6 ‘Rules’ for Good Cutting According to Oscar-Winning Editor Walter Murch

Let two-time Oscar winner Walter Murch tell you what makes an edit a good one.

If we’ve learned anything from the forefathers of montage, it’s that editing can be used for so much more than continuity. Each cut and transition is a storyteller that can inform your audience about the story, characters, and emotion of a scene. This is something iconic editor and sound designer Walter Murch understood when wrote In the Blink of an Eye, in which he details how to use editing to build a story, a concept he calls the “Rule of Six.” In this video essay, we get to learn about each of the elements Murch talk about in his book, and how they can be used to inform your decisions while editing.

“The ideal cut is one that satisfies all the following six criteria at once."

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