Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Dr Karen Pearlman

Karen PearlmanLecturer in Screen Production

Office: Y3A 193H
Phone: +61 2 9850 2176
Email: karen.pearlman@mq.edu.au

See: Research Interests  | Publications | Screen Productions

Profile

Dr Karen Pearlman writes, directs and edits screen productions and she writes about screen culture and creative processes.
Karen is a director of the multi-award winning Physical TV Company, through which she has developed, produced, directed or edited numerous highly acclaimed short films, online and mobile productions and the short feature Thursday's Fictions. Her recent film, Woman with an Editing Bench won the national ATOM Award or Best Short Fiction, and the Australian Screen Editors' Guild Award for Best Editing in a Short.  Karen's 2014 half hour documentary ...the dancer from the dance was a finalist for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Screen, and also a finalist for an ATOM Award for Best Arts Documentary.

Karen is a lecturer in Screen Production at Macquarie University where her research has been supported by a Macquarie University New Staff Grant, a Faculty of Arts Themed Workshop grant and two Faculty Research Travel Scheme grants.  Before joining Macquarie, Karen held the post of Head of Screen Studies at AFTRS for 6 years. She is the author of Cutting Rhythms, Shaping the Film Edit (now in its 2nd edition with Focal Press/Taylor &Francis). In addition to Cutting Rhythms, her publications include editing Performing the Unnameable; An Anthology of Australian Performance Texts (Currency Press, 1999) and she has published academic essays and articles in the International Journal of Screendance, Participations Journal of Audience Research, Metro, RealTime, The Journal of Performance Studies and other anthologies and journals.

Karen's work as a professional editor includes documentary, dancefilm and drama. She was the 2009-2010 President of the Australian Screen Editors Guild and enjoys her ongoing association with the guild as a full member and frequent public speaker. Before taking up filmmaking, editing and film studies, Karen had a distinguished career as a professional dancer - performing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company on the Opera House stages of the world and directing two dance companies. She holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from UTS, two MAs - one from UTS and one from AFTRS, and a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

 

Research Interests

  • creative practice and distributed cognition
  • editing skill, expertise and embodied cognition
  • movement and kinaesthetic empathy
  • screen dramaturgy, performance dramaturgy
  • dancefilm/screendance
  • cognitive studies of the moving image
  • Elizaveta Svilova and Dziga Vertov
  • women in film history

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Publications

BOOKS

Pearlman, K. (2015) Cutting Rhythms, Intuitive Film Editing, Focal Press/Taylor & Francis

Pearlman, K. (2009) Cutting Rhythms, Shaping the Film Edit, Malden, MA: Focal Press

Pearlman, K. & Allen, R.J. (1999) Performing The Unnamable, An Anthology of Australian Performance Texts, Sydney: Currency Press and RealTime

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

Pearlman, K. (2017) Documentary Editing and Extended Mind, C. Brylla & M. Kramer (eds)  A Cognitive Approach to Documentary Film, Palgrave MacMIllan

Pearlman, K. (2014) I Return to Prague, L. Armand (ed) Abolishing Prague, Essays & Interventions, Prague: Litteraria Pragenesia

Pearlman, K. (2012) Editing as Choreography, P. Caldas, L. Brum, E. Bonito, R. Levy, (Eds) Contemporary Essays in Video Dance, Rio de Janeiro: Danca em Foco (trilingual publication: Portuguese, English, French)

Pearlman, K. (2009) Editing as Choreography, P. Caldas, L. Brum, E. Bonito, R. Levy, (Eds) Dance on Screen, Rio de Janeiro: Danca em Foco (bi-lingual publication: Portuguese, English)

Pearlman, K. (2001) Learning to Read the Physical Mind, P.Tait (Ed) Body Show/s: Australian Viewings of Live Performance, Amsterdam: Rodopi

Pearlman, K (1996) Reading Dance, Making Dance, Text and Dance, R.J. Allen & K. Pearlman (Eds) New Life on the 2nd Floor, Tasmania: Tasdance

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RESEARCH COMMUNICATION VIDEOS

The Science Behind Film Editing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02JF19lJ29M&t=158s

Look Closer: The Mind of a Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqIIHi5F3-o&t=14s

EDITORIAL - AFTRS JOURNAL

2013 K.Pearlman & S.Levy (Eds) Lumina, Australian Journal of Screen Arts and Broadcast, The Collaboration Issue Sydney: AFTRS (Issue 11)

2011 D. Court, R.Grayson-Bell, S. Levy, & K. Pearlman (Ed. Committee) Lumina, Australian Journal of Screen Arts and Broadcast, The Screenwriting Issue. Sydney: AFTRS(Issues 7 & 8)

2010 D.Court, S. Levy, K.Pearlman, & R. Turk (Ed. Committee) Lumina, the Australian Journal of Screen Arts and Broadcast. Sydney: AFTRS (Issues 3, 4 & 6)

2009 D.Court, S. Levy, K.Pearlman, & R. Turk (Ed. Committee) Lumina, the Australian Journal of Screen Arts and Broadcast. Sydney: AFTRS (Issues 1& 2)

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JOURNALS & CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Pearlman, K. (2013) Screendance, Yes, And.... The International Journal of Screendance. Vol 3 Madison: University of Wisconsin

Pearlman, K. (2013) Intuition and Collaboration: Editing and the Vulcan Mind Meld. Lumina, the Australian Journal of Screen Arts and Broadcast, The Collaboration Issue. Sydney: AFTRS (Issue 11)

Pearlman, K. (2011) Art and Life. Lumina, the Australian Journal of Screen Arts and Broadcast, The Documentary Issue. Sydney: AFTRS (Issue 8)

Pearlman, K. (2010) If a dancer falls in the forest and nobody sees her...Participations, Journal of Audience and Reception Studies. Vol 7 (Issue 2)

Pearlman, K. (2010) Measuring Artistic Vibrancy: Sooner and Later, Lumina, the Australian Journal of Screen Arts and Broadcast, Old Media, New Media. Sydney: AFTRS(Issue 6)

Pearlman, K. (2010) Genre is Not a Dirty Word. Lumina, Australian Journal of Screen Arts and Broadcast. Sydney: AFTRS(Issue 4)

Pearlman, K., Stollman, S., Rowland, M.J., (2010) Magic Realism: Out of the Blue.withS. Stollman & M.J. Rowland Lumina, the Australian Journal of Screen Arts and Broadcast. Sydney: AFTRS(Issue 3)

Pearlman, K. (2009) Make Our Myths Lumina, the Australian Journal of Screen Arts and Broadcast. Sydney: AFTRS(Issue 2)

Pearlman, K. (2009) The Musical is Back Lumina, the Australian Journal of Screen Arts and Broadcast. Sydney: AFTRS(Issue 1)

Pearlman, K. & Allen, R.J., (2008) Physical TV and Cinematic Dance on Screen. Open Source Video Dance Symposium Conference Proceedings.  Findhorn, UK

Pearlman, K., (2007) Editing as a Form of Choreography.  American Dance Festival Screendance: State of the Art refereed conference proceedings

Pearlman,K (2006) Editing Rhythms Part 3: Emotional Rhythm. Dance Film Association Journal New York: Dance Films Association

Pearlman,K (2005) Editing Rhythms Part 1: Event Rhythm. Part 2: Physical Rhythm.  Dance Film Association Journal New York: Dance Films Association

Pearlman, K., (2004) The Rhythm of Thinking. Metro magazine (refereed section)

Pearlman, K. & Allen, R.J. (2001) Rethinking a Lifetime  Repenser les processus createurs / Rethinking Creative Processes, edited by F. Grauby, M. Royer & P. Lang (Eds) (Bi-Lingual French/English Publication)

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INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVALS PHYSICAL TV RETROSPECTIVES

2010 - Singapore Arts Festival
2006  - Bates Dance Festival, Bates College, Maine
2005  - Taipei Arts International Association (two day retrospective)

Selected Screen Productions

2016 Woman with an Editing Bench

15 minute Historical Drama
Director, Editor, Producer

  • Winner 2016 ATOM Award for Best Short Fiction
  • Winner  2016 Australian Screen Editors Guild Award for Best Editing in a Short Film
  • Winner 2016 Auckland Film Festival Awards for Best Actress and Best Music Score
  • Premiered at Cinefest Oz Film Festival
  • Distributed by Ronin Films

2014 "...the dancer from the dance"

27 minute Screendance/Documentary
A Physical TV Company Production in association with Critical Path

  • Finalist - Australian Dance Awards Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film
  • Finalist - ATOM Award for Best Arts Documentary
  • Finalist - Australian Screen Composer Guild Award for Best Music in Documentary
  • Winner - 2 x Audience Choice Awards, World of Women Film Festival, 2014
  • Screened at Festivals in Sydney, Helsinki, Portugal, Mexico and on tour in South America

2011 Monk, Reloaded

3:30 minutes
A Physical TV Company Production
Producer, Editor

  • Finalist-Australian Dance Awards Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film
  • Finalist-Australian Screen Editors Guild (ASE) Awards 2012
  • Broadcast on ABC TV
  • 15 International Festival Screenings

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2009 Entanglement Theory

10 minutes
A Physical TV Company Production
Producer, Writer, Editor

  • Broadcast on ABC TV,
  • Twenty-eight International Festivals and Screenings
  • Finalist: Best Editing in a Short Film, Australian Screen Editors Guild Awards
  • Pre-selection Finalist (Top 10) for Best Experimental, Atom Awards

2007 Thursday's Fictions in Second Life

www.thursdaysfictions.com
Producer, Script Editor

  • A 3D online immersive storyworld

2006 Thursday's Fictions (Film)

54 minutes Short Feature - Drama
A Physical TV Company Production
Producer, Editor

  • Winner, Best Experimental, 2007 Enhance TV Atom Awards, Melbourne.
  • Winner, Gold Medal for Excellence: 2006 Park City Music Festival, Utah.
  • Winner, flEXiff Award at flEX International Film Festival 2006,
  • Winner Best Original Song Composed for the Screen, APRA-AGSC Awards
  • Finalist, Best Achievement in Sound 2006 Australian Screen Sound Awards
  • Finalist, Best Editing, Australian Screen Editors Guild Awards
  • Broadcast on ABC-TV
  • 20 International Film Festivals

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2005 The Kamikaze Mind

26 short dance animations for mobile phones
Editor, Animator, Project Producer

  • Preselection Finalist Best Multi-Modal Production, 2007 Atom Awards

2004 Together

8.30 minutes
A More Sauce, Danielle Kelly, Physical TV Company, Madeleine Hetherton Production
Executive Producer

  • Winner, Inside Film People's Choice Award, 2004 ReelDance Awards
  • Winner, Best Editing, Fitzroy Shorts 2005
  • Finalist, 2005 IMZ dance screen Award
  • Finalist for Best Dance Film, 2004 Australian Dance Awards
  • Finalist for the 2004 ReelDance Awards
  • Finalist for Best Dance Video,Festival Internazionale di Videodanza, Naples
  • Certificate of Distinction, 2004 American Dance Festival, Dancing for Camera

2002 What I Did On My Nervous Breakdown

1.55 minutes
A Physical TV Company Production
Director, Editor

  • Winner, People's Choice Award, 2002 Australian Poetry Festival

2002 No Surrender

12 minutes
A Physical TV Company Production in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Producer, Editor

  • Winner, Best Experimental Film at the 2002 Annual ATOM Awards
  • Winner, Best Music for a Short Film 2002 APRA-Australian Guild of Screen Composers Screen Music Awards
  • Winner, Gold Medal for Excellence 2004 Park City Music Festival, Utah. 
  • Highly Commended, the Australian Cinematographers' Society, Short Film Category
  • Finalist for Best Sound Design, the Australian Screen Sound Guild Awards
  • Finalist for the 2002 ReelDance Awards

2001 Rubberman Accepts the Nobel Prize

6 minutes
Director, Editor

  • Winner, the 2001 AFTRS Critic's Circle Award for Best Production Design
  • Finalist for Best Dance Film at the 2001 Australian Dance Awards
  • Finalist for Best Short Film at Shepparton Shorts Short Film Festival in Victoria.
  • Screened at Popcorn Taxi and numerous film festivals

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