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#1 William A Chapman Jr

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 08:25 PM

I don't know if this has been posted yet. It's a sad day for the film industry. Our heart goes out for his family. R.I.P Mr. Kovacs.
http://www.ascmag.co...les/News_96.php
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#2 Jerry Murrel

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 02:23 AM

I don't know if this has been posted yet. It's a sad day for the film industry. Our heart goes out for his family. R.I.P Mr. Kovacs.
http://www.ascmag.co...les/News_96.php



This is really sad news. I recall talking to Mr. Kovacs several years ago at the ASC Open House. I recall that he told me he would vote for Conrad Hall in the Best Cinematography category for the 2003 Academy Awards. That is the way Mr. Kovacs was. He was candid, direct, and honest and I never saw him act rude towards anyone, or fail to take the time to answer any questions an admiring fan might have.

I don't know why the LA Times hasn't picked this story up yet. How sad that we must read this in the New York Times and the Hollywood Reporter (before the hometown newspaper).

-Jerry Murrel
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Edited by Jerry Murrel, 24 July 2007 - 02:24 AM.

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#3 Gustav Lassen

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 06:39 AM

The work of Mr. Kovacs has inspired me ever since I saw Easy Rider for the first time. As a student, passionate for Cinematography, Kovacs has inspired me ever since I got into photography, and I can't explain how sad I am for not getting the opportunity to meet him in person.

My thoughts go out to his wife and kids, family and friends, and may he rest in peace.

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#4 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 09:24 AM

RIP Mr. Kovacs
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#5 Aleksandar Bracinac

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 12:23 PM

R.I.P.
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#6 John Holland

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 12:47 PM

He made Barbra Striesand look sexy and attractive in " Whats Up Doc" , first time ever on screen , should have got the Oscar for that .
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#7 William A Chapman Jr

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 01:27 PM

In deed he was a great man, and will be missed
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#8 Matthew Buick

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 02:39 PM

I would have been sending him a letter of admiration today. :(

We'll all miss him.
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#9 Ignacio Aguilar

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 04:17 PM

Rest in peace, Mr. Kovacs.

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#10 Hal Smith

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 08:55 PM

Link to NPR "All Things Considered" story today: http://www.npr.org/t...p...r=&mtype=WM

I believe the documentary "Torn From the Flag" on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution with documentary film shot by Vilmos and Laszlo when they were film students in Budapest is scheduled for release next year.
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#11 Stuart McCammon

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 12:57 AM

What a loss - many regards to his family - the world has lost a great and sublime artist
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#12 Kenny N Suleimanagich

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 03:27 AM

I sat 15 feet away from him at a lecture/interview Vilmos Zsigmond was giving and was too nervous to ask to him about his technique on Easy Rider. Waking up to my dad telling me he'd passed away made me feel as if it couldnt have happend, not yet because I hadn't asked him what I had wanted to.


RIP Mr. Kovacs. Your torch has been passed to those you have inspired.
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#13 Kevin Zanit

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 03:43 AM

RIP, a shame. He always seemed to be around at every event I have been to, he really made himself available to talk with, hell he could talk your ear off, which was amazing. He had so much great info and experience that he was very generous with. I have always made it a point to talk with him some when I saw him around, at this last Cinegear, I saw and him, but never got the chance to go over and talk. I am glad I did have many opportunities in the past, he will be missed.

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#14 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 07:33 AM

I have always made it a point to talk with him some when I saw him around, at this last Cinegear, I saw and him, but never got the chance to go over and talk.


Same here -- I arrived at the ASC booth at CineGear, saw Laszlo signing some books, didn't want to bother him, never got a chance to say hello. So the back of his head while he sat in a chair is my last memory of him.
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 11:16 AM

Same here -- I arrived at the ASC booth at CineGear, saw Laszlo signing some books, didn't want to bother him, never got a chance to say hello. So the back of his head while he sat in a chair is my last memory of him.


I attended a lighting seminar with him several years ago and one of the things that I remember the most is that, there was always a sense of joy in what he was doing, he was truly having fun teaching us about lighting and camera movements. He would always come up wit great stories. He seemed like a truly happy man.


R.I.P. Mr Kovaks
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#16 Cristian Olariu

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 04:54 PM

R.I.P.
Will be missed.
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#17 Tim Partridge

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 05:38 PM

Mr. Kovacs was very generous with a book he contributed his memories to recently. In my minor role on that project I did not get to converse with him directly, but the word and feeling was very positive.

Interesting that Mr. Kovacs started off as one of the Hollywood "new cinema" hellraisers (without the formal studio "experience" that the old schoolers like Howie Schwartz and Ernest Lazlo would preach). However, in my lifetime at least, Mr. Kovacs has been associated with a high key, conservative style (and knack for old fashioned mainstream comedy). A true chameleon.

Anyone who has been to university in the last ten years will assure you that every friday/Saturday night WITHOUT FAIL, either GHOSTBUSTERS or EASY RIDER gets a group viewing. Not many DPs own that kind of association!

A great cinematographer who will be deeply missed.
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#18 Igor Trajkovski

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 08:59 AM

Rest in Peace Laszlo.

Respect.


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#19 Tom Lowe

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 08:36 PM

RIP
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 01:28 AM

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Kovacs at Cinegear, and he also signed his book for me. Which I will now treasure the rest of my career.

Being from Australia and admiring his work sooooo much from a far, it was a fantastic experience to meet him and have a chat with him, And also have him wish me the best of luck for my career.

An absolute honor and a privlage. RIP

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