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    The Conversation' was the first film I edited on a flatbed machine - a KEM editing machine. I've been using Final Cut or the AVID for 12 years now, so I was interested in looking at this film and seeing if I could tell if it had been edited the old way.
    — Walter Murch
    tags: seeing  film  machine  year 
     
    Every film is hard work, and a few lucky people do get Oscars for what they do, and it's recognition for all that hard work on a certain level. If you didn't do the hard work, you wouldn't be standing there. On the other hand, people do a lot of hard work and don't get Oscars, so it's a mixture of glory and injustice at the same time.
    — Walter Murch
    tags: time  people  work  film 
     
    The word processor is a better tool than a quill pen because you can do so much more with it, but on the other hand, what you have to say and how you say it is the ultimate determination.
    — Walter Murch
    I think every age has a medium that talks to it more eloquently than the others. In the 19th century it was symphonic music and the novel. For various technical and artistic reasons, film became that eloquent medium for the 20th century.
    — Walter Murch
    tags: age  music  media  film  novel 
     
    You can always make a film somehow. You can beg, borrow, steal the equipment, use credit cards, use your friends' goodwill, wheedle your way into this or that situation. The real problem is, how do you get people to see it once it is made?
    — Walter Murch
    tags: people  friends  problem  real  film 
     
    As I've gone through life, I've found that your chances for happiness are increased if you wind up doing something that is a reflection of what you loved most when you were somewhere between nine and eleven years old.
    — Walter Murch
    When I'm actually assembling a scene, I assemble it as a silent movie. Even if it's a dialog scene, I lip read what people are saying.
    — Walter Murch
    tags: people  saying  movie  read 
     
    Writing is a process of discovery of what you really do know. You can't limit yourself in advance to what you know, because you don't know everything you know.
    — Walter Murch
    There are two kinds of filmmaking: Hitchcock's (the film is complete in the director's mind) and Coppola's (which thrives on process). For Hitchcock, any variation from the complete internal idea is seen as a defect. The perfection already exists. Coppola's approach is to harvest the random elements that the process throws up, things that were not in his mind when he began.
    — Walter Murch
    tags: perfection  process  film  mind  ideas 
     
    This applies to many film jobs, not just editing: half the job is doing the job, and the other half is finding ways to get along with people and tuning yourself in to the delicacy of the situation.
    — Walter Murch
    tags: people  job  film 
     
    Every film is a puzzle really, from an editorial point of view.
    — Walter Murch
    tags: film 
     
    Film editing is now something almost everyone can do at a simple level and enjoy it, but to take it to a higher level requires the same dedication and persistence that any art form does.
    — Walter Murch
    tags: persistence  film 
     
    The notion of directing a film is the invention of critics - the whole eloquence of cinema is achieved in the editing room.
    — Walter Murch
    tags: film 
     
    Looking at a first assembly is kind of like looking at an overgrown garden. You can't just wade in with a weed whacker; you don't yet know where the stems of the flowers are.
    — Walter Murch
    tags: flowers  garden 
     
    By manipulating what you hear and how you hear it - and what other things you don't hear - you can not only help tell the story, you can help the audience get into the mind of the character.
    — Walter Murch
    tags: character  help  mind  stories 
     
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