In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing / Edition 2 available in Paperback
In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated editor Walter Murch's vivid, multifaceted, thought-provoking 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.
|Product dimensions:||5.68(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.51(d)|
Table of Contents
|Preface to the Second Edition||xi|
|Cuts and Shadow Cuts||1|
|Why Do Cuts Work?||5|
|"Cut Out the Bad Bits"||10|
|Most with the Least||15|
|The Rule of Six||17|
|Seeing Around the Edge of the Frame||23|
|Dreaming in Pairs||26|
|Team Work: Multiple Editors||29|
|The Decisive Moment||32|
|Methods and Machines: Marble and Clay||43|
|Test Screenings: Referred Pain||52|
|Don't Worry, It's Only a Movie||57|
|A Galaxy of Winking Dots||70|
|Afterword: Digital Film Editing: Past, Present, and Imagined Future||73|
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In the Blink of an Eye based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
You don't need to be a film editor to enjoy this book. It is science, psychology, history and art appreciation all rolled into one.
Murch has taken years of experience in the film industry and poured them into this work of theory and art. Deep enough for those well-versed in film arts yet still appealing to those outside that world. Well written and thoroughly engaging.
He communicates the editor's Sysiphusian task with technical insight and humor.
My fiance is in college for film making, and this book was a required read. In my spare time, I read the book as well. I am so glad that I did. If you read this book, a trip to the theater is a whole new experience! I loved it!