Douglas Trumbull

Doug is a legendary film-maker and visual effects pioneer. He was one of the Special Photographic Effects Supervisors for 2001: A Space Odyssey. He went on to become the Visual Effects Supervisor for such classics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Blade Runner, each of which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Doug directed Silent Running, Brainstorm, Back to the Future...The Ride, and numerous other special format films. He is the recipient of an Academy Award in the area of Scientific and Technical Achievement, as well as the International Monitor Award and American Society of Cinematographers' Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of film-making. Douglas is currently involved in the evolution of visual effects using virtual digital sets and electronic cinematography.

Immersive technologies for Overview Effect delivery

Written by Douglas Trumbull on Wednesday, 24 June 2009. Posted in Overview Effect

Ever since working on Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, I have been on a quest to develop increasingly immersive film technology in order to give audiences the feeling of "Being There". This led to the development of the SHOWSCAN film process, which is still regarded by professionals as superior to IMAX.

Now, via emerging digital technologies I believe we are at the threshold of a wholly new kind of media immersion, both by giant screens and high frame rates, as well as by delivering high resolution imagery directly to the human retina. My goal over the next five years is to develop this new Virtual Retinal Display technology to the point where extremely wide field of view, high brightness, stereoscopic imagery will be indistinguishable from reality.

This could facilitate the Overview Effect without having to go into space, as well as expand human consciousness of an unlimited variety of experiences that go far beyond our earthly physical limitations.