Interviews

 

George Watters

Editor

George Watters on his first job as an editor on Rawhide, starring Clint Eastwood and the challenges of editing a western

07:11

Most people don't have the patience to be an editor. You have to sit down and get so involved, so interested in your work. But I don't think there is anything that I could have ever done that I enjoyed more thoroughly.

About this interview

In his two-hour Archive interview, George Watters talks about his World War II duty and his first entertainment business job, which was at Technicolor in Los Angeles. He describes in detail his duties and promotions at Technicolor, his first editor's job and the craft of editing with a Moviola machine. He discusses working as an editor on series such as Rawhide, Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, Have Gun, Will Travel and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Watters recalls his position as Director of Post Production Services at Paramount Studios where he oversaw the post production of the series Mork & Mindy, The Bad News Bears, Taxi, Happy Days, and Laverne & Shirley, as well as the mini-series Shogun. Michael Rosen conducted the interview on July 17, 2001 in a joint venture with American Cinema Editors (ACE) in Universal City, CA.

Most people don't have the patience to be an editor. You have to sit down and get so involved, so interested in your work. But I don't think there is anything that I could have ever done that I enjoyed more thoroughly.

Interview Highlights

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George Watters on his first job as an editor on Rawhide, starring Clint Eastwood and the challenges of editing a western

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George Watters on working on "Touch of Evil" for Orson Welles

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George Watters on an editing room in the '50s

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George Watters on being Director of Television Post Production for Paramount Television

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George Watters on the key traits a person needs to be a successful editor

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