Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC has passed away.
He was one of the most influential cinematographers in the world, and for me personally. Seeing "Close Encounters" opened my eyes to what cinematography can add to a motion picture -- if anyone thinks that lighting is important to a story, here was a story where the lighting itself was a character and was the story.
I've probably stolen ideas and techniques from him as much as anyone, maybe more. "Heaven's Gate" was a big influence on me when I went off to Montana to shoot "Northfork".
One of the sad things about growing older is seeing your childhood heroes pass away. He will be missed.