In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing

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Silman-James Press, 2001 - Performing Arts - 146 pages
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In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch's vivid, multifaceted, thought -- provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question -- Why do cuts work? -- Murch treats the reader to a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film. Along the way, he offers his unique insights on such subjects as continuity and discontinuity in editing, dreaming, and reality; criteria for a good cut; the blink of the eye as an emotional cue; digital editing; and much more. In this second edition, Murch reconsiders and completely revises his popular first edition's lengthy meditation on digital editing (which accounts for a third of the book's pages) in light of the technological changes that have taken place in the six years since its publication.

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A must for anyone interested in film and storytelling. - Goodreads
Very educational and entertaining. - Goodreads
Yes, a book on film editing, it's about storytelling. - Goodreads
And it's about storytelling. - Goodreads

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I am currently attending school for post-production. My choice of school has, unfortunately defeated my ambitions and my dreams of what I wanted when I started. I tried to find this passion again ... Read full review

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More of a brief philosophical treatise on perception, art, collaboration, and the future of cinema than any kind of editing guide or manual. Parts are dated or boring but it has some big ideas well worth the while Read full review

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Murch is an editor, sound designer, director, and screenwriter who has been honored repeatedly by both the American and British Motion Picture Academies for his picture editing and sound mixing.

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