Farewell to Douglas Trumbull, the special effects wizard was 79 years old

US director Douglas Trumbull had seen things we humans couldn’t imagineshowed them to us and imprisoned us in our dreams of other realities. He was the man behind the special effects of Blade Runner and other milestones in science fiction cinema such as 2001 A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Trek: Trumbull died at the age of 79.

the announcement of the daughter on social networks

The announcement of the disappearance was made by the daughter: “My father died after a fierce battle with a brain tumor“, wrote Amy Trumbull on Facebook. Trumbull, added Amy and one can not disagree, was” an absolute genius and a magician “, able to imagine and create special effects that made him a pioneer in the cinema history.

Still very young, from 1966 to 68 he worked on special effects for the Oscar of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) by S. Kubrick, dealing with both the construction of models of spaceships and optical tricks, for which he developed a special camera ( the slit-scan camera, which allows an exposure time of one minute per frame), with which the final shots of the astronaut sucked into space are filmed. Later he signed other prestigious collaborations with S. Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1977), R. Wise (Star Trek, 1979) and R. Scott (Blade Runner, 1982) and made two feature films: 2002: the second Odyssey ( 1972), an ecological fiction film set on a spaceship populated by humanized plants and robots, and Brainstorm – Electronic Generation (1984), forerunner of the cyber trend, whose shooting was marred by the mysterious death of the protagonist N. Wood.