Motivational Essay : An Interview With Film Editor Walter Murch

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MOTIVATIONAL ESSAY & JOURNAL ALEXANDROS PATERIMOS 21700191 EDITING Y1 T1 SUMMARIES OF READINGS: AN INTERVIEW WITH FILM EDITOR WALTER MURCH: • to make a convincing action sequence: - approximately 14 different camera angles/minute needed - too many more/less than 14 will disengage audience • perceiving brain reacts differently to new visual info than to something seen before • engaging dialogue scenes need approximately 4 different camera angles/minute - too many more will make it hard for audience to concentrate on performances - less than that will make the scene flat & perfunctory - visual style will get in the way of verbal content EDITING FOR SUBTEXT: ALTERING THE MEANING OF THE NARRATIVE: KENNETH DANCYGER: • editing with less…show more content…
The film begins with the view of a bathroom, looking at the sink and mirror specifically, as it is decorated with cut-out images of models and your standard “girly-Tumblr” images and motivational quotes. Our protagonist, Sarah, then walks into the frame with her back facing the camera, showing that she is looking into the mirror. Next comes a very fast-paced montage of various actions that Sarah does in the bathroom, specifically a shot of her turning the tap on, brushing her teeth, combing her hair and a few others. The editing of these is crucial, and so I am taking inspiration from films like The Departed and Moulin Rouge, where the editors used the techniques of close-ups in ways that emphasize the character and their goals, as well as suggest a priority by focussing very close-up on the material things and their actions, rather than Sarah in her whole. What follows now is the dialogue between her thoughts and the character we’ve created of “anxiety”, which is also a voice in her head- this is where the first concept (found in the readings) is evident. As Walter Murch stated, in order to create an engaging and captivating scene of

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