Walter Murch is the most celebrated film editor in the movie industry. He has edited many award winning films who were directed by other celebrated directors.
The most fascinating thing is – Walter Murch is not merely a film editor, he is also a pioneer in the concept of sound design, a crafty technician, a translator for italian poetry and a philosopher.
His book “In the blink of an eye” is a must read for anyone who is keen in understanding more about both the art and the technical aspects of film editing.
I remembered myself watched in awe about the story of how he experimented with sound in the analogy era.
If you want to get a glimpse of why some editors are simply more outstanding than others? You should read this article he wrote for new york times in 1999 titled- A Digital Cinema of the Mind? Could be
His curiosity about how we see what we see and in what circumstances changes the way we see is awesome. I figure that is how one becomes good in their craft. isn’t it? Stay curious.
If you don’t have time to read, here are more videos of Walter Murch talking about mainly technical aspect of editing.
I had conducted many of my editing classes and workshops based on his philosophies. There are a couple of editing workshops in the upcoming months of 2012. Please check this website for more details.