Posted 20 February 2008 - 05:28 PM
My roommate just recently acquired the entire set of BTF DVDs the BFI released. I shall definitely be checking these out soon to see his earlier work that I'm less familiar with...
Posted 20 February 2008 - 05:51 PM
My sympathies to his family and friends.
Posted 20 February 2008 - 05:56 PM
Rest in peace Mr. Watkin.
Posted 20 February 2008 - 07:01 PM
I think "Robin and Marion" was one of the first Watkin movies I had ever projected in a theater (at a revival house in college); I had seen "Help!" many times on TV as a kid. It was "The Three Musketeers" and its sequel that really caught my eye. And "Yentyl", which I saw in that period of college.
Posted 20 February 2008 - 10:01 PM
One minor detail that I was always intrigued by is that he banned electricians from using barn doors on lights. All the control and cutting was done by grips.
He will be missed.
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 09:43 AM
I wrote him a letter in November including a check for his new book and he immediately wrote back and invited me and my AC for lunch at his house in Brighton after he had his op. Then when we wrote again he said that the doctors had been unable to op on him, and that he'd just have to "live" with it as he said. He suggested a lunch early in the new year, but sadly, it looks like he got worse and I didn't hear from him again.
This trailblazing and hugely influential DP will be sorely missed. His style was way ahead of its time and one could go so far as to say that he was the father of the "Brit-invasion" look that would later change the way Hollywood films look. He was also a witty and intelligent man, by all accounts. Thnakfully, I should have his newest book waiting for me when I get back.
BTW, not many DP's get a light named after themselves in their own time, but David "Wendy" Watkin, BSC did.
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 04:46 PM
Adam i wrote to David after seeing "The Three Musketeers" , he was living in a lovely house in Roehampton with views over Richmond Park .He invited me to dinner at that house ,his house keeper had done a cold roast pork meal all David had to do was boil the potatos . That meal meeting went on all night he gave me a Gossen Lunasix meter he used on "Catch 22" . I then went with him to Northern Spain to do prep. on " Robin and Marion" testing the then new dreadful 5247 . I didnt work on the main unit shooting due to personal reasons which i wont mention now as it such a sad day for me .
He seems like a wonderful person. I'm very sorry to hear he's gone.
My condolances to his family and friends. Cancer is such a drealful killer.
Posted 28 February 2008 - 06:57 PM
Mr. Watkin's unique brand of edgeless photography is one of the reasons I visit this forum and even express an interest in the artform of cinematography. Too many only really know his work for OUT OF AFRICA (and as a die hard Watkin fan it is not even a favourite, even though it is mindblowing)! Please go out of your way to watch these films (even just for the cinematography):
THE KNACK AND HOW TO GET IT
HOW I WON THE WAR
CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE
THE BED SITTING ROOM
THE THREE MUSKETEERS
THE FOUR MUSKETEERS
ROBIN AND MARIAN
JESUS OF NAZARETH
CHARIOTS OF FIRE
RETURN TO OZ
Even JANE EYRE and TEA WITH MUSSOLINI
My thoughts are of course with Mr. Watkin's friends and family at this sad time. Just looking at his website, at how many have purchased his book, you can see that Mr Watkin was a much loved person and cameraman.
I would like to conclude with a personal favourite from a personal favourite :
Posted 26 January 2009 - 03:32 AM
Probably the first movie I saw shot by Mr Watkin was "Endless Love," when I was waaaay too young to be watching a movie like that. Re-watching it recently, wow, that movie is a beautiful piece of photography.
I would like to read his books.