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In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing, 2nd Edition 2nd Edition
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It is about how Murch approaches a project. How he creates. Aspiring and seasoned editors alike can take much from this short work, and incorporate it into their own style and approach. I don't think that I will ever look at film the same way after his anecdote about blinking and editing "The Conversation."
Many reviewers have mentioned that they expected more, (length, content, etc.) I wanted more myself, but I think Murch says all he needed to say. It is WELL worth the read. I suggest getting it from a library, reading it, and then deciding if you wish to add it to your own library.
I now own a copy, and expect to consult it in future for every editing project that proves difficult.
Murch's insights into film editing, both analog and digital, are valuable, and I would recommend picking up the book from the library or sitting down and reading it at your local bookstore - it really is that short, but it's not a keeper.
I bought this book hoping to get some real-world tips to editing - what makes a good cut and what doesn't, pacing, etc., etc., etc., but I came away with just one - cut when you blink. Murch's "blink theory" is interesting, but there's much more to editing than just that. I was looking for more from one of the best editors in the business.
Murch does discuss some of his own experiences while editing movies such as "Apocalypse Now" and "The English Patient", but doesn't really delve into the cutting itself and why he chose certain shots or cut a scene a certain way. The book also discusses the history of digital editing and its future but seems to focus on the attitudes of older directors and editors alike who seem to be afraid of change and insist, like Stephen Spielberg who bought up every Motorola editing system and hired enough technicians who can fix the ancient editors so that he will never have to fire up that computer, that "the old way" is better than the new one.
Murch seems to be in the middle of the debate.Read more ›
what I expect when I read a book on film editing, but this book goes far beyond that.
This book almost effortlessly explains "why film editing works," "how film editing works,"
and "what the human experience expects and wants from film editing."
It does this in an engaging style, with a remarkably-few,
well-chosen words. This is a truly great little book.
It teaches some slippery concepts easily, with simple historical examples.
(How filmmaking is like opera, or like music, or literature or art, for example.)
Its concepts are clear, and they stick in the mind, and return
to one later, usually while in the middle of doing something else.
That means to me that not only my conscious mind
understands what Mr. Murch has written, but my
unconscious mind as well.
I am very grateful for that, as
my unconscious mind is my source.
Mr. Walter Murch is not only one of the most gifted film editors ever,
he has clearly thought and mulled and quantified what he knows in his bones,
so that others can learn from it.
Beethoven wrote great music, (and, according to Mr. Murch, was one of
the fathers of cinema), but did Beethoven write a little book that explained
what he was trying to do, or the principles behind it, or what he had learned
about how it worked, and how to make future projects work in the same way?
No, alas. I've read letters from Beethoven, but found
his process elusive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very interesting insight into the film making process.Published 2 days ago by Larry Delabriandais
This is an older guide to directing but there are key principles necessary for all sharing with people.Published 12 days ago by R. McClintick
Changes your perceptions on what you think you are actually doing when editing. Insightful, thoughtful and enjoyable. A must read for any well rounded editor.Published 13 days ago by Rockson Mars
Excellent and original when first published and maybe when republished, but there is only one point. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mark C. Upshaw
A great read for anyone trying to get into postproduction. Such a great insight from someone that's really close to the industry.Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Rios
Pretty good and informative read for those seeking perspective in film editing and the film making process in general.Published 1 month ago by Clifford Grant
What a total waste of money. I can't believe the hyperbolic reviews of this book - they must be from all of this friends in the industry. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T.V.M.