You are here

Douglas Trumbull

Director, Visual Effects Supervisor, Inventor
8 April 1942 to 7 February 2022

A visual effects supervisor and director, who worked on some of the greatest science fiction films ever made. He is perhaps best known for creating the groundbreaking ‘stargate’ sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), but he also worked on, among others, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and Blade Runner (1982), all of which earned him Oscar nominations, the latter adding a BAFTA nomination, too. While best known for his innovative VFX work, Trumbull also directed two well-regarded feature films, Silent Running (1972) and Brainstorm (1983), as well as several shorts. He won two technical Oscars: in 1993, the Scientific and Engineering Award (shared with Robert Auguste) for jointly creating the CP-65 Showscan Camera System; and in 2012, the Gordon E Sawyer Award, which honours individuals who have made extraordinary and lasting technological contributions to the film industry.

Read Douglas Trumbull's Guardian obituary

Read Douglas Trumbull's Telegraph obituary

Read Douglas Trumbull's New York Times obituary

Read Douglas Trumbull's Variety obituary