I didn't know he was color blind.
I cut my chops on super 8 and it still holds a special place in my heart. Would I use it for much now? No, but I still have a few and a few rolls of film in the fridge. Sometimes I just want to hear that sound...
Get Murch's book, In The Blink of an Eye. Its a quick read, and gives some really great advice and historical context for editing.
I recently watched the making of documentary for the film Aliens (available on YouTube). There are some really impressive practical effects in that movie as well.
Also be sure to check out Jamie Benning's "filmumentaries"
This is something that I really miss in a lot of modern filmmaking. These days it often feels like there's nothing but fever pitched action or intense emotional drama. We rarely get to see kids just being kids, or people just talking about ordinary things. Sure those things aren't the most exciting, but they're the normal day to day things that allow us to identify with the characters. Just spend a little bit of time portraying authentic, ordinary moments and the dramatic action becomes that much more powerful.
Is the talk available online anywhere?