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BOSPOAT - Best On Set Photo Of All Time: Last Shot Of The Last Movie Star

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 11, 2019

It was July 2018, just two months before we would lose one of the most prolific and popular actors of this generation—Burt Reynolds—and he was working right up until the end. Reynolds was being interviewed for a documentary called Movie Money CONFIDENTIAL. It explored the intersection of filmmaking and financing, particularly how to raise money for low-budget and independent movies. The production schedule was very tight, and the filmmakers weren’t sure they would be able to include Reynolds. He had been extremely busy promoting The Last Movie Star and prepping for Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood. Scott Dupont, PGA member and one of the producers, explains: “The last week of filming we got a call that Mr. Reynolds agreed, on two conditions—that the interview take place at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre and that his Master Class students be in attendance.”

So it was a moment when DuPont was slating for the cameras that another producer, Maggie Pamplin, captured this classic shot of Reynolds doing his interview. Sitting across from him was the director and a room full of the actor’s students. DuPont says, “His passion for teaching the next generation of filmmakers was palpable. Even with the large audience of students and crew during the interview, you could hear a pin drop.”

Growing up near Reynolds on Jupiter Island, Florida, DuPont always dreamed of working with the star. When the movie debuted, he summed up his feelings for the project, saying “I hope this new documentary will inspire and empower the next generation of filmmakers and hope that Buddy—as his friends called him—would be proud.”

This touching photo captures the actor doing what he loved best, performing and teaching. It’s a picture-perfect ending to a life well lived.

 


We know what you’re thinking. “Best of all time? No way. I’ve got an on-set photo way better than that.” If that’s the case, we dare you to prove it. Submit it to BOSPOAT@producersguild.org. Before you submit, please review the contest rules at producersguild.org/bospoat. Because no matter how great your photo is, we have no desire to get sued over it.

 

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