Having jumped into editing with no formal training on 1970’s “Hi, Mom!” for Brian De Palma, soon leading to work with George Lucas on the first “Star Wars” film – for which he won an Oscar along with Marcia Lucas, and Richard Chew – Hirsch says he’s always focused on rhythm and the structure of music as guiding forces in his work.
“Music and film are the only art forms where time is involved,” he says. “There are rhythms involved in architecture and poetry, of course. And I suppose dance is sort of grafted onto music.”
The graduate of the High School of Music & Art and a native New Yorker has employed his sense of staccato and counterpoint