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13 Powerful Facts About Ridley Scott

1. Scott is known for his atmospheric, highly concentrated visual style. Though his films range widely in setting and period, they frequently showcase memorable imagery of urban environments, whether 2nd century Rome , or the future cityscapes of Blade Runner.

2. Scott was born in South Shields in County Durham, North East England, He was brought up in an army family, so for most of his early life, his father – an officer in the Royal Engineers – was absent.

3. His elder brother, Frank, joined the Merchant Navy when he was still young and the pair had little contact.

4. During this time the family moved around, living in Cumberland, Wales and Germany.

5. He had a younger brother, Tony, who also became a film director.

6. After the Second World War, the Scott family moved back to their native North East, eventually settling on Greens Beck Road in Hartburn, County Durham, whose industrial landscape would later inspire similar scenes in Blade Runner.

7. Scott went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London, contributing to college magazine ARK and helping to establish the college film department.

8. For his final show, he made a black and white short film, Boy and Bicycle, starring both his younger brother and his father .

9. In February 1963 Scott was named in title credits as “Designer” for the BBC television programme Tonight, about the severe winter of 1963.

10. After graduation in 1963, he secured a job as a trainee set designer with the BBC, leading to work on the popular television police series Z-Cars and science fiction series Out of the Unknown.

11. He was originally assigned to design the second Doctor Who serial, The Daleks, which would have entailed realising the famous alien creatures.

12. However, shortly before Scott was due to start work, a schedule conflict meant he was replaced by Raymond Cusick. In 1965, he began directing episodes of television series for the BBC, only one of which, an episode of Adam Adamant Lives!, is available commercially.

13. Five members of the Scott family are directors, and all have worked for RSA. His brother Tony was a successful film director whose career spanned more than two decades; his sons Jake and Luke are both acclaimed directors of commercials, as is his daughter, Jordan Scott.

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