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Walter Murch

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Jon Lefkovitz on The cinema of Walter Murch

The Filter Koffee Podcast

In this episode, Karthik speaks to Jon Lefkovitz - independent filmmaker and teacher of cinema, from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. They speak about Jon's new documentary film - Sight & Sound - the cinema of Walter Murch (https://t.co/W22f0L5vB3?amp=1). Walter - considered one of the greatest film editors of all time is also the first artist to have been given the film credit of 'sound designer'. Karthik and Jon talk about some of Walter's greatest collaborations with Coppola (Godfather, Conversations, Apocalypse Now), Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain, English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), and George Lucas (THX 1138). They also talk about their favorite cinematic moments involving Walter and the art of editing itself.You can buy the book 'Conversations' by Michael Ondaatje here: https://www.amazon.in/Conversations-Walter-Murch-Editing-Film/dp/0375709827You can buy the book 'In the blink of an eye' by Walter Murch: https://www.amazon.in/Blink-Eye-2nd-Walter-Murch/dp/1879505622/Tweet to Karthik Nagarajan (@The_Karthik): https://twitter.com/The_Karthik and follow his WordPress handle here (filterkoffee.com).You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app.You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com


17 Aug 2021

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31 - Walter Murch on Return to Oz

The Filmumentaries Podcast

After chatting with Walter for Episode 30 he asked me if I was happy with what I'd got. I replied saying I wish I had asked him about Return to Oz. He kindly offered another 45 mins on the subject, so we went ahead the following Monday and chatted for almost an hour about his directorial debut. Don't be scared. It's just a kid's movie. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/jamiebenning)


11 Aug 2021

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30 - Walter Murch - Sound Designer / Editor / Director / Legend of Film

The Filmumentaries Podcast

I feel super lucky to have had the opportunity to speak with Walter Murch. One of my movie heroes. Sound editor and editor of some of the most well regarded films of the past 50 years.From THX 1138, American Grafitti and Apocalypse now, Walter's work and legacy is incredible.Please share the podcast. Leave a comment/review on Apple Podcasts and if you can, please support me at patreon.com/jamiebenningIn the Blink of an Eye - By Walter Murch - https://amzn.to/33q5JcZThe Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film - https://amzn.to/3GguNS1Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/jamiebenning)

1hr 18mins

16 Jul 2021

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27 - Jon Lefkovitz - Walter Murch Documentarian

The Filmumentaries Podcast

AS A THANK YOU THIS IS A BONUS EPISODE AND NOT CHARGED TO PATRONS ON PATREON. Back in April 2021, the same weekend that I spoke to my previous guest, matte artist Jim Maxwell, I also spoke with documentarian Jon Lefkovitz.I'd found Jon's vimeo account while browsing for videos about Walter Murch, the philosopher, editor, director and sound designer. Jon had made a compelling feature length  documentary about Murch which I watched through right there an then.Sight & Sound: The Cinema of Walter Murch can be watched for FREE here - https://vimeo.com/401292817Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/jamiebenning)

1hr 8mins

1 Jun 2021

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David Koepp on Screenwriting and Walter Murch on Editing

Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin

Screenwriter David Koepp and film editor Walter Murch have both carved out legendary careers in film. David Koepp has written or co-written the screenplays for more than thirty films, including many Hollywood blockbusters like Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Spider-Man, Panic Room, Carlito’s Way, and Mission Impossible. He’s directed six films and released one novel. Walter Murch was part of American Zoetrope, the groundbreaking film production company founded in the late 1960s by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. His long collaboration with Coppola earned him his first Oscar nomination for sound editing on the 1974 classic, The Conversation, and an Oscar win for editing on Apocalypse Now. He also collaborated several times with Anthony Minghella, winning two Oscars for his work film editing and sound design for The English Patient. His most recent work is a documentary he co-wrote and edited, Coup 53, about the U.S.- and British effort to overthrow the Iranian government in 1953.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


18 May 2021

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Should You Ever Happen to Find Yourself in Solitary (3): Catherine Chalmers, Carl Skelton, Walter Murch

The Vault

In 2012, the Institute held a day long symposium, “Should you ever happen to find yourself in solitary.” In this episode, we hear from insect photographer Catherine Chalmers, media critic Carl Skelton, and sound editor Walter Murch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


8 Jan 2021

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Cinematic Legend Walter Murch on Editing, Sound Design, and His Unique Methods

The No Film School Podcast

From his early days at USC making a little student film called THX 1138, to winning his third Oscar for The English Patient, Walter Murch has innovated the fields of sound design and film editing becoming one of the most respected and knowledgable figures in his profession. Murch details to us how he first got interested in filmmaking and discusses projects like The Godfather, The Conversation, American Graffiti and Apocalypse Now. He gets into the specific techniques and approaches he pioneered along the way, up to his more recent ventures in documentary.We are so lucky he gave us an hour of his time -- absorb all you can from this master! Read more: Editor Walter Murch Pieces Together a Key Moment in History Not Sure of Where to Cut? Editor Walter Murch Says the Answer May Be in the Eyes Intriguing Editing Tips from Oscar-Winning Editor Walter Murch 6 'Rules' for Good Cutting According to Oscar-Winning Editor Walter Murch Walter Murch & Jon Favreau Discuss the Science Behind the Way We Perceive Movies As always please like, subscribe, and leave a comment. Thanks for listening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 8mins

15 Sep 2020

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Oscar Winner Walter Murch On 'Coup 53' And The British Secret Agent Who Overthrew Iran's Government

Bloom in Tech

Walter Murch is a pioneer in using digital non-linear editing software to create films, and helped create the notion of "sound design" as well. He's won three Oscars in sound and film editing (for The English Patient and Apocalypse Now) and been nominated for six more. He talks with me about his latest project, the documentary Coup 53 (available through virtual cinema at coup53.com), the extremely secret British agent at the heart of the coup to oust a democratically elected prime minister in Iran in 1953, and the unfortunate lessons it taught the CIA about covert ops and regime change. MI6 agent Norman Darbyshire was a real-life James Bond, someone "who got things done," yet " almost completely disappeared from history," Murch says. "The coup was his masterpiece." We also talk about how editing a film is like churning butter; why he used Adobe Premiere Pro for the first time after decades with Avid and Apple Final Cut Pro; and the future of movie theaters, both the big chains and indie arthouses. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/davidlbloom/support


31 Aug 2020

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Coup 53 / Film School Radio interview with Director Taghi Armirani and Editor Walter Murch

KUCI: Film School

While making a documentary about the Anglo-American coup in Iran in 1953, director Taghi Amirani and editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, Godfather II) discovered extraordinary, never-before-seen archival material that had been hidden for decades. The 16mm footage and documents they uncovered not only allowed them to tell the story of the overthrow of the Iranian government in unprecedented detail, but it also led to explosive revelations about dark secrets buried for 67 years. Working with Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Schindler’s List, The English Patient) to help bring the lost material to life, what begins as a historical documentary about four days in August 1953 turns into a live investigation, taking the filmmakers into uncharted cinematic waters. Ten years in the making, COUP 53 tells the story of the 1953 the Anglo-American coup d’état that overthrew Iran’s government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh and reinstalled the Shah. The CIA/MI6 covert action was called Operation Ajax. It was all about Iran’s oil and who gets to control and benefit from it. BP was at the heart of this story. Shot in seven countries, featuring participants and first-hand witnesses, and unearthing never seen before archive material, COUP 53 is a politically explosive and cinematically innovative documentary that lifts the lid on secrets buried for over sixty-six years. Director Taghi Armirani and Editor / Writer Walter Murch join us to talk about their own journey to tell the definitive story behind one of the 20th Century’s most consequential geo-political events.For news and updates go to:coup53.comTo watch go to: coup53.com/screeningsSocial Mediafacebook.com/coup53 twitter.com/coup53 instagram.com/coup53movie

28 Aug 2020

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Ep118: Legendary Editor Walter Murch On Optimizing Creativity, Productivity, and Well-Being In Hollywood For 50+ Years

Optimize Yourself

When you think of film editors, let’s face it - healthy habits and good physical conditioning are not images that immediately come to mind. But with a pandemic upon us, and with the high cost of the ‘Passion Tax’ we constantly pay as Hollywood creatives, healthy living is no longer an option - it’s a necessity. If we want strong immune systems and creative minds that are resilient to high-stress environments, it is imperative we adopt healthier habits like eating better and moving more throughout the day. While it might seem as though these are new concepts, today’s guest proves these ideas have proven successful for decades.Legendary and Oscar-winning Hollywood film editor Walter Murch (who has edited such films as Tomorrowland, Cold Mountain, The English Patient, Apocalypse Now and The Godfather III, to name a very select few) knows just how important it is to be health-conscious and physically fit in order to do the intense creative work that’s required to edit critically acclaimed films and documentaries. Walter has spent years not only honing his craft but also honing his most valuable assets: His body and mind. And for those unaware, Walter is THE leading pioneer in the standing desk movement (I just amplified his work, but he started it).In today’s conversation, Walter shares his secrets for maintaining his health and energy levels while working long hours on feature films. He dives deep into the neuroscience of why our brains work better when our bodies are moving more and the strategies he uses for incorporating movement throughout the day. We talk in detail about his specific creative process, the long-standing issue of burnout and excessive working hours, and how he feels about editors being classified as “below the line.” While this was originally a conversation from the ‘Fitness in Post’ days, there is an abundance of timeless wisdom to be gleaned from the legend himself who has survived well over four decades in a brutal industry where when people start dropping like flies, the executives simply reply, “Then get more flies.” (as Walter tells it)Want to Hear More Episodes Like This One?» Click here to subscribe and never miss another episodeHere's What You'll Learn:Zack’s favorite passage from the book, Behind the Seen (which he calls "porn for editors”) that became the inspiration for his healthy lifestyle and this podcast.The tragic story of Walter’s motivation to incorporate movement into his workday.Walter’s exact process for getting his body and mind prepared for any new project (and how you can adopt the same process).The importance of capturing ideas when they strike and his secret weapon to ensure he never misses one.The crucial task every editor should do to understand the script and inhabit the story better.Walter’s best advice for adding more movement throughout the day.What a short-order cook, composer, and brain surgeon have in common with editors and how he’s adapted his working habits to be more like all three of them. HINT: Standing is involved.Why skipping lunch breaks is not only bad for your health but bad for your productivity.Two tricks Walter uses to prevent low back pain when using a standing desk.How a sedentary lifestyle is shortening your lifespan and the ways neuroscience recommends reversing it.Why Walter only eats breakfast and lunch and avoids dinner.The amazing power of sleep and how it enhances your creativity.What the essence of being an editor is and what Walter believes are the essential skills necessary based on the technology today.How Walter approaches cutting documentaries versus scripted films and what the major similarities and differences are between them.KEY TAKEAWAY: The seasick feeling or 'hiatus flu' that editors experience at the end of a project is completely natural, so be aware and do not make any big decisions during this time. Useful Resources Mentioned:In the Blink of an EyeThe ConversationsBehind the SeenMissing link found between brain, immune system; major disease implicationsHow to Get the Best Sleep of Your LifeEp113: The Importance of Setting Boundaries, Advocating For Yourself, and Asking For Help | with Janace TashjianDear Hollywood: It’s Time For An Intervention About The Hours We Work [Petition Inside]Our Generous Sponsors:Struggling With Real-Time Remote Collaboration? Meet EvercastAs work begins to slowly trickle in again, perhaps the most pressing challenge we as creative professionals face in our post-pandemic reality is real-time collaboration. Zoom is great for meetings, but it sure doesn't work for streaming video. Luckily this problem has now been solved for all of us. If you haven't heard of Evercast, it's time to become acquainted. Because Evercast's real-time remote collaboration technology is CHANGING. THE. GAME.» Click here to be the first to gain early access to the new EvercastP.S. It's (finally) priced for freelancers and indie creatives like us!This episode is made possible for you by Ergodriven, the makers of the Topo Mat, my #1 recommendation for anyone who stands at their workstation. The Topo is super comfortable, an awesome conversation starter, and it’s also scientifically proven to help you move more throughout the day which helps reduce discomfort and also increase your focus and productivity. Click here to learn more and get your Topo Mat.Guest Bio:Walter Scott Murch (born July 12, 1943) is an American film editor, director, writer and sound designer. With a career stretching back to 1969, including work on THX1138, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather I, II, and III, American Graffiti, The Conversation, and The English Patient, with three Academy Award wins (from nine nominations: six for picture editing and three for sound mixing), he has been referred to by Roger Ebert as "the most respected film editor and sound designer in the modern cinema."Show Credits:This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, and the show notes were prepared by Debby Germino and published by Glen McNiel.The original music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Joe Trapanese (who is quite possibly one of the most talented composers on the face of the planet).

1hr 14mins

24 Aug 2020