Karen Pearlman’s book Cutting Rhythms provides a rare opportunity to delve deeper into the intricacies of the rhythmic side of editing. Originally her PHD thesis, the book investigates what’s really happening during the editorial process with regards to how the editor shapes the structure and rhythm of the film. “A film is like a living body in that it has physical movement, emotional movement, and changes in circumstances or events all occurring, balancing, being assimilated, and working in an cause-and-effect relationship with one another almost all of the time. The editor, who shapes the film’s rhythms … knows that there is not much life in a film without all three rhythms counterpointing, energising, and shaping each other.” The chapters on the physical, emotional and event rhythms all include detailed case studies with films like The Godfather, Goodfellas and The Hours and the rest of the book is peppered with recent examples from film and television, which helps to connect the theory to scenes you can remember. It’s a fascinating read for any film editor serious about gaining a better understanding of the subtle elements at play in the heart of their craft. It’s also a vital chance to read about a side of film editing, which is covered far less often than the technical ‘how-to’ side of being a film editor, yet is fundamental to creating successful edits. Hidden Content: You must reply before you can see the hidden data contained here.