Zumbrunnen has had a notable collaboration with the director Spike Jonze. He edited Jonze's early, short films How They Get There (1997) and Amarillo by Morning (1998). Jonze directed Being John Malkovich; in addition to winning the ACE Eddie for Zumbrunnen, that film was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing. Their next collaboration, Adaptation. (2002), was nominated both for an ACE Eddie Award and for a Satellite Award for Best Editing. With Jeff Buchanan, Zumbrunnen was again nominated for the Eddie for Jonze's Her (2013).
From 1985 to 1987, Zumbrunnen was lead singer and guitarist in the Los Angeles proto-alt band, Holmes. Often referred to as "the 83rd hottest band in L.A.", Holmes was known mostly for its bizarre mashup hybrid tracks "Wagon Train to Hell" and "Ironsides".
This filmography is based on the Internet Movie Database. The films are all directed by Spike Jonze unless another director is indicated.
- Gift (1993 - Farrell).
- How They Get There (1997). Short.
- Amarillo by Morning (1998). Documentary short.
- Lick the Star (1998 - Coppola). Short.
- Being John Malkovich (1999).
- Adaptation. (2002).
- Weezer – Video Capture Device: Treasures from the Vault 1991–2002 (2004). Compilation film with multiple directors and three editors. Zumbrunnen edited the "Buddy Holly" section directed by Jonze.
- Where the Wild Things Are (2009; with James Haygood).
- I'm Here (2010; with Stephen Berger).
- John Carter (2012 - Stanton).
- Her (2013; with Jeff Buchanan).
- Lombard, Matthew (2003). "The edit, the shot, the imagination An interview with Eric Zumbrunnen", Temple University webpage archived at Webcite from this original URL 2008-05-09.
- Zeitchik, Steven (December 30, 2013). "Five days of 'Her': Editing Samantha in (and out)". The Los Angeles Times. Interview with Zumbrunnen about the editing of Her (2013).
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