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#1 Alain LeTourneau

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 02:45 PM

As some of you may have already read in the film stock and processing forum, John Pytlak passed away yesterday
after a year long bout with cancer.


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#2 Kieran Scannell

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 02:58 PM

Rest in peace John and strength to your family in the difficult time to come our thoughts
are with them
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#3 Arni Heimir

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 03:05 PM

I am sorry to hear this.

He was a true gentleman his contribution to the image making sciences are greatly appreciated.

He would always answer emails from me and offer me invaluable insights. No question was left unanswered.

I will miss you John. I am sure all of us on this forum will say the same.

Rest in peace and my deepest condolences to your family.

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#4 Chris Keth

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 03:25 PM

That's sad to hear. :( John was a great guy and gave me, and most other people here, a lot of good help and advice.
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#5 Matthew Buick

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 03:39 PM

Although we all knew this sad moment would come it still shook me to the bone to read about his death.
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#6 Richard Boddington

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 04:07 PM

Now that the very sad news of John's much too soon death has reached us.

I would propose that we begin to discuss the idea of a film fund named in his honour. The fund would receive donations from working forum members each year, all voluntary of course, and then at the end of the year we would nominate 3-4 forum members who are students enrolled full time in a post secondary film school.

From these nominees we would vote on the best candidate to receieve the John Pytlak Award for use in furthering their studies of film. Voting might be a bit complicated so we could just have 3-5 senior forum members to make the call.

The award would be open to any forum member from around the globe of course.

Since John contributed so much to this forum it would seem appropriate that we could use the forum to help the next generation of filmmakers.

Tim would you support this idea as forum "boss"?

Any others like this idea?

Thanks,
R,
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#7 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 06:35 PM

Since he's known on several other forums as well, it would seem worth counselling their opinion. Might be hard to reach a consensus, but it should be tried.

Phil
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#8 Chad Stockfleth

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 06:48 PM

Very sad indeed. He was a kind and knowledgable person.
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#9 Bill Totolo

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 07:22 PM

John will be missed, my sincere condolences to the family.
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#10 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 08:13 PM

I'm deeply saddened to hear this news. John certainly was a wealth of knowledge. Now as I look back, I did not take advantage of nearly enough.

He's pretty much irreplaceable, and already sorely missed.
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#11 Richard Boddington

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 08:41 PM

Since he's known on several other forums as well, it would seem worth counselling their opinion. Might be hard to reach a consensus, but it should be tried.

Phil


Next to impossible I'd say, consensus amongst film people?

R,
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#12 Robert Glenn

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 11:53 PM

This is sad news and a great loss.. I hope somebody will be able to continue everything he did for photochemical filmmaking because we need it
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#13 ryan_bennett

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 12:05 AM

Is there truly any confirmation on this? Regardless, I agree, someone else from kodak listening to this could help set up a fund worthy of his name, that would just be amazing. Keep us posted.
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#14 Ram Shani

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 12:06 AM

i just post him last night wishing well and now i read this very very sad

he was a great teacher and great person


who always help and give good advice
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#15 Evan Winter

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 12:07 AM

Very very sad news. John Pytlak was a kind, caring, intelligent, always helpful individual who helped me to both learn about and love film a little more. Thank you John. I will miss you.

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#16 Tim Carroll

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 12:13 AM

That is so sad. He was such a wonderful guy, so helpful to everyone. He gave me alot of assistance when I first started the web site, and got me connected to the right people at Kodak.

My favorite John story is when he told about winning his Academy Award, and if I remember correctly, Renée Zellweger was the presenter, and he acted like a teenage boy, star struck by the pretty movie star.

Wow, he will be missed.

Godspeed John.


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#17 Jason Maeda

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 12:21 AM

miss you john.

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 02:21 AM

Now that the very sad news of John's much too soon death has reached us.

I would propose that we begin to discuss the idea of a film fund named in his honour. The fund would receive donations from working forum members each year, all voluntary of course, and then at the end of the year we would nominate 3-4 forum members who are students enrolled full time in a post secondary film school.

From these nominees we would vote on the best candidate to receieve the John Pytlak Award for use in furthering their studies of film. Voting might be a bit complicated so we could just have 3-5 senior forum members to make the call.

The award would be open to any forum member from around the globe of course.

Since John contributed so much to this forum it would seem appropriate that we could use the forum to help the next generation of filmmakers.

Tim would you support this idea as forum "boss"?

Any others like this idea?

Thanks,
R,


In the meantime, may I make a suggestion?

When I was making a blood donation a few days ago, I was given a pamphlet of ideas for encouraging friends and acquaintances to become blood donors.

One of the biggest users of blood products are cancer patients, and simply becoming a regular donor is an excellent way of remembering someone who has succumed to cancer, or to show solidarity with someone who is still battling the disease.

This is particualrly relevant to John, because New York traditionally faces severe blood shortages at this time of year.

Contrary to popular opinion, unpaid volunteers provide the vast bulk of the blood used in hospitals. In the US, most hospitals will only use paid donations as a last resort, and in many countries they are illegal. The sad fact is that a person seeking payment for a pint of their own blood is probably the last person you'd want to buy it from!

Making a donation costs you nothing but a bit of time, and the best thing is, no matter who you are or how much money you have, you all donate the same amount!
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#19 Matthew Buick

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 02:30 AM

My favorite John story is when he told about winning his Academy Award, and if I remember correctly, Renée Zellweger was the presenter, and he acted like a teenage boy, star struck by the pretty movie star.


Here is the link to a video of him winning his OSCAR.

This time they definately picked the right guy.
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#20 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 04:08 AM

To quote Shakespeare: Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Via con dios, amigo. Save me a seat on the isle.
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