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My most recent film, The God Who Wasn't There, is available on DVD at the official site and elsewhere.

the god who wasn't there
Bat Boy: The Musical is currently being staged in productions of various sizes around the world. A movie adaptation directed by John Landis is in development, with no casting announced or shooting date set.

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My next feature film, Danielle, remains in development.

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THIS ENTRY:
Murch has discovered some secrets about the art of filmmaking, and, to his credit, he is not only willing to share them, but also, with an evangelist's glee, he wants to share them. When he spoke to the FCP group, we didn't want to let him go, and he answered questions until our hosts kicked us out, giving answers that had every editor in the room taking notes, mentally or physically. Here's a slide show with captions.


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April 29, 2004

Walter Murch on film editing

It's taken me awhile to get around to posting this, but I took some pictures of legendary film editor Walter Murch when he spoke earlier this year at the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro Users Group. His PowerBook went into screensaver mode while he was speaking, lending an appropriate cosmic significance to his words.

Murch is generous as well as brilliant. He's written an essential work on editing called In the Blink of an Eye, one of those books about one topic that, like Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics, transcends its original purpose and becomes a useful filter for considering a range of subjects. Murch has discovered some secrets about the art of filmmaking, and, to his credit, he is not only willing to share them, but also, with an evangelist's glee, he wants to share them. When he spoke to the FCP group, we didn't want to let him go, and he answered questions until our hosts kicked us out, giving answers that had every editor in the room taking notes, mentally or physically.

In my case physically. I made a slide show with captions.

If you're interested in editing and want to see Murch's talk on DVD, LAFCPUG is selling it for $19.95.

MORE:

--Oops. Just noticed there is also a LAFCPUG article by Tony Salgado with much better pictures and text here.

--Others agree that Murch's wisdom transcends filmmaking: A game developer blogs about Murch. Jeff Carlson: "Walter is a filmmaker whose interests are in no way limited to film"

--It was news when Murch decided to switch to Final Cut Pro.

--Comprehensive Walter Murch list at Amazon.





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