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In the Blink of An Eye: 2nd Edition: A Perspective on Film Editing Paperback – 1 Sep 2001
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In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch's vivid, multifaceted, thought-provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question - Why do cuts work? - Murch treats the reader to a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film. Along the way, he offers his unique insights on such subjects as continuity and discontinuity in editing, dreaming, and reality; criteria for a good cut; the blink of the eye as an emotional cue; digital editing; and much more. In this second edition, Murch reconsiders and completely revises his popular first edition's lengthy meditation on digital editing (which accounts for a third of the book's pages) in light of the technological changes that have taken place in the six years since its publication.
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While it is a bit old school and probably aimed at feature film editing, there are some great ideas in there (the main one being represented by the title) that have definitely helped me in my editing since reading it.
It's partly a book about film and partly a book about the experience of Walter Murch. If you have any sort of interest in film you should read this but if you love cinema then you pretty much have to read it.
Oh, and it's endorsed by Francis Coppola and George Lucas
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This book is essential for all the video/film editors.