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#1 David Allen Grove SOC

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 03:58 PM

James Livingston just gave me the sad news that Ed Di Giulio passed away yesterday on June 4th. He will be missed by many.

Please visit this direct link to the Guild Web site about Ed's Accomplishments.



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Posted 05 June 2004 - 06:56 PM

Ed's sense of humor, his unflagging desire to innovate and his enormous generosity will be sadly missed. He introduced many people, myself included, into the film industry and supported them when they struck out on their own. He was instrumental in getting Clairmont Camera started by extending Denny Clairmont the credit he needed to buy his start-up equipment. It was a great pity that the company Ed founded and poured so much of his life into was mismanaged and ruined by a bunch of soulless suits who saw it only as source of profit, and when it didn't meet their desires, discarded it like trash in the process squandering the good will Ed had spent decades building.

He will be missed. I fear we may not see his like again.

Jim Bartell, Director of Electrical Engineering
Cinema Products Corporation, 1990-1997
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#3 James Livingston

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Posted 05 June 2004 - 07:20 PM

When I came to CP in the late 80's I was just happy to get a tech job in the entertainment business. It was only later I discovered who I actually worked with...

Ed was my greatest mentor. He showed me there is a kinder way to do business and that taking care of people was what it was all about. I am often complimented on how I have taken care of this community. You have Ed to thank for instilling this passion in me.

I will greatly miss our conversations and his guidance.

Ed...Thank you,

James Livingston
Cinema Products Corporation 1988 - 2000
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Posted 06 June 2004 - 10:59 PM

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Ed even though I had a feeling about it. As I am sitting here watching the Lakers play for for a championship I can't help thinking about him, as he was a big LA sports fan and if he was coming to work on Monday we would be hashing out what happened in the game played today.
Jim and James were right he was a mentor to all of us and the way he treated people who moved on from CP was always unbelievable. He would always try and help them out no matter what the circumstances they left CP. He was very loyal to everybody who came in contact with him. He taught me so much I can't even tell you. He always backed me up, no matter what the situation. Just ask Bob Auguste, Max Penner, Lyn Taylor, John Jurgens, or GB, how loyal this guy could be.
I just want to tell you one story that he told me that always made me laugh. Back in his days living in Brooklyn, his mother was giving him shit about the way he was dressing and acting, she looks out the window and asks him why he didn'nt act and dress more like the young man that was walking by his house dressed to the hilt and working his ass off. Ed goes over to the window and looks who she was talking about and guess who it was? It was Mafia boss Carlo Gambino's son. That always makes me laugh when I think about it.
He was one of a kind and I will always think about what he did for me in many ways. I have many instances and memories of him and I thank him.

Marty Joseph

Cinema Products Corporation 1979-2000
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#5 Garrett Brown

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Posted 07 June 2004 - 07:19 AM

Dear Ed,

We in the fraternity of Steadicam owe you more than can be expressed. In 1974 you welcomed an outsider to Hollywood and embraced his improbable contraption. You gave it its name and sent it out into the world to change the way movies are made. Your integrity and warmth and wit and innovative zeal have been a beacon ever since. You will be with us as long as cameras move.

I miss you...

Garrett Brown
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Posted 07 June 2004 - 01:20 PM

For those of you unlucky enough not to have known Ed, here are some links to articles covering the mind-boggling range of projects he was involved in:

Special Lenses for Kubrick on Barry Lyndon

Dalsa HD camera

HD Telecine

Not to mention:

The CP-16, the most widely used film news camera by far
First crystal controlled camera ever
Pioneer in Keykode for editing

And many, many more. Unfortunately a lot of Ed's achievements predated the Internet so there are no on-line article about them.

Jim Bartell
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Posted 09 June 2004 - 01:31 AM

Ed was quite a guy, and he impacted the lives of more people than most mortals could ever hope to touch. Sometimes this was through his own vision, and sometimes it was because he saw in another person's inspiration what no one else could or would see.

Ed could get just as excited about your ideas as he would about his own.

It was a great pleasure to know him, and it was an honor to have worked for and with him.

God Bless Ed Di Giulio.
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