Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit [NOOK Book]

Overview

How does a film editor make decisions about where and when to cut in order to make a film 'feel right'? Generally speaking, the answer is, 'it's intuitive', which is accurate but leaves one wanting to know more. Cutting Rhythms breaks down the definition of intuition to find that, even if rhythmic thinking is intuitive thinking, we can still say more than we 'just know.'

This book offers possibilities rather than prescriptions. It presents ...
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Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit

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Overview

How does a film editor make decisions about where and when to cut in order to make a film 'feel right'? Generally speaking, the answer is, 'it's intuitive', which is accurate but leaves one wanting to know more. Cutting Rhythms breaks down the definition of intuition to find that, even if rhythmic thinking is intuitive thinking, we can still say more than we 'just know.'

This book offers possibilities rather than prescriptions. It presents questions an editor or filmmaker can ask themselves about their work, and a clear and useful vocabulary for working with those questions. Cutting Rhythms makes ideas about rhythm in film editing clear and accessible, so that you can do more than just imitate editing you've seen on TV. With this book you'll develop your own sense of rhythm, refine our rhythmic shaping skills, and increase your creativity--and in so doing, become a better filmmaker.
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"A pioneering effort to capture lighting in a bottle. The most powerful aspect of the craft is also toughest to explain. Pearlman's introduction of dance and movement theory is impressively leveraged for exploration and her cognitive-developmental approach is solidly grounded. No serious student of editing will come away from this book untouched."~Loren S. Miller, Instructor, Emerson College

"Pearlman combines her knowledge, skills and experience from her different creative and educational practices in this book. In fact, it is her work as a dancer and how it informs her thinking about editing that makes this book such an original and refreshing contribution to the literature."--Reviewed in onscreen

Pearlman author of Cutting Rhythms interviewed in Spike Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780080927763
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 1/30/2009
  • Series: Shaping the Film Edit Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Karen Pearlman is Head of Screen Studies at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and a freelance film editor who cuts drama, documentary, and experimental projects. She has edited many award-winning shorts, and is also co-founder of The Physical TV Company, which specializes in the creation of dance on screen.
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Table of Contents

Rhythmic Intuition; Editing as Choreography; Timing, Pacing and Trajectory Phasing; Tension, Release and Synchronisation; Physical Rhythm; Emotional Rhythm; Event Rhythm; Integrating Rhythms; Montage; Decoupage; Common Scenes; Devices
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