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Psychology of Seeing

This is the book by Walter Murch – In the blink of an eye. I believe it is a MUST READ in all film editing class. I strongly recommend it.

It is also a compulsory question I will ask in class – do you know why “In the blink of an eye?”

Walter Murch (WM) explains very interestingly  in his book. Recently, I came across an interview of WM with a visual artist Josh Melnick. The conversation reveals the story behind “in the blink of an eye” with added dimension on the  psychology of seeing.

A little excerpt from the final paragraph of this article :

” It’s part of a general acceleration of the world that started in 1830. In 1830, give or take a few years, if you wanted to displace yourself or information, you had the same abilities and tools that somebody in 1830 BC had. You could run. You could walk. You could ride a horse. You could take a ship. Then, suddenly, the pace picked up. We invented the telegraph, and we invented trains. Then we found out how to manipulate time, and we invented sound recording and film recording. Then we invented automobiles and powered flight, and radio, television, computers, jet planes, rockets. You could write a history of the last 180 years as the obsessive devotion to manipulating time and space.”

In short, an editor’s job is one that influences how we all see space, time and therefore emotions.
If you like to know more about what we can learn from the psychology of seeing, attend my upcoming creative editing workshop in april.
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Intuition over Instinct (Rhythm in Editing)

I have recent designed and delivered a film editing workshop based on Karen Pearlman’s book Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit.

I have to admit that it is a new discovery for me to vocalized intuition (intuitive rhythm) in editing. Her concept that “Intuition is not Instinct , it can be learned” is excellent. In the process of designing this workshop, I get a chance to discover how I have acquired my own intuition in editing throughout the years.

Karen Pearlman discusses the role and importance of Intuition over instinct in the creative process here.

You can watch more of Karen Pearlman’s interview on some of the topics regarding understanding rhythm and pace in film editing from AFTRS Screen Culture blog.

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Crying Girl (Short Film)

A student film I edited more than a decade ago.

The crying girl in this film is now a mother of three.

Look out for the end credit. A definite showcase of rebelliousness. So good to be young.

Check my work page for more updates in near future.

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Lightworks is an NLE (Non Linear Editing Software) that has been around for 22years. They are making a bold move by allowing it to be an open source NLE. This means that it is now a freeware!

You can download the beta version from their website to test it out.



Below is a quote from wikipedia that pretty much sums up the reason why this software is still around after so many years even when it is not selling well.

“Using a control interface similar to the industry standard Steenbeck controller they produced a non-linear editing system. It had a number of (for its time) unique features, such as “sync slip”, synchronized varispeed playback with audio scrubbing, synchronized multi-channel playback, and an object-oriented user interface with a dedicated hardware console. Some of these features are still unmatched by other competing systems.”

I remember some editors comment that this system is extremely useful for multi-cam editing. It was very popular for editing of concerts years back.

Unfortunately, it is only available for windows user currently. But the website mentioned that they planned to make Linux and OS X version available by end of this year.