INTERVIEW WITH: Joe Walker
Q. One of the themes, since Dune has done so well with all the
craft awards, is this theme of collaboration and Denis being
the team leader, so speak on that for me. The sound team has
already talked about working with you and the coordination with
So how was this for you? How was this different than
other editing experiences? Can you speak to that heightened
sense of collaboration?
A. (Joe Walker) Well, you know, we are all, like, a well-rehearsed
band that plays together and have played together many times.
And, you know, the sound team and I worked together on Blade
Runner, obviously, and Hans Zimmer and I go back to -- 1998 was
the first time we worked together, on the last -- the last
thing he did at the BBC.
In fact, as a little note, I remember somebody saying that he
overspent by about 450 pounds on the string sessions in London,
and they said he may never work at the BBC ever again. That
was back in 1988. So well done, Hans, for your Oscar tonight.
Denis is an amazing leader and an incredibly skilled and
trusted director who comes with tremendous specificity, I would
say. He comes along with such a plan that it is my joy to be
able to, kind of, interpret what his plan was but also to say,
hey, have you ever thought of doing this?
And he pays me the enormous compliment of sometimes loving what
I do and it remaining in the film. So I love working with Denis
and his team.
Does anybody want to ask me about what it is like, as an irony,
that, as an editor, my speech was edited tonight? Anybody --
nobody interested in that? Who wants that one? I will give it
to 201. Thank you, my friend. It was -- it went down well, I
thought, the speech.
And yet, I just saw it go out, and they cut the beginning and
the middle and the end of it. And that's an irony. We all stand
together in the Academy with equal strength, and I feel
strongly that that was a disservice to our eight categories
that were not televised live.
We understand the pressures on the Academy, financially, but
also I think we all stand together. The original statue of the
Oscar has five reels. You have five circles that represent the
five branches of the academy as they started, and they are of
equal size and strength.
So, Mr. 201, thank you for your question that I answered for
Q. So we all know that the editing process is creating another
movie. Did you put your touch during the editing, or you just
worked on what the director wants from the movie, because every
editor has his own touches. And congratulations for your
A. (Joe Walker) Thank you, MTV Lebanon, for that question. And
I'm here to tell you that it is an enormously collaborative
process, and Denis gives me inspiration and love and wills me
on to make the best edit of his material that I possibly can
And that, many times, involves my stamp. Indeed, I am even a
narrator in the film, so there we go. I am quite a part of the
film. Thank you for your question.
Q. Congratulations. So well deserved. What was your favorite shot
from the film?
A. (Joe Walker) Thank you for that question. I really love a
moment in the film where they're preparing to leave Caladan,
their home for all their lives, to go to a desert planet.
And there's a moment where Oscar Isaac's Leto Atreides puts his
hand on Rebecca Ferguson's neck, Lady Jessica's neck. And it's
a moment of reassurance, and it speaks volumes to me way more
than piles of dialogue. Scene after scene, couldn't have
expressed the love and trust between two people better than
And I thought it was like many of Denis' very arresting films.
They're full of very cinematic, very sensual images, whether it
is a hand in the water, or the hand in the sand, or the hand on
the back of a neck.
It is something that reaches to us and makes us want to go to
cinemas and see films with our fellow human beings after a
long, terrible pandemic. So thank you for that question.
Q. What does this win mean to you, and was there anybody that you
wanted to thank that you didn't get the chance to when you were
accepting your Oscar?
A. (Joe Walker) They really -- you know, most of all, Denis. You
know, I said to him (speaking French), which is -- you know, it
is quite a compliment to him to speak French to him, because he
spends most of his time ribbing me for being like you, Jazz,
So I'm very happy to have thanked him. And my speech tonight
was about my kids and about how the Academy has really
basically helped me on the slippery slopes of fatherhood.
If -- for those that don't know the speech I gave, I basically
was saying that, in the hands of a very skilled 17-year-old,
the words "Oscar-nominated" can be used as an insult. And my
daughter once said to me in the middle of an argument, "It's
all very well for you, Oscar-nominated Joe Walker."
And so thank you for the upgrade. That was my main thank you.
Thank you. Okay. Thank you very much.