|The Murch Touch|
The Murch Touch. By Gustavo Costantini
Even working in a very departmentalised world, the work of Sound Editor/Designer/Editor/Writer Walter Murch exceeds the usual formal collaboration with a director. When faced with an open-minded director and material with plenty of potential, Murch adds a new dimension to a film.
Since he was the co-writer of The Conversation, THX 1138, (uncredited) co-writer of The Black Stallion, and the director of Return to Oz, Murch has always worked beyond the scope of only one technical aspect of filmmaking. When he worked on Apocalyse Now, his approach went way beyond that of traditional sound editing and it was necessary to give him extra recognition.