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Watch: Walter Murch Talks Editing with Jon Favreau

“Cutting is not just something that we have to do because of the discontinuous nature of the way we shoot films,” Walter Murch muses in this clip from a recent conversation with Iron Man/Chef director Jon Favreau. “We actually, both as filmmakers and as audiences, like these sudden juxtapositions of concepts.” Editing, of course, is Murch’s beat — his livelihood and the subject of multiple books he’s both written and been interviewed for. A little overlap with past comments is to be expected, and his thoughts about understanding editing as what happens when you blink and your eye moves from one thing to another have been voiced in almost exactly the same words in (at the very least) this 2012 conversation with Josh Melnick. But there’s new ground covered here too: Murch’s discussion of what happens when you hold a light meter up to a screen on which celluloid is being projected versus a digital screen is a stimulating way to quantify the way viewers process light changes without being aware of it. Thanks, as so often, to David Hudson at Keyframe Daily for the heads-up.

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