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Cutting Rhythms by Karen Pearlman

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CHAPTER 3

Timing, Pacing, and Trajectory Phrasing

What are the tools editors use to create rhythm? This chapter introduces timing, pacing, and trajectory phrasing as the three key tools utilized by editors to shape rhythmic sequences.

Timing and pacing, as discussed in the introduction, are often confused or substituted for rhythm as a whole. Timing and pacing are also used to describe a variety of aspects of rhythm or the rhythm-making process. The words “timing” and “pacing” are sometimes used when discussing attributes of rhythm (things that films have when they have rhythm). They are also used as words to describe faculties inherent in the editor. One hears “she has good timing” or “she has a strong sense of pacing” as descriptions ...

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