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
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An interesting look into the mind of a world-class narrative film editor. My experience is in corporate video editing so while this book (adapted from a lecture) wasn't aimed 100% at me, I still got a ... Read full review

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One of The Great Books on editing, right up there with Eisenstein's "Film Form". However one thing Murch does better than any other film technician-cum-author: He brings an air of humanity to his works. After reading this book, you'll be a better editor but also a better person. Read full review

Contents

Cut Out the Bad Bits
10
Seeing Around the Edge of the Frame
23
Marble and Clay
43
Copyright

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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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