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