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 Amazon.ca: The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film: Books: Michael Ondaatje   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Murch is perhaps the best-known practitioner of an anonymous art, having been responsible for sound and/or picture editing for many of the landmark pictures of the 1970s, including the Godfather trilogy, American Graffiti, and Apocalypse Now.
Murch bonded with George Lucas (his peer at USC) and Francis Ford Coppola (who was at UCLA), and was sought out by the two to do final sound editing on The Rain People, a film that was shot on the road with a crew of only fourteen.
Murch is a modest man (as editor's need to be when working with the egos that most directors carry around).What's so amazing is that he continues to promote the idea that filmmaking IS a collaborative artform.
www.amazon.ca /Conversations-Walter-Murch-Editing-Film/dp/0676974740   (1711 words)

 Walter Murch The Caldwell Gallery
Walter Murch went to Ontario College in 1925 until transferring briefly to the Art Students League in 1927.
In fact, Murch developed his own unique style of painting still lifes and chosen objects as if they had a very aged patina about them, a technique that produced a Realist sense with Romantic overtones.
Murch preferred unusual or mundane objects such as machine and motor parts, broken objects and light bulbs.
www.caldwellgallery.com /bios/murchbio.html   (141 words)

 Gerald Peary - essays - Walter Murch
Murch frames his answer not cinematically but astronomically: "You pay attention to the stars on nights when there is no moon.
The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf, $35) is a beauty of design and content: lovely photographs on every page, impassioned conversation between probing, eloquent minds.
How did Murch become who he is? As a boy in New York, he entertained himself with a primitive tape recorder, holding a mike to a window and capturing randomly the city's sounds.
www.geraldpeary.com /essays/mno/murch-walter.html   (581 words)

 Walter Murch - the search for order in Sound & Pciture
When Walter Murch walked to the stage of the Shrine Auditorium in March 1997 and accepted his second Oscar of the evening for The English Patient, most of the billion people watching, even the ardent film fans, probably asked themselves, "Who is this man, and why haven't I heard of him before?" Good questions.
Among producers and directors he has worked with, Murch is a co-conspirator--a friend who speaks the language of film and inspires confidence at every level of the filmmaking process, from dailies to final release.
Walter Murch began working on The Conversation in the fall of 1972, and when it was released in the spring of 1974, it woke many people up to the power of sound in film--and not just because the main character was a sound recordist.
www.filmsound.org /murch/waltermurch.htm   (4812 words)

 Amazon.fr : The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film: Livres: Michael Ondaatje,Walter Murch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Murch, a three time Oscar winner and integral collaborator on such cinematic milestones as The Godfather, Julia, The English Patient and American Graffiti, attended the University of Southern California with George Lucas and bonded early on with UCLA film student Francis Ford Coppola.
Although Murch claims the actors on his films rarely know who he is, this excellent, eye-opening book done in a question-and-answer format will make readers glad Ondaatje has shown them the significant role he plays behind the scenes.
Murch finds his own profession difficult to accurately describe, comparing quirks in actor dialogue to signs in the wilderness that only a hunter might detect.
www.amazon.fr /Conversations-Walter-Murch-Editing-Film/dp/0676974740   (604 words)

 Walter Murch - Biography - Moviefone   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Sound editor Walter Murch received his education in film at the University of Southern California.
Murch has earned a number of awards and nominations for his work with Coppola, including an Oscar for his sound work on Apocalypse Now (1979).
In 1996, Murch shared another Academy Award with Mark Berger, David Parker, and Chris Newman for their work on Anthony Minghella's The English Patient; he and Minghella again collaborated three years later on The Talented Mr.
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 Idiotprogrammer » Blog Archive » Aesthetics of Walter Murch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
I’ve been reading The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje.
Murch, if you recall, was involved in The Conversation, The English Patient, Julia, American Grafitti, Godfather I and II, Unbearable Lightness of Being, Apocalypse Now, etc. He won 2 Oscars and received several nominations.
Walter Murch’s In the Blink of an Eye is a classic tome of film editing, but the Conversations book is an interesting amalgam between a celebrity tell-all, a technician’s how to, and a philosopher deliberating about the meaning and power of his art.
www.imaginaryplanet.net /weblogs/idiotprogrammer/?p=83398709   (1199 words)

 NPR : Behind the Scenes with Film Editor Walter Murch
Walter Murch at a New York postproduction facility where the final edit of Jarhead was made.
Murch discusses the system he uses to remember his initial reaction to scenes long after they've been shot.
Walter Murch is one film editor whose profile is much higher than most.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=4994411   (1253 words)

 Rochester - Final cut pro - Walter Murch on his discreet art - Film - Film reviews - City Newspaper
Murch, who's worked as film/sound editor for Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, American Graffiti, every Godfather, and, most recently, the Gulf War drama Jarhead, has an oddly high profile.
It's Murch's long-time practice to turn the sound off when compiling his first assembly edits, making himself "willfully deaf" to achieve a greater intimacy with the visual material.
Walter Murch presents The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) on Saturday, November 19, at the Dryden Theatre, George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue, at 8 p.m.
www.rochester-citynews.com /gyrobase/Content?oid=oid:3984   (1066 words)

 Transom Guests: Walter Murch
Walter Murch has been honored by both British and American Motion Picture Academies for his picture editing and sound mixing.
Murch was also sound effects supervisor for The Godfather (F. Coppola), and responsible for sound montage and re-recording on American Graffiti (G. Lucas), The Godfather Part II (F. Coppola), and Crumb (T. Zweigoff), as well as being re-recording mixer on all of the films for which he has also been picture editor.
Murch has written one book on film editing, "In the Blink of an Eye" (2001) and been the subject of two recent books: Michael Ondaatje's "The Conversations" (2002) and Charles Koppelman's "Behind the Seen" (2004).
www.transom.org /guests/specialguests/walter_murch.html   (400 words)

 Walter Murch
Walter's humble but impassionate presentation conveyed well over forty years of his personal experiences and contributions as a motion picture film editor.
Walter described his technique to editing a feature film as a documentary style approach in that everything is a "found" object.
Walter speculated, "A 50 shot scene has as many editing possibilities as a million sub atomic particles." The hundreds of still images mounted within direct eyesight of his editing workstation provide him the necessary visual roadmap for creating the underlying foundation of his edit.
www.lafcpug.org /feature_murch_speach.html   (514 words)

 Walter Murch Articles
Walter Murch has won three Academy Awards, most recently in 1997, when he won for picture editing and best sound on "The English Patient."
Walter Murch - The Search for Order in Sound and Picture
Kurt Andersen and master film editor Walter Murch talk about the simple and complex tools we use to innovate in art.
www.filmsound.org /murch/murch.htm   (526 words)

 panopticist: Walter Murch on the Sound of Apocalypse
Murch is responsible for at least one of my all-time favorite film sequences: the scene in The Conversation where the surveillance expert Harry Caul (played by Gene Hackman) assembles a listenable mixdown from several shoddy recordings of a single conversation.
Murch demonstrates his concepts with a series of videos of the scene, each one isolating a separate component of the audio track.
In 2002, Knopf published The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film, a collection of transcribed dialogues between Murch and Michael Ondaatje, the author of The English Patient.
www.panopticist.com /archives/50.html   (620 words)

 Walter Murch Tribute
Although not so easily recognized, the name of Walter Murch is no less important than those of his more famous contemporaries.
In Coppola's The Conversation, Murch, through the painstaking intricacy of his sound design, draws us into the spooky and secretive world of Gene Hackman's professional eavesdropper and holds us there, transfixed by snatches of whispered and overheard secrets.
While his name may not be so instantly recognizable as those of his fellow film artists, the multi-talented Murch is undeniably one of the seminal and dominant forces of his generation.
www.cinequest.org /98/catalog/murch.html   (408 words)

 Cold Mountain's Final Cut: Oscar-winning editor Walter Murch rejoins director Anthony Minghella to tell an ...
In some circles, Walter Murch is held to be the leader in taking Hollywood feature film editing into the Avid Film Composer as he first did in the '90s with Minghella's The English Patient.
Murch was able to e-mail QuickTime image files to visual effects supervisor Dennis Lowe and others at London's Double Negative where they work with QuickTime in a PC environment.
Walter Murch has long experience with editing systems, from basic machines to sophisticated software, including the Moviola, Kem, Steenbeck, Avid and now Final Cut.
findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0HNN/is_12_18/ai_111890064   (1004 words)

 Dolby - Sound Direction Interview with Walter Murch
Murch began his career in the late 1960s, becoming fast friends with Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, and was much involved in the American Zoetrope studios that Coppola launched in San Francisco.
Murch does not lay out a “sound storyboard” prior to shooting, but, he notes, “I read the script with sound in mind.
As he looks back over a career spanning five decades, Walter Murch remembers the impact of two films from the 1960s: “The soundtrack of 2001 A Space Odyssey really struck me, particularly the final sections of the film, when Keir Dullea was an old man alone in the room.
www.dolby.com /consumer/motion_picture/interviews_10.html   (1851 words)

 WalterMurch.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Murch was, along with George Lucas and Francis Coppola, a founding member of northern California cinema.
Murch has directed -- Return to Oz (1985) -- and longs to do so again, but as an editor and sound man he is one of the few universally acknowledged masters in his field.
For his work on the film "Apocolypse Now", Walter coined the term "Sound Designer", and along with colleagues such as Ben Burtt, helped to elevate the art and impact of film sound to a new level.
www.dananddave.com /waltermurch   (237 words)

While each of these was touted in turn for its significance to the development of art, Murch doggedly pursued an individual aesthetic that could be seen as coinciding with one artistic fashion while possibly inspiring another.
Both as a refutation and a continuation of the academic tradition of the noble subject, this seemingly undistinguished bit of civilization's detritus is elevated to importance through its position in the painting.
Murch, like Pollock, also tended to honor the flat properties of canvas; Murch's subject matter is inevitably lined up along a frontal plane.
www.butlerart.com /pc_book/pages/walter_murch_1907.htm   (678 words)

 A Girl and a Gun: Walter Murch
I come somewhat late to The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film (Knopf, 2002), for which Michael Ondaatje gets the authorial credit, but since Murch speaks at least half the words transcribed in the book, I take it to be a joint project.
Murch got into the business through film school at the University of Southern California (along with fellow student George Lucas; Francis Coppola was at UCLA, across town, at the same time).
Murch started out in sound mixing and design, then worked into film editing; with connections like he had, not to mention the quality of his efforts, he didn’t have much trouble getting assignments.
agirlandagun.typepad.com /a_girl_and_a_gun/2004/11/walter_murch.html   (344 words)

 Walter Murch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Walter Scott Murch (born July 12, 1943) is an Academy Award–winning film editor/sound mixer.
In 1965, Murch and Robbins enrolled in the graduate program of the University of Southern California film school, successfully encouraging Deschanel to follow them.
Murch married Muriel Ann (Aggie) Slater at Riverside Church, New York City, on August 6, 1965.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Walter_Murch   (630 words)

 An Evening with Walter Murch 2006
Walter is the only editor to win dual Oscars for both picture and sound editing, on The English Patient, and the first editor to employ Final Cut Pro (4 workstations plus laptops!) on a major studio feature, Cold Mountain, assisted by Sean Cullen.
The book Behind the Seen by Charles Koppelman is a luxurious exploration of Walter's and Sean's FCP work on Cold Mountain.
Walter showed alternate cuts of sequences from Jarhead, an extremely intense war movie directed by Sam Mendes, and Walter's most recent work on Final Cut Pro.
www.lafcpug.org /feature_macworld_06_murch.html   (826 words)

 Amazon.com: In the Blink of an Eye Revised 2nd Edition: Books: Walter Murch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Walter Murch is the winner of multiple Academy Awards for his work as a film editor and a sound designer.
Murch's insights into film editing, both analog and digital, are valuable, and I would recommend picking up the book from the library or sitting down and reading it at your local bookstore - it really is that short, but it's not a keeper.
Murch is an old school editor but he takes the time to praise the move from analog to digital editing in the book's second half, an inevitable change that has been a long time coming.
www.amazon.com /Blink-Eye-Revised-2nd/dp/1879505622   (2185 words)

 Walter Murch and Sean Cullen, Film Editors - FileMaker
Walter and his associate editor Sean Cullen depend on the latest tools to do their job – including FileMaker Pro, the award-winning database software solution from FileMaker Inc.
Walter and Sean used a FileMaker Pro based product called MetaFlow, produced by Gallery Software of London, as a rapid-fire channel for exchanging vital log book information as the editing on the film progressed.
Award-winning film editor Walter Murch and his associate Sean Cullen take full advantage of FileMaker Pro's flexibility in tracking and documenting individual shots.
www.filemaker.com /solutions/customers/stories/20004.html   (788 words)

 Michael J.'s Notio: Walter Murch
This is the man responsible for movies you remember for the dance between sound and picture--he shaped them both--The Conversation, The English Patient, Apocalypse Now, Cold Mountain--and those are just a few of his picture editing and sound mixing credits.
Walter has created for Transom a new essay called Womb Tone as a companion to his lecture, Dense Clarity - Clear Density, now illustrated here with sound and film clips, detailing Walter's process.
Walter's Book, In the Blink of An Eye, at Amazon.
www.notio.com /2005/03/walter_murch.html   (162 words)

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