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Ridley scott. His life, his works, and more…. Early Life. Born in South Shields, Northumberland November 30, 1937 Lived in midst of World War II Traveled a lot throughout Europe Father’s job. Family. Two brothers Frank and Tony Different interests Tight knit family Personality of Mom

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ridley scott

Ridley scott

His life, his works, and more…

early life
Early Life
  • Born in South Shields, Northumberland
    • November 30, 1937
  • Lived in midst of World War II
  • Traveled a lot throughout Europe
    • Father’s job
  • Two brothers
    • Frank and Tony
    • Different interests
  • Tight knit family
  • Personality of Mom
    • His “driving force”
  • Tony’s suicide
  • Two marriages
  • Father encouraged artistic development
  • Attended London’s Royal College of Art
    • Helped found film department
  • Brother Tony followed

“Academically, we had no interest; we barely got through.”

- Tony Scott

personal qualities
Personal Qualities

“We are workaholics…Our drug of choice is work.”

- Tony Scott

  • Undeniable work ethic
  • Lots of perseverance
    • Very driven
start of career
Start of Career
  • Director of series on BBC
  • Developed RSA with Tony
    • Advertising
  • Star Wars success inspired him
    • Returned to sci-fi
    • Alien (1979)


Notable Movie Awards

  • Best First Feature
    • The Duelists
  • Nominated for best director 10 times
  • Gladiator
    • 5 Oscars
  • Thelma and Louise
    • 1 Oscar
  • Black Hawk Down
    • 2 Oscars
gladiator 2000
Gladiator (2000)

A betrayed Roman general seeks revenge as a gladiator

main characters
Main Characters
  • Russell Crowe as Maximus
  • Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus
  • Oliver Reed as Proximo
  • Connie Nielsen as Lucilla
other details
Other Details



  • Commodus not appointed as heir to Roman throne
  • Maximus’ family killed
  • Maximus sent to fight to death as gladiator
  • Demonstration of leadership, hard work
video clip
Video Clip


american gangster 2007
American Gangster (2007)

Based on a true story, an outcast detective diligently works to bring down Frank Lucas’ drug empire in 1970s America.

main characters1
Main Characters
  • Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas
  • Russell Crowe as Richie Roberts
  • Josh Brolin as Detective Trupo
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor as Huey Lucas
other details1
Other Details



  • Lucas willing to go to any length to get money from drug sales
  • Illegal importing of drugs into America
  • Detective Roberts not seen as great cop
  • Hard work pays off
  • Even society’s most powerful are not safe from experiencing justice
video clip1
Video Clip


prometheus 2012
Prometheus (2012)

A team of explorers are led to the darkest corners of the universe in hopes of discovering the origin of mankind

main characters2
Main Characters
  • Noomi Rapace as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw
  • Michael Fassbender as David
  • Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers
  • Logan Marshall-Green as Dr. Charlie Holloway
other details2
Other Details



  • Seeking origin of human race could lead to our end
  • Danger of unknown mysteries
  • Passion takes one far
  • Not everything is as expected
video clip2
Video Clip


film synthesis
Film Synthesis

Patterns/similarities in all 3 films

  • Visuals
  • Camera angles
  • Landscapes and backdrops
  • Director’s cut
  • Lighting
  • Sketches own storyboards
    • Lots of style
  • Multiple cameras at once
  • Sweeping view of significant settings
  • Military/officer personalities
  • Main character driven to pursue goal
  • Actors with strong theatre background
  • Long, hard journeys
  • Experiences and dealings with setbacks
  • Achieving some kind of victory at end
    • Different for each film
  • Perseverance
    • Gladiator
      • Maximus continues with life and becomes gladiator to avenge family
    • American Gangster
      • No one believes in Ritchie Roberts, but he pursues powerful Frank Lucas
    • Prometheus
      • Ideas of Dr. Shaw and Holloway farfetched, but they continue on journey
  • Would definitely recommend to others
    • Visuals
      • Setting, camera angles
    • Details
      • Lighting, music
    • Strong characters
      • Their purpose
  • Career and film similarities:
    • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000631/bio
  • Early life:
    • http://www.biography.com/people/ridley-scott-9477021
  • Family info:
    • http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tony-scott-death-ridley-scott-interview-364528
  • Filmography and awards:
    • http://movies.nytimes.com/person/1548246/Ridley-Scott/biography