Ever wondered what makes a story a good story? It could be the dialogues, acting, or the plot that engrossed you so much and made the story engaging. Similarly, a good video is a perfect blend of quick-cut transitions and a comedic editing style that grasps the audience’s attention. The majority audience is hooked up to the frantic opening sequence or freeze frames of the character appearing on their screen. The editing and transitions in a video or a film are incredibly engaging.
If you are interested in film editing, you’re at the right place. Let’s dive straight into the first editing tip.
- Detailed shots
A detailed shot essentially establishes a particular detail within a space that perhaps builds a character to make your audience understand better—for instance, a picture of your drinking water. You have provided the audience with details that your audience probably needs to know. Now, to build more character, you can capture close shots of fingers holding the glass. You can establish the image by adding a gulping sound. The next scene could be of you looking straight outside the window. In this way, you can create a detailed shot.
- Environmental shots
Environmental shots are personal details that further develop the story. Again, let’s go back to you looking straight out of the window. What did you see? Maybe some kids swing in the park during the day. This and the props add a bit more to your character and tells the audience more about you. For instance, you are wearing a nightdress. This establishes that you just woke up and freshened up a bit. A detailed shot and an environmental shot caters to build a good scene.
- The Expression Cut-away
The expression cut-away is a reaction shot. You can introduce a new character to this scene. Maybe your mom’s reaction when you dropped the glass. This is usually done to engage the audience more in the background. This reaction can flip the entire intensity of the scene.
If the editor knows the framing language, he will be able to grasp the viewer’s attention. For instance, if all sequences are framed in the center, the audience’s eyes will be hooked up in the center because there are no distractions towards the top, bottom, left, or suitable.
- Match cut
A match cut is an edit that adds continuity to the sequence and pushes it towards a particular direction. For instance, you dropped that glass, the camera moved towards the opposite direction where the mom opened the door. This is a perfect example of a match cut.