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Ridley Scott Net Worth

How rich is Ridley Scott?

Ridley Scott net worth:
$140 Million

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Ridley Scott is known as one of the greatest American film directors, producers, TV directors, production designers, and one of the richest celebrities who has been able to amass an estimated net worth as amazingly high as $140 million. He is known as the father of many science fiction films which are now popular all around the world, such as “Thelma & Louise”, “Gladiator”, “Blade Runner”, “Kingdom of Heaven”, “Prometheus”, “Robin Hood”, “Hannibal”, “Black Hawk Down” and “American Gangster”, so nowadays many people are interested in how rich Ridley Scott is after all his hard work and efforts while making some of the best movies in the history: his net worth is estimated at $140 million.

Ridley Scott Net Worth $140 Million

Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937, in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, UK. His father was an army officer. Scott attended Grangefield Grammar School as a teenager and later graduated from the Royal College of Art. His debut in filmography which increased Ridley Scott’s net worth was in 1997, when the movie “The Duellists” was released. This starred many well-known actors, such as Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel. This first work increased Scott’s net worth, but it did not win any Oscars and was not even nominated. However, only two years later Scott released his second work – “Alien”. This movie was way more successful than the previous one, and was nominated for two Oscars and even won once.

Later Scott’s net worth was built up even higher after the movies “Legend”, “Blade Runner” and “G. I. Jane”, but everyone admits that the greatest breakthrough for Scott’ and an absolute way to success was the movie “Gladiator”, which was released in 2000. “Gladiator” was produced by Douglas Wick, David Franzoni and Branko Lustig, and this is one more reason why the movie received a BAFTA Award, Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and 12 Oscars. Unfortunately, since then Scott has not been able to increase his net worth as effectively as he did with “Gladiator”, but since that time he has definitely become a household name as everyone everywhere was talking about his most famous and most successful movie.

Talking about personal life, Scott’s first wife was Felicity Heywood. The couple married in 1964, but divorced after 11 years of living together. However, from his marriage Scott has two sons – Luke and Jake. Nowadays Jake Scott is also known as a film director who usually works with music videos.  Scott’s second wife is Sandy Watson, whom he married 4 years after his divorce with Felicity. Their daughter, Jordan Scott, became an actress, filmmaker and a photographer. But this marriage also did not last for a long time as the couple separated in 1989. Today Ridley is dating the famous actress Giannina Facio.

Despite the fact that more than 10 years have already passed since Scott’s great breakthrough, Scott is still considered to be one of the greatest film directors in our century, and it looks like his estimated net worth is only going to grow even more.

So now you know how rich is Ridley Scott.


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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Murder on the Orient Express 2017 producer pre-production
Blade Runner 2049 2017 producer filming
Alien: Covenant 2017 producer post-production
The Good Fight 2017 TV Series executive producer announced
Felt 2017 producer post-production
The Aftermath 2017 producer pre-production
The Terror 2017 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode pre-production
Zoe 2017 executive producer pre-production
David producer announced
Earthless producer announced
Emma's War producer announced
Killing Patton TV Movie executive producer announced
Potsdamer Platz producer announced
The Hot Zone TV Mini-Series executive producer announced
Untitled Neill Blomkamp/Alien Project producer announced
The Man in the High Castle 2015-2016 TV Series executive producer - 11 episodes
Killing Reagan 2016 TV Movie executive producer
Mindhorn 2016 executive producer
BrainDead 2016 TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
India in a Day 2016 Documentary executive producer
Morgan 2016 producer
Jean-Claude Van Johnson 2016 TV Movie executive producer
The Good Wife 2009-2016 TV Series executive producer - 156 episodes
Mercy Street 2016 TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
The Martian VR Experience 2016 Short executive producer
Taboo 2016 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 8 episodes
Concussion 2015 producer
The Martian 2015 producer
Equals 2015 executive producer
Zero 2015/V Short executive producer
Child 44 2015 producer
Killing Jesus 2015 TV Movie executive producer
Annabel's: A String of Naked Lightbulbs 2014 Documentary executive producer
Galyntine 2014 TV Series executive producer
Get Santa 2014 executive producer
Exodus: Gods and Kings 2014 producer
Halo: Nightfall 2014 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Before I Go to Sleep 2014 executive producer
Italy in a Day 2014 Documentary executive producer
1.24.14 2014 Short producer
Klondike 2014 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 2 episodes
Killing Kennedy 2013 TV Movie executive producer
Out of the Furnace 2013 producer
The Counselor 2013 producer
Crimes of the Century 2013 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 8 episodes
Springsteen & I 2013 Documentary executive producer
Welcome to the Punch 2013 executive producer
Killing Lincoln 2013 TV Movie executive producer / producer
Stoker 2013 producer
The East 2013 producer
Killing Kennedy 2013 Documentary producer
The Vatican 2013 TV Movie executive producer
The Polar Bears 2012 Short producer
Labyrinth 2012 TV Mini-Series producer - 2 episodes
Japan in a Day 2012 Documentary executive producer
World Without End 2012 TV Mini-Series producer - 8 episodes
Call of Duty ELITE: Friday Night Fights 2011-2012 TV Series executive producer - 17 episodes
Coma 2012 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 2 episodes
Britain in a Day 2012 Documentary executive producer
Ghost Recon: Alpha 2012 Short producer
Prometheus 2012/I producer
Loom 2012 Short executive producer
Prophets of Science Fiction 2011-2012 TV Series documentary executive producer - 8 episodes
The Grey 2011 producer
Gettysburg 2011 TV Movie documentary executive producer
Life in a Day 2011 Documentary executive producer
Nomads 2010 TV Movie executive producer
The Pillars of the Earth 2010 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 9 episodes
The A-Team 2010 executive producer
Robin Hood 2010 producer
The Real Robin Hood 2010 TV Movie documentary producer
Numb3rs 2005-2010 TV Series executive producer - 119 episodes
Cyrus 2010/I executive producer
Welcome to the Rileys 2010 executive producer
Cracks 2009/I executive producer
Into the Storm 2009 TV Movie executive producer
Tell Tale 2009 producer
Body of Lies 2008 producer
The Andromeda Strain 2008 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 4 episodes
Law Dogs 2007 TV Movie executive producer
American Gangster 2007 producer
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007 producer
The Company 2007 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 6 episodes
A Good Year 2006 producer
Tristan + Isolde 2006 executive producer
Orpheus 2006 TV Movie executive producer
In Her Shoes 2005 producer
Kingdom of Heaven 2005 producer
Matchstick Men 2003 producer
Ticker 2002 Short executive producer
Beat the Devil 2002 Short executive producer
Hostage 2002 Short executive producer
The Gathering Storm 2002 TV Movie executive producer
AFP: American Fighter Pilot 2002 TV Series executive producer
Black Hawk Down 2001 producer
Hannibal 2001 producer
The Last Debate 2000 TV Movie executive producer
Gladiator 2000 executive producer - uncredited
Where the Money Is 2000 producer
RKO 281 1999 TV Movie executive producer
The Hunger 1997-1999 TV Series executive producer - 4 episodes
Clay Pigeons 1998 producer
G.I. Jane 1997 producer
White Squall 1996 executive producer
The Browning Version 1994 producer
Monkey Trouble 1994 executive producer
Elephant 1993 TV Short associate producer
1492: Conquest of Paradise 1992 producer
Thelma & Louise 1991 producer
Someone to Watch Over Me 1987 executive producer
Blade Runner 1982 co-producer - uncredited
RHM Mother's Pride Supermarket Raid 87670 1971 Short producer
Boy and Bicycle 1965 Short producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Boy and Bicycle 1965 Short
Alien: Covenant 2017 post-production
The Hot Zone TV Mini-Series announced
The Martian 2015
Exodus: Gods and Kings 2014
The Counselor 2013
The Vatican 2013 TV Movie
Prometheus 2012/I
Robin Hood 2010
Body of Lies 2008
American Gangster 2007
A Good Year 2006
All the Invisible Children 2005 segment "Jonathan"
Kingdom of Heaven 2005
Matchstick Men 2003
Black Hawk Down 2001
Hannibal 2001
Gladiator 2000
G.I. Jane 1997
White Squall 1996
1492: Conquest of Paradise 1992
The King of Ads 1991 Documentary segments "Chanel No. 5 'I Don't Want' commercial", "Pepsi-Cola 'Spaceship' Commercial"
Thelma & Louise 1991
Black Rain 1989
Someone to Watch Over Me 1987
Legend 1985
Apple Mac: 1984 1984 Video short
Blade Runner 1982
Alien 1979
The Duellists 1977
Mogul 1969 TV Series 1 episode
The Informer 1967 TV Series 2 episodes
Half Hour Story 1967 TV Series 1 episode
Adam Adamant Lives! 1966-1967 TV Series 3 episodes
Thirty-Minute Theatre 1966 TV Series 1 episode
Z Cars 1965 TV Series 1 episode

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Out of the Unknown 1965 TV Series 1 episode
R3 1965 TV Series 1 episode
Reluctant Bandit 1965 TV Movie
Bold as Brass 1964 TV Series 6 episodes
The Marriage Lines 1963-1964 TV Series 3 episodes
Language of Love 1964 TV Movie
Billy Cotton Band Show 1964 TV Series 1 episode
Comedy Playhouse 1963 TV Series 1 episode
Around Seven 1963 TV Movie
More Faces of Jim 1963 TV Series 3 episodes
Tonight 1963 TV Series documentary 1 episode
BBC Sunday-Night Play 1962 TV Mini-Series 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blade Runner 2049 2017 story filming
Boy and Bicycle 1965 Short written by

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gladiator 2000 camera operator - uncredited
The Duellists 1977 operator

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
One of the Missing 1969 Short Unionist officer (uncredited)

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Boy and Bicycle 1965 Short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hannibal 2001 executive music producer - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Alien Legacy 1999 Video documentary archival material

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Steve Jobs 2015 the filmmakers gratefully thank
The Haunting of Pearson Place 2013 insperation and special thanks
Since I Don't Have You 2013 very special thanks
The Killers In Connecticut 2012 very special thanks
All Things Shining 2012 inspirational thanks
Ghost Recon: Alpha 2012 Short special thanks
To Rest in Peace 2011 Short special thanks
London Boulevard 2010 special thanks
The Rhapsody 2008 Short very special thanks
All Our Variant Futures 2007 Video documentary short special thanks
99 francs 2007 special thanks
Boot Polish 2007 Short very special thanks
Kingdom of Heaven: Production Design Primer 2006 Video short special thanks
Paradise Found: Creating the Director's Cut 2006 Video short special thanks
Waiting for Sunrise 2005 Short very special thanks
The Force Is with Them: The Legacy of 'Star Wars' 2004 Video documentary short special thanks
Tricks of the Trade: Making 'Matchstick Men' 2004 Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Ridley Scott Discusses Nasa's Journey to Mars 2016 Video short Himself
The Journey to Mars 101: Why Science Fiction Inspires Me 2016 Video documentary Himself
The Long Way Home: Making the Martian 2016 Documentary Himself
The 88th Annual Academy Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Picture
20/20 2016 TV Series documentary Himself - Director, The Martian
The EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 TV Special documentary Himself - Audience Member
14th Annual VES Awards 2016 Video Himself
Occupy Mars: Casting and Costumes of 'The Martian' 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Signal Acquired: Writing and Direction of 'The Martian' 2016 Video documentary short
73rd Golden Globe Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Nominee / Winner
The 80s: Ten Years That Changed Britain 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself - Director (as Sir Ridley Scott)
Today 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter 2016 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Conversations 2015 TV Series Himself
Made in Hollywood 2010-2015 TV Series Himself
Janela Indiscreta 2012-2015 TV Series Himself
CBS This Morning 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Exodus: Gods and Kings - Enhancement Pods 2015 Video documentary Himself
Exodus: Gods and Kings - Ridleyvision 2015 Video short Himself
Exodus: Gods and Kings - The Lawgiver's Legacy: Moses Throughout History 2015 Video short Himself
Keepers of the Covenant: Making Exodus - Gods and Kings 2015 Video documentary Himself
The Making of 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' 2015 Video short Himself
Rencontres de cinéma 2014 TV Series Himself
Film '72 2002-2014 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Himself
World Premiere 2014 TV Series Himself
Special Look 2013-2014 TV Series Himself
Weekend Ticket 2014 TV Series short Himself
The Counselor: Sky Movies Special 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Truth of the Situation: Making 'The Counselor' 2014 Video documentary Himself
Gold Rush: The Dirt 2014 TV Series Himself - Executive Producer
Cinema 3 1988-2013 TV Series Himself
Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka 2013 Documentary Himself
Trespassing Bergman 2013 Documentary Himself - Interviewee
Hollywood's Best Film Directors 2012 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Film Director
The Furious Gods: Making Prometheus 2012 Documentary Himself
Weyland Corp Archive: The Making of 'Prometheus' 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2012 TV Series Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008-2012 TV Series Himself
Kulturzeit 2012 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2000-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Ad Men 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
AMC Prometheus Q & A 2012 TV Movie Himself
Prophets of Science Fiction 2011-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Alien: Enhancement Pods 2010 Video documentary Himself
Magic Realism: The Invisible Effects of Robin Hood 2010 Video documentary short Himself
Robin Hood: Rise and Rise Again, Making Ridley Scott's Robin Hood 2010 Video documentary Himself
Mark at the Movies 2010 TV Series Himself
The Real Robin Hood 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
2010 Britannia Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2009 TV Series Himself
Actionable Intelligence: Deconstructing 'Body of Lies' 2009 Video documentary Himself
Body of Lies: Interactive Debriefing 2009 Video short Himself
Eigo de shabera-night 2008 TV Series Himself
Xposé 2008 TV Series Himself
Séries express 2008 TV Series Himself
American Gangster: Case Files 2008 Video short Himself
Fallen Empire: Making 'American Gangster' 2008 Video documentary Himself
The BET Special: The Making of American Gangster 2008 TV Short Himself
All Our Variant Futures 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner 2007 Video documentary Himself
Deck-A-Rep: The True Nature of Rick Deckard 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Fashion Forward: Wardrobe and Styling 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Sacrificial Sheep: The Novel vs. the Film 2007 Video documentary short Himself
The Light That Burns: Remembering Jordan Cronenweth 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Charlie Rose 2002-2007 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Postcards from Provence 2007 Video documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2006 TV Series documentary Himself - Director (segment "Explaining Russell Crowe ")
Mark Lawson Talks to... 2006 TV Series Himself
Black Rain: Making the Film - Part 1 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Black Rain: Making the Film - Part 2 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Black Rain: Post-Production 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Black Rain: The Script, the Cast 2006 Video documentary short Himself
50 Films to See Before You Die 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Colors of the Crusade 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Creative Accuracy: The Scholars Speak 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Kingdom of Heaven: Cast Rehearsals 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Kingdom of Heaven: Visual Effects Breakdown 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Kingdom of Heaven: World Premieres 2006 Video short Himself
The Path to Redemption 2006 Video documentary Himself
Unholy War: Mounting the Siege 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Costume Design: Creating Character Through Wardrobe 2005 Video short Himself
Orlando Bloom: The Adventure of a Lifetime 2005 Video short Himself
Production Design: Bringing an Old City to Life 2005 Video short Himself
Ridley Scott: Creating Worlds 2005 Video short Himself
Close-up 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema 2005 Video documentary Himself
Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Strength and Honor: Creating the World of 'Gladiator' 2005 Video documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest War Films 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Sir Ridley Scott)
Hannity & Colmes 2005 TV Series Himself
History vs. Hollywood 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The Big Story 2005 TV Series Himself
The Culture Show 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Kingdom of Hope: The Making of 'Kingdom of Heaven' 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
MovieReal: Kingdom of Heaven 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Suite with Dave Karger 2005 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest (2005)
'Kingdom of Heaven': Interactive Production Grid 2005 Video documentary Himself
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing 2004 Documentary Himself
The Force Is with Them: The Legacy of 'Star Wars' 2004 Video documentary short Himself - Director, 'Alien'
Murder by Numbers 2004 Documentary Himself
Hollywood Greats 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Tricks of the Trade: Making 'Matchstick Men' 2004 Video documentary Himself - Director / Producer
Filmland 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
The Beast Within: The Making of 'Alien' 2003 Video documentary Himself
Shock & Awe: The Return of 'Alien' 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tinseltown TV 2003 TV Series Himself
Je suis venu(e) vous dire 2003 TV Series short Himself
Breakfast 2003 TV Series Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
American Cinematheque: Ridley Scott & Jerry Bruckheimer Q&A 2003 Video short Himself
Cinema16: British Short Films 2003 Video Himself - Commentary, Boy and Bicycle (voice)
DVD Discoveries 2003 Video documentary Himself (Behind the Behind the Scenes featurette) (uncredited)
Duelling Directors: Ridley Scott & Kevin Reynolds 2002 Video documentary short Himself
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2002 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Made for Television Movie
The Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down' 2002 Video documentary Himself
The Hollywood Machine 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Thelma & Louise: The Last Journey 2002 Video documentary Himself
Creating a Myth... the Memories of 'Legend' 2002 Video documentary Himself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2002 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Director
+ de cinéma 2002 TV Series documentary short Himself
Channel 4 News 2002 TV Series Himself
Film Genre 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywood, Inc. 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The Men from the Agency 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
BAFTA: 'Black Hawk Down' Cast & Crew Q&A 2001 Video short Himself
The 100 Greatest Films 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Alien Evolution 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
American Cinematheque: Ridley Scott Q&A 2001 Video short Himself
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal' 2001 Video documentary Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
Dino De Laurentiis: The Last Movie Mogul 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Director
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Director
Gladiator Games: The Roman Bloodsport 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
On the Edge of 'Blade Runner' 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Alien Legacy 1999 Video documentary Himself - Director
Musik im Spiegel der Gefühle 1998 TV Movie Himself
The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hollywood Halloween 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Directors 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
The Making of 'Alien 3' 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
Omnibus 1992 TV Series documentary Himself
The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Best Director
Reflections on 'Citizen Kane' 1991 TV Short documentary Himself
Días de cine 1991 TV Series Himself
E.T. - Entretenimento Total 1991 TV Series Himself
The Horror Hall of Fame 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Signals 1990 TV Series documentary Himself
Bains de minuit 1988 TV Series Himself
The Media Show 1988 TV Series Himself
The History of the SF Film 1982 TV Movie documentary Guest
Blade Runner: Convention Reel 1982 Video short Himself
Blade Runner: On the Set 1982 Video short Himself
Giger's Alien 1979 Short documentary Himself
Alien: Experience in Terror 1979 Video short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine 2015 Documentary Himself
The Drunken Peasants 2014 TV Series Himself
Shin Shûkan TV Hihyô 2012 TV Series Himself
Made in Hollywood 2012 TV Series Himself
Prophets of Science Fiction 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
España, plató de cine 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
60 Minutes 2007 TV Series documentary Himself - Director (segment "Explaining Russell Crowe ")
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
The 'Alien' Saga 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director The Martian (2015)
2016 AFI Award AFI Awards, USA Movie of the Year The Martian (2015) · Simon Kinberg
· Michael Schaefer
· Mark Huffam
2016 Board of the Governors Award American Society of Cinematographers, USA
2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Visual Effects Society Awards
2015 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Director The Martian (2015)
2015 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Film of the Year The Martian (2015) · Simon Kinberg
· Michael Schaefer
· Aditya Sood
· Mark Huffam
2015 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Producer of the Year The Martian (2015)
2015 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Director The Martian (2015)
2015 NTFCA Award North Texas Film Critics Association, US Best Picture The Martian (2015)
2015 NTFCA Award North Texas Film Critics Association, US Best Director The Martian (2015)
2015 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Director The Martian (2015)
2015 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On November 5, 2015. At 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
2014 Yoga Award Yoga Awards Worst Foreign Film The Counselor (2013)
2013 EDA Special Mention Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Hall of Shame The Counselor (2013)
2011 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Nonfiction Special Gettysburg (2011) · Mary Lisio (executive producer)
· Tony Scott (executive producer)
· Julian Hobbs (executive producer for history)
· Mary Donahue (executive producer for history)
· Christopher G. Cowen (producer)
· David McKillop (executive producer for history)
2009 BFI Fellowship British Film Institute Awards
2008 Audience Award Sant Jordi Awards Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) American Gangster (2007)
2004 George Pal Memorial Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

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2003 Film Excellence Award Boston Film Festival
2003 DVDX Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD) Alien (1979) · Ronald Shusett
· Terry Rawlings
· Sigourney Weaver
· Tom Skerritt
· Veronica Cartwright
· Harry Dean Stanton
· John Hurt
2002 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Made for Television Movie The Gathering Storm (2002) · Julie Payne (executive producer)
· Tony Scott (executive producer)
· Tracey Scoffield (executive producer for the bbc)
· Lisa Ellzey (co-executive producer)
· Frank Doelger (producer)
· David M. Thompson (producer)
2001 Jupiter Award Jupiter Award Best International Director Hannibal (2001)
2001 Director's Achievement Award Palm Springs International Film Festival
2000 Jupiter Award Jupiter Award Best International Director Gladiator (2000)
1998 Yoga Award Yoga Awards Worst Foreign Film G.I. Jane (1997)
1995 Michael Balcon Award BAFTA Awards
1992 Bodil Bodil Awards Best Non-European Film (Bedste ikke-europæiske film) Thelma & Louise (1991)
1992 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Director of the Year Thelma & Louise (1991)
1991 Golden Spike Valladolid International Film Festival Thelma & Louise (1991)
1990 Special Mention Yoga Awards Worst Foreign Film Black Rain (1989)
1983 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Blade Runner (1982) · Hampton Fancher (screenplay)
· David Webb Peoples (screenplay)
· Philip K. Dick (original novel)
1980 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director Alien (1979)
1980 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Alien (1979) · Dan O'Bannon (story/screenplay)
· Ronald Shusett (screenplay)
1978 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Director (Migliore Regista Straniero) The Duellists (1977)
1977 Best First Work Cannes Film Festival The Duellists (1977)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Motion Picture of the Year The Martian (2015) · Simon Kinberg
· Michael Schaefer
· Mark Huffam
2016 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture The Martian (2015)
2016 David Lean Award for Direction BAFTA Awards The Martian (2015)
2016 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Director The Martian (2015)
2016 AACTA International Award Australian Film Institute Best Direction The Martian (2015)
2016 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Motion Picture Concussion (2015) · Larry Shuman (Producer)
· Elizabeth Cantillon (Producer)
· Giannina Elizabeth Bellotti (Producer)
· David Wolthoff (Producer)
2016 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Director The Martian (2015)
2016 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Director The Martian (2015)
2016 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film The Martian (2015)
2016 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best Director The Martian (2015)
2016 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Director The Martian (2015)
2016 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Motion Picture The Martian (2015) · Simon Kinberg
· Michael Schaefer
· Mark Huffam
2016 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Director The Martian (2015)
2016 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Director The Martian (2015)
2016 Hugo Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form The Martian (2015) · Drew Goddard (screenplay)
2016 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Director of the Year The Martian (2015)
2016 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Director The Martian (2015)
2016 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Picture The Martian (2015) · Simon Kinberg
· Aditya Sood
· Michael Schaefer
· Mark Huffman
2016 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Director The Martian (2015)
2016 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures The Martian (2015) · Simon Kinberg
· Michael Schaefer
· Mark Huffam
2016 Seattle Film Critics Award Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Director The Martian (2015)
2015 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Television Movie Killing Jesus (2015) · David W. Zucker (executive producer)
· Mary Lisio (executive producer)
· Bill O'Reilly (executive producer)
· Walon Green (executive producer)
· Teri Weinberg (executive producer)
· Heather Moran (executive producer)
· Charlie Parsons (executive producer)
· Mark Huffam (producer)
· Aidan Elliott (producer)
2015 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Motion Picture The Martian (2015) · Simon Kinberg
· Mark Huffam
· Michael Schaefer
· Aditya Sood
2015 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Director The Martian (2015)
2015 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Director The Martian (2015)
2015 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Director The Martian (2015)
2015 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Director of the Year The Martian (2015)
2015 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Director The Martian (2015)
2015 PCC Award Phoenix Critics Circle Best Director The Martian (2015)
2015 Rondo Statuette Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards Best Movie The Martian (2015)
2015 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Director The Martian (2015)
2015 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Director The Martian (2015)
2015 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Director The Martian (2015)
2014 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Television Movie Killing Kennedy (2013) · David W. Zucker (executive producer)
· Mary Lisio (executive producer)
· Teri Weinberg (executive producer)
· Bill O'Reilly (executive producer)
· Howard T. Owens (executive producer)
· Noel Siegel (executive producer)
· Charlie Parsons (executive producer)
· Richard J. Wells (executive producer)
· Larry Rapaport (produced by)
2014 CinEuphoria CinEuphoria Awards Best Film - International Competition Stoker (2013) · Michael Costigan (producer)
· Tony Scott (producer)
· Chan-wook Park (director)
2014 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television Killing Kennedy (2013) · Mary Lisio
· Larry Rapaport
· Teri Weinberg
· David W. Zucker
2012 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama The Good Wife (2009) · Brooke Kennedy
· Michelle King
· Robert King
· Tony Scott
· David W. Zucker
2011 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series The Good Wife (2009) · Tony Scott (executive producer)
· Robert King (executive producer)
· Michelle King (executive producer)
· David W. Zucker (executive producer)
· Brooke Kennedy (executive producer)
· Ted Humphrey (co-executive producer)
· Leonard Dick (co-executive producer)
· Keith Eisner (co-executive producer)
· Courtney Kemp Agboh (producer)
· Corinne Brinkerhoff (producer)
2011 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Miniseries or Movie The Pillars of the Earth (2010) · David A. Rosemont (executive producer)
· Jonas Bauer (executive producer)
· Tim Halkin (executive producer)
· Michael Prupas (executive producer)
· David W. Zucker (executive producer)
· Rola Bauer (executive producer)
· Tony Scott (executive producer)
· John Ryan (producer)
2011 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television The Pillars of the Earth (2010) · Rola Bauer
· Tim Halkin
· David A. Rosemont
· John Ryan
· David W. Zucker
2010 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series The Good Wife (2009) · Robert King (executive producer)
· Michelle King (executive producer)
· David W. Zucker (executive producer)
· Brooke Kennedy (executive producer)
· Tony Scott (executive producer)
· Todd Ellis Kessler (co-executive producer)
· Ted Humphrey (co-executive producer)
2009 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Made for Television Movie Into the Storm (2009) · David M. Thompson (executive producer)
· Frank Doelger (produced by)
· Tracey Scoffield (produced by)
· Julie Payne (produced by)
· Ann Wingate (produced by)
2008 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture American Gangster (2007)
2008 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Miniseries The Andromeda Strain (2008) · Tony Scott (executive producer)
· David W. Zucker (executive producer)
· Tom Thayer (executive producer)
· Mikael Salomon (co-executive producer)
· Clara George (produced by)
2008 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Film American Gangster (2007) · Brian Grazer
2008 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Picture The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) · Jules Daly
· Brad Pitt
· Dede Gardner
· David Valdes
2007 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Motion Picture The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) · Jules Daly
· Dede Gardner
· Brad Pitt
· David Valdes
2004 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Director Matchstick Men (2003)
2003 DVD Premiere Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Audio Commentary, Library Release Legend (1985)
2003 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television The Gathering Storm (2002) · Tony Scott
· Julie Payne
· Frank Doelger
2002 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director Black Hawk Down (2001)
2002 AFI Award AFI Awards, USA Movie of the Year Black Hawk Down (2001) · Jerry Bruckheimer
2002 AFI Award AFI Awards, USA Director of the Year Black Hawk Down (2001)
2002 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Black Hawk Down (2001)
2001 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director Gladiator (2000)
2001 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture Gladiator (2000)
2001 David Lean Award for Direction BAFTA Awards Gladiator (2000)
2001 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director Gladiator (2000)
2001 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Gladiator (2000)
2001 Video Premiere Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best DVD Audio Commentary Gladiator (2000)
2001 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best British Director Gladiator (2000)
2001 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards British Director of the Year Gladiator (2000)
2001 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Director Gladiator (2000)
2001 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Director Gladiator (2000)
2000 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Made for Television Movie RKO 281 (1999) · Tony Scott (executive producer)
· Diane Minter Lewis (co-executive producer)
· Chris Zarpas (co-executive producer)
· Su Armstrong
2000 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Director Gladiator (2000)
2000 Screen International Award European Film Awards Gladiator (2000)
2000 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Director Gladiator (2000)
1993 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Film Blade Runner (1982)
1992 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director Thelma & Louise (1991)
1992 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Direction Thelma & Louise (1991)
1992 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Film Thelma & Louise (1991) · Mimi Polk Gitlin
1992 Best Foreign Film Award Australian Film Institute Thelma & Louise (1991) · Mimi Polk Gitlin
1992 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Thelma & Louise (1991)
1992 César César Awards, France Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger) Thelma & Louise (1991)
1992 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero) Thelma & Louise (1991)
1992 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Thelma & Louise (1991)
1992 Silver Ribbon Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Best Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero) Thelma & Louise (1991)
1992 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures Thelma & Louise (1991) · Mimi Polk Gitlin
1988 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Film Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
1985 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival Legend (1985)
1983 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Director Blade Runner (1982)
1983 International Fantasy Film Award Fantasporto Best Film Blade Runner (1982)
1983 Silver Ribbon Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Best Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero) Blade Runner (1982)
1977 Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival The Duellists (1977)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Director The Martian (2015)
2001 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Gladiator (2000)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Gladiator (2000)


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#Fact
1 He is left-handed.
2 Said that Peter Watkins's The War Game (1965), about London being nuclear-bombed had an impact on him: "I thought about it for a week after seeing it." And The Road (2009), based on Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel: "That's really scary. I think there's a degree of uneasy accuracy. (...) We don't want to even consider that." [2016].
3 One of his favorite films is Muriel's Wedding (1994): "I've seen it 6 times, it's really fantastic." [HollywoodReporter Roundtable 2015].
4 Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard since November 5, 2015.
5 Scott had already shot the footage for his first short film while studying at the Royal College of Art in 1961. It was titled Boy and Bicycle (1965). It was funded with £65 (film and processing) and a Bolex 16mm camera (for a month-long free use) by the RCA. The film would finally be completed (with music, soundtrack and titles) and copyrighted in 1965 with a £250 grant from the British Film Institute.
6 Honorary doctorate by the Royal College of Art. [July 3, 2015].
7 All of his feature films have at least one Academy Award nominated actor in the cast and 15 of his feature films have even an Academy Award winning actor or actress in the cast [2015].
8 His hand-drawn storyboards along with personal notes for Alien (1979) were published in the Winter 2014 issue of Directors Guild Quarterly magazine, "Drawing Board: Alien Creature," pp. 58-59.
9 Dedicated his movie Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) in memory of his company partner and younger brother Tony Scott, who died in 2012.
10 Dedicated his movie Blade Runner (1982) in memory of his brother Frank Scott, who died in 1980.
11 Was 39 years old when he directed The Duellists (1977), his first feature length film.
12 Is frequently involved, as producer and director, with historically-oriented projects: The Duellists (1977), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), Gladiator (2000), The Pillars of the Earth (2010).
13 Father of Jake Scott and Luke Scott with Felicity Heywood.
14 The 2009 Sunday Times List estimated his net worth at $172 million.
15 The famous Superbowl television commercial "1984" Scott directed for the launch of Apple's Macintosh was filmed on Stage H at Shepperton Studios where Scott had earlier filmed his exterior landscapes for Alien (1979). Apple paid an estimated $1m for the one-off telecast of the commercial during Superbowl XVIII where the Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9. Scott estimated a budget of approximately $350,000 for the commercial.
16 He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2003 Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to the film Industry.
17 Directed 6 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon, Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Ruby Dee, and Matt Damon. Crowe won for his performance in Gladiator (2000).
18 Ranked #35 in the 2008 Telegraph's list "the 100 most powerful people in British culture".
19 In late 2005, he was preparing to direct "The Invisible World" from a screenplay by Dana Stevens based on a treatment by Washington Post correspondent David Ignatius. The film was to star Angelina Jolie, and was based on the abduction of a female journalist in Iraq. However, Jolie's pregnancy at the time halted production, putting off the project altogether. This sudden opening in Scott's schedule allowed him to direct American Gangster (2007) the following year.
20 Like his brother Tony Scott, he is an avid smoker of Montecristo Cuban cigars.
21 Divides his time among his homes in Hampstead (UK), France and Los Angeles.
22 Coming from an army and fine arts background, he is an inveterate stickler for detail who tackles each movie project with the vehemence of a general with a battle plan. His persistent scrutiny of minutiae on the Alien (1979) shoot prompted Sigourney Weaver to complain that he cared more about his props and sets than he did about his cast.
23 Suffers from claustrophobia, a condition he actively sought to instill in his Alien (1979) cast by making their Nostromo living quarters as cramped as possible.
24 In 1994, he was slated to direct "Hot Zone" from a screenplay by James V. Hart based on the 1992 New Yorker article "Crisis in the Hot Zone" by Richard Preston. The film was to star Robert Redford and Jodie Foster and was based on the true story of the discovery of the deadly Ebola virus. Various factors, including the development of the similarly-plotted Outbreak (1995), led to the project being canceled. The very day this happened, Scott read the script for White Squall (1996) and decided to direct it.
25 While in college at the Royal College of Art, he was a contributor to the college magazine ARK. He also helped establish a film studies department at the school.
26 2005: Ranked #28 on Premiere magazine's Power 50 List. Had ranked #32 in 2004.
27 2005: Ranked #5 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Greatest directors ever!".
28 His first feature film, The Duellists (1977) is based on a Joseph Conrad story. In his next film, Alien (1979), the spaceship was known as the Nostromo and its escape ship as the Narcissus. Both are names taken from Conrad stories.
29 Has worked with three Aragorns. His first theatrical film, The Duellists (1977), featured Sir Robert Stephens, who played Aragorn in the BBC radio adaptation. His breakthrough film, Alien (1979), featured John Hurt, who voiced the character in the Ralph Bakshi animated film The Lord of the Rings (1978). G.I. Jane (1997) featured Viggo Mortensen, who played the part in Peter Jackson's live-action adaptation.
30 The most successful British director in Hollywood in terms of box office to date. [April 2005]
31 He and Michael Mann have both directed a Hannibal Lecter film. They have also both worked frequently with an actor who has played Jack Crawford. Mann directed Dennis Farina's first film, Thief (1981), and he also used him on Miami Vice (1984). Scott cast Harvey Keitel in The Duellists (1977) and Thelma & Louise (1991). Keitel went on to play Jack Crawford in Red Dragon (2002).
32 Of all the professional actors he has hired / worked with for his films, over 50% come from elite drama schools and the theatre, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, The Globe Theatre, The Old Vic and the National Theatre in London, which he feels brings as large a presence to the screen as the actors do to the stage.
33 He cast his partner in life, Giannina Facio, in nearly all of his films since Gladiator (2000). They finally married in June 2015.
34 Directed a Maxwell House coffee commercial that starred Shakira Caine. Michael Caine saw the commercial and was so taken by her beauty, he desperately searched for her. They have been married 30 years.
35 Black Hawk Down (2001) is dedicated to his mother, who died in 2001.
36 2003: Ranked #25 in Premiere magazine's annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #30 in 2002.
37 Estimated in an interview that he operated on roughly 2,700 commercials.
38 Owns Shepperton Studios in the United Kingdom with his brother Tony Scott.
39 1990s: He was developing a film adaptation of the Richard Matheson novel, "I Am Legend". The project was filmed in 2008 by Francis Lawrence.
40 1986: Enya's recording "Aldebaran" is dedicated to him.
41 2001: Ranked #31 in Entertainment Weekly's Power List.
42 Owns the visual effects company Mill Film, based in London. They did the majority of the effects work on Gladiator (2000).
43 Whilst working as a set designer at the BBC, Scott was assigned to design the Daleks for the popular BBC TV serial Doctor Who (1963). Scott passed the work on to his friend Raymond Cusick, as he was unable to attend the filming at Ealing.
44 Family: Brother of director Tony Scott; Father of music video director Jake Scott; Son of Elizabeth Jean Scott; Father of actress Jordan Scott with Sandy Watson.
45 Education: West Hartlepool College of Art (1954-1958: Diploma in Design 1958, with honors); Royal College of Art (autumn 1958-1961: M.A. in Graphic Design 1961). Two postgraduate courses at the RCA followed. Then he got a traveling scholarship and went to New York, where he gained experience in editing at Leacock/Pennebaker. A year later he would return to England where he worked as an art director for the BBC. His skill in designing sets for television eventually led to designing sets for commercials. After participating in the BBC's directors training course, he quit television. He decided to focus almost entirely on his advertisements and in 1965 he opened his own commercial production company called Ridley Scott Associates.

#Quote
1 [About his movies] I think a landmark would have to be The Duellists because it got me going and everybody was surprised that I could make a two-hour movie. It was criticized, but that's when I stopped reading all my press because they said it was too pretty... I was like: F**k you! It rained for 58 days and that's why it looked like it was gauze. It wasn't gauze at all. It was a very beautiful film but I took that criticism on board and started to question what I do well. But eventually I just thought "f**k it, I'll do what I have to do and that's that" and I will evolve in my own time. I think Alien was a landmark - it's one of the really good science fiction movies. Blade Runner was pretty f**king good too. I'm dong pretty good! Legend I thought was but I jumped the gun and simply started doing fantasy 25 to 30 years too soon... White Squall and Someone To Watch Over Me are, I think, both really nice little movies. I think it came off someone saying in my office, because Legend didn't work and Blade Runner didn't work: "Why don't you make something about ordinary people?" So, I went off and made these two smaller movies, which I think, actually, turned out pretty well. But gradually I realized that what I do best is universes and I shouldn't be afraid of that. That's what I do great. So, the universe of Black Hawk Down is still, for me, the best war film coming out of that region.
2 [on directing blockbusters] You want big films and stories to keep people going to the cinema. It's up to us to keep the bar raised. That's the trick. I've always done that. (...) It is brain surgery! It is bloody brain surgery! You're putting together a whole group of people, you're trying to budget as accurately as you can and, at the end of it, you've got to sell a lot of tickets. That's more complex than banking - but a few of us manage to pull it off. (...) I'm not kidding myself: I love the challenge. If you don't, don't do the job. [2016]
3 [on The Martian (2015)] Buried in the film is a life lesson: God helps those who help themselves. It's a tremendous example of effort and ingenuity and courage in the face of imminent death. It's as tough as climbing Mount Everest, really. In a slip you can die. [2016]
4 [on directing] You prove how reliable you are. Which I am, I always have been - it's part of my thing. [2016]
5 I'm from the generation that climbed trees, fell out of trees, broke my arm, my foot, my fingers, fell in the sea, nearly drowned. To design a catapult was hi-tech. Today, kids don't do that. They probably play soccer but for the most part they're button-pushing. I just hope they have as much fun as I did. [2016]
6 The Martian (2015) was made for the most part, 94 percent, in a Budapest studio [in Hungary]. With green screen, I now can't tell what was studio and what was shot in Wadi Rum [desert in Jordan]. [2015]
7 [on production designer Arthur Max and The Martian (2015)] The key is to always kick off a creative conversation on what each scene can be. Then Arthur will go away and research it with the digital artists; they'll come back with a digital representation of the set. That also happened for the spacesuits. They're tricky; they're industrial design because they have to breathe. I didn't want to repeat Alien (1979) or Prometheus (2012). I never want to repeat anything. We also set up 30 GoPro cameras inside the habitat. Those took the form of being a buddy or companion to Mark Watney (Matt Damon). So there was Matt talking to the camera - what I called ship's log, like Captain Kirk. We wanted to avoid voiceover because it's tricky. It's better to have Matt talking to himself. To represent NASA, there was a building on the edge of the Danube, the most modern building in Budapest. I would drive past it and think, "We better look at that, because I can't find NASA." It was perfect - a giant space, used for events, with a giant tube roof. [2015]
8 [on cinematographer Dariusz Wolski] Dariusz has a great eye and great taste. He is a great camera operator. I think any cinematographer should operate the camera occasionally; if you don't, you don't understand the frame. Dariusz likes the storyboards; he loves to know what we're doing, because he has to prep it. We always work with multiple cameras. With Dariusz, it's usually four, but if it's complicated, it's five to eight cameras. It's knowing where to place them. We shot The Martian (2015) in 72 days. Normally it would be 100 to 110. Part of that is multicamera, part of it is knowing what you're doing. You can't walk in every morning and say, "Let's talk about this scene." Are you kidding me? You can't do that. [2015]
9 [on editor Pietro Scalia and The Martian (2015)] The important thing for the editor is coverage. That's why I always have multiple cameras, so I can shorten the scene. Half the time it's about shortening and refining. Drew Goddard's script was very well done. But if you have a scene that's four minutes and you think it's got to be two minutes, you can't do that unless you've got cuts. Pietro understands the process. He has brilliant instincts. [2015]
10 I've got no plan. I go from pillar to post randomly. I have this childlike fascination and thrill of doing it. I was going to be doing what will be called Alien: Covenant (2017), which starts shooting next February, and we were struggling then with the screenplay there and then there was a phone call, somebody saying, "Listen, we've got this thing which is completely written called The Martian (2015)", and I said, "Huh." And I sped read it in an hour and by mid-afternoon, I talked to Fox and said, "I need to talk to Drew Goddard". [2015]
11 [on Alien (1979) and the Xenomorph] We're getting closer and closer to the creation of the beasts - how and why they were created - and the first "Alien" film that I made over thirty years ago. [2015]
12 I was academically a disaster, honestly. (...) It wasn't because I was lazy; I'm inherently a multi-tasker, but I could not grasp or retain the information that was coming at me. (...) The saying then was that those who can, do; those who can't, go to art school. [2015]
13 I was out of the era of Mad Men (2007),... We were really inventing modern advertising and modern communications. The big question always to me when making a movie now is, "Am I communicating?" And if you're not communicating you won't have a film do business and our business is about commerce, not art. (...) People at that time said TV commercial breaks were better than the programs. (...) In doing that, I learned to address the most basic question: Am I communicating, or am I going over your head? And that's what all filmmakers face. (...) I stayed in it for 20 years because I just loved it. (...) I was working in film, working on celluloid, I was working in quick time. They were very competitive days. Today you're considered busy if you're doing 12 bits a year; in those days I would be doing, personally, 100 commercials a year, averaging two a week. And they were big. (...) I was obsessed with commercials. And the ones we made 30 years ago are pretty good today. They don't age. I would obsess over details, not just who the actor was, or how beautiful the model was. (...) But I also learned about process, which is everything. (...) You can talk yourself blue in the face at film school, you can talk yourself blue in the face at drama school, but you'll never learn till you go out and do it. You can converse all you want about the mountain, but till you get on it, and start climbing, you don't know shit. (...) At that time, we were influencing the way feature films looked, but I was always criticized for being too visual. (...) They said it was too beautiful, too image-driven. And I thought, "What the f- does that mean?" Just because I could shoot better than most people - which is what made me such an employable commercial director - didn't mean I wasn't interested in story. I still feel that way. I'm not making a radio play, I'm making a movie. [Variety 2015]
14 I cast carefully. If I cast very well, the actors are going to help me on the day we shoot and I'm going to help them. It becomes a partnership. I don't do days and weeks of rehearsal. What I tend to do is when we walk on the floor, I literally shoot the first rehearsal and rehearse on camera. Because then you get the energy of coming in prepared but not rehearsed, and then you get a reality. If you over-rehearse it goes dead when you shoot, and you spend time getting back to what you found in rehearsals. I'm not unusual that way. Clint Eastwood does it, and so does Martin Scorsese. (...) ...more actors like it than they care to admit. If it's well written, you don't have to rehearse. In this case, we had a great script from a great book. [2015]
15 [on test screenings for The Martian (2015)] I have to sit in on the test screenings. It's part of the process. We did five, actually. In the five screenings we had, we rated in the 90s, which is almost unheard of. That usually happens with riotously funny comedies, but we're a drama with some amusing stuff. It was an indication that we were in good shape. [2015]
16 I learned years ago that a great script ain't gonna land on your desk. When I'm not working I'm also constantly developing material. But this [The Martian (2015)] came to me in one of those rare occurrences. I've been with Fox more than 12 years now, and there's a first-look deal. They came to me and said, "Look, we've got this script and you might want to look at it." I read it and was highly entertained and also impressed that it covered all four quadrants of emotion. [2015]
17 The truth is that technology is moving so quickly that the high-end 2D [high-dynamic range] nearly makes 3D redundant. We shot and edited The Martian (2015) on 3D and it was pretty straightforward if you've got the right team, and [cinematographer] Dariusz Wolski is great. From my point of view, I can just have fun making 3D pictures. But now with 2D becoming so great, you really have to ask yourself if you need it. [2015]
18 I'm blessed with a great eye, and I always have been. It even got in my way because I used to be criticized for being too visual. I would say, "Well, hold on. I'm not making a bloody radio play! I'm making a movie." What I have is an advantage, and I'm constantly looking for a way of evolving and avoiding what I've done before. [2015]
19 I applied to the Royal College of Art after my first degree at West Hartlepool College of Art [1954-1958] - the RCA was top of the list as the most acclaimed art college at that time. I had realised I would never make a painter - there were arguments about whether or not my paintings were paintings or illustrations. The RCA had a particularly strong Graphic Design Department, which would give me a more specific creative target and a broader canvas. I was thrilled to be accepted, starting autumn 1958 and finishing in 1961 duating with an M.A. in Graphic Design]. 'Television and film design' and photography were just beginning to happen, and America was becoming a big influence. I was struck by the level of professionalism and the highly competitive nature of Graphic Design at the RCA. All students were of a very high standard. Putting us all together was the beginning of my being aware of the competitive nature of my chosen profession. I realised from very early on that I would have to fight hard and do very well if I was going to make it. One was pretty well left to it. The mood of the College at the time was rebellious and politicised, [as well as] studious and introverted. It could be very competitive, with not much being given away and everything kept close to your chest. You observed all the time, watched what everyone else did and tried to do better and be the most original. During the Richard Guyatt era of Graphic Design, it wasn't easy for a student to work with type and photomontage. Nothing was easy. Nothing worth achieving ever is.
20 I was very, very happy with The Counselor (2013). I think it was very cynical and too nihilistic for some people, but I like nihilistic. [2015]
21 [is interviewed while he draws] As we speak I'm literally drawing: I'm doing storyboards for the film in January... I'm one of those people who can multitask - I'm drawing the bridge of the next spaceship....I do the sketches and then I bring in the chaps to make it. It almost becomes industrial design, which these things ought to be because you need that strong sense of reality (on set)... When you do these films that are so big, the manner of designing them is enormous. [2015]
22 [on fear of death as a constant topic in his films] I think The Counselor (2013) is particularly stressful, but that's the point. It's one of my favourite movies. I'm not like that. I can do it, and Cormac McCarthy is a little like that. But it's the best screenplay I've ever had, in a way. Other than this one [The Martian (2015)] - but this one's different. This is optimistic. Cormac is the real dark side of the moon. It's about loss, tragic loss. You pay for everything. [2015]
23 I think I'm blessed by the fact that I can draw. I've got an inner eye, definitely. At first I wasn't aware of it, and then after 2,000 commercials, there was a reason I was so busy. I was the most visual of all directors. That's why I was so flat-out successful, frankly. That's why I never did a film until I was 40. I didn't start filming until I was 40. I certainly appreciated what I had, and I started to acknowledge it, embrace it, and use it. I think visually. But I'm good with words, and I'm helpful with writers because I'll talk to them visually when I'm working. [2015]
24 I like the competition. You create a competition with yourself. I'm very competitive. Very. I look around and think, I've got to raise the bar. That's what we do. If we can all raise the bar in everything we do, isn't that better? I try and raise the bar every time I do a movie, and a part of that is not to repeat yourself. It's an internal ego, not an external ego. [2015]
25 Blade Runner (1982), was a disaster. It didn't play. People didn't get it. I was way ahead, is what I think it was. I knew it was really good. I just thought, "What the hell? They just don't get it." That was when I learned to move on and not read press. Don't read press. You can't read press - it'll destroy you. [2015]
26 I don't really stop. Whatever I do, I'm on. But it's life isn't it? We're not here for that long. I don't feel vulnerable in any way. I'm lucky in that I'm in good health and the brain's still going. No, seriously! A lot of it is how you look after yourself, but a lot of it is also luck. Flat out luck. So working, in a funny kind of way, is a health factor. I think it's healthier. My dad retired five years younger than me. Retirees are retiring at 50. 60. What the hell are you going to do? I don't know. Pff! It's unthinkable for me to retire. That's why I love Clint [Eastwood], who's in his 80s and has already finished his next movie. God, he's faster than I am! [2015]
27 [on Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)] I can't mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I'm just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn't even come up.
28 People say a good score is when you don't notice it. I say bullshit. I'm very conscious of a good score and I'm very conscious of a bad score. And anyone who says that simply doesn't know music.
29 I'm a yarnteller. My job is to engage you as much as I can and as often as I can. I love the process and still continue to adore the process, actually. I don't get attached to anything. I'm like a good antique dealer. I'm prepared to sell my most valuable table.
30 [on Blade Runner (1982)] I've never spent so much time with a writer. That was the real evolution of the story.
31 [on Blade Runner (1982)'s Final Cut] Like watching the film as it should have been 25 years ago in the theatres but with a better sound mix.
32 [on Blade Runner (1982)] I'm curious about doing a sequel. There's something in the android that lived.
33 [on the source novel of Blade Runner (1982), Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"] It almost bears no relation at all. I met with Philip and he was angry, because I told him I couldn't get through the book. I thought I'd better repair this, so I invited him to see rushes and he was absolutely stunned by them.
34 [on Prometheus (2012)] When the first Alien (1979) movie and Blade Runner (1982) were made. I thought that in the near future the world would be owned by large companies. That's why we have the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner (1982) and Weyland-Yutani in Alien (1979). They sent the Nostromo spaceship. The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, who is played by Guy Pearce. That's the connection between the two films, and nothing more.
35 Avatar (2009), when you think about it, is almost a completely animated movie.
36 [on his recreation of the trench sequence in Paths of Glory (1957) as a student] Yes, I made this...this was in the 60s with the BBC. Of course it was never aired, Kubrick would sue me, but I've always had tremendous respect for him.
37 I used to agonize over what to do next, but now I make a movie a year.
38 I think Russell [Crowe] did brilliantly in A Good Year (2006). He and I loved that film and Fox loved it and then they didn't know what to do and we got beaten up. Russell got beaten up mercilessly, which I thought was disgraceful because I genuinely thought we had done a good movie about a man in transition which is also quite funny. And what's really irritating and annoying is that I kept getting told later by actors, journalists, people outside of the industry, how much they enjoyed it. So anyway, fuck 'em. It was a good film.
39 I think I have less patience, mainly because I'm so experienced. Because I'm so experienced I need the very best people around me. Because people say, "Well you don't need a terribly good camera" or, "You can go and do this," and I say, "No, no, no, no, you don't understand. I want the Earth. And I want the Earth in 10 minutes."
40 I'm not criticizing Hollywood because I work there, I partly live there. But I'm saying this is the way it is, commerce is taking over art. Commerce has become the most important thing in the film industry. Hollywood is an industry, it's not an art form, therefore they have to address the bottom line. But in a way it's sad when you get a remake, isn't it?
41 I think movies are getting dumber, actually. Where it used to be 50/50, now it's 3% good, 97% stupid.
42 Never let yourself be seen in public unless they pay for it.
43 I think it's remarkable that people will give you $10 million to go and get your rocks off.
44 The person that probably stopped me in my tracks as a child - because I used to love to go to the cinema - was David Lean with Great Expectations (1946). I thought everything was somehow better than most of the other movies in terms of the way it looked - the way it was dramatized and the way it was photographed. In fact, he was detailed from corner to corner and that is what I picked up with John Ford and then Kurosawa [Akira Kurosawa], then Carol Reed, Michael Powell - those were all the fundamental characters at that time - and Orson Welles, of course. There are Frenchmen, too, of course, who will be remembered as well, but I wasn't open to the French cinema at that point, so it was American and English film directors. So those were the influences.
45 The fundamental of anything as a director is material, material, material - script, script, script - once you have the script everything else is straightforward.
46 [screenwriter William Monahan] is maybe one of the two best writers I have ever worked with and I am developing something with him now that will take us back to Muslim countries next year. It's called "Tripoli", is set in 1805 and is about the bad behavior of Pasha of Tripoli, who was kidnapping ships, particularly American ships, and demanding ransoms while Jefferson was broke, having emptied his coffers of $11 million to complete the Louisiana Purchase from Napoleon, who needed the money to feed his army. It is a fascinating period. [2006]
47 The digital and theatrical markets are two different marketplaces. I think the digital marketplace - thank God for it! - is like having a book on the shelf: so you can actually go to that book and if it's four hours long, you can put it on pause, you can have a beer - no one's counting.
48 We're suffering from saturation, overkill. The marketplace is flooded by demand, and there are too many films, so everything gets watered down. Demand is the boss and everything bends to that will. Bigger and not necessarily better shows seem to be the order of the day. I can't watch most of them. [August 2005]
49 Audiences are less intrigued, honestly, by battle. They're more intrigued by human relations. If you're making a film about the trappings of the period, and you're forgetting that human relationships are the most engaging part of the storytelling process, then you're in trouble.
50 Balian [Orlando Bloom's character in Kingdom of Heaven (2005)] is an agnostic, just like me. I am not fighting another holy war here, I am trying to get across the fact that not everyone in the West is a good guy, and not all Muslims are bad. The tragedy is that we still have a lack of understanding between us, and it is 900 years since the Crusades. We have never truly resolved our differences.
51 When I first said I wanted to make a film about Rome and cast Russell Crowe, everyone had a good old snigger. I thought, "You wait." They've done the same with Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and Orlando Bloom. I now say, "Take a look at this.".
52 A friend of mine says, "Art's like a shark. You've got to keep swimming, or else you drown." Keep bouncing around. People always ask me, "What's the plan?" There is no plan. I go to what fascinates me next.
53 I'm a moviemaker, not a documentarian. I try to hit the truth.
54 [on why his movies don't have sex scenes] Sex is boring unless you're doing it.

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1 Main characters are often on a mission; adventurers; in a foreign land that turns hostile or they are challenged to adapt to the circumstances.
2 Frequently uses fast shutter speeds during action scenes.
3 When showing graphic violence, he tends to use very brief shots that cut away quickly.
4 Often utilizes a light blue tint that contrasts black silhouettes, e.g. G.I. Jane (1997), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), Matchstick Men (2003) and Kingdom of Heaven (2005).
5 Sweeping landscapes or backdrops - sometimes with a close-up of a character's face in the foreground - for example in Gladiator (2000) and Kingdom of Heaven (2005).
6 Does not use wide lenses very often; he tends towards longer focal lengths.
7 Is called the father of "director's cut". Scott was one of the first directors to re-release a director's cut in theaters and, because of the great success of his new version of Blade Runner (1982), made the concept popular among directors and audiences. Since then Scott has released many more director's cuts or extended versions of his films, but mostly on DVD / BluRay.
8 Usually casts/works with actors who have a strong theatre background and are graduates of drama school. He likes to be personally involved with the casting of his movies as well.
9 Frequently casts Russell Crowe (Gladiator (2000), A Good Year (2006), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008) and Robin Hood (2010)).
10 Begins most films with an info card sequence or montage (Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001)).
11 Frequently uses music by composers Hans Zimmer and Marc Streitenfeld.
12 Being the actors' director that he is, Scott favors extensive use of the two-camera 'V' set-up, thus enabling his actors to play more fluidly off one another without being constantly interrupted by calls to "Cut!".
13 [Strong female characters] This includes Sigourney Weaver in Alien (1979), Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in Thelma & Louise (1991), Alison Lohman in Matchstick Men (2003), all the female characters in A Good Year (2006), Cate Blanchett and Eileen Atkins in Robin Hood (2010), Noomi Rapace in _Prometheus (2012)_, Jessica Chastain in The Martian (2015) and even the female athlete in the Superbowl commercial "1984" for Apple.
14 [Stunning visuals] He personally sketches most of his own storyboards, left-handed, with great artistic style (The Duellists (1977), Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Legend (1985), Black Rain (1989), Thelma & Louise (1991), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008)).
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