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#1 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 03:12 AM

For those that haven't heard, it was posted on CML, that Alex Thompson BSC passed away early this morning.

His credits included Alien3, Excalibur & Hamlet.
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#2 Jamie McIntyre

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 03:13 AM

For those that haven't heard, it was posted this morning on CML, that Alex Thompson BSC passed away early this morning

His credits included Alien3, Excalibur & Hamlet.


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#3 Tim Partridge

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 04:58 AM

I am extremely sad to read this. What can be said, other than many others and myself have learned so much watching the films he lit (and operated).

I really cannot speak highly enough.
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 10:07 AM

For those that haven't heard, it was posted on CML, that Alex Thompson BSC passed away early this morning.

His credits included Alien3, Excalibur & Hamlet.


Also, "Legend" and 2nd Unit of "Superman".
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#5 Xavier Plaza

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 10:19 AM

:( sad new, i hope his legacy continue helping and teaching to futures DP generations...
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#6 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 12:27 PM

That's real sad. True pro, with a lot of fantastic credits under his belt. I particularly enjoyed some of his later work - like Alien 3 (which is very moodily shot), Cliffhanger (a personal favorite) and Executive Decision (a truly tight and well paced thriller nicely shot).

RIP Alex.
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#7 John Holland

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 12:31 PM

One of my favorites is "Legend" shot on fuji looks stunning and managed to burn down the 007 stage at Pinewood , good stuff, bye Alex .
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#8 Matthew Buick

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 07:40 PM

Very sad. :( How old was he?
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Posted 17 June 2007 - 08:13 AM

I had the pleasure of attending a Q&A with Thompson in Bristol 2 years ago - it was informative but also very entertaining, I think there were many people there who knew very little about the technical aspects of cinematography - but everyone was very much enthralled by his anecdotes, charm and humor.

Personally I love watching The Sicilian, its cinematography its as stunning as you can get.

In many respects his films were kind of unlucky - often it would be the weaker or narratively unsatisfactory work of otherwise good directors - but Thompson's photography always made up for that in leaps and bounds.

Watching a film shot by Thompson again, is and always will be something I look forward too.
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#10 Jon Kukla

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 03:13 PM

He was a very nice guy by all accounts. I only had the fortune to speak to him once briefly at the BSC show last year, but it was a pleasure. (We talked a bit about Hamlet.)

Btw, it's Thomson, IIRC.
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#11 Matthew Buick

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 03:38 PM

I watched The Krays about a year ago on DVD. Although the movie was slightly depressing it was amazingly photographed. British cinematography at it's best. :)

It's so terrible that he's dead. :(
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#12 Matthew Buick

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 06:40 PM

I see he also photographed Black Beauty. That is one of my favourite film ever.

I'll miss you, Alex. You left a great legacy.
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