chapter  3
Timing, Pacing, and Trajectory Phrasing
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What are the tools editors use to create rhythm? This chapter intro-

duces timing, pacing, and trajectory phrasing as the three key tools uti-

lized by editors to shape rhythmic sequences.

Timing and pacing, as discussed in the introduction, are often con-

fused or substituted for rhythm as a whole. Timing and pacing are also

used to describe a variety of aspects of rhythm or the rhythm-making

process. The words “ timing ” and “ pacing ” are sometimes used when

discussing attributes of rhythm (things that fi lms have when they have

rhythm). They are also used as words to describe faculties inherent in

the editor. One hears “she has good timing ” or “she has a strong sense

of pacing ” as descriptions of intuition about rhythm. Finally, they are

tools that can be used to create rhythms in the editing process. Their

function as tools is the primary concern of this chapter. However, given

that timing and pacing are also attributes of rhythm and faculties of

editors shaping the rhythm, the functioning of timing and pacing as

attributes and faculties will also be touched upon herein.