I have recently worked on a project that require me to make NO cuts at all. The director and myself was searching for the right word to credit me, in the end we decide to choose the word
– RHYTHM EDITOR
Using visual thesaurus, the entire video is a one take choreography of word play. Pin opens up the possibilities of words trail with the word remember.
This seems to be an easy job, however, it turns out to be not such a breeze. We end up having multiples “rehearses” before recording the word dance and working on uncountable number of “takes”.
For me, it is the first editing job that really engage my little experience in dance choreography. When I view the “performance” I was constantly giving suggestions on how we can make each word appear with more interesting rhythm. In dance choreography, especially improvisational dance choreography, audience may not see a clear development to a define story.
“Although there is no single approach to creating a dance that has a clear sense of development, certain characteristics are common to many effective pieces of choreography. Those qualities are unity, continuity, transition, variety, and repetition.” Sandra Cerny Minton share this effectively in her article – How to make choreography more effective
I had attended dance choreography class with Ecnad, there is one thing that I learned in my dance class that I get a chance to apply here. It is call – PHRASING. Yes, there are phrases in dances too!
I was suggesting different phrases in this short film by manipulating the time and space of opening the words. We were conscious of changing the rhythm of how this piece of work developed over a short period of 6mins and 22secs.
If you are curious about contemporary dance after reading this post. This video speaks about the vocabulary of movements and body intelligence.
To get a quick understanding about dance phrases, this video below is good to watch.
Pin Pin also made another short film, Yangtze Scribbler under the same programme. Which is also edited by me.
“All the characteristics of effective choreography—unity, continuity, transition, variety, and repetition—are organized to contribute to the development of a meaningful whole. All phrases in a work should be designed to form the integrated sections of your dance, and all the sections of the dance should be placed in a sequence that moves toward an appropriate conclusion. The development of a work should lead the audience logically from the beginning through the middle and on to the end of the dance.” – Sandra Cerny Minton.
I believe strongly that DANCE and EDITING are interconnected.
I am extremely fortunate to be given two opportunities to marry dance and film in my own work : U_R_NOT_ME and PRIMAL FEAR.
PRIMAL FEAR will be screening on 2 June 2012 with Singapore Arts Festival 2012.