Rhythm in Film Editing

Rhythm in Film Editing

How important is the role of visual Rhythm in Film Editing?

Film editing or the art of visual storytelling has evolved in time and technology matrix, let us discover the role of visual changes on screen with respect to the evolved narrative form. Here we discuss the importance and role of rhythm in Film Editing.

Importance of Rhythm in Film Editing

It all begins with the question: What can be said about the shaping of a film’s rhythm in editing beyond saying “it’s intuitive”? This question leads to an in-depth study of editors’ rhythmic creativity and intuition. The processes and tools editors work through to shape rhythms, and the functions of rhythm in film.

A number of theories has been framed about rhythm in film editing—what it is, how it is shaped, and what it is for. Case studies about creating rhythm in films edited by the author and examples of rhythm in a range of other films describe and illustrate practical applications of these theories.

What kinds of thinking and practice are editors referring to when they say the processes of creating rhythm are “intuitive”?

The editor’s intuition is an acquired body of knowledge with two sources —

The rhythms of the world that the editor experiences and the rhythms of the editor’s body that experiences them. These are the sources of the editor’s somatic intelligence about rhythm, and they are also the triggers that activate the editor’s creativity in cut-ting rhythms.

Editing is a form of choreography in that editors manipulate the composition of moving images and sounds to shape a film’s rhythms.

We perceive rhythm physically and develops the idea that the way we perceive rhythm is through the perception of movement. The premise is that movement is what editors experience as a source of rhythmic knowledge, and it is also the material that editors work in shaping a film’s raw imagery and sounds into rhythms.

Here is an analysis of the award-winning film Whiplash 

The Rhythm of Editing from Mindframes on Vimeo.