In the Blink of an Eye

Walter Murch Francis Ford Coppola


In the Blink of an Eye

In the Blink of an Eye

  • Title: In the Blink of an Eye
  • Author: Walter Murch Francis Ford Coppola
  • ISBN: 9781879505629
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback



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 subjectIn 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 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 this is more geared towards the editing concerns for larger productions with multi-month editing cycle, Murch has many insights into the basic practicalities of editing. Even better are the bits where he delves further, into the theoretical underpinnings of what a cut is, and why they work at all given the unfamiliarity of jump cuts in day to day life (so one would think). Still, it's converted pretty directly from a lecture he delivered, which keeps the material a little close to the surf [...]

بخلاف كون والتر ميرش واحد من أعظم مونتيرين السينما في التاريخ، فهو أيضاً كاتب ممتاز لديه القدرة على صياغة أفكاره على الورق. النصف الأول من الطبعة التي قرأتها يُركز على فن المونتاج، النصف الثاني هو مُلحق عن المونتاج الرقمي الذي كان جديداً نسبياً وقت كتابته في العام 2001 (وقت صد [...]

This is a nice little book on film editing. Walter Murch has edited many films, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Part II, and The Conversation. He writes about his editing process and somewhat the history of cutting films. One of the things I found most interesting is that Murch says its not obvious that film cuts should work as well as they do. Most of what we experience visually from the moment we get up is a continous stream of linked images. The "cut" would seem to go against and one would thin [...]

Yes, a book on film editing, it's about storytelling. If you're interested though, I'd recommend The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje. It contains much the same (and more) content and is crafted by Ondaatje to emphasize not just Murch's genius, but also his humility and eager, genuine curiosity. And it's about storytelling. p. 15The underlying principle: Always try to do the most with the least—with the emphasis on try. You may not always succeed, but [...]

Brilliant collection of insights, and I'm glad to find a book that still treats the superiority and integrity of film with respect instead of falling victim to the all flash but no substance digital technology of the 2000's. Vibrantly written and filled with unforgettable detail, this is definitely worth reading.

This book is certainly a useful tool for considering how to conceptualize the editing process. I only gave it two stars because it is short on information and reads like a children's book.

Helped to know that being an editing nerd/theorist could also end up prolific. Personally just lovely.

Such a beautiful book with so much critical insight. Essential reading for anyone interested in film in an analytical way.

My dad found this book stashed away from back when he had to read it in college and said I might find it interesting. I'm no professional but I do enjoy the subject of video editing. There were bits of editing techniques that I thought were interesting and I want to try sometime. The last few chapters about blinking (hence the title) were especially enthralling. It was a great look at how they edited back in the day. The best part was laughing at how much has changed in the industry since the 19 [...]

Not quite on par with "The Conversations," the book of interviews between Murch and Michael Ondaatje, but an absolutely stellar and essential read for anyone interested in film on a more than superficial level. It's a quick read, probably only a few hours from front to back, so there's really no reason at all not to pick it up and read it. What I like about Murch's thinking, as highlighted both in this and "The Conversations," is that he's as much a philosopher as he is a theoretician and many o [...]

When I am asked to describe this book to someone, my pet phrase is to call it the "Zen of Video/Film Editing", which it essentially is. The phrase "Renaissance Man" is bandied about a bit too loosely or negatively these days, but Walter Murch is a marvel as a craftsman and author. He manages to break down what many perceive as a highly technical profession to a simple series of intuitive human responses. He also manages to give a quick survey of the state of editing technology and where it's hea [...]

I would not have the confidence to be an editor without this book. Walter Murch is a brilliant editor who has cut some of the best movies in the history of film and he thinks it all comes down to catching reactions and feeling the cuts based on actors processing information. If that description does not make your cinematic mouth water, this book may not be for you but for my money it's a great tool of the trade.

A great insight into the process of editing films from a very well experienced artist. A must read if you are, in any way related to the artist side of filmmaking. A fast and simple read.

too technical for the casual reader, i.e. me.

A great book to start with editing. My best parts would be "The Rule of Six", "The Decisive Moment" and "Dragnet".p. 15 The underlying principle: Always try to do the most with the least—with the emphasis on try. You may not always succeed, but attempt to produce the greatest effect in the viewer’s mind by the least number of things on screen. Why? Because you want to do only what is necessary to engage the imagination of the audience—suggestion is always more effective than exposition. Pa [...]

Very short- more detailed stories from experiences on any or all of the movies Murch edited would have been nice to extend the length.I liked hearing about the manual film editing machines- the stand-up machine with foot pedals and wheels sounds nice, it would be interesting to have a work station (for computer based work) that could be operated with both hands and feet for various purposes.The old film editing machines are also praised for their ability to play back film at high speed without r [...]

I've read about Walter Murch before, and just refreshed my memory of some of the things he talks about in this book by watching Apocalypse Now (and it's documentaries) again. This book is great for giving you a very basic history of film editing, and some real-world examples of difficulties in editing movies, the different types of technology in use, etc.It's not too technical a book, and does have an expansive section on digital film editing (now that that's the primary method), but even detail [...]

In this book's forward, Francis Ford Coppola identifies Walter Murch as a man with feet planted in both the realm of film practice and film theory, and this is borne out fantastically throughout the text of this book. Murch clearly thinks deeply about his practice of film editing, from both the technical and artistic perspectives, and so this glimpse into his working thoughts and process quickly becomes a sort of phenomenological account of the work of the body creating art as expressed through [...]

There are people who have the power of informative knowledge, and people who have the power of stimulating your brain cells to reach far beyond knowledge, Walter Murch just happened to have both. The book itself is taking the structure of a perfect-edited movie with a point of attack striking you from chapter 1 increasing gradually till it plateaus with a startling climax point, then takes you slowly to a conclusion that leaves you with a touch of enlightenment. We edit films as we blink in life [...]

This is a quick read, but full of insight on editing. The bite-sized chapters mirror the author's thesis about the human brain gathering a thought, blinking, and then moving on to a new idea. Just as much info as you need, and nothing more. I highly recommend this for students of film/video editing, but it's valuable to anyone. Murch's ability to draw parallels with filmmaking and random real world phenomena (like bees locating their hive, for example) create an engrossing mysticism around how i [...]

The first part was good. The hypothesis about the blink is really interesting. I mean people do not only blink to moisten their eye, but also it is a matter of emotion and comprehension, but the second part, which is about digital filming, was not interesting for me.

Great read if you're interested in film editing; even more interesting if you try to compare film editing to writing editing. Found myself underlining lines that I could easily apply to my own style of editing, especially in terms of how to keep an audience engaged.

3.5/5One of the more interesting textbooks I've had to read. Would def recommend for people interested in film (not just specifically editing). I also thought Murch's theories on blinking was fascinating.

Of a generation where innovators in film could wax philosophical about the mechanics of their technique. Sometimes a bit aggrandizing to a contemporary audience, but always earnest. Plus this guy made The Conversation and we made Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so.

I didn't expect to like this as much as I did! Murch is a good writer and the book covers a wide range of topics – you'll learn a little history, a little theory, and a practical tip or two.

Wish the book was longer. Gave me great insight into the filmmaking and editing process.

A master. Loved it. Great for anyone interested in how films are made. Even better for makers of films, if just for the reminder that there is art in there, no matter the technology.

Great insight into the editing process and the films Murch has cut.

Some great insights in the first half of the book. The second half has mostly all outdated information about digital editing. I recommend to read the first half, skip the second.

70% technical jargon, 30% solid memoir


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