Date of Birth:30 November 1937, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, UK
Height:5' 8½" (1.74 m)
Trademarks:[Stunning visuals] He personally sketches most of his own storyboards, left-handed, with great artistic style (The Duellists (1977), Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Legend (1985), Black Rain (1989), Thelma & Louise (1991), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008)). [Strong female characters] This includes Sigourney Weaver in Alien (1979), Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise (1991), Alison Lohman in Matchstick Men (2003), all the female characters in A Good Year (2006), Cate Blanchett and Eileen Atkins in Robin Hood (2010), Noomi Rapace in _Prometheus (2012)_, Jessica Chastain in The Martian (2015) and even the female athlete in the Superbowl commercial "1984" for Apple. Being the actors' director that he is, Scott favors extensive use of the two-camera 'V' set-up, thus enabling his actors to play more fluidly off one another without being constantly interrupted by calls to "Cut!". Frequently uses music by composers Hans Zimmer and Marc Streitenfeld. Begins most films with an info card sequence or montage (Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001)). Frequently casts Russell Crowe (Gladiator (2000), A Good Year (2006), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008) and Robin Hood (2010)). Usually casts/works with actors who have a strong theatre background and are graduates of drama school. He likes to be personally involved with the casting of his movies as well. Is called the father of "director's cut". Scott was one of the first directors to re-release a director's cut in theaters and, because of the great success of his new version of Blade Runner (1982), made the concept popular among directors and audiences. Since then Scott has released many more director's cuts or extended versions of his films, but mostly on DVD / BluRay. Does not use wide lenses very often; he tends towards longer focal lengths. Sweeping landscapes or backdrops - sometimes with a close-up of a character's face in the foreground - for example in Gladiator (2000) and Kingdom of Heaven (2005). Often utilizes a light blue tint that contrasts black silhouettes, e.g. G.I. Jane (1997), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), Matchstick Men (2003) and Kingdom of Heaven (2005). When showing graphic violence, he tends to use very brief shots that cut away quickly. Frequently uses fast shutter speeds during action scenes. Main characters are often on a mission; adventurers; in a foreign land that turns hostile or they are challenged to adapt to the circumstances.
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