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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As others have said it's a modified transcript of some lectures and not really a treatise on everything Walter Murch has to say, but I still found his ideas very interesting especially around blinking. Read full review

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User Review  - Ian Tierney - Goodreads

This is great. Although a lot of the stuff on digital cinema is out of date its interesting from an historical perspective. Also interesting is that most of his predictions were pretty sound. I think ... 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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