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#1 Tim Partridge

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 02:25 PM

At 03.23:

http://uk.youtube.co...h?v=vJQwCMUn0xo

I can't imagine how much it must have cost to draw and animate that little clip from the sequence. Let's face it, Joe Public couldn't care less what a DP does let alone who one is, and not only is this a lavish "Photographed By", it's so stylistically over-designed you can barely make out the writing!! Talk about gratuitously indulgent...

So, who's having this treatment written into their contract then? ;)
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#2 Jon Kukla

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 02:35 PM

Well, that's Geoff Unsworth for you...

(That's not to knock his work, but I've heard a small handful of anecdotes about everything from his competitiveness over pay to the overdoing the Double Fog filters, so he's a bit of an easy target. Much respect nonetheless. :) )
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#3 Ignacio Aguilar

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 03:36 PM

Actually, most of the time he was using a "regular" Fog #2 filter by Harrison & Harrison ;)

His former assistant, John Alcott, also used the form "Photographed by" for most of his films. As far as I know, the only other DP who likes to be credited this way is Janusz Kaminski.
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#4 Matthew Buick

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 04:00 PM

And Matthew Buick. :)
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#5 Nick Mulder

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 04:00 PM

Thats Youtube compression for ya...

Personally, I like the sequence.

"photographed by" - hmmm, no problems there either, but I dont know much of the politics, history or tradition...
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#6 Tim Partridge

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Posted 05 October 2007 - 01:57 PM

No, it's not Youtube compression. On DVD and 35mm it still looks totally bonkers and absolutely nothing like a DP credit or a real name (and anyone who isn't aware of the "B.S.C." after Unsworth's name will just be totally baffled by all of the excessive angular metal at the end).

As for the "PHOTOGRAPHED BY" title, I believe Unsworth held that on all of his mid60s- late 70s movies. Others like Oswald Morris and David Watkin also used it.

I love the RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER title sequence too, it's Richard Williams, enough said! His work on the sequel is just as good:



Check out Mr. Mancini's homages to various films sent up within this opening credits sequence.
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#7 tanner wolfe

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Posted 07 October 2007 - 04:50 AM

maybe it was an english thing. i just watched ryan's daughter. Freddie Young, BSC. i think the credit was "photography by." absolutely beautiful. stunning film.
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 01:17 PM

I'm pretty sure Gregg Toland's Citizen Kane credit says Photographed By also.
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#9 Dan Salzmann

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 01:52 PM

I don't understand what is so odd about "photographed by" as a credit for the cinematographer.
A film or motion picture is 24 photographs a second (excepting CGI perhaps).
Matter of fact I find it rather classy.
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 03:32 PM

At 03.23:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=vJQwCMUn0xo

I can't imagine how much it must have cost to draw and animate that little clip from the sequence. Let's face it, Joe Public couldn't care less what a DP does let alone who one is, and not only is this a lavish "Photographed By", it's so stylistically over-designed you can barely make out the writing!! Talk about gratuitously indulgent...

So, who's having this treatment written into their contract then? ;)



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