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Ernest Day BSC passed away in November 2006


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#1 Tim Partridge

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 11:10 AM

I thought this deserved a mention as I had not seen anything posted on this site (or anywhere else for that matter).

While I never found Mr. Day's work as a lighting cameraman particularly imaginative, his work as a camera operator is pretty legendary. David Lean apparently always refered to Day as his "eyes", and as far as I know Day was the first English camera operator to handle 65mm operating. Day's operating was always graceful, elegant with beautiful handle of some of history's finest compositions. He certainly made Freddie Young look great, and really complimented some top cinematographers' lighting. EXODUS, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, RYAN'S DAUGHTER, DR ZHIVAGO, BECKET, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE-

Day was also a very good director, especially for the second unit on the James Bond movies THE SPY WHO LOVED ME and MOONRAKER.Let's not forget Day's direction of the Lotus car chase in SPY WHO LOVED ME, which still influences many action movies right up until the present. Day's final credit was as second unit director of photography on Brian DePalma's blockbuster hit, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE for DOP Stephen Burum ASC.
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#2 John Holland

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 11:22 AM

Not a great DoP by any means . I really dont want to be bitchy but most of the 65mm movies didnt really involve a lot of [operating] mostly wide angle semi locked of shots , David Lean / F .Young without a doubt would have composed every shot , as for Clockwork Orange ever seen Kubrick without a arri 2c in his hands on that one ?
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#3 Matthew Buick

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 03:26 PM

He's still a human being, though, John. :angry:
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#4 John Holland

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 04:21 PM

Yes Matthew he was i didnt say anything about his humanity , didnt no the guy .
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#5 Matthew Buick

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 04:44 PM

Yeah, but...the man just died, his family will be distraught. Have a care for them.
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#6 Daniel Smith

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 04:47 PM

Yeah, but...the man just died, his family will be distraught. Have a care for them.

November 2006 to be precise...

But you didn't see that part, I'm presuming.

Edited by Daniel Ashley-Smith, 24 April 2007 - 04:49 PM.

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#7 Matthew Buick

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Posted 24 April 2007 - 04:56 PM

OOPS!!! :blink: Half asleep, I guess. :rolleyes:

Edited by Matthew Buick, 24 April 2007 - 04:56 PM.

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