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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 March 2017
A great book for people of all skill levels and interests in film - even just movie buffs! Walter offers both the very interesting origins of physical film editing as well as the dawn of the digital movie age, and the crossover techniques that still exist today with the likes of Spielberg. At the very least there is some great info on editing techniques and understanding when to cut a shot and how to understand confident and nervous acting. There's something for everyone!
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on 21 March 2017
This, although in its 2nd edition is very theoretical. Which is quite good for the theory of editing. It tells you what to look out for when putting a movie together. It does meander on 'splicing' which refers to celluloid film and not digital within a computer. The last few added pages refer to digital editing, but still a good read if you are a fan of the films that Walter Murch has actually edited. These are referred to quite often through out this book. If you have no concept of cutting and splicing the old way, give it a miss and find something appropriate for you. I bought this for my students to read and it just didn't blow their skirts up.
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on 28 August 2017
Learned more about editing from this book than I did at university studying film making. Covers a great amount of theory and psychology of editing, as well as talking about the history of the editing, and comparing the two in a really understandable way for anyone to grasp the idea of the differences of today's and the past's editing. Great read and the theories of Walter Murch are still being used across the film world. Once you finish the book you'll start noticing the decision making in the offline editing, in abundance many great films.
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on 5 August 2015
I found this book a bit like Marmite; sometimes I loved it, sometimes I wanted to roll around in it, oh wait . . .
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.
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on 13 December 2014
This is a thin but interesting volume by a master film editor. The original lectures on which it is based took place some years ago, and this edition has an updated sectiojn on electronic editing. Possibly a more interesting volume for the general reader, or film enthusiast, would be "The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film".
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on 11 December 2015
Please read the book to the end. I would say it have 3 parts: first - personal inside with the bits of phylosophy, second - history of editing technology. You may feel this is a bit boring, but don't despair! :) In third part author explains how different editing technologies work and affect the final result. So, yes, read it to the end. Recommend.
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on 21 September 2015
A wonderful book written by one of the greats of modern cinema. Much not only explains the art of editing and his approach to it but he also looks into real life and tells stories.

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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on 17 April 2018
Fantastic read, great insight into the fantastic and quirky mind of Mr Murch.
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on 25 July 2016
One of the best video editing books. Definitely a must read if you're into editing or you're a filmmaker.
A must read for all who work or wish to work in 'the business'
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on 28 May 2018
great read, verry informative
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