In the Blink of an Eye : A Perspective on Film Editing

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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.


Series Title
In the Blink of an Eye
Silman-James Press
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Walter Murch
Publication Date
August, 2001
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.44 x 5.68 x 0.51 Inches

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You dont need to be a...

You don't need to be a film editor to enjoy this book. It is science, psychology, history and art appreciation all rolled into one.

A great essay about fi...

A great essay about film editing.

He communicates the ed...

He communicates the editor's Sysiphusian task with technical insight and humor.

Murch has taken years ...

Murch has taken years of experience in the film industry and poured them into this work of theory and art. Deep enough for those well-versed in film arts yet still appealing to those outside that world. Well written and thoroughly engaging.

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