Cinematographer Allen Daviau, who shot three of Steven Spielberg’s movies together with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, has died.
A consultant from the American Society of Cinematographers introduced yesterday that Daviau died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19.
He was 77.
In addition to E.T., Daviau was nominated for an Oscar in cinematography for Empire of the Sun, Bugsy, The Color Purple and Avalon, and he additionally labored on Van Helsing, Fearless, The Falcon and the Snowman and Defending Your Life.
Spielberg stated in a press release that, “Allen was a beautiful artist however his heat and humanity have been as highly effective as his lens. He was a singular expertise and a wonderful human being.”
Born in New Orleans in 1942 and raised within the Los Angeles space, Daviau stated seeing color tv on the age of 12 started his fascination with the expertise of gentle and images.
Allen Daviau (1942-2020)<br><br>“In 1968, Allen and I began our careers aspect by aspect with the brief movie AMBLIN’. Allen was a beautiful artist, however his heat and humanity have been as highly effective as his lens. He was a singular expertise and a wonderful human being.”<br><br>-Steven Spielberg <a href=”https://t.co/00wLjSfFRN”>pic.twitter.com/00wLjSfFRN</a>
He stated he labored at digicam shops and movie labs to hone his expertise.
Daviau gate-crashed the set of Marlon Brando’s One-Eyed Jacks, shot early music movies for The Who and Jimi Hendrix and in addition shot nonetheless images for The Monkees.
He met Spielberg in 1967 and found their shared love of films, with Daviau engaged on one of the famed director’s early shorts.
A quantity of Hollywood performers paid tribute to Daviau on social media.
This breaks my coronary heart. I labored with Allen on the Barry Levinson movie, Avalon. He was a gentleman, supremely gifted and one of the kindest individuals I’ve ever identified. 💔Cinematographer Allen Daviau Dies of COVID-19 at 77 <a href=”https://t.co/pKdzHkEfkq”>https://t.co/pKdzHkEfkq</a> by way of <a href=”https://twitter.com/Variety?ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>@selection</a>
R.I.P. Allen Daviau. Allen was the sensible cinematographer on Defending Your Life. He additionally was a legend for different movies like E.T., The Color Purple,, Bugsy, and on and on. He handed yesterday from Covid-19. He was actually one of the greats in his occupation.
I simply heard my buddy Allen Daviau died from Covid-19. I started working with him on the film, FEARLESS. He was such a candy man & an unbelievable cinematographer. He introduced a lot to ‘the occasion’. We’ll miss him so.