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

With 22 Screen Credits, 5 Sound Credits, and 2 Director Credits garnered over 45 plus years in the business, ‘In the Blink of an Eye’ is editor Walter Murch’s comprehensive book on film editing.

Credits include, Jarhead, Cold Mountain, The English Patient, Ghost, Apocalypse Now, First Knight and 16 more. And that’s just in the editing category. Walter speaks, from many years of experience starting when editors hovered over a Moviola, in a dark room, with grease pencil in hand, while running celluloid through the gate. With the advent of Digital Editing, the technology has changed but the creative process remains the same. In his ‘Perspective On Film Editing,’ Murch takes his readers on an informational journey explaining Why Cuts Work, the criteria for a good cut, speaks to the concerns of a film editor, including continuity/discontinuity and talks about the esthetics of his craft.

In his second edition, he discusses today’s digital editing process and how it differs greatly from his early work in both approach and technique. So comprehensive are the digital editing pages, they take up about one third of this book. With 2 Oscars to his credit and 5 nominations, 2 BAFTA Film Awards and a 2 time winner as American Cinema Editor USA, Walter Murch’s ‘In The Blink Of An Eye’ is a guaranteed page turner for readers wanting to know what it takes to be a well-respected editor.

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