Douglas Trumbull has contributed to some of the most significant science fiction epics in cinematic history. His work with Graphic Films on the New York World’s Fair exhibition documentary To The Moon and Beyond caught the attention of Stanley Kubrick in 1964, and he soon joined the production of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Once onboard the production, Trumbull worked his way from designing the computer screen animations on the Discovery to concocting the film’s most memorable moment — the Star Gate sequence — which required the development of slit-scan photography. That alone would elevate any creative to legendary status, but from there Trumbull went on as special photographic effects supervisor on The Andromeda Strain, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Blade Runner. Along the way, he also directed numerous films, including Silent Running and Brainstorm, and developed numerous technological advancements within the industry.
We do not take the opportunity to talk with Trumbull over the phone lightly. Without his input, the landscape of cinema would appear radically different. His insight on the industry is incredible, and he is actively engaged in today’s process of elevating the theatrical experience. As the delivery system for movies evolves, the filmmaker worries that we’re losing the emotional power of a 70mm Cinerama epic. There is no home for The Star Gate in mall multiplexes or on your iPhone, and the result is modern films that cannot be bothered with lingering feasts of cosmic thought. This is worrisome.
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