Walter Murch on the Human Need To Render Visual Reality Discontinuous…*

At any rate, I believe “filmic” juxtapositions {the cut} are taking place in the real world not only when we dream but also when we are awake. And, in fact, I would go so far as to say that these juxtapositions are not accidental mental artifacts but part of the method we use to make sense of the world: We must render visual reality discontinuous otherwise perceived reality would resemble an almost incomprehensible string of letters without word separation or punctuation. When we sit in the dark theater, then we find edited film a (surprisingly) familiar experience. “More like thought than anything else, in Huston’s words.” – Walter Murch, In the Blink Of An Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing 

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