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In The Blink of An Eye: A BBC Between the Covers Book Club Pick

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The editor is one of the few people on a production who doesn’t know how it played out on the shoot. Each are distinct, from the taciturn boss to the AI creator with a chip on her shoulder, from the police officer wanting to make a name for himself to the one who is trying to please. I’ve had this in my collection since early last year having seen in on BBCs Between the Covers and spent far too long not reading it. It would also be of interest to anyone keen on film history, as a large amount of the book is devoted to the movement from film to digital and its affects on the craft.

Even better are the bits where he delves further, into the theoretical underpinnings of what a cut is, and why they work at all given the unfamiliarity of jump cuts in day to day life (so one would think). Kat’s grief for her husband and her guilt for her teenage son were raw and emotional and it was so clear that Jo was writing this story from her heart. Murch discusses different Directors and their opinion on early screening of their work, stating that some were very against it and others, such as his collaborator and filmmaking legend, Francis Ford Coppola, were strongly in support of feedback in this manner.The only part of the book that is unnecessary is the comparison of digital and film editing equipment, probably out of date even before the printing. But when the two missing person’s cold cases they are reviewing suddenly become active, Lock is the only one who can help Kat when the case gets personal. Still, it's converted pretty directly from a lecture he delivered, which keeps the material a little close to the surface for my liking -- I should really keep reading this Peter Wollen film theory book I found at the Strand for the denser, deeper conceptual stuff, or more Ruiz perhaps.

In the Blink of an Eye is a dazzling debut from an exciting new voice and asks us what we think it means to be human. But you can't deny that the speed at which AI can learn and spit out info is a huge value to humans, especially law enforcement. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Lock is used to demonstrate the shortfalls of humans in general such as the fact we often make judgements based on emotions and personal experiences rather than evidence.I’m so glad that this is the start of a series and am looking forward to seeing this unique partnership flourish and flounder in the next book. Outside of the technological marvel, there is a strong crime story with good characters, and events that are sad, shocking and surprising; at times we all but forget Lock is not human, until he acts in a particularly unfeeling, robotic way towards someone who has just received bad news.

I had serious FOMO when I saw all the proofs and reviews and I had to get myself a copy once it had been published. So it’s already refreshing to find a detective that is professional, good at their job and regarded as an asset by their boss, as DCS Kat Frank is here. This book was perhaps relevant when it came out, 20+ years ago, and then immediately became outdated. I had seen this book mentioned all over social media so thought I would listen to the audiobook version.

When two of their cold cases appear to be connected, it’s down to Lock and Kat to try to solve the case and find the missing boys. La edición de 2021 cuenta con capítulos adicionales sobre el sonido de una película y su edición y montaje, así como unas reflexiones sobre el cambio del celuloide al digital en la industria en los últimos años.

In the Blink of an Eye is a dazzling debut from an exciting new voice and asks us what we think it means to be human .When people realised they could splice together two separate images discontinuously and the audience could still comprehend what was happening, ‘films were no longer earthbound’ as Murch puts it. Much like the conversation, the rhythm must be found and this will dictate whether to hold a shot or cut sharply.

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