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Watch: Walter Murch & Jon Favreau Talk Editing Of 'The Conversation,' 'Birdman,' 'Gravity' And More In 7-Minute Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2014 4:16 PM
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The Conversation Birdman Gravity
The art of film editing isn't exactly a subject that will get even the most devoted of cinephiles excited. It's a hidden art, a laborious task and often an undersung skill in the filmmaking world, with few "celebrity" practitioners. Martin Scorsese's regular collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker is probably the most "famous," and ranking right up there with her is Walter Murch. The Oscar winner was the man who brought "Apocalypse Now" down to size, helped reshape Orson Welles' "Touch Of Evil" and lend his touch to "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "The English Patient." And if you're going to listen to someone talk editing, he's the guy you'll want to pay attention to.

Watch: 90-Minute Masterclass With Legendary Editor Walter Murch

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 4, 2014 11:45 AM
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Walter Murch
Frequent Francis Ford Coppola collaborator and editor Walter Murch (he’s been there since 1979’s “Apocalypse Now” all the way through 2009’s “Tetro”) famously cuts his movies standing up because surgeons, cooks, and music conductors — all fields and processes that Murch has compared to editing — are standing as they perform their jobs. At last year’sSheffield Doc/Fest Murch stood in front of a crowd for ninety minutes for an editing masterclass and the video has surfaced for your education.

Disney Reveals Official Synopsis For Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland,' Plus What We Learned About The Film At D23

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 26, 2013 2:25 PM
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Disney has finally revealed a little something about "Tomorrowland," their big budget, beyond top-secret sci-fi project being directed by Brad Bird (from a script by Bird and "Prometheus" lightning rod Damon Lindelof) and starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. While announcing the official start of production (up in Vancouver), the studio hinted at the film's plot, while keeping most of the movie's specifics still in some kind of lead-lined vault, accessible only by key members of the production and the guy who plays Gaston in the Magic Kingdom. The officially sanctioned synopsis also made us think back to the movie's big presence at this year's D23 Expo, where Lindelof and Bird were on hand to cryptically tease what the movie might have in store for us.

Roger Ebert Says 3D Is Over & Won't Work Because Walter Murch Said So

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 26, 2011 2:57 AM
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Look, we dislike 3D as much as the next discernible filmgoer who finds little value in headaches, dim lighting, ephemeral visual tricks, and exorbitant ticket pricing, but Roger Ebert -- who is no doubt one of our best -- does have a flair for the melodramatic. A recent article of his making the rounds claims to once-and-for-all "close" the discussion on 3D -- and thus the absurd title: "Why 3D will never work. Case closed."

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