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Walter Murch speaking 13 March 2005
Walter Murch speaking 13 March 2005

Walter Scott Murch (born July 12, 1943) is an Academy Award–winning film editor/sound mixer. Image File history File links WalterMurch. ... Image File history File links WalterMurch. ... March 13 is the 72nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (73rd in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 12 is the 193rd day (194th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 172 days remaining. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Film editing. ... Audio mixing is used in sound recording, audio editing and sound systems to balance the relative volume and frequency content of a number of sound sources. ...


He went to The Collegiate School, a private prepararatory school for boys in Manhattan, from 1949 to 1961. He then attended Johns Hopkins University from 1961 to 1965, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in Liberal Arts. While at Hopkins, he met future director/screenwriter Matthew Robbins and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, with whom he staged a number of happenings. In 1965, Murch and Robbins enrolled in the graduate program of the University of Southern California film school, successfully encouraging Deschanel to follow them. There all three encountered, and became friends with, fellow students such as George Lucas, Hal Barwood, Willard Huyck, Don Glut and John Milius all of whom would go on to be successful filmmakers. The Collegiate School is a private school for boys in New York City and the oldest independent school in the United States. ... The Johns Hopkins University, founded in 1876, is a private institution of higher learning located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. ... The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an honor society which considers its mission to be fostering and recognizing excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. ... A cinematographer (from cinema photographer) is one photographing with a motion picture camera (the art and science of which is known as cinematography). ... Caleb Deschanel (born September 21, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American cinematographer. ... A happening is a performance, event or situation meant to be considered as art. ... The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and Southern Cal[1]), located in the downtown district of Los Angeles, California, USA, was founded in 1880, making it Californias oldest private research university. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... Hal Barwood is a game producer. ... John Milius (born April 11, 1944 in St. ...


Murch started 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. Sound is a disturbance of mechanical energy that propagates through matter as a wave. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... THX 1138 was George Lucas first full length movie. ... American Graffiti is a 1973 film directed by George Lucas. ... The Godfather is a 1972 crime film directed and co-written by Francis Ford Coppola based on the the novel of the same name authored by the screenplays co-writer Mario Puzo. ... The Conversation is a 1974 mystery and thriller written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Robert Duvall (uncredited), Teri Garr, Cindy Williams, and Harrison Ford. ... The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ...


In 1979, he won an Oscar for the sound mix of Apocalypse Now as well as a nomination for picture editing. While working on the film, Walter coined the term Sound Designer, and along with colleagues originated the current standard film sound format, the 5.1 channel array, helping to elevate the art and impact of film sound to a new level. Apocalypse Now was the first multi-channel film to be mixed using a computerized mixing board. This page refers to the year 1979. ... Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American film about a soldiers journey during the Vietnam War. ... This is an article about the film crew member known as a sound designer. ...


In 1996, Murch won two more Oscars for his sound mixing and picture editing of Anthony Minghella's The English Patient. Murch's Oscar for picture editing was the first to be awarded for an electronically edited film (using the Avid system). 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Anthony Minghella (born January 6, 1954) is a British film director, playwright and screenwriter. ... This article is on the book. ... Avid Technology, Inc, a publicly traded company since 1993, is registered on the NASDAQ under the symbol AVID. The company is involved with digital nonlinear media creation, management and distribution services. ...


He has directed one film, Return to Oz, which he co-wrote wifth Gill Dennis. For other uses, including the 1964 film of the same name, see Return to Oz (disambiguation) The 1985 film Return to Oz is a motion picture arguably created as an unofficial sequel to The Wizard of Oz. ...


In 2003, Murch edited another Anthony Minghella film, Cold Mountain on Apple's sub-$1000 Final Cut Pro software using off the shelf Power Mac G4 computers. This was a leap for such a big-budget film, where expensive Avid systems were usually the standard non-linear editing system. He received an Academy Award nomination for this work and his efforts on the film were documented in Charles Koppelman's 2004 book Behind the Seen. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Anthony Minghella (born January 6, 1954) is a British film director, playwright and screenwriter. ... Cold Mountain is a novel by Charles Frazier, which was adapted by Anthony Minghella into a film in 2003. ... Apple Computer, Inc. ... Final Cut Pro is a non-linear editing system created by Apple Computer that allows users to edit video. ... The Power Mac G4 (sometimes erroneously referred to as the Power Macintosh G4) was a series of personal computers made by Apple. ... Avid Technology, Inc, a publicly traded company since 1993, is registered on the NASDAQ under the symbol AVID. The company is involved with digital nonlinear media creation, management and distribution services. ... Note: Please see National Latin Examination for the standardized test that is also abbreviated NLE. A non-linear editing system (abbreviated NLE) is a video editing or audio editing system that can perform random access on the source material. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Unlike most film editors today, Murch works standing up, comparing the process of film editing to "brain surgery and short-order cooking", since both cooks and surgeons stand when they work. In 1976 he invented a film splicer which conceals the evidence of the splice by using extremely narrow but strongly adhesive strips of special polyester-silicone tape. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


He is perhaps the only film editor in history to have received Academy nominations for films edited on four different systems:

He has written one book on film editing, In the Blink of an Eye (2001), and was the subject of Michael Ondaatje's book The Conversations (2002), as well as Charles Koppelman's book Behind the Seen (2004). Julia is a 1977 dramatic film based on playwright Lillian Hellmans novel Pentimento, which tells the story of her relationship with her lifelong friend Julia, who worked as an anti-fascist in the years prior to World War II. The movie was adapted by Alvin Sargent from the novel. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The Moviola was the first machine for motion picture editing when it was invented by Iwan Serrurier in 1924. ... Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American film about a soldiers journey during the Vietnam War. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Ghost is a 1990 romantic comedy-drama-fantasy-thriller film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Goldwyn and Rick Aviles, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and directed by Jerry Zucker. ... This article is about the year. ... The Godfather, Part III (1990) is the third film in the Godfather trilogy. ... This article is about the year. ... A flatbed editor is a type of machine used for the editing of a motion picture film. ... This article is on the book. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Avid Technology, Inc, a publicly traded company since 1993, is registered on the NASDAQ under the symbol AVID. The company is involved with digital nonlinear media creation, management and distribution services. ... Cold Mountain is a novel by Charles Frazier, which was adapted by Anthony Minghella into a film in 2003. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Final Cut Pro is a non-linear editing system created by Apple Computer that allows users to edit video. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Philip Michael Ondaatje, OC (born 12 September 1943) is a Canadian/Sri Lankan novelist and poet perhaps best known for his Booker Prize winning novel adapted into an Academy-Award-winning film, The English Patient. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2006, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design , a university in Vancouver, BC, Canada, is named for Canadian artist Emily Carr. ...


Murch is the son of painter Walter Tandy Murch (1907-1967). Walter Tandy Murch (1907-1967) was a painter whose still life paintings of machine parts, brick fragments, clocks, broken dolls, hovering light bulbs and glowing lemons are an unusual combination of realism and abstraction. ...


Murch married Muriel Ann (Aggie) Slater at Riverside Church, New York City, on August 6, 1965. Walter and Aggie have 4 children.


External links

  • Walter Murch at the Internet Movie Database
  • Walter Murch on Final Cut Pro and Cold Mountain
  • Walter Murch Articles at Filmsound.org
  • Transom Review
  • Behind the Scenes with Film Editor Walter Murch interview at NPR All Things Considered, November 8, 2005

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Walter Tandy Murch at AllExperts (483 words)
Walter Tandy Murch (1907-1967) was a painter whose still life paintings of machine parts, brick fragments, clocks, broken dolls, hovering light bulbs and glowing lemons are an unusual combination of realism and abstraction.
Murch was born and grew up in Toronto, Canada where he attended the Ontario College of Art in the mid 1920's, studying under Arthur Lismer, a member of the Group of Seven, a group of Impressionist to Post-Impressionist painters mostly active from 1910 to 1940.
Murch moved to New York in 1927 and studied at the Art Students League under Kenneth Hayes Miller and later, with Arshile Gorky at the Grand Central School of Art.
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