Plan Your Shooting Based on the Transitions
Although there is a certain process and flowchart for filmmaking, this process might be different for vloggers and short film creators from project to project. Many creators tend to check the locations first, then plan the shooting and finally find out how those shots can work together in post-production. But if you pay attention to the importance of the transitions, you’ll notice that they can be a part of the shooting plan. So the process will be something like this; while checking the locations, try to think about the form and characteristics of each part. Then think about the relationship between different elements of locations to find out which transitions can show the relationship between them the best. Needless to say that having a list of transitions will speed up this process.
Then, when you’re writing your shooting plan, write the transition that is going to be applied to it as well. This way, your shots are planned to work together using a special transition and you won’t have to do it by chance in editing. If you know how each shot is going to be used in your video ahead of time, your focus and techniques for shooting will also change. Now that we’ve brought transitions into the shooting stage, let’s discover another way to make use of them, and that’s doing in-camera transitions.
Manual In-Camera Transitions
So we talked about shooting with transitions in mind to ease your post-production process and to be more organized and create a more cohesive final product. But now we want to step further and create transitions using some tricks while shooting.
Using camera movement
The intended camera movement for transition doesn’t have to be related to the movement of your subject, you can do it randomly. This way, you create a fast-moving blur transition that can connect any shots but it’s not easy to create a cohesive relationship between unrelated movements so it’s not recommended.
A Shortlist of Cool and Cinematic Transitions
Although we investigated some interesting ways to create transitions for our videos, there are still a number of transitions that must be done in editing. So I’ve listed some of the most cinematic transitions to decorate your projects using them. So let’s jump in
Luma Fade in / out
From my point of view, a combination of in-camera transitions and post-production ones will spice up your video a lot. and as I said, knowing what you want from different shots and matching the process of shooting with transitions plan, not only ease your work but also organize it and doubles the quality of the end product. So try out this method for your next project and let me know how it worked. Good luck!