Douglas Trumbull started as an illustrator for Graphic Films, a small animation house that created a science-fiction film for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. Stanley Kubrick saw the film and hired Trumbull’s colleague Con Pederson to work on 2001. Trumbull got Kubrick’s telephone number in England from Pederson and cold-called the director, who hired him for the film, a gig that lasted nearly four years.
Although Trumbull created and directed many of the film’s most spectacular moments (the “slit-scan” sequence at the end was purely his creation), Kubrick usurped the credit when he inserted a title card in the credits stating “Special Photographic Effects designed and directed by Stanley Kubrick.” Trumbull and Kubrick maintained an uneasy relationship for years thereafter as a result.
Nonetheless Trumbull was awed by the experience, and set about dedicating his life to making movies with the same grandeur as 2001 – movies that enveloped the audience.
He got his… read more