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#1 Igor Trajkovski

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 10:06 PM

Recently watched "Close Encounters" again,
after decade (maybe two) of my first full lenght "encounter" with it.

At the end credits i was amazed of who else i saw
being credited as DP's also ...

Main cinematographer: Vilmos Zsigmond

Director of Photography of additional American Scenes: William A. Fraker, ASC
Director of Photography of India sequence: Douglas Slocombe, BSC

Additional Director of Photography: John Alonzo, ASC & Laszlo Kovacs, ASC

2nd Unit Director of Photography: Steve Poster

Assistant Cameraman: Scott Squires (VFX Supervisor later and creator of Commotion software)

And the VFX bunch:

Special Photographic effects by: Douglass Trumbull
Director of Photography-Photographic Effects: Richard Yuricich
UFO Photography: Dave Stewart


Now that's a list! :)

Just being surprised (and exited) of noticing so many
well known DP's/artists being part of the film.



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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 10:53 PM

Don't forget the Special Edition shots done by Allen Daviau...
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Posted 02 December 2009 - 11:53 PM

I wonder if there are still hard feeling between Vilmos, Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. This movie was pretty much going over budget from day one. Vilmos, I think was the scapegoat. He had ordered many more lights for the alien spaceship scene when the aliens walk out. He did the best he could with what he had and that shot of them walking out is probably the most memorable shot in the movie. Nobody thought this movie was going to be the success that it was. The original budget was something like 2 million and it ended up costing 20. Vilmos got fired after the film wrapped. I think he won the only Academy Award for the film and I don't think he worked for Spielberg again.
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#4 John Holland

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 01:24 PM

Off subject ! but the 70mm blow ups were so good on that film ,all the lab work was MGM labs , who just turned out so much good work over the years . Then closed down when who ever at that time bought MGM ? . Awful .
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Posted 03 December 2009 - 04:39 PM

Off subject ! but the 70mm blow ups were so good on that film ,all the lab work was MGM labs , who just turned out so much good work over the years . Then closed down when who ever at that time bought MGM ? . Awful .


Technicolor was going to buy MGM labs. But the justice department stepped in and wouldn't allow it.
That would have given technicolor too large of a market share, making them almost a monopoly.
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#6 Tim Partridge

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 08:46 AM

Recently watched "Close Encounters" again,
after decade (maybe two) of my first full lenght "encounter" with it.

At the end credits i was amazed of who else i saw
being credited as DP's also ...

Main cinematographer: Vilmos Zsigmond

Director of Photography of additional American Scenes: William A. Fraker, ASC
Director of Photography of India sequence: Douglas Slocombe, BSC

Additional Director of Photography: John Alonzo, ASC & Laszlo Kovacs, ASC

2nd Unit Director of Photography: Steve Poster

Assistant Cameraman: Scott Squires (VFX Supervisor later and creator of Commotion software)

And the VFX bunch:

Special Photographic effects by: Douglass Trumbull
Director of Photography-Photographic Effects: Richard Yuricich
UFO Photography: Dave Stewart


Now that's a list! :)

Just being surprised (and exited) of noticing so many
well known DP's/artists being part of the film.



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Not forgeting (check out the book link in my signature):

VFX camera:
Dennis Muren ASC
Peter Anderson ASC
Joseph Westheimer ASC (uncredited)

Additional photography (uncredited)
Frank Stanley ASC
Rexford Metz ASC

Camera Operators
Nick MacLean ASC
Robin Vidgeon BSC (India)

Special Edition

Allen Daviau ASC
Michael Butler ASC
Don Baker


There are also a few more whose names I forget doing various inserts and pick ups.

You are right though, it was a huge collection of A list talent. I think the film holds up extremely well.
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Posted 29 December 2009 - 12:02 PM

never mind

Edited by Tom Jensen, 29 December 2009 - 12:03 PM.

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#8 Kyle Reid

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 04:59 PM

I didn't know Rex had a hand in this one too! I have to ask him about when I go back to school.

Edited by Kyle Reid, 30 December 2009 - 04:59 PM.

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