In the Blink of an Eye

Paperback | January 1, 2007

byWalter Murch

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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? The 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 an 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.

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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? The treats the reader to a marvelous ‘ride’ through the esthetics and practical concerns of cutting film. Along the way, he offer...

Walter Murch has been honored by both British and American Motion Picture Academies for his picture editing and sound mixing. In 1997, Murch received an unprecedented double Oscar for both film editing and sound mixing on The English Patient (1996, dir. A. Minghella), as well as the British Academy Award for best editing. Seventeen yea...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:January 1, 2007Publisher:Silman-James PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1879505622

ISBN - 13:9781879505629

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"An incredibly lucid trek into the formidable craft of film editing, which in my opinion is the core of the cinematic art form. Walter Murch’s depth of insight into this subject is astonishing, and the book is a must for anyone who is interested in truly understanding the filmmaking process." George Lucas"The first time I saw Murch he was asleep on his KEM, having worked all night on The Conversation. He’s the only editor I know who actually sleeps with his films. In fact, Murch has a love affair with every film he’s involved with. In the Blink of an Eye is his chronicle of passions -- it’s where he finally tells us some of the intimate details of these affairs. Not for those who cannot love film." Philip Kaufman"This small book contains a wealth of first-hand knowledge about the mysteries of giving birth to a film. I think it is of immense value to professionals and film buffs alike." Fred Zinnemann