In the Blink of an Eye (book)

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In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing
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2nd Edition
AuthorWalter Murch
SubjectFilmmaking, Film Editing
PublisherSilman-James Press
Publication date

In The Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing is a non-fiction filmmaking book on the art and craft of editing authored by Walter Murch. The book suggests editors prioritize emotion over the pure technicalities of editing. According to The Film Stage, the book “is often considered the essential literary source on film editing.”[1][2][3][4][5][6]

The book is based on a transcription of a lecture Murch gave about editing in 1988. In 2001 it was revised to reflect changes in digital editing.[7]

In particular, Murch uses his experience editing The English Patient to explore the digital side of editing.

Much of the book references experiences Murch had editing The English Patient, Apocalypse Now, and The Godfather.


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  2. ^ "Walter Murch Talks the Subtleties of Editing Systems, the Myth of Shot Length, and Visual Sensitivity". The Film Stage. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  3. ^ Emily Buder (7 November 2015). "Oscar-Winning Editor Walter Murch: The Man, the Myth, the - Indiewire". Indiewire. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Looking Back on Misters Minghella and Ripley - Alex Simon". The Huffington Post. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  5. ^ Ariston Anderson (14 August 2015). "Locarno: Oscar Winner Walter Murch Pays Tribute to 'A Conversation'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  6. ^ Vikram Murthi (24 April 2015). "Daily Reads: 'Ex Machina's Feminist Sci-Fi, Native Americ - Criticwire". Criticwire. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Book review: In The Blink Of An Eye". Retrieved 11 January 2016.