#1: 2003

#2: 1996

 

   


  FRANK TIDY

 

Born: 17 May 1932, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK.

Died: 27 January 2017, ?, Kent, UK.

Career: Started working as a stop-motion cameraman for an animation studio in London, UK. Formed Valley Films - with Roger Woodburn & doph Peter Biziou - in 1965. Became active as doph of television commercials.

Ph commercials in Great Britain [ca. 150 dir by Ridley Scott] and in Canada [for The Partners' Film Company].

Was a member of the BSC.

Awards: BSC Award nom [1978] & BAFTA Film Award nom [1978] for 'The Duellists'; 'Genie' Award nom [1986] for 'One Magic Christmas'.


 

'The Duellists' [1976]: 'Spaced evenly throughout the film, the pair's artfully choreographed showdowns are staged in some of the most gorgeous settings ever committed to film. Critic Pauline Kael praised 'The Duellists' for its "Géricault-like compositions," and cinematographer Frank Tidy's lighting would earn the approval of Vermeer himself. During his excellent audio commentary on this DVD, [director Ridley] Scott admits that he operated the camera himself, but nevertheless maintains that Tidy's contributions were equally important. Indeed, he and Tidy had worked together on scores of commercials, so the cameraman was well acquainted with Scott's cinematic preferences. "I had no concerns about how much [of the imagery] was in the shadows," Scott notes. "Frank knew that this was what I liked... I don't mind if windows blow out... [and] I don't mind sometimes if [the frame] goes totally dark. Frank just really knew how far to go." At another juncture, Scott huffs that some critics found the film "too beautiful" and "too gauzed," even though no gauze or diffusion was used during the shoot. In fact, the filmmakers achieved the striking look by staging scenes in authentic locations that they strategically enhanced with grad filters and liberal doses of smoke. Scott also feels that the production benefitted from "overcast but beautiful weather," noting that mist, precipitation and indirect sunlight enabled his team to create dramatic but naturalistic moods. He concedes that working in variable conditions occasionally affected shot-to-shot continuity, but is quick to add that neither he nor Tidy worried about this much. "By the time it's been cut together and adjusted and graded, most of the time you don't even notice," he asserts.' [Stephen Pizzello in 'American Cinematographer', March 2003.]


 

 FILMS

1963

From Russia with Love [Terence Young] c; uncred titles ph; ph: Ted Moore

1976

The Duellists [Ridley Scott] c; c.op: R. Scott; see above

1979

The Lucky Star/Le belle étoile [Max Fischer] c; filmed 1979-80

1980

The Grey Fox [Phillip Borsos] c; addph: Tim Sale

1982

Nursery Rhymes [Mike Milburn-Foster] c; live action + anim/60m

1982

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone/Adventures in the Creep Zone/Road Gangs [Lamont Johnson] 35mm flat (1.85:1) & 35mm 3-D (2.35:1)/c

1984

The Mean Season [Phillip Borsos] p/c

1984

Code of Silence [Andrew Davis] c

1985

One Magic Christmas [Phillip Borsos] c

1985

Sweet Liberty [Alan Alda] p/c; addph: George Silano

1986

John and the Missus [Gordon Pinsent] c

1986

Hot Pursuit [Steven Lisberger] c; addph: Arledge Armenaki; + small part

1987

The Raggedy Rawney [Bob Hoskins] c; 2uc: Petr Hojda

1988

Slipstream [Steven M. Lisberger] c; 2uc: Terry Cole; model unit ph: Leslie Dear; motion control ph: Denis Lowe

1988

The Package [Andrew Davis] c; 2uc: George Kohut & Jimmy Blanford

1990

The Butcher's Wife [Terry Hughes] c; + small part

 

 

1991

Stop! or My Mom Will Shoot [Roger Spottiswoode] c; 2uc: Ray Delamotte (Santa Rosa) & Arthur Botham (L.A.)

1992

Under Siege [Andrew Davis] c; 2uc: Gary Holt; aph: Frank Holgate

1993

The Fugitive [Andrew Davis] c; ph b&w flashback footage; ph: Michael Chapman

1994

Wagons East! [Peter Markle] c; 2uc: Angel Goded & Henner Hofmann

1994

Getting Away with Murder [Harvey Miller] c

1994

Steal Big, Steal Little [Andrew Davis] c; addph: Haskell Wexler; aph: Frank Holgate

1996

Chain Reaction/Dead Drop [Andrew Davis] c; 2uc: Michael A. Jones; aph: Frank Holgate; vfx ph: Erik Nash & Russ Lyster

1996

Hoodlum [Bill Duke] c; 2uc: William Birch

2003

Some Things That Stay/Run Away Home [Gail Harvey] c

 

 TELEVISION

1981

The Phoenix/War of the Wizards [ep #1 'In Search of Mira' dir by Douglas Hickox] pilot (1981; ph: Don Birnkrant) + 4-part series, 1982

1987

April Morning [Delbert Mann] tvm; 2uc: Pierre Mignot; ep #270 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

1989

Final Notice [Steven H. Stern] pilot; for USA Network

1989

Sorry, Wrong Number [Tony Wharmby] tvm

1989

Personals [Steven H. Stern] tvm

1989

The Kissing Place [Tony Wharmby] tvm

1990

The Last Best Year [John Erman] tvm

1990

Hitler's Daughter [James A. Contner] tvm

1992

Through the Eyes of a Killer [Peter Markle] tvm

1992

The Women of Windsor [Steven H. Stern] 2-part tvm; 2uc UK; ph: Laszlo George

1992

Medicine River [Stuart Margolin] tvm

1993

Shattered Trust/Conspiracy of Silence: The Shari Karney Story] [Bill Corcoran] tvm

1993

Black Fox [Steven H. Stern] tvm; filmed July-September; aired in 1995

1993

Black Fox: The Price of Peace [Steven H. Stern] tvm; filmed July-September; aired in 1995

1993

Black Fox: Good Men and Bad [Steven H. Stern] tvm; filmed July-September; aired in 1995

1993

One More Mountain [Dick Lowry] tvm

1994

She Led Two Lives [Bill Corcoran] tvm

1995

The Boys Next Door [John Erman] tvm; ep #293 'Hallmark Hall of Fame'-series

1996

A Holiday for Love/Christmas in My Hometown [Jerry London] tvm

1997

[Ken Follett's] The Third Twin [Tom McLoughlin] 2-part tvm

1998

Dead Husbands/Last Man on the List [Paul Shapiro] tvm

1998

My Father's Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story/Death in the Shadows [Peter Levin] tvm

2000

Jewel [Paul Shapiro] tvm

2000

The Christmas Secret/Flight of the Reindeer [Ian Barry] tvm