Updated: Aug 13, 2019
Ross Lowell, the inventor of many filmmaking tools including the Gaffer Tape has passed away January 10th at his home in Pound Ridge.
Lowell was a cinematographer on a short film A Year Toward Tomorrow (1966) that became an Academy Award Winning Short of that year. He won an Academy Award for Technical Achievement in 1980 for his compact lighting system. In 1980 he was also nominated for Best Short Film, Live Action for his fourteen minute short film Oh Brother, My Brother (1979), where he depicted lives of his two younger children. In 1987 Lowell was awarded the John Grierson Gold Medal by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), "in recognition of his many achievements, inventions, and innovative developments in the field of lightweight lighting and of grip equipment."
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