Blink Of An Eye by Walter Murch
I begin my new course by reading this book first. No reason other than it was small enough to carry with me on my long weekend to Vienna.
I found the book very interesting and I will not be able to watch a movie again without considering the editing. I found his theory on blinking very interesting, my wife is involved in amateur dramatics and really works hard to learn her lines early; so that she can get to unconsciously competent in order to develop her character a strategy that wins her awards. I will watch her eyes more closely when she performs and compare with her fellow actors some who are good and some who are poor.
Although much of what he discusses, I am never going to have a chance to experience myself in practice with my own limited equipment. I still believe that his book is valuable in re-thinking how editing can be so important the a films final polish.
A good book to read if you are interested in making movies or if you are just a film buff curious to learn how it’s done.