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Ridley Scott

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Ridley Scott
Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields) is an influential British film director and producer.
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Career

Having initially studied at the West Hartlepool College of Art, Scott progressed to a photography course at London's Royal College of Art, helping to establish its film department in the 1960s. After graduation he secured a traineeship with the BBC leading him to work on the popular television series Z Cars.

Along with Alan Parker, Hugh Hudson and his younger brother Tony Scott, he established an advertising company. Having cut his teeth on UK television commercials in the 1970s—most notably the 1974 Hovis advert "Bike Round" (New World Symphony) filmed in Shaftesbury—he graduated to Hollywood, where he produced and directed a number of top boxoffice films.

His striking visual style, incorporating a detailed approach to production design and innovative, atmospheric lighting, has been tremendously influential on an entire subsequent generation of filmmakers — many of whom have simply imitated him outright.

In 1995 Scott, together with his brother, Tony Scott, formed the film and television production company Scott Free Productions in Los Angeles. All of his subsequent feature films, starting with White Squall, have been produced under the Scott Free banner.

In 2004, while on location in Morocco during the filming of Kingdom of Heaven, a movie about the Crusades, Scott reported receiving death threats from Islamist extremists. It was reported that the Moroccan government sent hundreds of soldiers to protect the set and crew. However, the Moroccan cavalry were actually on hand as extras in the epic battle-scenes.

Although some of his films have been highly praised, others have been less successful with audiences and critics. G.I. Jane and Hannibal are the two major works most often attacked by critics, while Legend and 1492: Conquest of Paradise were major commercial failures.

Scott has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Directing. He was knighted in the 2003 New Year Honours.

His latest project named "Take 7" is supposedly an ambitious multi-national project consisting of 7 short movies directed by 7 different directors from different countries, Scott is supposedly directing the British segment with his daughter, Jordan. The other directors are John Woo, Spike Lee, Mehdi Charef, Emir Kusturica, Ktia Lund, Stefano Veneruso.

Filmography

Upcoming films

Released films

External links

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