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?


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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a simple quick course talked about 3 transitions effect
Matty: That was incredibly unexpected. You're one to follow for sure. Thanks for sharing some secret-sauce stunts!
Thank you man for sharing the insights on these transitions... Keep up the awesomeness.. will experiment with this style and adapt to it. I kinda shoot like you in terms of what camera (GH3) and not many lenses as am traveling around and loads of times without a tripod :) oh and i used to edit on Sony Vegas before transition to Mac. Thank you again for sharing your awesomness!!
Ozair Rao

Director - Producer - DOP - Digital Nomad-





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, commercials, or museum installations, and bringing them to life in the most beautiful and ambitious way possible is my biggest passion in life.

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