Chapter 3. Kicking the Tires

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Walter Murch edited the motion picture K-19: The Widowmaker on an Avid editing system in 2002 at The Lot.

EARLY JANUARY 2002—WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

Walter Murch is at the former Warner Hollywood Studio, now called The Lot, editing K-19, starring Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, and directed by Kathryn Bigelow. His first assistant, Sean Cullen, comes into the room. Murch is editing on his Avid system. He works standing up, the way some writers do. “Walter,” Sean asks during a pause, “what do you think about this Final Cut Pro thing?”

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