Jump to content


Sad news re: Bob Ulland

  • Please log in to reply
31 replies to this topic

#1 Charles Papert

Charles Papert

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 2208 posts
  • Los Angeles

Posted 16 February 2009 - 02:57 PM

I have received news that Bob Ulland has passed away from complications relating to illness.
  • 0

#2 Andrew Jansen

Andrew Jansen

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 104 posts

Posted 16 February 2009 - 03:04 PM

I have received news that Bob Ulland has passed away from complications relating to illness.

Sorry to hear that he was one of my heroes when I was getting into this game 18 odd years ago in Florida...
  • 0

#3 nick franco

nick franco

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 256 posts
  • San Fernando, CA

Posted 16 February 2009 - 03:20 PM

Oh hell.
  • 0

#4 RonBaldwin


    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 2351 posts
  • Los Angeles

Posted 16 February 2009 - 03:23 PM

I didn't know him peronally, but that's horrible. Getting into this business his pictures on the back cover of ASC Mag was always something I looked forward to.

  • 0

#5 Sean Jensen

Sean Jensen

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 54 posts
  • Canada

Posted 16 February 2009 - 05:04 PM

Sad to hear that.

Some 20+ years ago, when I was young, stupid and just falling in love with that machine we all love to talk about, I gave Bob a call to ask him about Steadicam. Called that number on the back of American Cinematographer. I probably came off as a dumb kid but he still took the time to talk and answer my questions. Since then I've had quite a successful career with the Steadicam. I never met him in person but he definitely inspired me in my fledgeling career.

Cheers Bob & thanks

  • 0

#6 Erwin Landau

Erwin Landau

    Advanced Member

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPip
  • 1699 posts
  • TBD

Posted 16 February 2009 - 07:46 PM

Very sorry to hear that...

We kept running into each other at GPI... which was rare in it's self...


Attached Files

  • 0

#7 Alec Jarnagin SOC

Alec Jarnagin SOC

    Advanced Member

  • Moderators
  • PipPipPip
  • 1776 posts
  • New York City, USA

Posted 16 February 2009 - 09:13 PM

Crap, crap, crap!!! Never met him either, but loved his work & knew those ASC ads rather well myself.

RIP Bob.
  • 0

#8 Michael Stumpf

Michael Stumpf

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 490 posts
  • U.S.

Posted 16 February 2009 - 09:23 PM

I met him once about 9 years ago.
That's a bummer to hear of his passing.
  • 0

#9 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 2922 posts
  • LA, Ca

Posted 16 February 2009 - 10:25 PM

Oh man this sucks.
  • 0

#10 Lawrence Karman

Lawrence Karman

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 878 posts

Posted 16 February 2009 - 11:53 PM

That's bad news. May he rest in peace.
  • 0

#11 Mike McGowan SOC

Mike McGowan SOC

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 610 posts
  • Miami, Florida, USA

Posted 17 February 2009 - 02:10 AM

:( I worked as a 2nd ac on a few shows he operated on. He was a really cool guy. He was pretty good friends with my father (who passed away a few months ago) so I would imagine they are kicking back and enjoying a cold one together right about now.

He'll be missed...
  • 0

#12 David Allen Grove SOC

David Allen Grove SOC

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 870 posts
  • Los Angeles, California,

Posted 17 February 2009 - 12:20 PM

I hate doing these....very sad.

Bob Ulland is now in the SG website in the memoriam pages..

I scanned a few of his awesome Ad's from ASC magazines I had laying around in my garage.

I've also added a new BLOG to the SG website, so if anyone would like to write a few words on the BLOG,
I think it would be a nice tribute to him.

I was a big fan of his work.

  • 0

#13 Brant S. Fagan SOC

Brant S. Fagan SOC

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 403 posts
  • Charlestown, New Hampshire, USA

Posted 17 February 2009 - 02:31 PM

Once again, this community is saddened to learn of the passing of a brother operator.

I had the pleasure of meeting Bob years ago while teaching a Workshop out in Malibu. A kind and truly creative individual with an infectious smile and a quick wit.

When he pulled up in the parking lot, we were running the class through the vehicle drills and I had a group out with the pickup truck and Garfield mount. He waved me over to his car and while popping the trunk lid, he asked "Hey, you wanna buy some Steadicam parts?" Then he pulled back a cloth covering an assortment of stuff including a Donkey Box and other trinkets. I quickly looked around, like the Aluminum Police might happen along at any moment, and indicated that the DBox and some other anodized bits would be just what I needed. After settling up, we enjoyed discussing various Steadicam stories and other bits of life over some cold refreshing beverages.

Bob will be missed by all that knew him, either directly or from those famous ads on Cover 4 of the ASC magazine.

I would say he had a bit of the "Captain" in those poses!
  • 0

#14 Matt Petrosky

Matt Petrosky

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 190 posts
  • Los Angeles, CA

Posted 17 February 2009 - 04:00 PM

Sad news.

I certainly remember the ads and his credits speak for themselves.

Rest in peace...

  • 0

#15 Alfeo Dixon SOC

Alfeo Dixon SOC

    Advanced Member

  • Sustaining Members
  • 756 posts
  • Atlanta

Posted 17 February 2009 - 04:10 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Bob back in 2006 on Madea's Family Reunion. He was a very kindhearted man and full of great stories. Bob will be truly missed by all.
  • 0

GPI Pro Systems


Boland Communications


Camera Motion Research

Varizoom Follow Focus

PLC Electronics Solutions

rebotnix Technologies

Paralinx LLC


PLC - Bartech

Ritter Battery

Betz Tools for Stabilizers

Omnishot Systems

Wireless Video Systems