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||April 8, 1942
||Cause of Death:
||Los Angeles, California, USA
||Profession: ||Visual Effects
RATE AND COMMENT
Debut as film director, "Silent Running" (also special effects photography)
Directed Showscan short films, "New Magic", "Let's Go", "Big Ball", "Leonardo's Dream", "Night of the Dreams", and "Chevy Collector"
Purchased IMAX Corporation; named vice chairman
Provided special effects for "The Borrowers", a children's fantasy broadcast on the "Hallmark Hall of Fame"
Debut as film producer, "Brainstorm" (also directed)
Directed the ride film for the Universal Studios attraction "Back to the Future: The Ride" in OMNIMAX
First film work: photographed opening and closing sequences for film, "Candy"
Provided special-venue entertainment for the Luxor Pyramid in Las Vegas
Created the first simulator theater at his Future General company
Illustrated training films for the US Armed Forces
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
Served as special visual effects supervisor on Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"