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Cutting Rhythms by Karen Pearlman

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CHAPTER 9

Style

The word “style” in editing refers to an aggregate of choices. It's a tricky word in that it can be quite amorphous, but it's useful in the discussions between directors, producers, cinematographers, and editors, because it allows them to imagine the whole production as a coherent rhythmic construction and discuss what the final will look and feel like.

To talk about the range of choices available in determining editing style, it is useful to break down the possibilities available, what they are, and what effects they create, so that these conversations between creatives can have some common terms of reference.

Editing style is generally determined by the director when they work with all of the collaborators on a production ...

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