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Timing Pacing and Trajectory Phrasing

March 5, 2009, 12:04 PM


To coincide with our Karen Pearlman interview Focal Press has given us two chapters from her book Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit. The first is about Timing, Pacing and Trajectory Phrasing (Chapter 3) and the second is about Tension, Release and Synchronization (chapter 4). Here's Chapter 3

Get Your Finger Off That Dissolve Button!

February 4, 2009, 11:18 AM


I can barely watch television anymore. Seriously. It seems that no one knows how to edit anymore, and the culprit in this demise is the non-linear editor. Allow me to explain. About 20 years ago, I went to Los Angeles to visit a friend that had landed a producing job at KNBC. During my tour of the station, my friend towed me through the edit suites. Above the door was a huge banner that...

Editing is Mind Control for the Masses

January 21, 2009, 07:04 AM


In a study released in mid-2008, neuroscientists noted that certain styles of motion pictures are capable of exerting "considerable control over brain activity." In the study that used fMRI imaging to study neocortex response, researchers found that the level of control exerted was linked directly to the film’s editing and directing style.

Film Editing's Affect on the Brain

January 21, 2009, 07:02 AM


Using advanced functional imaging methods, New York University neuroscientists have found that certain motion pictures can exert considerable control over brain activity. Moreover, the impact of films varies according to movie content, editing, and directing style. Because the study, which appears in Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind, offers a quantitative neuroscientific assessment of the impact of different styles of filmmaking on viewers' brains, it may serve as a valuable...

Cutting Room Eps. 007 - Kay Armatage

December 6, 2008, 12:28 PM


This episode we are joined by Kay Armatage, filmmaker, academic and author. In recognition of The National Day of Rememberance and Action on Violence Against Women Kay will discuss three women Editors who have made important contributions to film editing Esfir Shub, Thelma Schoonmaker and Arla Saare.

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