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June 8, 2010, 9:34 pm
Murch has been a beacon of pride for editors as he raises the standards of film editing. His first, and only book, In the Blink of an Eye is a great examination of how Murch edits and the techniques that he uses to determine a cut. His extensive knowledge of various topics helps to influence his cuts from science to music. After reading you'll look outside the editing room for ideas in editing.
June 8, 2010, 9:33 pm
Another of Eisenstein's great documents of his ideas of film editing. Take this book and read it intensely and look for some great ideas.
June 8, 2010, 9:32 pm
A must for film editing book shelves everywhere. Is this the editor's bible? If not its close. Its a tough, read but the ideas have the ability to change the way you think about editing. Don't brush Eisenstein off as just montage, to truly understand montage you need to hear it from Eisenstein's mouth. Upon reading this book you'll see more than just the traditional Hollywood Montage we see so often today.
June 8, 2010, 9:31 pm
This book made the list due to its authors dedication to documenting his teacher, Eisenstein's, techniques, methodologies and philosophies. Although, the book heavily favours directors, it has great insight into film editing ideas. After reading it you'll feel the urge to "look closer"and to influence the audience in a new way.
May 6, 2010, 12:16 pm
The number one thing that I get asked by my readers is "do you have any suggestions for newbie editors?" Well, yes I have many, but my most important suggestion is to read up on your theory. In my relatively short experience in the professional industry I’ve encountered many students and other indie filmmakers who know how to use the tools, but can’t figure out why their films don’t compete well with the same types of films out there using the same tools. I’ve found that most of what those generic film schools/polytechnics lack is a solid theory foundation in its curriculum. It’s one thing to know the tools (Final Cut, Avid, etc); anyone can learn to use the blade tool to cut a scene. But it’s a whole other (much more important) thing to know what to do with them. What will help to make you stand out among the thousands of other "editors" who just bought/downloaded software and learned how to use it? Knowing why you make the cuts you make.
March 22, 2010, 12:20 pm
"Modern movies may be more engrossing-we get "lost" in them more readily-because the universe’s natural rhythm is driving the mind." James Cutting, Jordan DeLong and Christine Nothelfer from their paper on human attention span and film.
December 23, 2009, 5:52 am
Through both film editing and sound design, Walter Murch has worked literally behind the scenes of Hollywood to give shape and structure to the films we see. In the process, he's won three Academy Awards; he's directed his own feature-length film, the creatively subversive Return to Oz; and he's worked with some of the greatest directors of modern times, including Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, on some of their greatest films, from The Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now to...
December 9, 2009, 5:15 am
Last week I have the wonderful honor of being a guest lecturer at The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. I had a wonderful time talking about video editing. I love to share my passion, hence why I blog about it. I spoke about: Editing on action, The Rule of Six, Match Action, Pacing (which is part of the Rule of Six), Importance of tight shots, Sequencing, Screen Direction...
December 4, 2009, 5:07 am
Film editor and sound designer Walter Murch won an Academy Award for sound design for Apocalypse Now. Some of the films he's edited and/or mixed are The Conversation, American Graffiti, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather II, and III and Crumb. He wrote a book about his work, In the Blink of An Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing. (Rebroadcast from 1996.)
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