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Questions for Murch

FCPUG London Supermeet, June 25, 2009


Questions for Murch

At the FCPUG Network Supermeet in London, Walter takes to the stage to talk about Tetro, the latest film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. In this piece Walter answers questions from the audience about the editing process, various films he has worked on, and reveals many details about working on large scale feature film production.


Walter Murch's career began in the 1960's when he was editing and mixing sound with Francis Ford Coppola's The Rain People (1969). Subsequently, he worked on George Lucas's THX 1138, American Graffiti and Coppola's The Godfather before editing picture and mixing sound on Coppola's The Conversation, for which he received an Academy Award nomination in sound. Murch also mixed the sound for Coppola's The Godfather Part II which was released in 1974, the same year as The Conversation. In 1985 he directed his one film, Return to Oz, which he co-wrote with Gill Dennis.

Other credits include: Julia (1977), Apocalypse Now (1979), Ghost (1990), The Godfather, Part III (1990), The English Patient (1996), Jarhead (2005), and most recently Youth Without Youth (2007).

Walter has won three Academy Awards: best sound for Apocalypse Now (1979) and a double Oscar, best sound and best picture editing, for the English Patient (1996). He has been nominated for Academy Awards on six other occasions.

Murch has earned a reputation as being innovative and daring with his approach to technology. He used Final Cut Pro to edit Cold Mountain in 2003, at a time when Final Cut Pro still had to prove itself suitable for feature film production.

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