commlab: murch reading

i’m really enjoying these few chapters from walter murch’s blink of an eye (whole thing here).

in particular, the metaphor of footage as DNA:

“My point is that the information in the DNA can be seen as uncut film and the mysterious sequencing code as the editor. You could sit in one room with a pile of dailies and another editor could sit in the next room with exactly the same footage and both of you would make different films out of the same material.”

and also this note that more audio/video/cutting/mixing ≠ better audio/video/cutting/mixing:

“Terrible mixes have been produced from a hundred tracks. By the same token, wonderful mixes have been made from only three tracks… Frequently, it takes more work and discernment to figure out where not to cut.”

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