Tempo and cutting rate

Relative length of shots making the sequence, scenes and ultimately the whole film.
Can fluctuate between slow and fast and is usually dependent of the narrative context, space and movement

Slow cutting
Characteristics:

  • Enables sound to have enough time to be identifies and assimilated clearly by the audience
  • Narrative context does not always allow the rate to be slow
  • Improve the chance for offscreen occurrences to be clearly identified when uncommon

Fast cutting
Characteristics:

  • Underline the narrative context and does not allow time for the listener to assimilate clearly the sound displayed
  • Sound that not necessarily have to follow the visual tempo, it can either minimise or emphasize the cuts
  • If sound follows the visual tempo, its comprehensibility can decreases as the tempo increases

Related inductor effect: Match on action
Complementary effect: Temporal resolution of sound

(bordwell, 2009)

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