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Visual Effects Designer Douglas Trumbull to Receive Academy's Gordon E. Sawyer Award

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood January 11, 2012 at 4:26PM

The Academy will award Douglas Trumbull, the visionary behind some of the most significant visual effects innovations in recent film history, its Gorden E. Sawyer Award.
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The Academy will award Douglas Trumbull, the visionary behind some of the most significant visual effects innovations in recent film history, its Gorden E. Sawyer Award.

A director and inventor as well as a designer, Trumbull contributed to the groundbreaking visual effects work for "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Blade Runner" and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture."  He was nominated for three Oscars, and won a Scientific and Engineering Award in 1993 for his concept work on a 65mm motion picture camera.

Trumbull has over a dozen patents in his name, and developed or improved upon many of the filmmaking techniques that are standard in today's industry, among them miniature compositing, high frame rate photography and motion control photography.

The Gordon E. Sawyer Award is presented to an individual for his or her contributions to the technology of the industry.  Trumbull will receive his award at the Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony on February 11 at the Beverly Wilshire.  Portions of that event will be included in the main Oscar ceremony.

This article is related to: Oscars, Awards, Awards, VFX


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.