I know there has been a lot of discussion about the Murche reading from In the Blink of an Eye and mostly in a positive light. I want to challenge the power of the cut, by bringing into discussion what happens in the process of creating the film before it gets the editor’s guillotine.
In my mind the film process starts with a story. It is developed into a script, storyboarded, and scenes are determined. All scenes are filmed multiple times until the best take is captured, and scenes are probably filmed somewhat out of order. These captured scenes are then cut and pasted in the editing room to piece together the resemblance of a movie. There is much more that happens including but not limited to sound and video effects, soundtrack production, coloring effects, etc, but for the sake of this post I am most interested in the storyboarding, scene selection, and actual filming segments of the process.
All three of these are well thought out and planned and have to be in order to effectively capture all the film needed to be able to cut and paste it into one feature length film. I agree that different types of cuts can create different types of moods and feelings in a movie, but i think that the types of cuts that are made are probably planned on from an earlier stage of the movie making process, most likely in the script writing and storyboarding segments. I don’t think this completely takes away from what Murch is saying about the power of cuts, but I think the power they hold is also enhanced by the thoughts an motivations behind the script writing and storyboarding, because the cuts for the most part need to be planned before filming actually begins.