Douglas Trumbull To Receive VES Honor

Los Angeles, October 11, 2011 – Visionary filmmaker, innovator and entrepreneur Douglas Trumbull, has been selected by the Visual Effects Society Board of Directors as the recipient of the 2012 Georges Méliès Award. The award will be presented at the 10th Annual VES Awards, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on February 7, 2012. The Méliès Award honors individuals who have “pioneered a significant and lasting contribution to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry by a way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.” One of four effects supervisors [on] 2001: A Space Odyssey, he subsequently influenced moviegoers with stunning visual effects in films such as The Andromeda Strain, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Blade Runner.  Previous recipients of the George Méliès Award were Robert Abel, John Lasseter, Phil Tippett and Ed Catmull.

  1. Trumbull has not only seen the future, he has shown it to us, too. Good decision. (And Showscan rocked).

  2. Couldn’t have been given to a greater guy. And a genius. Wish we could see more from Doug, a true winderkind.
    And Showscan was tremendous. Only now it looks as though Hollywood (through Cameron’s 60 fps experiments with Avatar 2) is finally catching up.

  3. Trumbull is a reason millions of children like myself became sci-fi nerds and future Comic-Con attendees.

    His visions were our fantasies and dreams. As kids we played in his worlds, and as adults, we revisit those films and feel like 10 year olds once again.

  4. As it’s said – a brilliant man can hit a target no one else can hit – a genius hits the target no one else can see. Trumbull’s work brought photo-chemical effects to the realm of poetry. We are now at a loss for having progressed so backward.

  5. Trumbull is a true visionary and an amazing craftsman – his contributions to cinema cannot be overstated. He did some sublime work recently in Malick’s “Tree of Life”

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