15 Apr FAQ – HOW DO YOU CREATE JUMP CUT TRANSITIONS?
A Jump Cut transition is a film editing technique to portray that time has moved forward. Often the camera position doesn’t change, just the subject within the frame. This type of transition is commonly used in vlogs but also seen in some genres of cinema. I think they’re fun to shoot and edit together, I’ve been SO inspired by what’s being created on TikTok.
I’ve been mostly using this technique to change outfits, but it can be used in other ways and it’s one of those techniques that you get better at by playing and experimenting. So have FUN trying it out! Here are a few tips to get started and a “behind the scenes” of what I do to shot and edit these jump cut transitions.
Remember to keep the frame still – Just like you would for a Time Lapse, the best results come from keeping the frame as still as possible. Use a tripod if you can, or if you can’t, then have your phone rest on a surface. I often lean it against something.
Then – Shoot your first clip. Then change the subject or the action ready to shoot your second clip. Try to keep the new action or subject in the same position. The magic will happen in the edit, when you put the clips together.
Here’s a behind the scenes of shooting and editing to give you an idea of how it’s done.
Have fun learning to shoot and edit Jump Cut Transitions and adding these clips to your Day In The Life videos!
If you’d like more guidance to start making your own films – check out my online courses where I share everything you need to get started with video. There’s plenty of inspiration and tips & tricks to take you through the whole process and find the love of shooting & editing video into films!