Publisher: Silman-James Press
Release Date: August 1, 2001
“Many of the thoughts that follow… are therefore more truly cautionary notes to myself; working methods I have developed for coping with my particular volcanoes and glaciers. As such, they are insights into one person’s search for balance, and are perhaps to others more for the glimpses of the search itself than for specific methods that search has produced.” –Walter Murch (Preface)
In the Blink of an Eye – 2nd Edition can be separated into two distinct halves. The first covers a very broad range of territory, and is essentially a transcript of a lecture given by Walter Murch at Spectrum Films in Sidney, Australia in October of 1988. The second half focuses on Digital editing (as it stood in 2001).
Both sections are less about the nuts and bolts of editing, and more of a lucid discussion about editing in theory. Why do cuts work? How does one go about editing a film properly? Walter Murch is an established authority on this topic, and one wished that some of the editors currently working would read the book. Their work might exponentially improve. It is obvious that Murch has given film editing a great deal of thought, and his experience and wisdom would benefit anyone wishing to edit features.
Review by: Devon Powell