Filming Scene Transitions: Creative Techniques on a Budget

Matty Brown, Filmmaker

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9 Videos (47m)
    • Introduction

    • Getting Started with Transitions

    • Shooting Transitions

    • Editing: The Seamless Reveal

    • Editing: The Whoosh

    • Editing: Into Black

    • Editing: Match Cut

    • Final Thoughts

    • What's Next?

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About This Class

Learn creative film transitions with unique, DIY techniques from 16-time Vimeo Staff Pick winner Matty Brown.

Go behind the scenes with award-winning film director Matty Brown as he reveals his method for creating film transitions. With straightforward techniques, a camera, and a camera strap, Matty heightens emotion and manipulate pacing as he cuts from scene to scene. Join him as he shoots a series of clips around Brooklyn and then edits them together to learn how you can apply his techniques to your own work. You’ll learn:

  • Shooting strategies for smoother transitions
  • Editing techniques for a professional look
  • Four unique transitions from Matty’s own work

After taking this class, you’ll have an arsenal of techniques to return to again and again, as well as the inspiration and confidence to create your own signature transitions so you can take your projects from feeling like a “video” to looking like a professional short film!

For more budget filmmaking tips, take Matty’s other Skillshare class, Low Budget Filmmaking — Tips and Tricks for an Indie Look.

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I loved it! Its simple and amazing at the same time
Wonderful stuff. Magical. Completely different from the mainstream wedding stuff you're so used to from YouTube.
Matouš Roskovec

Creative Lead @Avocode, #500strong

If you want to get a glimpse into transitions and tips for getting started, this class has just that. I enjoyed the genuine aspect of the instructor and his childlike curiosity to filmmaking and exploration. The class is short and concise and will help you get started with transitions.





Matty Brown


My name's Matty Brown, and I love visual storytelling. I am a freelance director, cinematographer, and editor. I was nominated for an Emmy at the 2013 50th Annual Emmy Awards for "The Piano", was a 2016 honoree at The Webby Awards for my film "Tangents", and hold the record for most Vimeo Staff Picks. I'm currently working on my short film "Thump", which was successfully funded in a recent Kickstarted campaign. Making emotional and imaginative pieces, whether it is films/docs, music videos, c...

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