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Walter Murch’s ‘Rule of Six’

Video & Filmmaker explores practical applications for Oscar-winning sound and picture editor Walter Murch’s famed “Rule of Six.”

As Murch wrote in his book In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing, “What I’m suggesting is a list of priorities. If you have to give up something, don’t ever give up emo­tion before story. Don’t give up story before rhythm, don’t give up rhythm before eye-trace, don’t give up eye-trace before planarity, and don’t give up planarity before spatial continuity.”

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