Editing Thinking

Editing Thinking

Work by Karen Pearlman

Editing thinking in innovative models of screen development and production practice

Still from Man With a Movie Camera

Filmmakers use a range of strategies for developing film ideas before fully producing them onscreen.  This research will test a strategy of "editing thinking" that uses the expertise of film editors - specialists generally brought in later in the process - to prototype ideas and strengthen empathetic response to them while they are still at script draft stage.  It will apply "editing thinking" strategies to production of a short film inspired by the life and work of Soviet Montage era editor Elizaveta Svilova (1900-1975).

The film, which models editing thinking as a process and is also about Svilova's editing thinking, will be proof of concept for larger scale future projects and a case study for a refereed journal article.

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