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don't know who Gort is?
BELOW: Doug's new lighting
Note: Doug shot Gort's portrait on
high speed film in 2004.
High speed film produces more grain than my newest digital
Exposure was 1/2
second long with the camera hand-held, braced against
a railing, using existing light.
Nikon with 28mm lens, used under dark conditions.
(Doug took this photo as a tourist.)
Gort is a sophisticated robot who shoots
beams of light out of his eyes. So naturally I recruited
Gort to use his lighting skills in wedding photography.
You can never have too much light.
Gort became famous in director Robert
Wise's 1951 version of "The Day The Earth Stood
Still," one of the greatest science fiction
Confusingly, Gort is pronounced
"Gawt" by lead actor Michael Rennie (who has a British
accent) and is also pronounced "Gawt" by his
co-star Patricia Neal, who uses a Boston accent in the
Patricia Neal had to instruct Gort not to
destroy the world, and OMG she addressed him as
"Gawt!" By the grace of God Gort was able to
understand Boston accents. Otherwise we would not be here to
Above: Gort, Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie.
From 20th Century Fox's "The Day the Earth Stood Still"
Black & white publicity photos
copyright by 20th Century Fox
Ringo Starr later honored Gort on the
cover of his 1974 music album.
I recently learned Gort
was not actually a robot ---
OMG he was a rubber suit worn by a very tall doorman who
worked at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
This info is per director Robert Wise, speaking in an
anniversary DVD edition of this classic movie.