chapter  8
Event Rhythm
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Event rhythm is the timing, pacing, and trajectory phrasing of the

movement and energy of events over the course of a whole fi lm. It is

found in the temporal, kinetic, and energetic fl ow of story or struc-

ture, of sequences, or of a series of two or more scenes. Each scene in

which a problem is initiated and resolved or a question is raised and

addressed is an event. Sequences in which a series of scenes opens and

explores problems, questions, or ideas are events. A series of events

collected and shaped into a cause-and-effect relationship is a plot.