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Robert William Paynter BSC (12 March 1928 – 20 October 2010) was an English cinematographer.[1]

Robert Paynter
Robert William Paynter

(1928-03-12)March 12, 1928
DiedOctober 20, 2010(2010-10-20) (aged 82)

After leaving the Mercers' School in the City of London at the age of 15, Paynter entered the film industry as a camera trainee with the Government Film Department.

He is widely known for his collaboration with John Landis and Michael Winner.

Significant collaborationsEdit

With John LandisEdit

Paynter worked with director John Landis on five films: An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Thriller, Into the Night and Spies Like Us. Paynter helped to create a "pop" comic book-style for American Werewolf, Thriller and Into the Night.[2] He also made a cameo in three Landis' productions: Into the Night (as Security Guard), Spies like Us (as Dr. Gill) and Burke and Hare.

With Michael WinnerEdit

Winner collaborated on 10 films with Paynter (from 1969 to 1984), including: The Big Sleep (1978) and Scream for Help (1984).




  1. ^ Obituary London Daily Telegraph, 23 October 2010. [1]
  2. ^ Robert Paynter on IMDb

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