[Podcast] Ep60: Legendary Film Editor Walter Murch On Surviving 50+ Years In Post

Walter Murch is a legend in the film editing world, having edited such recent films as Tomorrowland, Cold Mountain, and The English Patient, as well as some of the most historic and legendary films of all time including Apocalypse Now and The Godfather III. He is also the author (or subject) of several of the most influential texts ever written on the art and science of film editing including ‘In the Blink of an Eye,’ ‘The Conversations,’ and my personal favorite editing book of all time, ‘Behind the Seen.’

To put it simply, without Walter Murch there would be no Fitness In Post. It was a single picture of Walter standing at his workstation that inspired my personal development journey almost ten years ago. In this episode we discuss a wide range of topics about how he has maintained his health and longevity and survived over 5 decades in the film industry.

You can’t survive 50 years in post-production working on some of the biggest films of all time without knowing how to take care of yourself, and Walter talks all about his daily routines, how he prepares for upcoming projects, and many other topics listed below.

This is episode is a MUST LISTEN for anyone hoping to have a long-lasting and successful career as an editor.

Our show sponsors:

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Useful Links:

Missing link found between brain, immune system; major disease implications

Behind the Seen

In the Blink of an Eye

The Conversations

Essential tools for a standing workstation:

apple box

lacrosse balls


foam rollers


Download the E-book ‘How to Overcome (And Avoid) Burnout’

Blog: ‘My System For Getting Seven Hours of Sleep Every Night’

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. He helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs DO better and BE better. “Doing” better means learning how to more effectively manage your time, your energy, and your creativity so you can produce higher quality work in less time (and ultimately become a productivity ninja). “Being” better means doing all of the above while still prioritizing the most important people, things, and passions in your life…all without sacrificing your health (or sanity) in the process. Click to download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”