- Paperback: 146 pages
- Publisher: Silman-James Press; 2nd edition (August 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1879505622
- ISBN-13: 978-1879505629
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 223 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Walter Murch is the winner of multiple Academy Awards for his work as a film editor and a sound designer. Among his many notable credits are The Conversation, American Graffiti, Julia, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather (parts II and III), The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Ghost, Crumb, Romeo Is Bleeding, First Knight, The English Patient, and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
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It's a very interesting read and I just love the way the author thinks, writes, and shares his ideas.
As a final thought, I didn't find the last section on digital editing very useful since it was written when digital was just coming onto the scene and much of it is projections the author makes for what is in store for film due to digital editing. The problem with this section is it is now 16 years old and many of the projections have come to pass or are obsolete thoughts. But the first part of the book is worth buying the book as it is laden with conceptual editing practices and ideas.
The book doesn't cover how you make cuts. It's not going to cover the mechanics of making J or L cuts. It's not going to talk about simple things.
It instead teaches you when to make cut. It contains thoughts and concepts that open up the world editing to you.
Is recomend it to just editors, but to directors and dops as well.
It's money well spent!
The fundamental premise is that eye-blinks are key to audience involvement. An editor who cuts without reference to these will leave his audience unmoved. Get the blinks right and the cuts make themselves and subliminally draw the audience in. I am now on a fascinating hunt for the truth. I may never make an equal of "The English Patient", Murch's double-oscar triumph, but I certainly am trying hard not to blink as I attempt to use his insights into the business of editing.
Recommended by many film courses, this is a great read, full of anecdotes about films and directors. Every editor should know its thesis, every digicam owner can learn much about the infinitely painstaking effort of good editing.