I will get better at blogging. I will it and it shall be so.
This week I received two new books on the art and craft of documentary. I’ll be reading them over the next few weeks and report back.
The first book is In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing, by acclaimed editor and filmmaker Walter Murch. He’s cut The Conversation, American Graffiti, Julia, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather (parts II and III), The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Ghost, Crumb, Romeo Is Bleeding, First Knight, The English Patient, and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
In the Blink of an Eye is on almost every cinematographer director reading list I found online – and is supposed to contain Walter Murch’s views on the craft of film and his philosophies on life and art.
The second book I’ll be reading is much more academic treatment of documentary – Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video by Jeannette Sloniowski and Barry Keith Grant.
Thankfully I’ve see a few of the films the book covers – Nanook of the North, Man with a movie camera, Titcut Follies, Sherman’s March, Thin Blue Line and Rodger and Me. I’m excited to see the remaining films in the book.