Academy Award Winning Visual Effects Pioneer and Filmmaker
Douglas Trumbull was one of the Special Photographic Effects Supervisors for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). He went on to become the Visual Effects Supervisor for such classics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), and Blade Runner (1982), each of which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.
He directed Silent Running (1972), Brainstorm (1983), Back to the Future…The Ride (1991) and numerous other special format films.
He is the recent recipient of the coveted Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Society of Cinematographers and the Visual Effects Society, for his outstanding contributions in the field of filmmaking.
Douglas has devoted recent years toward a goal of improving the cinema experience by reimagining the format, frame rate, resolution, and projected screen image field of view in order to enable a more immersive cinema experience. This work has been underway at Trumbull Studios in the Berkshires, and includes a new kind of all-digital cinema experience in his prefabricated theater concept called the Magi Pod, exploring 2D and 3D in 4K resolution at 120 frames per second.
Trumbull is continuing to write and perform photographic experiments toward a goal to develop motion picture projects combining his new technologies with his groundbreaking filmmaking magic. He is presently developing a feature science fiction project that he plans to direct.