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#1 Byron Karl

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 12:03 PM

http://www.timeout.c...don-willis.html
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 12:34 PM

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What do today?s Hollywood cinematographers get right?and get wrong?
I think it?s amazing they get anything right. The ones that do, I give a world of credit to. Most DP?s are faced with ?motion confused with accomplishment??that is, directors who do not know how to tell a story.

Your work predates digital special effects. Jealous?
Everyone?s lost in a sea of special effects. I?m not against anything as a tool?it just shouldn?t be a way of life. I think a digital enema would do the most good for everyone right now."

I love Gordon Willis :)
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#3 Josh Brokenbourgh

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 02:39 PM

You inspired a Gordon Willis research bomb. I looked him up and the usuals imdb and wiki come up. I read this on wiki and had a good laugh:

"As part of the legends surrounding The Godfather, Willis is said to have thrown an entire 35mm movie camera body and film magazine off a bridge after a quarrel with director Francis Ford Coppola."

Good times. I bet it was a Pistons, Knicks argument ;) And I wonder if someone rescued the pieces that flew off the bridge- probably not.
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#4 Paul Maibaum ASC

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 05:31 PM

There is another great Gordon Willis legend.....working on a film starring Paul Newman ("The Drowning Pool") there were complaints that due to Willis penchant for top-lighting, Newman's famous blue eyes were not able to be seen to the extent the producers' wished.
Willis offered the following solution: re-cast.
The producers did not.

Edited by Paul Maibaum, 13 July 2007 - 05:36 PM.

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#5 Paul Maibaum ASC

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Posted 13 July 2007 - 05:55 PM

In the above post I simply am reporting a rumour for it's entertainment value.
I personally think Gordon Willis is one of the few geniuses in our profession.
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#6 Tom Lowe

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 12:54 PM

You've got to love a DP who has the power to put studio bosses in their place. :lol:
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#7 Michael Ryan

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Posted 14 July 2007 - 05:15 PM

In the above post I simply am reporting a rumour for it's entertainment value.
I personally think Gordon Willis is one of the few geniuses in our profession.



Hello Paul,

Just to clear something up, a reporter reports on the facts, FOX NEWS passes along rumour for it's entertainment value.


Sorry, I couldn't pass that one up...ha ha.



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#8 Alex Ellerman

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 12:47 AM

Francis Ford Coppola is interviewed in this month's Moviemaker magazine and he has some comments on working with Willis and Storaro, comparing and contrasting their styles. good stuff.
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#9 Doug Hart

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 09:21 PM

"As part of the legends surrounding The Godfather, Willis is said to have thrown an entire 35mm movie camera body and film magazine off a bridge after a quarrel with director Francis Ford Coppola."
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Sorry, all - this is pure fiction.
There were many quarrels, to be sure, but no cameras thrown off bridges.

Doug Hart
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(ten years and ten features, plus many commercials)
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#10 Ram Shani

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 11:08 PM

Doug

it's a great honor to have you in this forum

i read your book it is my ac "Bible" learned a lot from it.

and still dose:)

Edited by Ram Shani, 15 July 2007 - 11:10 PM.

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