Scott Bartlett

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Scott Bartlett
Died(1990-09-29)September 29, 1990
San Francisco, United States
Known forExperimental film

Scott Bartlett (1943 – September 29, 1990 in San Francisco, CA) was one of the premiere abstract/experimental cinematic artists of the late 1960s and the 1970s. His acclaimed work, such as his intense abstract 16mm movie Moon 1969, is greatly admired by many movie directors, including Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. His notable abstract movies and visual avant-garde motion pictures includes Serpent, Medina, Metanomen, Lovemaking, and the poignant interior documentary 1970.[1] His 1967-1972 experiment OffOn, shot on 16mm, was groundbreaking for its use of new video imagery technologies.[2][3]

Late career[edit]

His science fiction epic feature "Interface" was in pre-production for many years, having completed a pre-visualization version starring a then unknown William Hurt. The project was canceled during one of the many difficult periods for Francis Coppola's Zoetrope Studios. He continued to work in various artistic endeavors and was regularly consulted by special effects crews for large Hollywood movies including Altered States, and George Lucas hired him to create the "montage design" for the sequel More American Graffiti.

Personal life[edit]

He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Scott Bartlett was married to filmmaker Freude Bartlett with whom he had a son, Adam. They were divorced. He died of complications from a kidney and liver transplant.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Metanomen (1966)[5]
  • OffOn (1968)-National Film Registry inductee[6]
  • A Trip to the Moon (1968),[7] black and white, 33 minutes
  • Moon 1969 (1969),[8] color 15 minutes
  • Standup And Be Counted (with Freude Bartlett) (1969) color, 3 minutes.
  • Medina (1972)[9]
  • Heavy Metal (1979)[10]
  • The Making of OffOn (1980)[11]
  • Find Your Place (1990)[12]


  1. ^ The films of Scott Bartlett (VHS tape, 1987)
  2. ^ OffOn on WFMU's Beware of the Blog
  3. ^ Offon — Scott Bartlett-Underground Film Journal
  4. ^ "Scott Bartlett Film Maker, 47". The New York Times. 1990-10-10. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  5. ^ Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947-1986 (Image Entertainment)·Senses of Cinema
  6. ^ “The Uncensored Cortex”: Psychedelia and American Avant-garde Film in the 1960s
  7. ^ "A Trip to the Moon". Film-Makers’ Coop. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  8. ^ The films of Scott Bartlett (VHS tape, 1987)
  9. ^ Underground Film Yearbook:1972-Underground Film Journal
  10. ^ MoMA
  11. ^ The films of Scott Bartlett (VHS tape, 1987)
  12. ^ Pacific Film Archive (VHS tape)-listed as Hot Tub Man (soundtrack), images by Scott Bartlett
  • Youngblood, Gene. Expanded Cinema. E. P. Dutton & Co., New York 1973,
  • Michael Goodwin and Naomi Wise, On the Edge: The Life and Times of Francis Coppola. William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (November 1989)

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