Academy’s Sawyer kudo goes to Trumbull

FX pioneer will receive award at Sci-Tech ceremomy Feb. 11

Visual-effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull will receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award at the Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony Feb. 11 at the Beverly Wilshire, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors announced Wednesday.

The award, an Oscar statuette, will be presented to Trumbull for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the motion picture industry.

Trumbull’s visual-effects work has appeared in such films as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Andromeda Strain,” “Silent Running,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Star Trek — The Motion Picture,” “Blade Runner” and “The Tree of Life.”

In the course of his work, Trumbull created, developed or improved numerous filmmaking techniques and tools. These include slit-scan photography, process photography, miniature compositing, interpositive matte painting, large-format filming, high-frame rate photography and projection, synchronized multi-scale filming, motion control photography, virtual reality systems, interactive motion simulators and digital cinema. He has been awarded more than a dozen related patents.

In 1975 Trumbull founded Future General Corporation, a research and special effects house that not only served as a training ground for many leading filmmakers and visual effects artists, but fostered several related companies as well.

Trumbull has earned three Academy Award nominations for Visual Effects and received a Scientific and Engineering Award in 1992 as part of the design team for the CP-65 Showscan Camera System for 65mm motion picture photography.