Over the past week or so I’ve been working on my first edit- just cutting things together, seeing how the material will take on a path / life of it’s own. I’ve been rereading In The Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch. He talks about how cutting is “that sudden disruption of reality” and too much cutting is like “an overactive tour guide.” I think this is especially important for this project. I want there to be a specific kind of gazing at the subjects of the film, one that is activated by the cuts, rather than disrupted by the cuts. I want to give the audience enough time to look upon the subject- to participate in the reality of the film, and cut just at the right point. Because I shot on film there is already a lot of in-camera editing. This is something that I would like to work with- to see the natural rhythm and progression of the roll of film and work with those. I want the progression to move from dys- bad; difficult, to one of empowerment and breaking through that dys-comfort.
First Edit, Walter Murch, & The Search for a Title