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(Slate)   The cinematographer for Star Wars, Dr. Strangelove, A Hard Day's Night, Frenzy, and many other films has died at the age of 99. Good night, camera man   (slate.com ) divider line 10
    More: Sad, Dr. Strangelove, Star Wars, cinematographers, Richard Donner, Roman Polanski, George Lucas, Alfred Hitchcock  
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2013-08-24 12:28:26 AM  
On Star Wars, he and Lucas frequently disagreed. "George avoided all meetings and contact with me from day one," Taylor said, "so I read the extra-long script many times and made my own decisions as to how I would shoot the picture." He and Lucas had a fundamental disagreement about the look of the film-Lucas wanted to use heavy filtration, which Taylor said made everything "mush together," and the conflict was resolved when 20th Century Fox sided with Taylor.

Which is probably why the movie wasn't a total disaster like all the prequels.
 
2013-08-24 06:02:24 AM  

bdub77: On Star Wars, he and Lucas frequently disagreed. "George avoided all meetings and contact with me from day one," Taylor said, "so I read the extra-long script many times and made my own decisions as to how I would shoot the picture." He and Lucas had a fundamental disagreement about the look of the film-Lucas wanted to use heavy filtration, which Taylor said made everything "mush together," and the conflict was resolved when 20th Century Fox sided with Taylor.

Which is probably why the movie wasn't a total disaster like all the prequels.


It's funny how piles of money make people forget how much they had to tell a person no to make those piles of money.
 
2013-08-24 06:15:28 AM  
Good night awesome camera-guy! Thanks for all the joy.
 
2013-08-24 06:37:56 AM  
So, George Lucas wanted to film Star Wars in such a way that it would have looked like crap? Why am I not surprised?
 
2013-08-24 09:06:51 AM  

bdub77: On Star Wars, he and Lucas frequently disagreed. "George avoided all meetings and contact with me from day one," Taylor said, "so I read the extra-long script many times and made my own decisions as to how I would shoot the picture." He and Lucas had a fundamental disagreement about the look of the film-Lucas wanted to use heavy filtration, which Taylor said made everything "mush together," and the conflict was resolved when 20th Century Fox sided with Taylor.

Which is probably why the movie wasn't a total disaster like all the prequels.


Just goes to show Star Wars was successful despite Lucas, not because of him. And yet fanboys claim they're *his* films.
 
2013-08-24 10:36:23 AM  
RIP, Filterman.

/shiatty article confuses cameraman with cinematographer
 
2013-08-24 10:50:15 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Just goes to show Star Wars was successful despite Lucas, not because of him. And yet fanboys claim they're *his* films


Well he did sort of create and write them.
 
2013-08-24 01:24:49 PM  
Filmmaking is such a collaborative process that the great ones are inevitably a mix of many people's talents. Lucas certainly had the vision of reworking old film serials with all their tropes into a new context, and his script and direction definitely paid off. Even if, as Harrison Ford famously said of Lucas' dialogue, "You can write this sh*t, George, but you sure can't say it."

Clearly the cinematography was brilliant. That opening shot will forever be one of the best ever committed to film.
 
2013-08-24 01:56:23 PM  

bdub77: On Star Wars, he and Lucas frequently disagreed. "George avoided all meetings and contact with me from day one," Taylor said, "so I read the extra-long script many times and made my own decisions as to how I would shoot the picture." He and Lucas had a fundamental disagreement about the look of the film-Lucas wanted to use heavy filtration, which Taylor said made everything "mush together," and the conflict was resolved when 20th Century Fox sided with Taylor.

Which is probably why the movie wasn't a total disaster like all the prequels.


The prequels don't have 'heavy filtrantion', in fact quite the opposite... They were shot on video, and everything is very clean and precise and good separation....

Just because Star Wars worked out one way, doesn't mean it wouldn't have worked out another way, too.
 
2013-08-24 02:13:43 PM  

bdub77: On Star Wars, he and Lucas frequently disagreed. "George avoided all meetings and contact with me from day one," Taylor said, "so I read the extra-long script many times and made my own decisions as to how I would shoot the picture." He and Lucas had a fundamental disagreement about the look of the film-Lucas wanted to use heavy filtration, which Taylor said made everything "mush together," and the conflict was resolved when 20th Century Fox sided with Taylor.

Which is probably why the movie wasn't a total disaster like all the prequels.


It seems like a lot of Lucas' instincts were just wrong, and the film was saved by the crew. For example, the whole film was recut from scratch very late in post (so late that three editors were hired). John Williams wasn't give any direction, and Harrison Ford ignored Lucas' direction and objected to a lot of the dialogue. Lucas hated the experience of directing the film because he felt everyone was against him -- but for good reason. Jedi and the Prequels are the result of nobody being in a position to push back against bad ideas and directions (which is largely the result of Lucas being in the unique position being strict that he can finance the films himself). And Empire was so good because he was willing to trust the crew and stay on the sidelines.
 
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