A Film Editor’s Visual Intentions and Use of Perceptual Phenomena in Designing Film Edits: An Observational Study

By Thorbjörn Swenberg.

Published by The International Journal of Visual Design

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This paper investigates the role of perception in film editing, considered as audiovisual design work. The study is an observation of a film editor editing a documentary film sequence, where the perceptual phenomena at stake at edit points are scrutinized, with reference to perception theory. The results show that the film editor’s design goal is to achieve perceptual precision for each edit, either for continuity or for discontinuity, accordingly. The more perceptual phenomena per edit, the more time and the more processing the editor has to spend on the edit until satisfied with the result. This knowledge is of importance to inexperienced film editors, in order to make the editing process faster and more precise, and thus condense production time. In the wider design context, other design activities are proposed to be researched for further understanding the perceptual phenomena at stake during the design processes.

Keywords: Audiovisual Perception,, Audiovisual Design,, Audiovisual Distortions,, Perceptual Precision

The International Journal of Visual Design, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp.1-17. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 686.419KB).

Thorbjörn Swenberg

Ph.D. Candidate, Lecturer, Moving Image Department, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden

Thorbjörn Swenberg is a Ph.D. Candidate and Lecturer at Dalarna University.