Walter Murch has been editing and mixing sound for feature films since starting on Francis Ford Coppola's film The Rain People in 1969. He edited sound and was lead re-recording mixer on THX-1138, American Graffiti and the Godfather: Part II, won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation, won his first Oscar for Apocalypse Now, and won an unprecedented double Oscar for sound and film editing for his work on The English Patient. He has been nominated another six times for film editing and sound Oscars, including his first Emmy in 2012. Mr. Murch was, along with George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola, a founding member of Northern California Cinema. For his work on the film Apocalypse Now, he coined the term "Sound Designer," was instrumental in the development of the 5.1 format, and along with colleagues such as Ben Burtt (2009 HPA Charles S. Swartz Award winner), helped to elevate the art and impact of film sound to a new level. In addition, Mr. Murch has been nominated for and won numerous BAFTA, ACE, CAS, and film festival awards, including career achievement awards from the CAS and the MPSE. He is also known as a technology visionary, introducing editing platforms and innovating ways of working creatively with new and emerging engineering. His book In the Blink of an Eye is a standard text at film schools throughout the world.
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