Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Zoë Boss 

BA [Hons] Film + Television Production

Hi, I'm Zoë Boss. I am a film editor and sound designer. I edit short films, documentaries, music videos, weddings, and corporate videos. As well as this, I do visual effects and motion graphics. Editing has always been a passion of mine. I love bringing a story to life, piecing it together in new and creative ways. I also love crafting stories that an audience can resonate with on an emotional level. I am a hardworking individual with a drive to learn new skills and improve my current ones. I am proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, Davinci Resolve, and Adobe Photoshop.

The Tale of Felix

"When his fish’s bag begins to leak, Elijah must race to save him as he is the last remaining part of his relationship."
This is a whimsical story of a man down on his luck. He is kicked out of his girlfriend's house with only his pet fish as a reminder of his relationship. When his fish's bag rips and starts leaking, Elijah panics and races to try to save him, only creating more danger for his poor fish friend.
The Tale of Felix was my main editing project of the year. I was excited to work on it as the story was very compelling and original and I have a great working relationship with the director. It was great to edit a fast-paced, stylized film and I learned a lot from editing and experimenting with this project that I can take with me for future edits.

Thesis: "Rhythm in Editing: How an Audience Connects with a Film on a Subconscious Level."

In this dissertation I analyse the rhythms present in a film and how they act on our body’s rhythms. The rhythms in a film are those of the physical movements of the actors, the rhythms of the characters’ emotions and thought processes seen through their blinking, breathing, and shouting for example, and the rhythms of the story and how the events are parsed out.

Each of these rhythms are present in the rushes, but it is how the editor chooses to join them together to create an overall rhythm that can connect our body with a film. When these rhythms are edited together, they act on our body’s rhythms, those of our physical movements, our blinking and breathing and heart-beating. These rhythms have been present within us since birth and shaped by society. As such, when a film’s rhythms connect with our own, our minds and bodies synchronise with these on-screen rhythms and immerse us in the film, connecting us with its characters both physically and emotionally.

In this thesis, I explore how this can affect us so deeply despite having the barrier of a cinema or tv screen between us and the characters in the film.