Creative Match Cut Examples & Editing Techniques for Your Next Shoot


Ever notice how certain scenes
just seem to stay with you? For me, it’s this scene
in “Schindler’s List.” There’s something
about this moment that completely changed
the way I view things. It’s the scene transition. But this isn’t just
any scene transition. It’s “The Match Cut.” So what is a match cut exactly? A match cut is any
transition audio or video that uses the elements
from the previous scene to fluidly bring the
viewer to the next scene. Match cuts differ
from regular cuts because they imply a deep sense of connection between two
separate events or concepts. They have the ability to
perform an emotional switcheroo. Before we break down the
different types of match cuts, subscribe to our
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in the loop with new releases. So there are three types of match
cuts you can use in any project. Graphic Match Cuts where shapes and imagery are
matched during the transition. Movement Match Cuts where movement is matched. And Audio Match Cuts
where sounds are matched. We’re going to use StudioBinder
shot listing features to label the shots
throughout today’s video. Understanding how directors
label their shots and plan setups will help you build
your own dynamic scenes. First up – Graphic Match Cuts. When you use a
graphic match cut, you combine or replace the emotional
context of imagery in your scene. Two separate images
suddenly become one, and you are forced to consider what
the possible connection might be. You can also use
graphic match cuts for a seamless passage of time. It can be with a dissolve
or a straight cut. You can graphic match cut
across multiple transitions allowing a single physical object to act
as a visual through-line for your scene. Graphic match cuts are
like a bucket of water tossed onto the viewer`s head. How quickly you
pour is up to you. So make sure your match cuts have some motivation
behind them. The next kind of
match cut is Movement. The movement match cut
draws a direct connection between actions
within both scenes. “Taxi!” Story-wise movement match cuts generate
a narrative momentum that highlight the physical
connections between two scenes. Here is an example
from “Sherlock” that connects the separate
actions of Watson and Holmes. A more specific version
of an movement match cut is known as a Pass-By Effect. Where an object passes
in front of the camera to reveal another location. Lastly, Audio Match Cuts. [Music] This is where you cut
on similar sounds, but it’s all about how you
use your audio match cut. It’s an overlap of matches, and has a direct connection
to the narrative. [Music] Here is an example
from “Apocalypse Now.” [Music] In this scene, we hear a helicopter
at the dissolve to find a ceiling fan. [Music] It makes you think when soldiers come home they
bring those memories with them. [Music] You can use audio match cuts
in conjunction with graphic and movement match cuts to supercharge their effect. Never underestimate
the power of audio. It’s 50% of your project. So to recap, there are three types of match
cuts you can use in your projects. Graphic Match Cuts which help you replace or combine the
meaning of an image. Movement Match Cuts which help you create a jolt of
energy, as well as narrative momentum. And Audio Match Cuts which assist your
other match cuts, as well as providing new
meaning and momentum. Nothing will help you achieve a match cut
better than a storyboard or shot list. StudioBinder makes it really
easy to plan out your match cuts when building your shot list. Add more shot specs, share it with department heads and take it on set to
act as your checklist. If you’re thinking about
building your own match cuts, then you’re already
becoming a better filmmaker. Match cuts are just one piece
of the filmmaking puzzle. Make sure to take a look
at our video on rack focus. Subscribe for more
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on future videos. Game. Set. Match. [Music]

50 thoughts on “Creative Match Cut Examples & Editing Techniques for Your Next Shoot

  1. once again, another great video! I've always been impressed by the level of filmmaking skill in sherlock's episodes. the transitions lend so much to how the stories unfold.

  2. I watched every video you guys have, please collaborate with other Filmmaking channels to get more subs, and more people to use your software, show how to use it along with these creative tips and advertise it heavily. it'll be faster than organic growth.
    thank you again for the free information.

  3. love the vids man, been watching for time and im not gunna lie, its helped me tons and uve inspired me to pic up a camera and create my own projects. im uploading soon so a sub would me much appreciated. thanks

  4. Very interesting video, thank you so much!! Match cuts are one of the things I really love about movies. For those interested, I recommend Planet Terror (my favorite movie!), Scott Pilgrim vs the World, and the show Sherlock, they all have quite a lot of match cuts. If you know more movies that have many of these, let me know!

  5. Love match cuts. They don't just give the film flow, but it really shows the filmmaker cares about what is on screen and that they have thought about the editing before shooting even began. Great video as usual, cheers!

  6. Great video! My favorite use of a match cut is in stoker. India makes a snow angel in her bed which is matched with a ticking metronome which is then matched with her uncle Charlie doing the same motion in a sand pit to show they’re the same.

  7. List of the films please, which was used in this video. Specially that bullet POV shot. Thanks in Advance.

  8. Amazing!! The match cut seems so easy to do, but I find it incredible when it's this powerful. "Never underestimate your audio, it's 50% of your project" wow! This video was done verrrry well

  9. i remember seeing a lot of these Audio match cuts in The haunting of Hell house, also many match cuts were used in Breaking bad! very impressive, thank you.

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