts and transitions more seamless, and give them a dose of extra adrenaline. The action happening can be a punch, a throw, a kick or as something simple as a character turning,  throwing something etc. The main idea behind it is that it cuts the scene while it is in motion.

The Cut Away

The cut away is basically a scene thrown into another scene. For example, a subject pointing at the moon , the scene of the moon following and then the camera brought to the subject that was pointing at it again. A lot of times the ‘cut away’ are used for flash memories, getting inside the head of a character etc.

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Cross Cutting

If you’ve watched two people talk on a cell phone in cinema. you’ve seen the technique of cross cutting – which actually spices up the scene itself and gives it a new meaning. Cross cuts can also show what is going on inside the head of the character or to increase the tension.

Jump Cuts

These cuts are often used to deliberately show the passing of time. Although they seem like a motion that is wrapped up in a couple of scenes – they can also add urgency to some scenes and make them look more unique.

Now, there are a lot more cuts and transitions that are similar to the styles we featured above. In fact, there are even verbal transitions and cuts all in favor of film makers and producers. Even though they may sound too similar, there is a big difference in them and how they are used in every scene in particular. If you are looking to dig deeper into cuts and transitions … do your homework by watching the video below!




You’ve mastered cuts and transitions … but there are so many more things to learn.

Why not check out our 6 video editing tips to make your edit stand out?