Walter Murch speaking 13 March 2005
|Born||Walter Scott Murch|
July 12, 1943
New York City, New York
|Years active||1969 - present|
|Spouse(s)||Aggie Murch (1965-)|
Walter Scott Murch (born July 12, 1943) is an Academy Award–winning film editor/sound designer, the son of painter Walter Tandy Murch (1907-1967). Events 1138 - Cardinal Gregorio Conti is elected Antipope as Victor IV, succeeding Anacletus II. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 1191 - Saladin 's garrison surrenders ending the two-year Siege of Acre. Year 1943 ( MCMXLIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The City of New York The year 1969 in film involved some significant events Events Cannes Film Festival opens but closes in support Events 1191 - Saladin 's garrison surrenders ending the two-year Siege of Acre. Year 1943 ( MCMXLIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. "The Oscar" redirects here for the film see The Oscar (film. Film editing is an art of storytelling practiced by connecting two or more shots together to form a sequence, and the subsequent connecting of sequences to form an Audio mixing is the process by which a multitude of sound sources are combined into one or more channels 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 Murch married Muriel Ann (Aggie) at Riverside Church, New York City, on August 6, 1965. Events 1538 - Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. Walter and Aggie have 4 children: Walter Slater Murch, Beatrice Murch, Carrie Angland, and Connie Angland.
He went to The Collegiate School, a private preparatory school in Manhattan, from 1949 to 1961. Collegiate School is a Private school for boys in New York City and lays claim to being the oldest School in the United States. He then attended Johns Hopkins University from 1961 to 1965, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in Liberal Arts. The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an academic Honor society with the mission of "fostering and recognizing excellence" in the Undergraduate Liberal arts While at Hopkins, he met future director/screenwriter Matthew Robbins and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, with whom he staged a number of happenings. Caleb Deschanel, ASC (born September 21, 1944) is an American Cinematographer. A happening is a performance event or situation meant to be considered as Art. In 1965, Murch and Robbins enrolled in the graduate program of the University of Southern California film school, successfully encouraging Deschanel to follow them. The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and incorrectly 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. George Walton Lucas Jr (born May 14, 1944) is an Academy Award -winning American Film director, producer, Screenwriter Hal Barwood is an American Game designer and Game producer best known for his work on games based on the Indiana Jones license Willard Huyck (born September 8, 1945) is an American screenwriter director and producer best known for his association with George Lucas. Donald F Glut is an American Writer, Motion picture director, Screenwriter, Amateur paleontologist, Musician John Frederick Milius (born April 11, 1944) is an American Screenwriter, director, and producer of Motion pictures
Murch started editing and mixing sound with Francis Ford Coppola's The Rain People (1969). Sound' is Vibration transmitted through a Solid, Liquid, or Gas; particularly sound means those vibrations composed of Frequencies Francis Ford "Frank" Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award -winning American Film director, 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 in 1974. George Walton Lucas Jr (born May 14, 1944) is an Academy Award -winning American Film director, producer, Screenwriter THX 1138 is a 1971 Science fiction film directed by George Lucas, from a screenplay by Lucas and Walter Murch. American Graffiti is a period Coming of age film directed by George Lucas, and written by Lucas Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck The Godfather is a 1972 Crime drama film based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed The Conversation is an Academy Award nominated mystery thriller about audio surveillance written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola Murch also mixed the sound for Coppola's The Godfather Part II which was released in 1974, the same year as The Conversation. The Godfather Part II is a 1974 Crime drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script co-written with Mario Puzo. He is most famous for his sound designing work on Apocalypse Now, for which he won his first Academy Award in 1979. "The Oscar" redirects here for the film see The Oscar (film. In 1985 he directed his one film, Return to Oz, which he co-wrote with Gill Dennis. Return to Oz is an Academy Award -nominated 1985 film which is the semi-sequel to The Wizard of Oz.
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 contrast, when writing, he does so lying down. His reason for this is that where editing film is an editorial process, the creation process of writing is opposite that, and so he lies down rather than sit or stand up, to separate his editing mind from his creating mind. 
Murch has written one book on film editing, In the Blink of an Eye (2001).  Murch was the subject of Michael Ondaatje's book The Conversations (2002); the book, which incorporates from several conversations between Ondaatje and Murch, emerged from Murch's editing of The English Patient, which was based on Ondaatje's novel of the same name. Philip Michael Ondaatje, OC (ɒnˈdɑːtʃiː (born 12 September 1943 is a Sri Lankan Canadian For the Seinfeld episode see " The English Patient (Seinfeld episode " The English Patient is a
In 2007 the documentary Murch premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival, which centered on Walter Murch and his thoughts on film making. The San Francisco International Film Festival, first held in December 1957 in San Francisco, is the oldest continuously running film festival in the Americas 
While he was editing with film, Murch took notice of the crude splicing used for the daily rough-cuts. In response, he invented a film splicer which concealed the splice by using extremely narrow but strongly adhesive strips of special polyester-silicone tape. He called his invention "In-vis-o".
In 1979, he won an Oscar for the sound mix of Apocalypse Now as well as a nomination for picture editing. Murch is widely acknowledged as the person who coined the term Sound Designer, and along with colleagues developed the current standard film sound format, the 5. Sound design is a technical/conceptually creative field It covers all non-compositional elements of a film a play a music performance 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.
In 1996, Murch worked on Anthony Minghella's The English Patient, which was based on Michael Ondaatje's novel of the same name. Anthony Minghella CBE ( January 6, 1954 &mdash March 18, 2008) was an Academy Award -winning English The English Patient is a 1996 film adaptation of the novel by the same name by Michael Ondaatje. Philip Michael Ondaatje, OC (ɒnˈdɑːtʃiː (born 12 September 1943 is a Sri Lankan Canadian Murch won Oscars both for his sound mixing and for his editing. The Academy Award for Sound Mixing is an Academy Award that recognizes the finest or most euphonic Sound mixing or recording The Academy Award for Film Editing was first given for films issued in 1934 Murch's editing Oscar was the first to be awarded for an electronically edited film (using the Avid system), and he is the only person ever to win Oscars for both sound mixing and film editing. Avid Technology Inc ( is an American company specializing in video and audio production technology specifically digital non-linear editing (NLE
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. Anthony Minghella CBE ( January 6, 1954 &mdash March 18, 2008) was an Academy Award -winning English Cold Mountain is a 2003 film written and directed by Anthony Minghella, and stars Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Apple Inc, ( formerly Apple Computer Inc, is an American Multinational corporation with a focus on designing and manufacturing Consumer electronics Final Cut Pro is a professional Non-linear editing software application developed by Apple Inc The Power Mac G4 is a series of Personal computers that was designed manufactured and sold by Apple between 1999 and 2004. This was a leap for such a big-budget film, where expensive Avid systems were usually the standard non-linear editing system. Avid Technology Inc ( is an American company specializing in video and audio production technology specifically digital non-linear editing (NLE "NLE" redirects here For the standardized test see National Latin Examination. He received an Academy Award nomination for this work; his efforts on the film were documented in Charles Koppelman's 2004 book Behind the Seen. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " 
In 2006, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. Emily Carr University of Art and Design (formerly the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design) is a public post-secondary University located on Granville Island in
He is perhaps the only film editor in history to have received Academy nominations for films edited on four different systems: