Four of Walter Murch’s nine Academy Award nominations and one of his three Oscar wins are from Coppola-directed films — The Conversation, Apocalypse Now and The Godfather Part III. Murch began his career in sound editing working for Coppola on The Rain People and continued with The Godfather Parts I and II. He received his first Oscar nomination in 1975 for sound on Coppola’s The Conversation. In 1980, he won his first Oscar for the sound mix of Apocalypse Now (1979) and was nominated for picture editing the same film. He was also nominated for film editing on The Godfather Part III (1990).
But note this. The following interview concentrates, not on Murch the picture editor, leaning over an Avid in a cutting room, assembling a film’s image track, but on Murch the sound designer and re-recording mixer. For once, the eyes don’t have it, and the term “soundtrack” is meant literally. It refers to every sound—to the collage of voices, noises, and music—that a movie-going audience hears coming through speakers, not just to a potentially marketable collection of music isolated from the film it accompanied. —Sound Doctrine: An Interview with Walter Murch [txt, pdf]
You know, they ask me if I were on a desert island and knew nobody would ever see what I wrote, would I go on writing. My answer is most emphatically yes. I would go on writing for company. Because I’m creating an imaginary—it’s always imaginary—world in which I would like to live.
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