Douglas Huntley Trumbull (born April 8, 1942) is an American film director, special effects supervisor, and inventor.
He worked on the development of psychedelic animation for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick.
In 1971, he directed his first film Silent Running which used the visual and mechanical techniques developed for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
He then contributed these effects to the films Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Star Trek: The Movie (1979). In 1981, he was the visual effects supervisor for Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner.
In 1983, he produced a second feature film, Brainstorm, for which he developed the Showscan process which improves sharpness and brightness of an image.
He has also developed a lot of visual and mechanical systems for amusement parks.
After spending nearly thirty years away from Hollywood, Trumbull contributed to special effects work on Terrence Malick's 2011 film The Tree of Life.
He was nominated for five Oscars and received a Life-time achievement Oscar.
Unreleased project :
The short Let's Go (1985) filmed with Showscan process.
INTERVIEW WITH DOUGLAS TRUMBULL
As part of the publication of episode 7 of Fond Memories on Brainstorm, we publish this interview with director Douglas Trumbull which was conducted by Didier Leprêtre and originally published in Dreams Magazine in 1996. What do you remember about Brainstorm 15 years later ? I remember a long and difficult job. Brainstorm took up more than 5 years of my life. I started working on it in 1978 and it was only released in 1983. Tragedy struck when Natalie Wood died at the end of 1981 [29/11/81] under the circumstances that you know. I remember that we only had a few
FOND MEMORIES #7: 1983 - KRULL AND BRAINSTORM
Fond Memories is our step-by-step overview of James Horner’s career. We aim for it to be as comprehensive as possible. If you have additional information that is relevant to this episode, please do not hesitate to contact us. This seventh episode covers the year 1983 and especially Brainstorm and Krull, two early highlights of James Horner’s career. This episode covers the following scores: Krull (1983) Brainstorm (1983) The success of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (see episode 6) and 48 HRS, the two movies entrusted to the young James Horner by Joel Sill, vice-president of Paramount Pictures’ music department, were seminal influences in
CONVERSATION WITH JAMES HORNER
"If you build it he will come ..." Just like Ray Kinsella, the character played by Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, a voice (or rather my intuition) led me to create the Association and the James Horner Film Music website. Every minute, every hour spent working for this project was partly guided by an objective I held close in my heart: publish a new, previously unreleased conversation with James Horner. I gave myself five years to get there. Next January we will celebrate four years of JHFM... Unlike the composer, who never listens again to his old music and who never