Monday, July 15, 2013

Enter the Dragon article in American Cinematographer Magazine July 2013

In the July 2013 issue of American Cinematographer, there is a 12 page article by David E. Williams with Gil Hubbs. Who is Gil Hubbs I hear you asking? Hubbs was the cameraman working with director Robert Clouse on Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon! Oh yeah, THAT Gil Hubbs :-)

In case you are not familiar with the magazine:
American Cinematographer is a monthly magazine published by the American Society of Cinematographers. American Cinematographer focuses on the art and craft of cinematography, going behind the scenes on domestic and international productions of all shapes and sizes. The magazine features in-depth interviews with cinematographers, directors and some of their key collaborators at every stage of production. The magazine also features historical articles, technical how-to pieces, and information on the latest tools and technologies that impact the cinematographer's craft.
 I typed up the first 2 paragraphs from the article:

For any cinematographer, the proverbial “midnight call” often results in unique career opportunities. “It came in the middle of the night, and the connection was bad,” says
Gil Hubbs, ASC, recalling how he first heard from director Robert Clouse about shooting Enter the Dragon in Hong Kong. It was early 1973, and Hubbs had recently completed
months of shooting a documentary with Clouse in the wilds of Nome, Alaska. “I recognized Bob’s voice and probably heard every fourth word, like ‘movie’ … ‘Kong’ …,” Hubbs continues. “He might have mentioned Bruce Lee, but if he did, the name wouldn't have meant anything to me at the time. Bob asked, ‘Do you have a passport? Can you come tomorrow?’ All I could say was ‘Sure!’ And I got on a plane the next day.”

Little did Hubbs know this would result in a film that would become an instant classic, simultaneously cementing the iconic status of Bruce Lee and establishing the popularity
of martial-arts films in the United States. The cinematographer recently had an opportunity to reflect on the project after attending a 40th-anniversary screening of a 1973 Technicolor dye-transfer print at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences in Beverly Hills.

If you are a fan of Bruce Lee and/or Enter the Dragon, check out the article in the current issue of American Cinematographer!


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