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Alexander Witt: Ridley Scott's new DP?


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#1 Tim Partridge

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 05:10 PM

I heard that Alexander Witt, Ridley Scott's longtime second unit director (and helmer of RESIDENT EVIL 2) will be DPing Scott's new movie. I find this rather intruiging! Does anyone have any details on why they are collaborating?

For what it's worth, I also think Witt is one of the best second unit directors working in Hollywood today. Unlike so much second unit on Hollywood action films right now, you cannot tell where the main unit ends and Witt's stuff begins. CASINO ROYALE for example. Very refreshing to see these days, when the majority of movie action scenes today seem to be detatched showreels for stuntmen, jarringly inserted into a film with no pretense to match the tone or style of the main unit.
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#2 Michael Nash

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 05:24 PM

I'm just curious why Scott hasn't been working with John Mathieson for the last couple projects. Scott tends to stick with the same major collaborators (with some exceptions). Interesting to see he's also working with Pietro Scalia again on this one.
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#3 Mike Williamson

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 08:17 PM

I really enjoyed the look of "American Gangster", so I've been hoping that Scott and Savides would keep working together. I think Savides is an interesting person to collaborate with Ridley because they both share an interesting in naturalistic, source motivated lighting that's got a dramatic edge to it. I also think it would be great to see more of how Savides' minimalism meshes with Scott's multiple camera approach, somehow I think it could keep the films more grounded and real.

My favorite looking recent Ridley Scott films have been "Black Hawk Down" and "American Gangster", not to knock Mathieson's work but I guess I prefer a grittier approach than what he takes. It'll be interesting to see what this new film looks like with Witt, I liked "Casino Royale" and thought the action sequences blended very well with the story, so that's a good sign. Also, Pietro Scalia is pretty sweet.
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#4 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 08:27 PM

Regarding the "American Gangster" trailer... Is the slow-motion shot of the silhouette Denzel Washington walking into the diner and firing the gun at the lens, with the flash illuminating his face, even in the movie??? I don't recall it.
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#5 Mike Williamson

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 08:33 PM

It's not in the main film, but it does play as the very last thing you see after the credits finish. I guess they liked that shot.
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#6 Justin Hayward

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Posted 14 November 2007 - 08:44 PM

I wonder if it was something cut from the film or shot for promotional purposes.

Edited by Justin Hayward, 14 November 2007 - 08:47 PM.

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