How to Shoot for These 5 Creative Editing Tricks

Some of the most creative edits are pulled off with the help of some great camera work.

Post might be the last phase of production, but that doesn't mean filmmakers shouldn't prepare for it early on in the project. In fact, some shots will require a bit of magic created by both your camera and editing software working together. In this video, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom teaches you how to pull off some of these creative edits, including a fake dolly zoom, fake handheld movements, and more realistic punches for fight scenes. Check it out below:

Here are the editing tricks Jordy talks about in the video:

  • Fake dolly zoom
  • Using "ease-in/out" with animations
  • Finger snap teleportation cut
  • Fake handheld camera movement
  • Harder, more realistic punches

All of these shots (except for the second one) are going to require you to think ahead about how to shoot them so you can edit them correctly. This is what's known as "shooting for the edit" and it not only keeps you from spending a ton of time and money on reshoots, but it opens up the creative possibilities of your project. For example, if you know you want to have a scene in which your subject is talking to a duplicate of herself, your editing software is powerful enough to help you do that, but you'll need to plan your shots out first to make it possible. (Putting your subject on both sides of the frame without any overlap.)

What are some other interesting editing hacks that require a little camera prep? Let us know down in the comments!     

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