August 18, 2017
We take a look back on the career of Eric Zumbrunnen, Spike Jonze’s editor, who recently passed away.
Eric Zumbrunnen, ACE, who edited every Spike Jonze movie in addition to many iconic music videos, has died at the age of 52.
Zumbrunnen graduated from USC with a degree in journalism. He found his strongest working relationship in a lengthy collaboration with Jonze that started at MTV and led to the acclaimed features Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), Where the Wild Things Are (2009) and Her (2013). He won the Best Edited Feature Film Award from the American Cinema Editors for Malkovich.
Zumbrunnen found his way into editing via music videos, editing several iconic ’90s clips, including several Jonze classics. The duo’s work on Weezer’s “Buddy Holly,” which seamlessly blended footage from Happy Days with the band performing, was a triumph of post-production and won Best Alternative Video at the 1995 VMAs.