In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing (Paperback)
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DescriptionIn the Blink of an Eye is editor Walter Murch's essay of film editing. Starting with what might seem to be the most basic editing question - Why do cuts work? - he treats the reader to a marvelous "ride" through the esthetics and practical concerns of cutting film. Along the way, he offers his insights on such subjects as continuity and discontinuity in editing, dreaming, and real life; the criteria of a good cut; and the blink of the eye as both an analog to and an emotional cue for the cut. New to this second edition is Murch's lengthy meditation on the current state of digital editing.
- Published: 01 September 2001
- Format: Paperback 120 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781879505629 ISBN 10: 1879505622
- Sales rank: 4,777
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Reviews for In the Blink of an Eye
Probabily the most useful book on film editing
I've been looking for a long time for a really useful book on film editing. Eisenstein's theoretic lessons aside this is probabily the most resourceful book on how to edit a movie.
It's hard to say what are the rules of editing and how to do it in particular situations but Murch does it quite good in only showing you a few points that can be good to lean on when searching for the right rhythm. He supports his theories with examples from movies he's been working on (Apocalypse now, English patient, etc.) so you can quickly get the idea what he's talking about.
The book also covers what the working space of a film editor should be like, how the editor and the director should cooperate, the history (and possibly future) of editing and quite a few of small but very useful little tips for editing work-flow.
This is not a book that will teach you technical knowledge of video editing (if you want to be an editor you should know how to use your program, right?) but the philosophy of making cuts and the flow of a movie.
I certainly recommend it to everyone interested in this field. by Maj Jukic