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Also Known As: Douglas Hunt Trumbull, Doug Trumbull Died:
Born: April 8, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: director, special effects supervisor, producer, inventor, director of ride films, director of photography

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Leonardo's Dream (1989) Director
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  Brainstorm (1983) Director
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  Silent Running (1972) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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Illustrated training films for the US Armed Forces
1968:
First film work: photographed opening and closing sequences for film, "Candy"
1971:
Debut as film director, "Silent Running" (also special effects photography)
1973:
Provided special effects for "The Borrowers", a children's fantasy broadcast on the "Hallmark Hall of Fame"
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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
1976:
Created the first simulator theater at his Future General company
1977:
Served as special visual effects supervisor on Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
1983:
Debut as film producer, "Brainstorm" (also directed)
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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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Directed the ride film for the Universal Studios attraction "Back to the Future: The Ride" in OMNIMAX
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Provided special-venue entertainment for the Luxor Pyramid in Las Vegas
1994:
Purchased IMAX Corporation; named vice chairman
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sister:
Elizabeth Trumbull. Born in 1937.
sister:
Susan Trumbull. Born in 1939.

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