We were very sorry to hear of sound editor Paul Apted’s passing this July 4th to colon cancer. Less of a recognizable name than his father Michael (director of such films as The World Is Not Enough and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), Paul was nevertheless a veteran of the film industry, working on both numerous high profile and smaller scale films over the past two decades. He was 47.
Paul got his start in the movie business working as a production assistant on his father’s 1987 comedy Critical Condition, starring the late Richard Pryor. He teamed up with his father again seven years later for the drama Nell, starring Liam Neeson and Jodie Foster, where Paul was an assistant sound editor.
Since then, Paul had a very steady career, working as sound editor or dialogue editor on films such as X-Men: The Last Stand, Alice in Wonderland, The Wolverine, Prisoners and Die Another Day, among many others.
Once in a while, he’d also work on the visual side of things, holding an assistant editor position on his father’s James Bond outing as well as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Chocolat, Eragon and a few others.
His last work was editing the dialogue for The Fault in Our Stars, a drama that, oddly enough, centers on a romance between terminal cancer patients.
Our thoughts go with Paul’s family and friends, in particular his parents Michael and Jo, his wife Gemma, his children Thomas and Rose, his brothers Jim and John and his sister Lily.
As a tribute to Paul Apted’s work, we have included the trailer for one of the last films he worked on, last year’s superb The Book Thief, as well as those for two of his blockbuster efforts, A Good Day to Die Hard and Alice in Wonderland. Rest in Peace sir.