ISBN-10:
1879505622
ISBN-13:
9781879505629
Pub. Date:
08/01/2001
Publisher:
Silman-James Pr
In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing / Edition 2

In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing / Edition 2

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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 Details

ISBN-13: 9781879505629
Publisher: Silman-James Pr
Publication date: 08/01/2001
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 52,805
Product dimensions: 5.68(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Preface to the Second Editionxi
Prefacexiii
Cuts and Shadow Cuts1
Why Do Cuts Work?5
"Cut Out the Bad Bits"10
Most with the Least15
The Rule of Six17
Misdirection21
Seeing Around the Edge of the Frame23
Dreaming in Pairs26
Team Work: Multiple Editors29
The Decisive Moment32
Methods and Machines: Marble and Clay43
Test Screenings: Referred Pain52
Don't Worry, It's Only a Movie57
Dragnet64
A Galaxy of Winking Dots70
Afterword: Digital Film Editing: Past, Present, and Imagined Future73

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In the Blink of an Eye 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MarckJohnston on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Whicker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
yowhatsupdog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
He communicates the editor's Sysiphusian task with technical insight and humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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