A Chat With Bill Butler, Editor of 'A Clockwork Orange'
By Erin K. Lauten November 2001 editorsnet.com
When did you become interested in filmmaking, and how did your career take off?
I was always interested in film as a kid growing up, although I never dreamed that I would be behind the scenes. My father had a friend that worked at a studio in London and he got my brother a job as a runner for the studio. I left school at 16 and became an electrical engineer, but breaking out in sores from the dust, my father said that was it, so he got me a job at a studio. It was the old days where they used to play back to back features, and in-between they ran newsreels. I started out working on the newsreels. Then I became a second assistant.
"The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village. - Marshall McLuhan, "Gutenberg Galaxy", 1962
Once referred to as the "Oracle of the Electronic Age", Marshall McLuhan, may not be as familiar today as he once was to students of media at the height of his fame as a cultural messenger in the 1960's and 1970's. Yet, much of what McLuhan had to say then is very relevant today.