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Peachpit Goes ?Behind the Seen with Editor Walter Murch

Book explores the editing of ?Cold Mountain? using Apple?s Final Cut Pro (November 08, 2004)

Today Peachpit announced the shipment of its much-anticipated Behind the Seen: How Walter Murch Edited Cold Mountain Using Apples Final Cut Pro and What This Means for Cinema, by Charles Koppelman (ISBN: 0-7357-1426-6, $39.99). Published under the New Riders Voices That Matter series, the book is available now from online booksellers and at local bookstores.

Behind the Seen opens up an intimate, you-are-there view into editor Walter Murchs Oscar-nominated work on ?Cold Mountain, his third collaboration with director Anthony Minghella. Murch is widely acknowledged in the film industry as a consummate craftsman and technical innovator, and his sound mixing and film editing on Minghellas ?The English Patient won unprecedented double Oscars.

Director Francis Ford Coppola (?The Conversation, ?The Godfather, and ?Apocalypse Now) calls the book ?an exploration inside the editorial engine-room of a major feature film?the first book of its kind ever and sure to remain the best. Charles Koppelman chronicles Walter Murch's astonishing high-wire trapeze act as he works his way through the first large-scale implementation of Apples Final Cut Pro editing software. Must be read by anyone interested in film, computers, or how the creative process unfolds.

In conversations with author Koppelman during the post-production of ?Cold Mountain," Murch illuminates the ongoing transformation of filmmaking from its late 19th century origins to its digital transformation at the beginning of the 21st. He offers intimate glimpses of his own editorial craft, as well as insights into the crucial relationship between sound and picture. Along the way, Murch offers speculation about the role digital technology might play in the future of cinema, and reveals the technical and artistic considerations that lay behind his controversial decision to use Apples $995 digital editing system on the $80 million ?Cold Mountain?its first use on such a high-profile film.

Writing in the books foreword, director Anthony Minghella (?Cold Mountain, ?The English Patient, and ?The Talented Mr. Ripley) says, ?Behind the Seen achieves something remarkable: a chronicle about technology and data, machines and methodologies which also manages to record a story of friendships and dreams.

David Thomson, film critic and author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, concludes, ?This is probably the subtlest and most tender account of what a craftsman brings to a motion picture ever written.

Behind the Seen is richly documented with excerpts from Murchs journals and emails (including correspondence with Apple), personal and behind-the-scenes photographs, and production stills from Cold Mountain.

In addition to his work on ?Cold Mountain and the ?English Patient, Murchs other credits include film editing and sound mixing on ?Apocalypse Now, ?The Conversation, ?The Godfather Trilogy, ?Ghost, ?Julia, ?The Talented Mr. Ripley, and more.

About the Author
Author Charles Koppelman was granted unprecedented access during the editing of ?Cold Mountain, giving
Behind the Seen a unique inside perspective on the post-production process. Koppelman writes screenplays and directs film, including the independent feature ?Dumbarton Bridge, award-winning documentaries, and commercials.

About Peachpit
Berkeley-based Peachpit has been publishing top-notch books on the latest in graphic design, desktop publishing, multimedia, Web publishing, and general computing since 1986. Its award-winning books feature step-by-step explanations, time-saving techniques, savvy insider tips, and expert advice for computer users of all sorts. It is the home of the internationally recognized Visual QuickStart Guide series, New Riders Voices That Matter series, and is the publishing partner and distributor of Adobe Press, Macromedia Press, and TechTV books. Peachpit is a company of Pearson Education, the worlds largest education publisher and a Pearson (NYSE: PSO) company.

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