Tony Scott, who died on Sunday at 68, apparently from suicide, was one of the most influential film directors of the past 25 years. Tony Scott was a huge influence to me, his 1993 film “True Romance” is one of my favorite movies of all time and is the film that made me want to be involved in this industry. I love his MTV-style fast-paced editing and music video-like montages. The cinematography in “Man on Fire” (2004), is something that can bring tears to my eyes. The stylistic saturated palette, liquid slow motion and hand-cranked, rough shots are glorious. One of the fathers of the contemporary blockbuster, he helped turn Tom Cruise into a megastar with the 1986 smash “Top Gun” and was instrumental in transforming Denzel Washington, over the course of five movies they made together — beginning with “Crimson Tide” (1995) and ending with “Unstoppable” (2010) — into a global brand.

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