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Lucas, Coppola to honor Murch at Acad

Tribute includes past clips, discussion with helmers

George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Saul Zaentz are confirmed participants for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ tribute to sound designer and film editor Walter Murch.

Event, to be held Oct. 6, will feature a compilation of clips from Murch’s past works, as well as discussions with Lucas, Coppola and Zaentz, all of whom have worked with Murch: Lucas on “THX 1138”; Coppola on “The Godfather, Part II” and “III,” “Apocalypse Now” and “The Conversation”; and Zaentz on “The English Patient.”

In addition, restoration expert Rick Schmidlin will introduce a clip from the “director’s reconstruction” of “Touch of Evil,” which he edited with Murch in 1998.

Sounding off

In other AMPAS news, Murch is also set to participate in the first of two Academy symposia examining various aspects of sound for film; sessions will take place Oct. 11 and 18.

The first will feature Murch and Academy Award-winner Randy Thom (“The Right Stuff”) in a program highlighting great film moments in sound. The duo will also discuss the significance of collaboration with those practicing other crafts in creating a film’s sound.

The Oct. 18 session will lead the audience through the process of creating a film soundtrack from pre-production through the post-production process. Academy governor and sound editor Don Hall (“A Walk in the Clouds”) will moderate the discussion, which will feature supervising sound editors Paul Huntsman (“The Thin Red Line”) and Dane Davis, who won the sound effects editing Oscar for “The Matrix”; ADR and dialogue editor Avram Gold (“South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut”); Foley artist John Roesch (“The Matrix”); and production sound mixer Gene Cantamessa (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”).

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