Gordon Willis
Gordon Willis

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Name: Gordon Willis
Occupation: Cinematographer
Gender: Male
Birth Day: May 28, 1931
Death Date: May 18, 2014(2014-05-18) (aged 82)
North Falmouth, Massachusetts, U.S.
Age: Aged 82
Birth Place:  Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, United States
Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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Gordon Willis

Gordon Willis was born on May 28, 1931 in  Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, United States (82 years old). Gordon Willis is a Cinematographer, zodiac sign: Gemini. Find out Gordon Willisnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

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As per our current Database, Gordon Willis died on May 18, 2014(2014-05-18) (aged 82)
North Falmouth, Massachusetts, U.S..

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Willis once stated: "I'm a mimimalist. I see things in simple ways ... It's human nature to define complexity as better. Well, it's not." In 1969, director Aram Avakian hired Willis to work on his film End of the Road. This was Willis' first movie.


Willis directed one film of his own, Windows, in 1980. He admitted the film had been a mistake, and later said of directing that he didn't really like it. "I've had a good relationship with actors," he reflected, "but I can do what I do and back off. I don't want that much romancing. I don't want them to call me up at two in the morning saying, 'I don't know who I am'". His last film was The Devil's Own (1997), directed by Pakula. Of his decision to retire, Willis said: "I got tired of trying to get actors out of trailers, and standing in the rain".


At a seminar on film-making he gave in 2003, Willis said, "It's hard to believe, but a lot of directors have no visual sense. They only have a storytelling sense. If a director is smart, he'll give me the elbow room to paint". He added: "It's the judgment they're paying for." In a later interview he explained that when he started out in films he "did things in visual structure that nobody in the business was doing, especially in Hollywood", explaining: "I wasn't trying to be different; I just did what I liked". When asked by the interviewer how he applied his style to different genres and to working with different directors, Willis answered: "You're looking for a formula; there is none. The formula is me."


Up to the making of The Godfather (1972), Willis mostly used Mitchell reflex cameras with Baltar or Cooke lenses. After that he used Panavision equipment, which he had first used on Klute. Willis went back to using Mitchells on The Godfather Part II (1974), in order to retain the visual coherence of the two films. Asked in 2004 about shooting films digitally, he was skeptical: "The organics aren't the same," he said. "The interpretive levels suffer", adding: "Digital is another form of recording an image, but it won't replace thinking."

Director Francis Ford Coppola said of Willis, "He has a natural sense of structure and beauty, not unlike a Renaissance artist," while Willis was praised for his capacity to use "painterliness" to define "not just the look but the very meaning and feel of a film". Speaking of contemporary film-making in 2004, Willis said:


In the seven-year period up to 1977, Willis was the director of photography on six films that received among them 39 Academy Award nominations, winning 19 times, including three awards for Best Picture. The fact that Willis did not receive a single nomination was a subject of some controversy. His frequent absence from this period's nominees has been ascribed both to his unhidden "antipathy for Hollywood" and his work being ahead of its time. He was once quoted as saying of Hollywood, "I don't think it suffers from an overabundance of good taste". Willis was later nominated twice, once for his inventive recreation of 1920s photography in Woody Allen's Zelig, and then for The Godfather Part III (1990). In 2009, at the inaugural Governors Awards, the Academy chose Willis as the recipient of the Academy Honorary Award for his life's work.


Willis died of cancer on May 18, 2014, ten days before his 83rd birthday, in North Falmouth, Massachusetts. ASC president Richard Crudo said: "He was one of the giants who absolutely changed the way movies looked. Up until the time of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, nothing previously shot looked that way. He changed the way films looked and the way people looked at films."

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🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Gordon Willis is 90 years, 11 months and 28 days old. Gordon Willis will celebrate 91st birthday on a Saturday 28th of May 2022. Below we countdown to Gordon Willis upcoming birthday.


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83rd birthday - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Tribute to Gordon Willis: Master of Light and Dark

Take a short course in the phenomenal career of the recently deceased American cinematographer behind The Godfather, Annie Hall, and many other classics.

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