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Walter Murch, ACE, to Present Hollywood Post Alliance Charles S. Swartz Award to Ray Dolby

Legendary Sound Designer, Technology Visionary and Editor will Present Award to his Colleague and Joint Visionary

The Hollywood Post Alliance just announced that sound designer and film editor Walter Murch will be on hand to present the Charles S. Swartz Award for Creativity and Innovation in the Field of Post Production to his colleague and joint visionary, Ray Dolby. Ray Dolby, renowned inventor, engineer, and founder of Dolby Laboratories, has been named recipient of its Charles S. Swartz Award. Mr. Dolby, accompanied by his family, will be honored during the 7th Annual HPA Awards ceremony on November 1, 2012, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Walter Murch has been editing and mixing sound for feature films since starting on Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Rain People in 1969. He edited sound and was lead re-recording mixer on THX-1138, American Graffiti and The Godfather, Part II, won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation, won his first Oscar for Apocalypse Now, and won an unprecedented double Oscar for sound and film editing for his work on The English Patient. He has been nominated another six times for film editing and sound Oscars, including his first Emmy in 2012. Mr. Murch was, along with George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola, a founding member of Northern California Cinema. For his work on the film Apocalypse Now, he coined the term "Sound Designer,” was instrumental in the development of the 5.1 format, and along with colleagues such as Ben Burtt (2009 HPA Charles S. Swartz Award winner) helped to elevate the art and impact of film sound to a new level. In addition, Mr. Murch has been nominated for and won numerous BAFTA, ACE, CAS, and film festival awards, including career achievement awards from the CAS and the MPSE. He is also known as a technology visionary, introducing editing platforms and innovating ways of working creatively with new and emerging engineering. His book In the Blink of an Eye is a standard text at film schools throughout the world.

For more information: www.hpaawards.net

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