- 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,564 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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With that said, if you haven't read this book and you enjoy watching film - READ THIS BOOK IMMEDIATELY. It will change you. I promise.
This book is often given to young editors, but I suspect it doesn't do them much good. After having been at it for a while, I can relate a lot better to the author's musings. This is not a manual on how to edit using this or that.
This is a memoir. Read most of it on a two hour train ride.
Still, very inspiring and a great read.
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.