Description

There are many books on the technical aspects of film and video editing: e.g., how to use software packages like Final Cut Pro and Avid. Much rarer are books on how an editor thinks and makes decisions. Faced with hundreds of hours of raw footage, a film editor must craft the pieces into a coherent whole. Rhythm is a fundamental tool of the film editor; when a filmmaker adjust the length of shots in relation to one another, he or she affects the entire pace, structure, and mood of the film. Until this book, rhythm was considered a matter of intuition; good editors should just 'know' when to make a cut.

Cutting Rhythms breaks down the issue of rhythm in an accessible way that allows filmmakers to apply the principles to their own work and increase their creativity. This book offers possibilities rather than prescriptions. It presents questions  editors or filmmakers can ask themselves about their work, and a clear and useful vocabulary for working with those questions.

Filled with timeless principles and thought-provoking examples from a variety of international films, this book is destined to become a staple in the filmmaker's library.

Key Features

* This is the only book to address the issue of rhythm in film editing. It's what separates an OK film from a great one! * Easy-to-apply principles that will translate to better work. Don't just guess where to make a cut--read this book. * Examples from a range of international films show you practical illustrations of the concepts at work.

Readership

Film students; aspiring and professional filmmakers and editors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Rhythmic Intuition Chapter 2. Editing as Choreography Chapter 3. Timing, Pacing and Trajectory Phrasing Chapter 4. Tension, Release and Synchronisation Chapter 5. Physical, Emotional and Event Rhythm Chapter 6. Physical Rhythm Chapter 7. Emotional Rhythm Chapter 8. Event Rhythm Chapter 9. Montage and Decoupage Chapter 10. Common Scenes Chapter 11. Devices Chapter 12. Conclusion Index and Bibliography

Details

No. of pages:
304
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2009
Published:
Imprint:
Focal Press
Print ISBN:
9780240810140
Electronic ISBN:
9780080927763

About the author

Karen Pearlman

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

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.

Reviews

"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