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Alien Cinematographer Derek Van Lint Dies

Canadian cinematographer Derek Vanlint, who worked primarily as a leading television commercial director, was chosen by director Ridley Scott to handle the cinematography for his darkly brooding 1979 sci-fi/horror film Alien.  Vanlint subsequently served as director of photography for the 1981 fantasy film Dragonslayer.  He also directed miniature photography for the 2000 X-Men film, and directed and photographed the 2000 crime thriller The Spreading Ground starring Dennis Hopper.

Vanlint died in Toronto, Canada, after a brief illness on February 23, 2010, at age 78.

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