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Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit

2 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Karen Pearlman

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 … see full wiki

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Author: Karen Pearlman
Genre: Arts & Photography, Entertainment
Publisher: Focal Press
1 review about Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit

Solid information presented in an approachable manner.

  • Aug 27, 2009
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"Cutting Rhythms" is not exactly an academic text book, but it's not exactly a "For Dummies" book either. Its organization lends itself to practical usage by anyone wanting to get some brief thoughts on the many components of film editing. The organization is logical and builds towards a comprehensive understanding; however, one could also read up on specific techniques without going through the entire text.

Overall, the style is pedagogic with suggested exercises and chapter summaries, but it's not like a dry, academic text. The print is actually pretty large and there are many black-and-white stills throughout to illustrate the ideas presented. The author doesn't expect a great deal of background knowledge in film editing, so it will be approachable by amateurs, but it's not as basic as a "For Dummies" book. As long as you're relatively comfortable with basic film vocabulary, you'll be fine.

I didn't find any features that were particularly impressive, nor did I find any features that were particularly troubling. There are other options out there, but Pearlman's book is worth your consideration.

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