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Cutting Rhythms by Karen Pearlman

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CHAPTER 2

Editing as Choreography

Chapter 1 established that movement is what editors use to shape rhythms; it is what they mirror neurologically, what activates their kinesthetic empathy, and what they work with intuitively. Building on that premise, this chapter compares cutting rhythms to another art of shaping movement: dance.

Choreography is the art of manipulating movement: phrasing its time, space, and energy into affective forms and structures. In their work with rhythm, editors do similar things. This chapter compares editing to choreography for the pupose of uncovering some principles that choreographers use that may be applicable to the editor's work with the shaping of the film edit. It begins by examining the uses of the ...

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