"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
From the Back Cover
is about rhythm in film editing. It begins with the question, 'What can be said about the shaping of a film's rhythm in editing beyond 'it's intuitive'?' This question leads to an in-depth study of editors' rhythmic creativity and intuition, the processes and tools editors work through to shape rhythms, and the functions of rhythm in film. Through this research, Cutting Rhythms
has carved out a number of theories about rhythm in film editing - what it is, how it is shaped, and what it is for. Case studies about creating rhythm in films edited by the author, and examples of rhythm in a range of other films describe and illustrate practical applications of these theories.
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 adjusts 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 any filmmaker's library.
. This is the only book to address the issue of rhythm in film editing. This is what separates an OK film from a great one!
. Easy-to-apply editing principles help you take the guess work out of making cuts.
. Examples from a range of international films show you practical illustrations of the concepts at work.