Walter Scott Murch was born on 12th of July 1943 is and American film editor and sound designer. His career started in 1969 and in his career, he edited film such as ‘Apocalypse Now’, ‘The Godfather’ I, II and III, ‘American Graffiti’, ‘The Conversation’ and ‘The English Patient’.
Murch won three Academy Awards (from nine nominations) he has been referred to as ‘the most respected film editor and sound designer in the modern cinema’.
Murch was born in New York City. As a boy, he began to experiment with sound recording, taping unusual sounds and layering them into new combinations. He attended The Collegiate School and later Johns Hopkins University. His Graduate degree he did at University of Southern California’s film school.
Murch started his career with editing and sound mixing in ‘The Rain People’ from 1969. He worked with George Lucas’s ‘THX 1138’ and ‘American Graffiti’. Another film he worked on was ‘The Godfather’ franchise and ‘Apocalypse Now’.
Murch has written one book on film editing, In the Blink of an Eye (1995), which has been translated into many languages including Chinese, Italian, Hebrew, Spanish, French, German and Hungarian.
Walter Murch is unlike most film editors today, as he compares the process of film editing to conducting brain surgery and other artistic practices. “it’s almost like making little pieces of jewelry. The patience of the individual shots and how they are crafted together, but at the same time you have to have an appreciation for the larger picture.” – Walter Murch.
Murch’s philosophy is to show that editing is a finesse art form, that when mastered can elevate the overall creativity of a film.
“Film editing is now something almost everyone can do at a simple level, and enjoy it. But to take it to a higher level requires the same dedication and persistence that any art form does.” – Walter Murch