"Gilbert's work truly stands the test of time," said George Lucas, via StarWars.com.
"I had long admired his work on films such as 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Dr. Strangelove' and I had the privilege of working with him on 'Star Wars.' He was a true expert in his craft. Gilbert's inspired work will live on in the many films he contributed to throughout his long career."
In an interview with Star Wars News Blog, Taylor said he wanted to give "Star Wars" a unique visual style that distinguished it from other movies.
"I wanted 'Star Wars' to have clarity because I think space isn't out of focus, also I was mindful that there was an enormous amount of process work to be done in America with [John] Dykstra after we had finished shooting in England, and a crisp result would help this process," he said.