Douglas Trumbull, 1942-2022

One of the undisputed masters of special effects during the celluloid film era has passed away.

From “2001” to “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” with “Blade Runner” and so many other titles added for impact, if it looked other worldly and spectacular, chances are Trumbull came up with the effects.

The future wizard of FX and “Close Encounters” genius was second generation Hollywood, the son of “Wizard of Oz” FX man Donald Trumbull.

There’s imagery in films like “Brainstorm” that will pop your eyes out, even today. That was the movie Natalie Wood was about to finish when she drowned.

He invented stuff and directed a cult film that may be Bruce Dern’s finest hour, the sentimental and moving environmental epic “Silent Running.”

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Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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