Douglas Trumbull

Special effects supervisor, Director, Inventor
Douglas Trumbull was a visionary master of visual effects, whose work both changed the industry standard and stood the test of time for decades to come. Trumbull first gained acclaim for with his groundbreaking work on ... Read more »
Born: 04/07/1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Visual Effects & Animation (7)

The Tree of Life 2011 (Movie)

Visual Effects Consultant (Visual Effects)

Blade Runner 1982 (Movie)

(Special Effects Supervisor)

Star Trek: the Motion Picture 1979 (Movie)

special effects photography director (Special Effects)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (Movie)

special photographic effects supervisor (Effects Supervisor)

The Borrowers 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Special Effects

The Andromeda Strain 1971 (Movie)

(Special Effects)

2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 (Movie)

special photographic effects supervisor (Effects Supervisor)
Director (3)

Leonardo's Dream 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Brainstorm 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Silent Running 1971 (Movie)

(Director)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Silent Running 1971 (Movie)

special effects photography (Photography)

Candy 1968 (Movie)

(opening and closing sequences) (Photography)
Producer (2)

Brainstorm 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Starlost 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (2)

The Real History of Science Fiction 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Biography

Douglas Trumbull was a visionary master of visual effects, whose work both changed the industry standard and stood the test of time for decades to come. Trumbull first gained acclaim for with his groundbreaking work on Stanley Kubrick's Oscar-winning sci-fi epic, "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968). He went on to perform similar chores on the adaptation of Michael Crichton's "The Andromeda Strain" (1971) before being handed the directing reigns of the cult space adventure "Silent Running" (1972). After creating stunning imagery for Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979), Trumbull proved instrumental in crafting the look of the futuristic masterpiece "Blade Runner" (1982) for director Ridley Scott. Trumbull's second directorial effort, the intriguing techno-thriller "Brainstorm" (1983), was nearly shelved by the studio after star Natalie Wood drowned just prior to the film's completion. Frustrated by the constraints of the industry, he left Hollywood to focus on work for several popular theme park attractions, including Universal Studio's "Back to the Future... The Ride" and other immersive entertainment experiences using his innovative Showscan film-projection technology. Offering Trumbull a creative freedom he had not enjoyed since his days with Kubrick, director Terrence Malick brought him back nearly 30 years later to consult on his sweeping examination of humanity, "The Tree of Life" (2011). Arguably creating some of the most memorable and astonishing images ever put on film, Trumbull's achievements were all the more remarkable for being accomplished without the use of digital technology.

Relationships

Elizabeth Trumbull

Sister
born in 1937

Susan Trumbull

Sister
born in 1939

Milestones

1994

Purchased IMAX Corporation; named vice chairman

1983

Debut as film producer, "Brainstorm" (also directed)

1977

Served as special visual effects supervisor on Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"

1976

Created the first simulator theater at his Future General company

1973

Provided special effects for "The Borrowers", a children's fantasy broadcast on the "Hallmark Hall of Fame"

1970

Debut as film director, "Silent Running" (also special effects photography)

1968

First film work: photographed opening and closing sequences for film, "Candy"

Provided special-venue entertainment for the Luxor Pyramid in Las Vegas

Invented the widescreen Showscan system, in which a 70mm film is projected at 60 frames per second to create a "hyper-real" visual sensory experience

Illustrated training films for the US Armed Forces

Directed the ride film for the Universal Studios attraction "Back to the Future: The Ride" in OMNIMAX

Directed Showscan short films, "New Magic", "Let's Go", "Big Ball", "Leonardo's Dream", "Night of the Dreams", and "Chevy Collector"

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