Chapter 5. Keys to the Kingdom

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Bucharest, Romania.

JUNE 24, 2002—LONDON, ENGLAND

The filming of Cold Mountain in Romania starts in exactly three weeks, yet final approval of the editing platform Walter Murch will use to edit the movie is still up in the air. As of yet nothing is authorized. In the entertainment business, decisions like these typically get made “just in time.” No one seems panicked. As Walter says later, “If I even know where I’m going to be three weeks in advance, that’s a long lead time.”

On arrival in London, Murch emails Minghella an updated set of script notes he wrote on the plane from California:

From:       Walter Murch ...

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