Wednesday, August 26, 2009

RIP Richard Moore

Panavision co-founder Richard Moore dies
Cinematographer developed 65mm camera, lenses
By Mike Barnes

Aug 26, 2009, 03:28 PM ET

Richard Moore, the co-founder of Panavision who helped develop the camera
and lenses used to produce motion pictures in the groundbreaking 65mm
format, died Aug. 16 at his home in Palm Springs of age-related
complications. He was 83.

After leaving Panavision, Moore forged an impressive career as a Hollywood
cinematographer, with credits including "The Scalphunters" (1968), "Winning"
(1969), "The Reivers" (1969), "Myra Breckinridge" (1970), "Sometimes a Great
Notion" (1970), "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972) and "Annie"

Moore shared a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences in 1960 for his pioneering 65mm work and received
the Presidents Award from the American Society of Cinematographers in 2004.

Moore and Robert Gottschalk founded Panavision in 1953 while they were
working at the Campus Camera Shop in Westwood. Through experiments in
underwater photography, they were able to create cheaper anamorphic,
wide-screen projection lenses. Those lenses met the demands of theaters then
showing CinemaScope films, a weapon in the battle against television.

Moore left Panavision in the early '60s because he wanted to use the lenses
and cameras that he had helped design.

In a 2004 ASC interview, Moore cited "Winning," starring Paul Newman as a
race car driver, as among his favorite films. He designed and built a remote
control system that enabled him to use radio signals to operate a camera
mounted on the car driven by Newman. That was a revolutionary concept in

Moore also directed a film, "Circle of Iron," a 1978 martial arts movie shot
in Israel that starred David Carradine, Eli Wallach, Christopher Lee and
Roddy McDowall with a story by Bruce Lee, James Coburn and Stirling

Moore, a native of Jacksonville, Ill., and a graduate of USC, is survived by
his daughter Marina; son Stephen; nephew Joel; sister-in-law Mary; and
extended Freberg family members.

A life celebration is being planned in the Los Angeles area. Family members
ask that donations be sent in his care to any Humane Society in Southern

MMORE, Richard
Born: 10/4/1925, Jacksonville, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 8/16/2009, Palm Springs, California, U.S.A.

Richard Moore's westerns - cinematographer:
The Scalphunters - 1968
Mackenna's Gold - 1969
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean - 1972

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