Veteran film editor Richard Marks visits LACPUG for the entire evening. This was a very rare opporutnity to get up close and personal with one of cinemas greatest editors. Hosted by Michael Horton. —A Special Evening with Richard Marks
Marks was Barry Malkin’s assistant editor on ‘The Rain People’ (1969), directed by Francis Ford Coppola early in his career. He then assisted Dede Allen on ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ (1969) and on ‘Little Big Man’ (1970); he co-edited ‘Serpico’ (1973) with Allen. Dede Allen is among the most prominent film editors of her generation, and she is noted for developing the careers of several younger editors; Roger Crittenden has written that “perhaps the outstanding graduate of the Dede Allen Academy is Richard Marks.” Marks has been nominated for many awards including four times for the Academy Award (‘Apocalypse Now,’ co-edited with Walter Murch, Gerald B. Greenburg and Lisa Fruchtman, ‘Terms of Endearment,’ ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘As Good as It Gets’), four times for ACE Eddie Awards, three times for the BAFTA Award.
The amount of film that ran through cameras in the hellish shooting conditions of the Philippines over 200 shooting days in the late 1970s was gargantuan, even by action film standards. The effort to make sense of the footage was a 2 year odyssey taken on by four editors working under the direction of Francis Coppola. ‘A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now’ (2006) shows how the film was put together, taken apart and restructured in post production.
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