Frequent Francis Ford Coppola collaborator and editor Walter Murch (he’s been there since 1979’s “Apocalypse Now” all the way through 2009’s “Tetro”) famously cuts his movies standing up because surgeons, cooks, and music conductors—all fields and processes that Murch has compared to editing—are standing as they perform their jobs. At last year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, Murch stood in front of a crowd for 90 minutes for an editing masterclass, and the video has surfaced for your education.
Building on the ideas he’s presented in documentaries like the great “The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing” and “Murch: Walter Murch on Editing,” Murch takes the festival crowd through a lecture and presentation on the history of editing and uses the 2013 Higgs-Boson particle documentary “Particle Fever” to explain the editing process.
The masterclass is just under 90 minutes, and if you’ve ever been interested in what goes on in the editing room, you can’t do much better than spending time with a legendary editor. Watch the video, via Chris Jones Blog, below.