This web page updated July 2013


What? You don't know who Gort is?


BELOW: Doug's new lighting technician. Ohmygort.

Note: Doug shot Gort's portrait on high speed film in 2004.
High speed film produces more grain than my newest digital cameras
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 movies.

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 film.

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 discuss this.



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.









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